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Oct 2, 2016

What's in this episode? 

  • Word from ELTjam 0-1.15
  • Intro 1.30-2.15
  • Dave Faulkner Interview 2.30-24
  • Word from ClearlySo 11.54-12.30
  • Outro, Word from Firefly Learning and The Edtech Podcast at Web Summit 24-25
  • Interview:
  • Dave Faulkner’s ascendancy to district superintendent by the time of 30 in Australia
  • The experience of rural education leadership and how technology can help
  • What does ‘teacher-led innovation’ mean to Education Changemakers?
  • About EC Lab’s rapid accelerator for Edtech start ups
  • Why Australia and Victoria is so well established as an education innovation capital
  • Why Asia is so important to Edtech companies with global aspiration
  • Meeting Sir John Hattie
  • Bringing EC Lab’s rapid accelerator to the UK and looking for partners
  • Recommended reads for leaders in education

Sample Quotes:

ON EDUCATION CHANGEMAKERS ‘We exist to unleash teacher led innovation.’

ON FAULKNER’S JOURNEY AS AN EDUCATION LEADER: ’I first became a principal when I was 24. By the time I was 27 I was running one of the biggest district high schools in the country. By the time I was 30 I was a district superintendent’

ABOUT SEEKING OPPORTUNITIES: ‘It was putting my hand up early and saying I want to lead change’ ‘I applied for my first deputy principal’s job before I even had a degree.’

ON EDUCATION AND RURALITY: My first school was about 400km from the capital city of western australia in perth. Marvel Loch

‘The real issue is the professional isolation. The best way to connect when you are far away, is often through technology.’

AUSTRALIAN TWITTER CHATS: #edchat #pstchat #aussieed #educhange #launchvic

‘Probably in Australia twitter is one of the most utilised mediums for teachers.’

ON EC LABS ACCELERATOR: ’EC labs is the first education sector specific lab accelerator and incubator in Australia.’ ‘We’ve been working with incredible education companies.’

‘What we actually start with is an education rapid accelerator.’ ‘We are currently looking for partners in the UK, working closely with Bett, to look at what does a rapid accelerator look like with Bett Futures.’

QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR IN A START-UP: ’Do they have a great team with a great idea which is going to impact students in a really positive and powerful way?’

ON TECH WHEN FAULKNER WAS GROWING UP: ‘I can still remember we had type writing classes!’

‘2000-2010 was a real growth phase for education technology.’ Tech when I was a kid? I can remember the first 286’s that came into my house.’

Shout-outs: 

DAVE FAULKNER: https://twitter.com/d_faulk  
EDUCATION CHANGEMAKERS: http://educationchangemakers.com/  
ECLABS: http://educationchangemakers.com/eclabs.html  
MATH PATHWAYS: http://www.mathspathway.com/ 
G FELLOWS: https://gfellows.org/scholarship-opportunities/australia/ 
PWC: http://www.pwc.com.au/press-room/2016/tech-talent-feb16.html 
AMY O’TOOLE: https://www.ted.com/speakers/amy_o_toole 
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE & PROFESSOR JOHN HATTIE: http://findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person428067 
MARVEL LOCH: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Loch,_Western_Australia 
BETT FUTURES: http://www.bettshow.com/content/Bett-futures-2017  
FAULKNER’S TOP READS: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/104236.Dave_Faulkner_Book_Recommends_from_The_Edtech_Podcast_Episode_28  

Subscribe to The Edtech Podcast Weekly: http://eepurl.com/cgjMkX #EDTECHPOD

Rate and Review: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-edtech-podcast/id1107282759?mt=2 

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/podcastedtech 

Welcome to Launch Party Sponsors:

ELTjam are based in Hackney Wick, so couldn't be more local to The EdTech Podcast. ELTjam work with learning organisations to help them build better products in better ways by putting the learner at the centre of every decision. You can find out more about the work they do and the things that interest them at www.eltjam.com/welcome . To follow on twitter go to @ELTJam and to find out more contact Jo Sayers jo@eltjam.com  

ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with businesses and funds delivering positive social, ethical and/or environmental impact along with financial return. It supports capital raising activity through financial advisory work. Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 100 clients raise more than £100 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors. You can follow them @clearlyso and contact John Lloyd john.Lloyd@clearlyso.com  for more information.

You may know Firefly Learning as an online tool that brings together teachers, students and parents to set homework, track progress, share resources and engage parents. It's used by hundreds of schools worldwide, including Highams Park School, Hammersmith Academy and British International School Cairo. 8 of the top 10 UK independent schools(*Sunday Times) use Firefly. You can follow the team @fireflyteam and contact Alex MacMillan alex@fireflysolutions.co.uk with any enquiries.

Thank you to The Edtech Podcast Partners:

Innovate My School is a strategic partner of The EdTech Podcast. Visit www.innovatemyschool.com  to subscribe to the free newsletter for the latest inspirational articles

Visit www.ukeduweekly.com to review the latest news and articles

Visit www.edtechnology.co.uk to sign up for the free fortnightly e-newsletter for the latest news and innovations in EdTech, featuring The Edtech Podcast

Visit http://www.besa.org.uk/ for member news and information. 10% discount for BESA members on podcast sponsorship and ads.

Visit https://www.naace.co.uk for member news and information. 10% discount for NAACE members on podcast sponsorship and ads.

EdtechXAsia Register now for the event on the 8-9 November!

 

 

Sep 25, 2016

On efficacy, personalised learning, AI and a new EdTech accelerator

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What's in this episode?

  • Intro (0-3.33)
  • Interview with Dr Rose Luckin (3.33)
  • Dr Rose Luckin’s journey into academia
  • Luckin’s thoughts on grammar schools and equal access to academic opportunity and careers
  • Dr Rose Luckin’s time studying AI at the University of Sussex
  • Can efficacy ever be pinpointed, given all attributing factors to learning success?
  • What is and what isn’t personalised learning and AI?
  • Why Dr Rose Luckin does not believe in Kurzweil’s singularity
  • Impact of Brexit on higher education research
  • Comparison of EU and rest of world in appetite for education innovation approaches
  • Announcement of a new EdTech accelerator to aid research studies for start-ups, pending budget approval
  • What connects me, Dr Rose Luckin, Radiohead and the University of Sussex??

Sample Quotes:

ON PERSONALISED LEARNING: ‘We, as a community of researchers, have not been good at recording some of the very valuable contextual data.’

‘I think it’s potentially really exciting what we could do with learning analytics; i don’t think its exciting at the moment in the main.’

‘A lot of things described as learner analytics are data analytics’

ON DATA: ‘People are a little bit rabbit in the headlines at the moment.’

ON EU: ’We get a significant percentage of our funding from the european union.’

‘We want to work with our European Colleagues as we have a long history of working with them.’

‘We have to think about it very carefully. It is a worry.’

ON AI:
‘I think there are some problems with people’s perceptions of what robotics might do.’

‘I think the future will be one where we work alongside artificially intelligent partners.’

Links and further reading: 

Subscribe to The Edtech Podcast Weekly: http://eepurl.com/cgjMkX #EDTECHPOD
Connect with Dr Rose Luckin: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=RLUCK37  
McGraw-Hill Education http://www.mheducation.co.uk/  
David Levin: https://www.mheducation.com/about/david-levin  
Edtech X: http://edtechxeurope.com/  
Bett: http://www.bettshow.com/  
TES: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/academies-news/burnt-out-get-some-artificial-intelligence  
NESTA, Decoded Learning: http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/decoding-learning  
Audrey Waters: https://medium.com/enabling-connected-learning/accountability-calling-education-to-a-count-6ac173b44194#.ctc8xv4yc  
Singularity: http://singularityu.org/bio/ray-kurzweil/  
Lewis Johnson, Alelo: https://www.alelo.com/about-us/  
Aaron Sloman, Sussex Uni AI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Sloman  
Emerge Education Open Day 27th Sept https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/accelerator-open-day-tickets-27538533495 

 

Welcome to sponsors

ELTjam http://eltjam.com/welcome/ 

ClearlySo https://www.clearlyso.com/ 

Firefly Learning, fireflylearning.com   

 

Thank you to partners

Innovate My School is a strategic partner of The EdTech Podcast. Visit www.innovatemyschool.com to subscribe to the free newsletter for the latest inspirational articles

Visit www.ukeduweekly.com to review the latest news and articles

Visit www.edtechnology.co.uk to sign up for the free fortnightly e-newsletter for the latest news and innovations in EdTech, featuring The Edtech Podcast

Visit http://www.besa.org.uk/ for member news and information. 10% discount for BESA members on podcast sponsorship and ads.

Register now for the event on the 8-9 November!

 

1. JOIN IN A #BETTCHAT AT 4.30PM UK TIME TUE 27TH on personalised learning 

2. SUBMIT YOUR QS TO THE EDTECH PODCAST LIVE VIA #EDTECHPOD

3. APPLY FOR A FREE 1/2 DAY WORKSHOP ON LEARNER UX; Email jo@eltjam.com to put your name in the hat

Sep 18, 2016

On learning games, Angry Birds, and a philosophy of fun learning

Welcome to ELTjam, ClearlySo, and Firefly Learning as Edtech Podcast Launch Party Sponsors this week #edtechpod

What's in this episode?

Intro, what’s in this week’s episode, how to submit questions for The Edtech Podcast Live and review of #sotonpod16
Interview with Lauri Jarvilehto, CEO, Lightneer
Review of Lauri’s career to date, including time spent at the Swedish Theatre of Finland, in music production, analytic philosophy, executive training and at Angry Birds developer Rovio, developing a framework for educational games
Influence of family on Lauri’s work
Experiences launching games at Angry Birds, partnering with NASA
What’s it like working with Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio, Founder Slush and Co-Founder, Mobile Monday, Brent Hoberman, lastminute.com, made.com and Founders Forum, Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education, Harvard University and Rolf Landua, Head of Global Engagement, CERN?
Introducing Lightneer as a games studio, and Big Bang as a particle physics game
Describing the unique landscape of developers, creatives and exceptional education in Finland
What’s next? Partnerships, educational resources and a world tour

Sample Quotes: 

‘I grew up all the way up north…in a city which practically gets no sunlight in the winter.’
‘I’ve lived a portion of my life in the footsteps of my mother and another portion of my life in the footsteps of my father.’
On wanting to be a musician: ’Everyone said don’t be crazy get a proper job….but I realised I didn’t have that much to do. I didn’t like to go to school that much.’
‘I think Finland is a uniquely positioned place to create learning games.’
‘What do you get when you put amazing engineers and amazing media people in the same table…you get games, right?’
‘We (Finland) are also ….really great in Education.’
‘Our new curriculum is like a work of art.’
‘The cool thing is that Finnish education is unique in the sense that it’s so inclusive.’
‘My dad was a professor of psychology. I used to be a test subject when I was seven years old so i’d have these electrodes coming out from my head and i’d play a computer game.’
‘I love this classical idea of philosophy; this love of wisdom, this love of understanding.’
On Rovio/Angry Birds ‘It was some of the most amazing time of my life. We laid the whole ground work…in terms of the philosophy of fun learning…in those years’
‘The idea of wanting to embrace big ideas is strong with me, but I want to combine it with impact.’
It’s been strange..to get into this position where you can actually bring so many people together and they just CLICK.’
‘We don’t want to get a free ride, because we are education or learning; we want the game to be amazing, period.’

 

Further Reading and Resources: 

#SOTONPOD16

Welcome to sponsors ELTjam, ClearlySo, Firefly Learning

Connect with Lauri

Jarvilehto family gaming at Seriously & via Aki

Gaming in Finland via Supercell, Rovio, Remedy &Traffic Light Games

Curriculum in Finland

CERN education

Peter Vesterbacka, Brent Hoberman (http://www.lastminute.com/), Pasi Sahlberg, Rolf Landua

Dragon Box game

Maarit Rosi

Top 3 games:

Ratchet and Clank #rachetandclank

No Man’s Sky

Human Resource Machine

Top philosophers

Wittgenstein’s ladder

Plato

Kierkegaard

 

We want YOUR questions for The Edtech Podcast Live Panel

Send them via email at theedtechpodcast@gmail.com or via twitter @podcastedtech including #edtechpod 

The panel currently is as follows,

  • Tolu Oyenola, Computing Co-Ordinator, Lauriston Primary School, Hackney
  • Mark Anderson a.k.a ICT Evangelist, award-winning blogger and speaker
  • Jen Lexmond, Founder, EasyPeasy
  • Alex Flowers, Team Leader, Digital Programmes, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Joe Dale, ‘a one-stop-Twitter-shop for ideas, inspiration and Modern Foreign Language friends’ #MFLtwitterati

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 11, 2016

We want YOUR questions for The Edtech Podcast Live Panel
Send them via email at theedtechpodcast@gmail.com or via twitter @podcastedtech including #edtechpod for ICT Evangelist, Easy Peasy (Start-up) and Primary School teacher Tolu Oyenola

What's in this episode?

Intro, what’s in this week’s episode, how to submit questions for The Edtech Podcast Live and more news items
Interview with Digital Sisters (3:00), Allana Gay, Deputy Headteacher, Lea Valley Primary School (14:50), Teacher Toolkit (22:33)
How and why the digital sisters set up their advisory services for online safety, bringing together experience from the corporate and teaching worlds
Advice on issues relating to sexting, cyber bullying, optimising and de-toxifying online profiles
Advice for educators on keeping up with digital world advances, CPD and relating to the concerns your students may have online
Overview of social media platforms you should know about but might not
Why teacher and parent behaviour online must reflect what you are asking of your students
Allana Gay’s journey to senior leader within a primary
Why engagement and investment in STEM, computing and impactful EdTech needs to start at primary
Why word of mouth marketing is still the primary source of buying information for schools
How Teacher Toolkit set up TMLondonBoat and what’s next
Engaging with issues of school leadership, research, pastoral care on TMLondonBoat
The merits of the teach meet method vs the educamp style for engaged CPD
Messages to the UK Education Secretary from Digital Sisters, Allana Gay and Teacher Toolkit

Sample Quotes:

Allana Gay, Deputy Headteacher, Lea Valley Primary School and WomenEd Regional Co-Lead @allanag13

on STEM: ‘There is far too much focus on the later years and not enough on the younger years.’
on COMPUTING: ‘Teachers shy away from the ICT programme. they are intimidated by it.’ ‘If your school doesn’t have someone enthusiastic about it it will become a very static programme.’
‘My reform would be start investing earlier; every school should have two IT suites, every school should have access to iPads and tablets.’
on TECH: ’As leaders, tech is there to simplify things for us. Simple things like having records.’ ‘You need to think about the investment you are making as not every fad will make sense for your school, and not every fad will be accessible by your teachers.’

Digital Sisters @digitalsisters
‘We have a team of people who live and breathe social media; people who we hope will inspire young media to think a bit differently about how they use social media and think more responsibly.’
‘There is a bit of a crisis which is happening at the moment’ ‘We want to bring experience from the corporate world and bring that into the public sector.’
‘A lot of parents and teachers are feeling a bit disempowered as the social media landscape is moving at such speed.’
‘If I say Yik Yak and Omegle to a lot of people they wouldn’t know what I was talking about.’
‘Social media is amazing.’
‘We are always surprised that we go into school and talk about sexting for the first time. It shouldn't be the case.’
‘We tell parents and teachers that they very much have to practice what they preach.’
‘One of the biggest issues that teachers are having is that they are out of their comfort zone.’
‘Our advice is to get familiar with the apps and CPD around them.’

Teacher Toolkit @TeacherToolkit
‘We’re on a boat bobbing along to canary wharf’
‘It’s nice because anyone can talk.’ ‘We can all take part in the debate.’ ‘I’m exploring ideas’
With your TM models there is a danger you have the same brave faces presenting.’ ‘The teach meet model is great.’
What’s next? ‘We are thinking about a tube.’
Message for UK Ed Secretary: ‘We just want a bit of stability, listen to teachers on the front line, give us a chance to breathe.’
‘We cant get off until the boat stops.’

Resources and further reading: 

 

Digital Sisters
https://twitter.com/digitalsisters?lang=en-gb
http://www.digitalawarenessuk.com/
https://www.yikyak.com/home
http://www.omegle.com/
http://www.moviestarplanet.co.uk/
http://www.clubpenguin.com/
http://www.oovoo.com/
Coca Cola Barclays Microsoft

Allana Gay
https://twitter.com/allanag13?lang=en
http://www.future-leaders.org.uk/
https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/edu/
https://ictevangelist.com/
http://www.literacyshed.com/
https://twitter.com/rondelle10_b?lang=en-gb

Teacher Toolkit
https://twitter.com/TeacherToolkit?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
http://teachmeet.pbworks.com/w/page/19975349/FrontPage
http://www.edcamp.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 6, 2016

Today The Edtech Podcast announces that Loughborough University in London will provide the spectacular venue for The Edtech Podcast Launch Party in October 2016.

Loughborough University is ranked as a top 10 university for research excellence, with almost 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This year Loughborough University topped the Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction survey; an interview focusing on Loughborough Universities UX strategy was released on episode 10 of The Edtech Podcast.

The Loughborough London campus opened 6 months ago and the course focus on Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and Media and Creative Industries make it a perfect fit for the communities involved in education technology.

The Edtech Podcast Launch Party is a celebration for everyone involved in education innovation, featuring thank you’s to supporters, The Edtech Podcast live, and community drinks. Registered guests to date include:

City University, Association for Learning Technology, Basingstoke College of Technology, University of Southampton, Association of Colleges, Loughborough University, University of London, Harris Federation School Alliance, WomenEd, TeachFirst, ICT Evangelist, TeacherToolkit, Joe Dale, NAACE, BESA, HereEast, Victoria and Albert Museum, Lauriston Primary School, King Solomon Academy, ELT Jam, RefME, Kano, Pi-top, Makers Academy, Primo Toys, Cambridge University Press, Emerge Education, NESTA, EdTech Exchange, EdSpace.io,  Dutch Embassy, Department for International Trade, ClearlySo, UK Edu Weekly, Education Weekly and University Business, TES, Innovate My School, Bett, EdTechXGlobal, British Museum, and Pearson.

Sophie Bailey, Founder, The Edtech Podcast says,

‘I’m hugely grateful to Loughborough University London for providing their wonderful new site as home to the The Edtech Launch Party. The Loughborough University London team are incredibly passionate about progressive thinking about education and I can’t wait to welcome everyone.’

Adam Adesina, Loughborough University London says,

“We are pleased to host The Edtech Podcast launch and are excited to welcome new friends onto our site located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Here East: London’s new Innovation Quarter. We are proud to work with partners to disrupt old ways of thinking and doing to make the future better. We look forward to stimulating conversation and to the bringing together of educational innovators on launch night.”

Formerly featured on iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast is available on iTunes, Libsyn, TuneIn Radio, SoundCloud, PocketCast, Stitcher and many other podcast platforms.

Final tickets, reserved from educators across schools, colleges and universities, for The Edtech Podcast Launch Party are available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-edtech-podcast-launch-party-tickets-27122094916

The Edtech Podcast welcomes any enquiries from those seeking to support its mission of sharing educator innovator voices as widely as possible.

Notes for Editors

Sophie Bailey is The Founder of The Edtech Podcast

Featured on iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast gets behind the personalities in global education technology. Educators, StartUps, Industry, Investors, Government, Associations, and Digital Learners join for weekly interviews, trends and sector news. In her ‘spare time’ Sophie also works as an independent contract and consultant player in EdTech.

@PodcastEdtech | theedtechpodcast@gmail.com

For further detail: Sophie Bailey, The Edtech Podcast at 00447855272549; theedtechpodcast@gmail.com;  The Edtech Podcast on iTunes here and Libsyn here. Also via Twitter, facebook and instagram

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Adam Adesina,  Loughborough University London

Senior Employer Engagement Associate | Careers Network

Loughborough University London

Tel: 02038051338 | Mob: 07824626034 | Web: lborolondon.ac.uk/business/employers/

Sep 4, 2016

'Flipped learning and launching a new tech school' 

Tweet us https://twitter.com/PodcastEdtech 

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Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-edtech-podcast/id1107282759?mt=2 

What's in this episode?

Please note this is a rough-cut bonus podcast. The audio quality is not as stable as usual. But, given the insights around the use of technology in lesson planning and delivery it seemed only fair to share with you all!

  • School walk about through Shireland Academy with Kirsty Tonks, Principal Designate at Shireland Technology Primary School, UK ( a new ‘flipped classroom’ primary opening in 2018)
  • Visit to the Immersive Room - a 10m wrap wall for video projection and scent technology to engage students, teachers and parents in learning
  • The merits of internal content creation vs. ‘off the shelf’ teacher resources and why there is a place for both
  • How to use technology to engage students in HG Wells, Da Vinci, & Endangered Species
  • How can technology share the arts with all students?
  • Transition projects for 11 year olds on building websites, and creating animations
  • An anecdote from Kirsty Tonks involving Prince Andrew and scent technology ‘Blitz Bunker’!
  • Franchising school themes after 7/8 years of development
  • Why every Shireland school takes Design GCSE
  • Using One Notes and Office 365 to deliver school process, lesson planning and delivery

Further reading: 

Loughborough University London to host The Edtech Podcast Launch Party! 

Delighted to announce the venue will be Loughborough University London.
Last few educator tickets available via eventbrite.
#edtechpod


Loughborough University is ranked as a top 10 university for research excellence, with almost 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This year Loughborough University topped the Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction survey; an interview focusing on Loughborough Universities UX strategy was released on episode 10 of The Edtech Podcast.


The Loughborough London campus opened 6 months ago and the course focus on Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and Media and Creative Industries make it a perfect fit for the communities involved in education technology.

Sep 4, 2016

'Flipped learning and launching a new tech school' 

Tweet us https://twitter.com/PodcastEdtech 

Be our FB friend and leave a voicemail via messenger: https://www.facebook.com/The-Edtech-Podcast-552680798233211/ 

Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-edtech-podcast/id1107282759?mt=2 

What's in this episode?

  • Intro, what’s in this week’s episode, new venue for the launch party, and other news items
  • Interview with Kirsty Tonks, Principal Designate at Shireland Technology Primary School, UK ( a new ‘flipped classroom’ primary opening in 2018)
  • Kirsty Tonks own journey over 22 years of working in education; how the ubiquity of tech has made explaining the benefits to teachers, parents and students easier
  • Roadmap for the Shireland Technology Primary School, UK ( a new ‘flipped classroom’ primary opening in 2018)
  • How Shireland believes in ‘using technology in a mundanely clever way’
  • How to use audio and video feedback to halve teacher marking times
  • How to create a school ethos to create ‘smart creatives’ of the future able to select tools appropriately for each task
  • The questions to ask before purchasing tech
  • Why sustainable change towards innovation has to be systemic, not just based on a few
  • The opportunities of being an academy or free school
  • How ITT trainers can provide better teacher training
  • How to create an expectation around using impactful tech methodologies in the classroom and to save time in school processes
  • Kirsty’s desire to see a broader curriculum with innovation across all subjects not just ‘computing’
  • Working with Sir Mark Grundy, and the history of tech in education
  • What’s Maths Flip and how can it help with the ‘efficacy’ of tech for education?
  • Kirsty Tonks’ Summer Reading list

Sample quotes

  • ON TECH:
    • it isn't the tech itself but the impact it could have
    • my philosophy has always been if i can do it again body can do it
    • we talk at Shireland about using technology in a mundanely clever way..
  • ON OPENING AN ENTIRELY NEW FLIPPED PRIMARY SCHOOL:
    • it’s exciting because it’s a blank piece of paper, but it’s terrifying because it’s a blank piece of paper as well
    • ‘if there is anyone in the west midlands area who’s interested in being a smart creative then please do make contact.
    • ‘we want technology to underpin all aspects of learning not just a pigeon hole of computing.’
  • MESSAGE TO ITT PROVIDERS:
    • from a teacher training perspective i still think there is a way to go
    • don’t focus on the sexy bits
  • GETTING TEACHERS ON BOARD:
    • ‘it’s about having that conviction’
    • ‘for sustainable change it has to be systemic, not just about a few creative teachers.’
  • FOR THOSE PROCURING TECH:
    • What’s going to make the most impact with the least investment?
    • Test things first in the classroom

Further reading: 

 

Loughborough University London to host The Edtech Podcast Launch Party! 

Delighted to announce the venue will be Loughborough University London.
Last few educator tickets available via eventbrite.
#edtechpod


Loughborough University is ranked as a top 10 university for research excellence, with almost 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This year Loughborough University topped the Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction survey; an interview focusing on Loughborough Universities UX strategy was released on episode 10 of The Edtech Podcast.


The Loughborough London campus opened 6 months ago and the course focus on Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and Media and Creative Industries make it a perfect fit for the communities involved in education technology.

Aug 28, 2016

'Back to School' 

What's included in this episode? 

  • Interview with Obie Matin, Secondary English Teacher, St. Martin in-the-Fields, Brixton, London  (3:00)
  • How to handle ‘back to school’ anxiety and renew the love of teaching whether its your first year as an NQT or 20 years in
  • The hidden role of student recruitment to your subject
  • English as a core subject - expectations of excellence
  • Supporting student transition to secondary school
  • Using lifelong learning and adult education to improve your own teaching practice
  • How education has shifted to become more personalised
  • Understanding Government and bureaucratic change is a constant and focusing on what you can affect - the students in your class
  • Slowing down or speeding up - what’s next for Obie Matin?
  • Plus, shout-outs to Teacher Toolkit, WomenEd, and City Lit

Quotes:

ON THE FEAR OF BACK TO SCHOOL: ‘That anxiety and dread…the beginning of another school year.’
HOW TO COPE: ‘It’s about finding strategies that bring the joy of teaching back to you.’
SUMMER HOLIDAYS AND TEACHERS: ‘it’s impossible to explain in words the freedom that teachers have in summer holidays’
EXAM RESULTS: ‘Every time it’s results day or results night i have the same feelings i had when i was opening my own brown envelope. you work with those students for so long and worked so hard with them…and they’ve worked so hard!’
LIFE-LONG LEARNING: ‘Before I was a teacher, I was an adult education junky.’
ON TEACHMEET: ‘‘It’s just an incredible movement’

Further Reading:

St. Martin in-the-Fields, Brixton, London: http://www.younglambeth.org/organisation/st-martin-in-the-fields-school-for-girls.html 
Teacher Toolkit: http://www.teachertoolkit.me/ 
WomenEd: http://www.womened.org/ 
Teach Meet London Boat: https://storify.com/PodcastEdtech/teachmeet-london-boat-tmlondonboat 
City Lit: http://www.citylit.ac.uk/ 

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Aug 21, 2016

Come to The Edtech Podcast Launch Party! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-edtech-podcast-launch-party-tickets-27122094916 

What's in this episode?

Ron Reed, Exec Producer, SxSw Edu on the Microsoft/Mac Book conundrum when you have Bill Gates speaking at your event (3:28)
Interview with former NYC public school teacher Monica Burns @classtechtips of classtechtips.com on placing the task before the app and promoting deeper learning with technology.
Engaging methods and tools for using scannable technologies like virtual reality, QR codes and augmented reality within the classroom in an accessible way ‘beyond the headset.’
What are the opportunities and risks of an open educational resources policy?
Content creation tools which demonstrate student understanding
Monica’s journey from chalk boards and overhead projectors to training on tech
How to engage in ‘disruptive education’ whilst also ‘respecting the process’ and time needed for change to happen; which models are modernising education?

Extra reading and resources: 

Monica’s Book on Scannable Technologies: http://buff.ly/2bw9tNa
Virtual Reality:
Nearpod: https://nearpod.com/nearpod-vr
Google Cardboard: https://vr.google.com/cardboard/
Lit World: http://www.litworld.org/wrad/
ISTE: http://www.iste.org/
Apple Distinguished Educator: http://www.apple.com/education/apple-distinguished-educator/
Edutopia: https://www.edutopia.org/users/monica-burns

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Aug 14, 2016

On EdTech exporting opportunity

What's in this episode?

Audio recording of The Department for International Trade webinar on exporting opportunities for EdTech
Featured speakers Tom Sapsted, International Trade Adviser, Department for International Trade (4.00m); Sophie Bailey, The Edtech Podcast (6:00m); Vipul Bhargava, Education Technology and Independent Schools, Department for International Trade (18:00m); Aldo de Pape, Founder, TeachPitch (34:00m)
Overview of 5 main areas of UK Edtech Success - STEM & Coding, Online Learning & Tutoring, Educator Focused Services, Student Focused Services and Literacy & Creativity
Areas which need innovation focus identified through the DfE Workload Challenge survey of 44,000 teachers
Overview of 6 international regions, the Department for International Trade identify as opportunities to create impact through EdTech
Considering the international schools presence in China and the UAE
Case study example of an EdTech company exporting globally - what works, what doesn’t and how to de-risk working with local partners
Information on The Dubai Futures Accelerators programme; Hong Kong’s quality Edu Fund for e-learning; the Education is Great campaign; the WISE accelerator & Silk ventures opportunities
Contextualising China’s huge EdTech spend
Education resources via Alibaba

Sample Quotes:


ON CHINA: ‘EdTech spend in China is bigger than the overall UK education budget.’
ON INVESTMENT: ’Hong Kong has a quality edu fund for e-learning of £157m.’
ON TEACHPITCH: ’We focus on disambiguation of the Internet when it comes to learning material.’
ON THE TEACHPITCH DEV TEAM: ‘We are blessed to have an all female Dev. team’
ON SAVING TEACHERS TIME: ‘The 3 areas identified as priority after surveying 44,000 teachers were marking, planning and resources and data management.’

 

Further Reading & Resources 


Tom Sapsted, International Trade Adviser, Department for International Trade
Sophie Bailey, The Edtech Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-edtech-podcast/id1107282759?mt=2&ls=1 theedtechpodcast@gmail.com
Vipul Bhargava, Education Technology and Independent Schools, Department for International Trade Vipul.Bhargava@mobile.ukti.gov.uk
Aldo de Pape, Founder, TeachPitch
Links to The Dubai Futures Accelerators programme; Hong Kong’s quality Edu Fund for e-learning; the Education is Great campaign; the WISE accelerator & Silk ventures opportunities
TenCent: http://www.tencent.com/en-us/at/abouttencent.shtml
TenCent Education Prize: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/money-wealth/article/1951037/grandmothers-life-lessons-inspire-tencent-co-founder-launch
Alibaba Education Portal: https://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-and-peking-university-launch-chinese-moocs

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