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No Such Thing: K12 Education in the Digital Age

A podcast about the promise and reality of learning with technology

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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


2019-4-23

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

2019-2-22

Immersive Experience & How We Get The News

Ep. 52

Graham Roberts is the director of immersive platforms storytelling, and leads a team that explores virtual and augmented reality projects, as well as innovation in video and motion-graphics. Marc is joined in this interview by Kimari Rennis of DreamYard Prep High School in the South Bronx, a Gamer and Youth Journalist.


Notes from this episode:

Experience Graham's work with the NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/by/graham-roberts

New York Video Game Critic's Circle: https://nygamecritics.com/

2019-2-6

Higher Ed and the Role of a Computing Culture

Ep. 51

At the top of the last episode you learned about Mark Guzdial. Mark is a Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. After his talk at Cornell Tech's "To Code and Beyond" I had a chance to sit down with Mark and ask what questions had bubbled up while I listened to his talk live. Probably my most pressing question: what you're saying is great, but we've all seen professors like you on youtube - Mark is a brilliant, animated, ukelele playing Computer Science professor, who, from my time with him, seems as passionate about you learning about his passion topic, as he is about the topic itself. He's a rare mix, and what I'm sure many in the audience wondered - what the country is wondering right now - is how do we bottle some of that, and help thousands of teachers in every state offer young people the experience that surely the students in Mark's class have each semester. For what it's worth, out-of-state tuition at his school is $43,476 with a 26% acceptance rate. A wicked problem, indeed.


Enjoy my talk with Mark. My thanks again to Cornell Tech and To Code and Beyond for helping connect us.


Notes from this episode:

Proust and the Squid: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780060933845/proust-and-the-squid/

Elliot Soloway: http://www.soe.umich.edu/people/profile/elliot_soloway/

Seymor Papert: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_Papert

Logo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logo_(programming_language)

Mitchell Resnick: https://web.media.mit.edu/~mres/

Pat Bagget, Psychologist: https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/5425464

Situated Learning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situated_learning