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No Such Thing: K12 Education in the Digital Age

A podcast about the promise and reality of learning with technology

The show is about learning with technology, but it's not the same old EdTech or "STEM" preachery. It's about the realities and exciting potential, but it's also about youth and the practitioners who support them: youth d... More
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2019-5-17

Discussing Women of Computer History

Ep. 59

A discussion with Kate McGregor of Mountain View’s Computer History Museum about women we should all know from computer history.


Kate McGregor: Kate is a STE(A)M advocate, museum educator, content developer and curriculum designer striving to help students, families and educators to explore concepts of problem-solving and innovation through the lenses of computer science and computer history, with activities that encourage critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, Kate manages Family & Community guided and self-guided programming, events and activities for diverse intergenerational audiences. She leads the Museum’s efforts to expand program offerings through onsite and offsite family and community programming, in order to create meaningful points of engagement for visitors of all ages, backgrounds and knowledge bases. Kate developed and leads the Museum’s flagship Design_Code_Build program which engages middle school youth from all parts of the community.


From their website:

The Computer History Museum is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, oral histories, and moving images.


Links from this episode:

Computer History Museum: https://www.computerhistory.org/

COBAL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COBOL

Reshma Saujani: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reshma_Saujani





2019-5-17

Discussing Women of Computer History

Ep. 59

A discussion with Kate McGregor of Mountain View’s Computer History Museum about women we should all know from computer history.


Kate McGregor: Kate is a STE(A)M advocate, museum educator, content developer and curriculum designer striving to help students, families and educators to explore concepts of problem-solving and innovation through the lenses of computer science and computer history, with activities that encourage critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, Kate manages Family & Community guided and self-guided programming, events and activities for diverse intergenerational audiences. She leads the Museum’s efforts to expand program offerings through onsite and offsite family and community programming, in order to create meaningful points of engagement for visitors of all ages, backgrounds and knowledge bases. Kate developed and leads the Museum’s flagship Design_Code_Build program which engages middle school youth from all parts of the community.


From their website:

The Computer History Museum is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, oral histories, and moving images.


Links from this episode:

Computer History Museum: https://www.computerhistory.org/

COBAL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COBOL

Reshma Saujani: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reshma_Saujani





2019-5-3

Dr.'s Chris Emdin and Edmund Adjapong

Ep. 58

A conversation with Dr. Chris Emdin and Dr. Edmund Adjapong. Dr. Edmund Adjapong, a rising star of education leadership at Seton Hall University, who also coordinates #HipHopEd, is also a protege of Dr. Emdin, who was his high school physics teacher, then continued mentoring him as a professor when Dr. Adjapong went to grad school at Columbia University's Teachers College. We discuss their work in culturally responsive pedagogy, #HipHopEd, and critical views about how authenticity, agency, and voice must drive the movement to see Computer Science for All (Citizens).


Register for May 4th, 2019 CS Teachers Con atbit.ly/CSTeachersCon19


and Learn more about NYC Deparment of Education's commitment to Computer Science for All: https://blueprint.cs4all.nyc/



Guest Bio: Dr. Chris Emdin

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of the Science Education program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools. He is the author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and the New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too.


Guest Bio: Dr. Edmund Adjapong

Dr. Edmund Adjapong is an assistant professor in the Educational Studies Department at Seton Hall University. He is also a faculty fellow at The Institute for Urban and Multicultural Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and author of #HipHopEd: The

Compilation on Hip-Hop Education Volume 1. Dr. Adjapong is a former middle school science educator at a New York City public school in The Bronx. He is the director of the Science Genius Program, a program that engages urban students in the sciences through Hip-Hop, and the director of The Science Genius Academy, a program that encourages and prepares students to pursue STEM careers while providing mentoring and support. Dr. Adjapong has appeared on media outlets such as Hot 97’s radio station and is a contributing writer for Huffington Post and The Good Men Project, where he writes about issues of race, diversity, social justice and education.


Links from this episode:

James Harden's step back compilation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gSDJ-HffHrU

Nipsey Hustle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nipsey_Hussle, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm1s2VS9BdyXL9FU4a-W_cQ

Dr. Edmund Adapong: http://www.edmundadjapong.com/

Dr. Chris Emdin: https://chrisemdin.com/

Three Ways Educators in the Classroom Can Continue the Legacy of Nipsy Hustle, by Dr. Edmund Adjapong: https://medium.com/@e.adjapong/3-ways-educators-can-continue-the-legacy-of-nipsey-hussle-in-the-classroom-10c54c35d0c3

2019-4-23

PBS for the Internet Age

Ep. 57

Erik Martin was a guest on Episode 10 of this show, and I'm pretty excited that he's back. In February this year he wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post titled, We need a PBS for the Internet Age.


Erik is a graduate student at the Oxford Internet Institute, and was a policy adviser at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also worked as Sr Education Program Manager at the game engine company Unity, and was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018 in the games category.


When I read his piece in The Post I immediately started bugging him to join us on the show to say more. I have the feeling that when I look back on the episodes of 2019, this one will land among a handful at the top that really pushed my thinking. Whether or not you agree with his proposal, I hope that you walk away with your own ideas about the responsibility that legislators in the US could one day take for improving the inextricably connected role that the internet plays in our lives and our democracy beyond the whack-a-mole of censorship and regulation.



Episode Notes:

We Need a PBS for the Internet Age, Washington Post, Op Ed, February 25, 2019: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-internet-has-gone-bad-public-media-can-save-it/2019/02/24/024befd0-36b2-11e9-854a-7a14d7fec96a_story.html?utm_term=.05c7d6fd62e4

Oxford Computational Propaganda Project: https://comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/

MIT research on false information retweets more than real news: https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/the-spread-of-false-and-true-info-online/overview/

Newton Minnows 1961 speech, Television and the Public Interest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_and_the_Public_Interest

Network Propaganda, Book,  Yochai BenklerRobert FarisHal Roberts: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/network-propaganda-yochai-benkler/1129078833?ean=9780190923631#/

Shoshana Zuboff, Surveillance Capitalism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surveillance_capitalism

Berkman Klein - talk on Network Propaganda: https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018-10-04/network-propaganda


2019-4-15

Morton Arboretum Educators Help Bring In Spring

Ep. 56

In addition to a ton of interesting things we discuss about the learning design that happens in a 1,700 acre arboretum, we dig into their new podcast called, "Planted: Finding your roots in STEM careers," an adorable title for an interesting show that's attempting to shed light on the professional world of an entire area of science that, previously, I honestly have no idea how people would've learned about.


Meghan Wiesbrock

Currently at The Morton Arboretum, Meghan Wiesbrock works with students at all places in their journey into STEM. Managing onsite curriculum-based nature programs, her and her team facilitate exposure to the natural world by providing rich, immersive learning experiences with the goal to build environmental affinity to protect trees and nature. She is co-host of the Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers Podcast. Meghan taught 7th/8th grade science for 6 years in Berwyn, IL. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton, OH in Middle Childhood Education with endorsements in Science and Language Arts, and a Master's degree in Science Content and Process from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.


Jessica B. Turner-Skoff

Jessica’s doctorate studying plants took her to the heart of Appalachia and the wilds of the Alaskan Tundra, and it was during this time that she discovered her passion for telling the story of research and science. As The Morton Arboretum’s first science communicator, or ‘Treeologist,’ Jessica supports the Arboretum's mission and vision to be the leading center of tree expertise by communicating and sharing expert knowledge. While centered in the Science and Conservation Department, she works collaboratively with Education and Information to help catalyze tree champions by creatively making tree science, horticulture, and conservation relevant and accessible to target audiences. Currently, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) and President Emeritus of the Auxiliary Board. She is on the Advisory Council of the Seed Your Future, the national movement to improve the public’s perception of horticulture. Jessica is also an adjunct professor for the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area, teaching ‘Economic Botany’ and ‘Science Communication for Broader Impacts.’


About Morton Arboretum

The mission of The Morton Arboretum is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment. Our goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees. Its 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 species from around the world.


About "Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers"

Welcome to ‘Planted: Finding your roots in STEM careers,’ we are here to introduce you to some professionals that have interesting and diverse careers and the journey they took to get there. These plant professionals do everything from teaching people about the natural world, unlocking the secrets of DNA, and traveling the world to save unique species. Explore the journey, by listening to the episode that matches your interest, or mirrors your journey towards a STEM career.


Links from this episode:

About Planted: Finding your roots in STEM careers: https://www.mortonarb.org/learn-experience/educators/planted-finding-your-roots-stem-careers

About Sonic Tomography: http://www.newdayarborist.com/tree-diagnostic-services/sonic-tomography/

Aurelie Jacquet on Planted: https://www.mortonarb.org/learn-experience/educators/planted-finding-your-roots-stem-careers/episode-4-merging-interests




2019-3-29

In Case You Missed It

Ep. 55

Brian Sweeting is a Digital Publishing Manager and Content Strategist for New Learning Times. He manages a team of writers whose goal is to create and curate compelling digital content that deepens an understanding of forward-thinking learning, teaching, and research.


The New Learning Times (NLT) provides daily coverage of the transformation of learning opportunities in the information age for those shaping the future of education. NLT is produced at the EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University.


The editorial frame for NLT is governed by our understanding of three major trends, which we have termed “The New 3R’s.” Far beyond mere reform, the education sector is undergoing a major Reformation, a profound reconfiguration of the customs, institutions, and relationships that together constitute the foundations for learning opportunities around the world. Spurred by rapid developments in communications and computation, the education sector is also experiencing a Renaissance of new ideas, processes, and possibilities to support learning across the lifespan. The rapid introduction and convergence of these emerging political, technical, and artistic forces is creating the conditions for a Revolution in what is becoming the new learning sector. The New Learning Times seeks to chronicle the major transformation in learning possibilities.


Links from the episode:

New Learning Times: https://newlearningtimes.com/

Walking a Mile in Another Person’s Shoes Actually Works! https://newlearningtimes.com/cms/article/5924/walking-a-mile-in-another-persons-shoes-actually

Woebot, the Therapist You Can Trust https://newlearningtimes.com/cms/article/5290/woebot-the-therapist-you-can-trust

Learning to Code, One Kitten GIF at a Time https://newlearningtimes.com/cms/article/5679/learning-to-code-one-kitten-gif-at-a-time

Learn How to Spot Fake News. . . By Creating It https://newlearningtimes.com/cms/article/5178/learn-how-to-spot-fake-news-by-creating-it

2019-3-8

Invent To Learn's Sylvia Libow Martinez

Ep. 54

Sylvia Libow Martinez was an aerospace engineer before becoming an educational software producer and vice president of a video game company. She spent a decade as the President of Generation YES, the groundbreaking non-profit that provides educators with the tools necessary to place students in leadership roles in their schools and communities. In addition to leading workshops, Sylvia delights and challenges audiences as a keynote speaker at major conferences around the world. She brings her real-world experience in highly innovative work environments to learning organizations that wish to change STEM education to be more inclusive, effective, and engaging. Contact Sylvia at: sylvia (at) inventtolearn (dot) com.


Marc and Sylvia spend time talking about the 2nd Edition of Invent To Learn, how schools can be a glorious explosion of interesting things, and what Sylvia hopes will be the lasting impact of Maker Education.


Visit Sylvia’s website and blog: SylviaMartinez.com


Links from this episode:

Invent to Learn: https://inventtolearn.com/

Lave and Wenger, situated cognition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situated_cognition

Lawrence Maliguzzi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Emilia_approach

Jean Piaget: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Piaget

John Dewey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dewey

Maria Montessori: https://amshq.org/About-Montessori/History-of-Montessori

Deborah Meier: https://deborahmeier.com/

Ted Size: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/10/29/10mcquillan.h29.html

Sylvia Chard, The Project Approach: https://youtu.be/jzeteh8qpD0

Seymor Papert

2019-3-1

"Curiouser and curiouser"

Ep. 53

Ashley is a design thinker, brand strategist, and educator passionate about bringing design thinking into K-12 schools and mission-driven organizations. She consults with organizations and teams to bring human-centered strategy, mindsets, and content to their work.


We cover a ton of ground in this conversation. If you're a current or aspiring design thinking educator I think there's a lot here for you. If you have ideas, resources, areas of DT that you'd like to hear covered on no such think I hope you'll come find me on twitter, @malesser.


A quote mentioned in the episode from Paulo Freire:

"There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the ‘practice of freedom’, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."


Notes for this Episode:

Thor: https://www.throughthelg.com

Ashley Pinakiewicz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AshleyPina

Thank You For Being Late, Tom Friedman: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B01F1Z0QHA&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_wdyECb23HACSW

Fieldguide for Educators, IDEO: http://www.designkit.org/resources/1

The Teachers Guild, an online community: https://www.teachersguild.org/

Design Thinking resources from Stanford "D" School: https://dschool.stanford.edu/resources/k12-lab-network-resource-guide

Leadership and Design: http://www.leadershipanddesign.org/

Launch, book by John Spencer & A.J. Juliani: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G99AWYY/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_zkxECbNT0QSKN

#DTK12CHAT: https://twitter.com/hashtag/dtk12chat?src=hash

Donald Norman: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E257T6C/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_X.xECbD75EY0Q