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May 19, 2017

What's in this episode?

  • Intro - past events, upcoming events, freelance services, and messages from Japan Prize 2017 and Qatar Foundation International  
  • Interviews with:
  • Nina Rees, President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Anthony A Owen, State Coord of Computer Science, Arkansas Department of Education
    Alex Rosenthal, Editorial Producer, TEDed
  • Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, EdTech trainer
  • We're talking about: 
    • What are charter schools?

    • What are the current discussions around education and school choice?

    • How did computer science gain status in Arkansas?

    • How can design thinking interest students and educators?

    • What’s next for TEDed after millions of YOUTUBE views?


Nina Rees, President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Nina Rees 
Aspire Public Schools 
National Alliance for public charter schools 
Ayn Rand (Author of The Fountainhead) 
The Fountainhead (Book)
Mosaica education 
Education Endowment Foundation
Abigail Thernstrom. (Author of No Excuses)
No Excuses (Book)
Richard Whitmire (Author of The founders)
The Founders (Book)


Anthony A Owen, State Coord of Computer Science, Arkansas Department of Education

Anthony Owen-
Arkansas Department of education-
International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology-
Computer Science For All-
Dr. William Durand (Professor in the Mathematics department at Henderson State
University, Arkadelphia, AR)
Governor Asa Hutchinson -
Johnny Key (Commissioner of education, Arkansas
Vault 7 WikiLeaks-
Pi Top
Micro: Bit- 
Swift Playgrounds-
Alex Rosenthal, Editorial Producer, TEDed
Alex Rosenthal-
TEDed conference- 
Twitter: @Patrick_JMT
Sarah Kay 
Avi Ofer-
Jeremiah Dickey-( Director of What "Orwellian" really means TEDtalk NOVA Labs - 
Douglas Hofstadter-(Author of Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid) 
Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid (Book)-
Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, EdTech trainer͞ 
What I wish I knew when I was twenty
- Tina Seelig (Professor of the practice,
management science and engineering) 
Austin Kleon (Author of steal like an artist)- 
Steal like an artist (Book)
Garr Reynolds (Author of Presentation Zen)
Presentation Zen (Book)
Scratch Conference
Education - Apple Distinguished Educator - Apple (UK)-
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Enter The Japan Prize 2017!...

Submit your best work to inspire the future of learning. The JAPAN PRIZE is hosted by Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK. The Contest is the world’s only international competition that focuses solely on educational media. These may include games, apps, websites, and films.During the final selection in Tokyo in October, there are contents screenings and exhibition, a creators’ workshop, and a professional conference. All these events aim to explore how innovation in media can impact the future of education. For more information and entry forms please visit our website: The deadline for entries is June 30th 2017. You can also check them out on Facebook: 


Check out Qatar Foundation International's Edu Work & Resources


Qatar Foundation International (QFI), LLC, is a U.S.-based member of Qatar Foundation (QF). QFI operates as both a grant-making organization, and a convener of thought leaders on issues related to global and international education, open education and education technologies as they intersect with the three core QFI programmatic areas: Arabic language and Arab culture, STE{A}M (STEM plus the Arts), and Youth Engagement.

QFI inspires meaningful connections to the Arab world by creating a global community of diverse learners and educators and connecting them through effective and collaborative learning environments —inside and outside the classroom.

Through our activities, QFI is committed to providing K-12 students in Qatar, the Americas, and the United Kingdom (UK) with the intellectual, communicative, and cultural competencies that will enable them to be engaged global citizens. 

About I Speak Arabic:

The #ISpeakArabic campaign, which launched in November 2015,  is an awareness campaign by Qatar Foundation International (QFI), a not-for-profit that works to build meaningful connections with the Arabic language and Arab world. I Speak Arabic aims to illuminate the Arabic language and Arab culture through storytelling. In addition to documentary shorts, which highlight inspiring individuals from around the world who found success from speaking Arabic as a second language, the platform provides access to open resources, tools, and kits that expand on the teaching and learning of the Arabic language to non-native speakers.

Check out the Class Central Mooc Report and More...


Next up, a word from ClassCentral which if you’re into geeking out over online learning and MOOC reports like I am you’ll probably already know about! 

It's been more than half a decade since free online courses from Stanford kicked off the modern-MOOC or massive online open courses movement. Since then more than 700 universities around the world have launched MOOCS, used by over 60 million people. Gaining insight into this fast paced world is worth spending time on (especially for those implicated by such changes). That’s where Class Central comes in. 
Class Central launched at the end of 2011, and has kept track of the MOOC space right from the beginning. Not only does it list 7000+ courses, making it the #1 search engine for online courses, but the excellent MOOC report blog has deep analysis on what’s up, down, new or just slightly leftfield. With over 500+ articles written, Class Central has the most comprehensive coverage of the MOOC Industry.
I came across Class Central when I was preparing for a Department for International Trade webinar I was speaking on and found it invaluable. Since then, I met founder Dhawal Shah out at SXSWedu and he was excited to share the resource with all
of you. So definitely go and check it out at and let me know what you think! 


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The EdTech Exchange is Europe's largest community of EdTech Founders and provides members with mentoring, support and a programme of events designed to share best practice through peer-to-peer learning. The Exchange brings together like-minded EdTech entrepreneurs, encouraging them to exchange ideas, swap war stories, and give and receive advice from their peers. It is solely for Founders of EdTech companies who have raised at least £100,000 of financing or revenue, with many members having raised significantly more. 


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