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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

Nov 6, 2017

Something exciting is coming! 

Make sure you are subscribed at iTunesStitcherTuneIn

The Pearson Future Tech for Education Podcast Series on The Edtech Podcast

 This podcast series will examine the implications of future tech for education, exploring questions including:

  • What does future tech for education look like and where does mixed reality, data science (AI), biosyncing, and human-machine relations fit in?
  • What should we know about algorithms, bias and education?
  • How is technology changing the way we learn languages?
  • Can ‘tests’ be fun and should they be? How do we measure collaboration?
  • How can we develop responsible and calm digital citizenship?

AND

  • What does pedagogy for an individual learning experience look like?

The Pearson Future Tech for Education Podcast Series is co-curated by Sophie Bailey, Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast, Denis Hurley, Director of Future Technologies at Pearson and Dr. Kristen DiCerbo, Vice-President of Education Research at Pearson. External contributions come from across industry, research and academia including   

  • Andrew Ochoa, founder and CEO of Waverly Labs
  • Alina von Davier, VP & Researcher, ACTNext
  • Murray Shanahan, Professor of Cognitive Robotics in the department of computing at Imperial College
  • And
  • Stephen Wolfram, founder and CEO of Wolfram Research and creator of Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, and Wolfram Language

To listen to the series, subscribe now on iTunes and Android players to The Edtech Podcast, or check out the Pearson podcast page at

www.pearson.com/corporate/about-pearson/innovation/podcasts.html, to find out more www.theedtechpodcast.com.

Nov 3, 2017

This week, we throwback to June in the UK speaking to Olivier Crouzet, the Director of Pedagogy at Ecole 42. For anyone who doesn’t know Ecole 42, 42 is a private, nonprofit and tuition-free computer programming school created and funded by French billionaire Xavier Niel (Founder of the telecommunication company Illiad) and other partners. The school was first opened in Paris in 2013. Riffing directly from Wikipedia,

"The school does not have any professors, does not issue any diploma or degree, and is open 24/7. The training is inspired by new modern ways to teach which include peer-to-peer pedagogy and project-based learning.

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

 

 

Oct 27, 2017

I’m in conversation with the wonderful Sandy Speicher, Managing Director at Ideo Education Practice talking about design thinking in education. I also chat to Nick Robinson, Co-Founder and CEO, ELTJam about learner experience design. Finally, I give a sneak peak into what's coming up on The Edtech Podcast next, including a brand new series in November and January.

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

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