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Jan 14, 2018

Welcome to this fifth episode of the Pearson Future Tech for Education Series on The Edtech Podcast

What's in this episode?

We dip into the world of VR and mixed reality to uncover what high-cost, high-risk learning opportunities are being made more accessible to all by this technology. How are academics measuring the learning outcomes of VR and simulation and what are the quantifiable cost savings and impacts for various learning and training environments? When is VR right for education, and when is it superfluous? We also end our first five episodes with practical suggestions for educators: mindful skepticism, resist fear, understand that you can start small and grow, and avoid technology for technology's sake. This last one is harder than it sounds - many new technologies wow us but do not have useful application to education.

People

Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast 
Denis Hurley is the Director of Future Technologies at Pearson
Jo Webb, Head of Immersive Learning Design and Development, Pearson
Sharon Decker, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN, Quality Enhancement Plan Director, Professor and Director of the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Karolina Ochwat, Secondary Science Teacher, The British International School Shanghai

Show Notes and References  

Checkout https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast and tinyurl.com/pearsonfuturetech 

Tell us your story

We’d love to hear about innovative technology or approaches you are developing or using in education. Leave your stories in the comments below. Alternately, record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Finally, you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech @denishurley or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page.

The Pearson Future Tech for Education Series is produced by The Edtech Podcast and supported by Pearson Education. If you're interested in the themes that come out of the series, check out more ideas in the "open series" here.

Jan 4, 2018

Welcome to this fourth episode of the Pearson Future Tech for Education Series on The Edtech Podcast

What's in this episode?

This week we are looking at language learning and tech. Current estimates suggest that there are over 1 billion people learning English worldwide. Recent predictions also suggest that those learning English as a Second or Foreign Language will double by the year 2020 to nearly 2 billion people. But how we learn languages is changing. Apps, MOOCs, Chatbots and online tutoring services have all worked to reduce the time and investment needed to pick up and master a language. Whilst voice recognition services like Amazon Alexa or Google Home have made practicing languages even easier right in your home. At the more extreme end some advanced technologies have even brought into question whether learning a language in the traditional sense will be needed in the future. And, should it be humans or machines testing second language acquisition?

People

Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast 
Denis Hurley is the Director of Future Technologies at Pearson
Andrew Ochoa is the Founder and CEO of Waverly Labs
William Goethals is the Co-Founder of Waverly Labs
Bill Bonk is a Second Language Measurement Expert at Pearson
Nathan Harris, Director of User Experience and Design, Pearson

Show Notes and References  

Checkout https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast and tinyurl.com/pearsonfuturetech 

Tell us your story

We’d love to hear about innovative technology or approaches you are developing or using in education. Leave your stories in the comments below. Alternately, record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Finally, you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech @denishurley or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page.

The Pearson Future Tech for Education Series is produced by The Edtech Podcast and supported by Pearson Education. If you're interested in the themes that come out of the series, check out more ideas in the "open series" here.

Dec 16, 2017

What's in this episode?

A quick update from me with some sad news...then

This week we’ve got a throw back to a meet up in October of this year where we looked at demystifying investment in edtech. This episode is one for the start ups listening in, though educators may find it interesting to hear about where money is being spent and how start ups are going about building their innovations around the world. 

First up you will hear a quick word from Richard Male at the UFI Charitable Fund for Vocational Technology on what funding is out there for post-16 edtech, next a quick word from Jo Sayers at ELTJam with word on investment from publishers SAGE and then into a brilliant speech from Ben Drury, Co-Founder and CEO at Yoto, on "What have I learnt about fundraising and investment in the past 10 years” replete with anecdotes and advice on when to act like a politician and ps. KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!

After that, Jan Matern, CEO and Co-Founder, Emerge Education on who’s investing and how investing in edtech is going down and where the gaps are. Then onto the final bit - a Panel on Demystifying the investment/funding practice for Edtech Start-ups with Jan, plus
Vanessa Gstettenbauer, Senior Investment Manager, Founders Factory Ltd, Jessica Stacey, Partner, Bethnal Green Ventures and Daisy Hill, Former, Head, CrowdFest, AD, ZZISH

During this podcast we ask the following questions

• What funding is out there?

• Who is funding what in edtech?

• How to get started?

• How can we make the investment process less intimidating?

and

• What options are there for raising money? 

Show Notes and References  

Checkout https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast for full show notes and references 

Tell us your story

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave your stories in the comments below. Alternately, record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Finally, you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page.

Dec 7, 2017

Welcome to this episode of The Edtech Podcast, where we are in takeover mode with Maplesoft

What's in this episode?

The benefits of digital education are many...

Enrichment materials. Preparatory resources. Rich visualizations. Distance learning. Blended learning. Remedial Support. Ease-of-delivery. Consistency. Innovation. Automatic grading.  Competitive opportunities. Powerful assessments. Philanthropic initiatives. But, there are challenges to overcome.

In this podcast, we hear from Jim Cooper, the President and CEO, of Maplesoft and Nicola Wilkin, Director of Education College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, at the University of Birmingham to explore benefits, challenges and a few best practice tips for embedding online education (including co-creating edtech materials with students). 

People 

Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast 
Jim Cooper, the President and CEO, of Maplesoft
Nicola Wilkin, Director of Education College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, at the University of Birmingham  

Show Notes and References  

Checkout https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast for full show notes and references 

Tell us your story

We’d love to hear your thoughts on online learning. Leave your stories in the comments below. Alternately, record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Finally, you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech @maplesoft or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page.

Nov 29, 2017

Welcome to this episode of The Edtech Podcast, where we are in takeover mode with Lego Education. 

What's in this episode?

In a paper by N V Scarfe in 1962 entitled “Play is Education” Einstein is quoted as saying “The Desire to arrive finally at logically connected concepts is the emotional basis of a vague play with basic ideas. This combinatory or associative play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.” In this episode we explore what play-based learning means to one of the world’s biggest brands in play, an award-winning primary school pedagogical leader and a human-centred design thinker. How can we balance play with structured learning and how can we instil that essential love of learning through play, something so inherent to us humans…? This week we are in takeover mode with Lego Education.

People 

Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast 
Tom Hall, GM, Education, Lego
Anna Kyrk, Head of Curriculum Development (Primary), School 21
Jamie Brooker, Founder Kahoot!, Co-Founder, We are Human

Show Notes and References  

Checkout https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast for full show notes and references 

You can find out more from LEGO® Education at www.education.lego.com

Tell us your story

We’d love to hear your thoughts on play-based learning. Leave your stories in the comments below. Alternately, record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Finally, you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech @LEGO_education or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page.

Nov 20, 2017

Welcome to this third episode of the Pearson Future Tech for Education Series on The Edtech Podcast.

What's in this episode?

Melvin Kranzberg, a past Professor of the History of Technology at Georgia Tech, famously said:

“Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.”

In this episode we look at how to maintain responsible and calm digital citizenship at a time of screaming headlines, whilst also looking at the necessary ethical and philosophical questions which come with advanced technology. We also review what the future of work might look like, following research conducted by Pearson and Nesta on the future of skills and employment in 2030.

Managing our reaction, interaction, and, ultimately creation with technology. Remember that these are tools. Churchill said ~we shape our buildings, thereafter, they shape us; McLuhan paraphrased him ~we shape our tools, thereafter, they shape us. Now technology is a part of almost every aspect of our lives: buildings can be 3d printed, cars can drive themselves, and algorithms can direct our education. It is essential that we understand how these function and what the implications are of silos and biases. We also look into a changing world of work and how we can best prepare.     

People 

Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast 
Denis Hurley is the Director of Future Technologies at Pearson
Paolo Falco is an Economist at the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Heather McGowan is Co-Founder at Work to Learn

Show Notes and References  

Checkout https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast and tinyurl.com/pearsonfuturetech 

Tell us your story

We’d love to hear about innovative technology or approaches you are developing or using in education. Leave your stories in the comments below. Alternately, record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Finally, you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech @denishurley or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page.

The Pearson Future Tech for Education Series is produced by The Edtech Podcast and supported by Pearson Education. If you're interested in the themes that come out of the series, check out more ideas in the "open series" here.

Nov 16, 2017

Welcome to this second episode of the Pearson Future Tech for Education Series on The Edtech Podcast.

What's in this episode?

With global leaders tweeting about artificial intelligence or AI as the next arms race, and forecasts predicting the near-term decimation of existing jobs markets due to artificial intelligence and automation, episode 2 is a great time to explore the question: What is AI and what has it got to do with me and my students?

What AI is and is not. The difference between narrow AI, general AI and super-intelligence. What type of AI is used now in education, and which AI do people fear, which may never exist? How do students and teachers already use AI to their advantage? Thinking about AI in the context of past educational tools, including the pocket calculator and printed encyclopedia. What questions might teachers want to use when thinking about AI in education?  

People

Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast 
Denis Hurley is the Director of Future Technologies at Pearson
Stephen Wolfram, is the Founder and CEO of Wolfram Research and Creator of Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, and Wolfram Language
Murray Shanahan is the Professor of Cognitive Robotics in the Department of Computing, Imperial College London
Peter Foltz is a Vice President for Research at Pearson
 

Show Notes and References  

Checkout https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast and tinyurl.com/pearsonfuturetech 

Tell us your story

We’d love to hear about innovative technology or approaches you are developing or using in education. Leave your stories in the comments below. Alternately, record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Finally, you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech @denishurley or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page.

The Pearson Future Tech for Education Series is produced by The Edtech Podcast and supported by Pearson Education. If you're interested in the themes that come out of the series, check out more ideas in the "open series" here.

Nov 16, 2017

This week we’re in the last of our three HigherEd focused episodes recorded at Ovum’s Future Edtech event. I’m in conversation with Nicole Engelbert, Director of Research & Analysis, at Ovum Technology. Nicole used to work as a Director of Admissions, so is well placed to understand the HigherEd perspective, as well as the latest industry research on innovation within the HE sector.  We talk about what’s up and what’s down and the pace of change in HE. 

For full show notes and references go to theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast 

Nov 15, 2017

Welcome to this first episode of the Pearson Future Tech for Education Series on The Edtech Podcast.

What's in this episode?

This week we set up the series by asking which future technologies for education should we consider as important, and how should we sensibly approach the impact of future technological change without being at once too cautious or too evangelist as educators?

Setting the stage for the series, we put "future-forecasting" in perspective through a few useful but simple models. We talk about the history of the future, and mindful skepticism. We also delve into the four foci of edtech technologies, mixed reality, data science (AI), biosynching, and human-machine relations, and how these affect education, teaching and learning. 

Show Notes and References  

Checkout https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast and tinyurl.com/pearsonfuturetech 

Tell us your story

We’d love to hear about innovative technology or approaches you are developing or using in education. Leave your stories in the comments below. Alternately, record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Finally, you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech @denishurley or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page.

The Pearson Future Tech for Education Series is produced by The Edtech Podcast and supported by Pearson Education. If you're interested in the themes that come out of the series, check out more ideas in the "open series" here.

Nov 10, 2017

This week i'm in conversation with Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Director of Information Services at the University of York, to talk about moving to the cloud, changes in management techniques, and resource recommendations to stay motivated in tech and education. Heidi is the recent winner of CIO of the Year at Computing's Women in IT Excellence Awards, so do tune in to hear what she's got to say!

For full show notes and references, go to www.theedtechpodcast.com

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