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Jul 10, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • Where does ICT Evangelist get his stamina from? Shortcuts, Tips and Tricks
  • Top 3 books, top 3 apps and top 3 issues for educators 
  • A window into alter-ego DJ Mark Anderson 
  • How to share children’s work in an authentic way to raise standards 
  • What is it to be modern educator? 
  • How should education and tech evolve to better meet the needs of students?
  • A word from and 
  • How Mark went from Teachmeet flop to Teachmeet organiser of 30 > 300 
  • How TPACK applies tech to the Pedagogy Content Knowledge Model


Quotes from this episode: 

  • ‘Education’s in a bit of a mess at the moment; loads of teachers are looking to get out.’ 
  • ‘I never wanted to get into middle management or senior management, but then i realised i could have an impact on the whole school’ 
  • What should edtech start-ups look like? ‘dead simple, does what it says on the tin and is informed by research.’’ 
  • What is it to be a modern educator? ‘Being open enough to realise you don’t know everything and you can learn new things every single day’
  • About fitting everything in: ‘I’m rubbish on paper; i run everything i can electronically.’ ‘It’s not about me doing it all by myself; it’s about using loads of automation.’
  • On inspiring teachers: ’Wherever I go in the world it’s always teachers trying to learn new things, and doing stuff to try and better opportunities for kids.’ ‘There are so many inspiring educators whether you are meeting them face to face, or via a hangout or via Skype.’ ‘I’m doing some work in Hong Kong in the summer and I’ve not seen many schools which are so advanced in terms of their knowledge, understanding of of teaching and learning and how that applies in relevant ways.’ 
  • On his experiences growing up/going through education: ‘‘i’m pretty geeky; i had an atari as a kid.’ ‘I decided in my mid-teens I wanted to be a teacher.It really resonated with me that opportunity to have a big impact and a legacy on the world’ ‘Do you have fond memories of school?’ Not so much, really.'
  • Loving what you do: ‘if i won the lottery tomorrow i’d still be doing this.’ ‘it does get to me a bit that i get labelled the IT guy.’ 
  • Innovation needed in tech and in teaching: ‘If you could change one thing about technology what would it be? ….Price! The price of these things is phenomenal. I’d love to see the prices come down.’ ‘If I want to change one thing in education it’s more teachers being engaged.’ 
  • The stresses and strains of teaching: ‘It really is tough - the marking load, the pressure.’ 

Reading and resources: 


Pedagogy Content Knowledge Model

Independent Thinking 


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Thank You’s  

Thank you to the many supporters of The Edtech Podcast, including but not limited to, NAACE, ALT_Learning, WomenEd, #LTHEChat, BESA, EdtechXGlobal, GSV ASU and this week’s sponsors.

Jul 3, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • I struggle to pronounce ‘Evgeny Shadchnev’ 
  • History and mission of Makers Academy 
  • Computer science at University vs. software development at Makers Academy - what’s the difference?  
  • Uptake in coding; demand from start up founders and ‘would-be’ software developers 
  • Locating in London vs. Berlin 
  • The double challenge of supporting teachers to deliver computing lessons and to increase more diversity into coding communities and tech 
  • Challenging the notion of coding as non-creative 
  • The role of coding in leadership and in an increasingly automated world 


Quotes from this episode: 

  • Humble beginnings: ’we started in a really small scrappy office in old St. roundabout with a class of just 9 people.’ 
  • University vs. makers academy: ‘if you want to get a job as a software developer, you don’t need a degree. you need 3 months and a lot of hard work.’
  • On London as a base: ’we are operating in London as it is THE tech hub in Europe right now.’ 
  • On the Makers Academy culture: ’Should we really act like grown ups? Maybe not.’ 



Reading and resources: 


Lord Baker Digital Revolution Report 



TechLondonAdvs. ‘Women in Tech’ community


Next Time: 

Mark Anderson a.k.a ICT Evangelist 

Mark is an influential award-winning blogger, author and speaker. Recently recognised in this research as the most influential person in Edtech in Europe and then here as the second most influential blogger in the UK. His blog also won the Education Blog of the Year 2015 in the UK Blog Awards 2015 and second in the Education section of the Vuelio Blog Awards 2015.

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Thank You’s  

Thank you to the many supporters of The Edtech Podcast, including but not limited to, NAACE, ALT_Learning, WomenEd, #LTHEChat, BESA, EdtechXGlobal, GSV ASU. 


Jun 27, 2016

What does Brexit mean for Edtech? 

If you are an Edtech service provider: ultimately until article 50 is invoked the UK trading position with Europe remains the same as does our trading position with the rest of the world so whether you are in the UK or in the rest of the world, don’t expect a huge amount to change in the short-term - apart from general wide spread confusion and a fluctuating currency backdrop.

If you use Edtech services: students will continue to learn and educators will experience the same age-old challenges. There may be increased pressure on service value/available budgets, with potentially more students looking to focus attention on learning which ends in employment.  

In this mini-podcast, however, I offer a few impromptu thoughts and questions for those implicated. 

1. London’s place in the Edtech Scene 

2. Exacerbated Skills Gap 

3. Edtech increased import to connect diverse young people to opportunity & enhance tolerance - or - are we all city-bound elitists?? 

It will be essential that the focus now is on how to rebuild in the most positive way possible and The Edtech Podcast welcomes all international listeners to tweet on this subject to @podcastedtech. 

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Jun 26, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • Jesse Lozano’s journey from lawyer and writer to start-up founder, all before the age of 30. 
  • What is ‘’frugalvation’’ and how does it apply in the world of low-cost computing?
  • Pi-Top’s focus for 2016/2017
  • What is Pi-Top and how does it work with Raspberry Pi? 
  • What does Pi-Top offer maker enthusiasts, educators and learners? 
  • Visualising coding through LED light shows, speaker and heart monitor projects; applications for computer science teachers and design and technology teachers
  • Why accrediting gaming content makes sense 
  • Elevator pitch for low-cost computers vs. mainstream tablets in the educational environment


Coding, Programming, D&T, Raspberry Pi, SonicPi, LEDs, Makers, Makermovement, IoT, InternetofThings, Python, RaspberryJam, 3Dprinting, Bettchat, Kickstarter, Crowdfunding, Hustle, Startups, Entrepreneurs, DIY, STEAM, STEM, Edtech, UKedchat, Bettchat, SLTchat

Reading and resources: 

Pi Top

Raspberry Pi

Dr Sam Aaron 


Indie Go Go 


Ceed Universe 


Jun 19, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • Loughborough University topped the The Times Higher Education student satisfaction survey in 2016, at a time time when education in the East Midlands has received a grilling by Sir Michael Wilshaw. This episode features: 
  • Getting the user-experience right for students 
  • How universities can learn from the challenges in the content publishing sector 
  • Reclaiming the word ‘library’ as learning spaces evolve 
  • 24/7 learning accessibility vs. work/life balance 
  • Academic investment in light of free resources like Google Scholar 
  • How social media is used in the entire research process and what this means for peer-review 
  • Loughborough’s new campus in London


UX, Times Higher Education, Students, University, Higher Education, Library, Learning Spaces, Academia, Academics, Google Scholar, LTHEchat, ALT, Peer-review, VLE, Virtual Learning Environments, Start-ups, Content Publishing, Ethnography

Reading and resources:

Jun 12, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • How to connect young people with what’s happening in industry
  • How to get teachers & students on board with technology within schools 
  • How to sense test tech innovation within a school environment 
  • How to overcome your fear as an educator and build confidence 
  • How to inspire students to go far in the world of technology 
  • How to overcome diversity issues within technology 
  • How to keep up with students’ use of technology
  • How to ask for help
  • Where does Urban Teacher get his inspiration from? 
  • How to use your own struggles as inspiration for betterment 
  • Is profit seeking within Edtech at risk of undermining the benefits of Edtech? 
  • How to keep teacher training relevant in a fast paced world 
  • How will silo-isation of the internet effect the creativity of education? 


UKedchat, SLTchat, LTEHEchat, PodcastEdu, Podchat, Urbanteachers, Diversity, Computer Science, ICT, Microsoft, Techcity,  upskilling, VLE, virtual learning environment, vlogs, youtube, innovation, TLA, coding, Code Academy, Mentoring, digital business academy, startups, prezi, bbc: microbit, IOT, gamification, pedagogy, SxSw Edu, higher education, google classroom, microsoft 365, show my homework, mastery, #GoogleEdu #GAFE #MIEExpert, Dalston

Reading and resources: 


Jun 5, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • How to launch a podcast for your education community; with multiple recommendations for apps, hosting platforms and equipment to use to keep things simple and effective. 
  • Which educational podcasts you should follow to gain the best insight
  • What is app smashing and how can you get involved? 
  • Mandarin among the main languages to learn in the UK: French, Spanish, German
  • Are exchange programmes dead? Why? 
  • What is guerrilla podcasting or citizen audio? 
  • Will the education revolution be podcasted? When?


MFL, Langchat, Modern Foreign Languages, ELT, English Language Teaching, Edtech, UKedchat, SLTchat, LTEhe, PodcastEdu, Podchat, MFLTwitterati

Reading and resources: 

Joe Dale resources: 







Feedly (Joe’s preferred replacement when Google Reader was shut down )

Audio boom


Pretty May Skype recorder

Pamela call recorder


Bossjock Jr app

Adobe Spark Video


Recommended Education Podcasts/contacts: 

EDUtalk David Noble (@parslad) & John Johnston (@johnjohnston) ;

Andy White, Brighton -podcasting help 

Ewan Macintosh  - NoTosh

Drew Buddie 

Wes Fryer; Shelly Fryer

Claire Chalcraft @CMCinSwitz 

Mark Anderson


MFL Events: 

Language World: @ALL4language

The Language Show in London


National Languages Conference in Australia AFMLTA

Etwinning conference

IATEFL conference @iatefl

NZALT - new zealand @_NZALT

ACTFL  - USA @actfl

Confucius classrooms


Language Practice: 

Duolingo  - (ps. you the ‘shit duo lingo says’ twitter account is fairly amusing/philisophical @shitduosays)



ELT Jam @jo_Sayers 


App Smashing: 

Greg Kulowiec 

Lisa Johnson 

paper by 53

my talking avatar free:

explain everything

Bloom’s taxonomy

SAMR model by Dr. Ruben Puentedura (34:37)

App Smash Live


Primary French Project 

Association for Language Learning 

Catherine Cheater 

French Institute 

Network for Languages

May 29, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • The varying business models of online and offline edtech start ups
  • Online and real-life learning platforms as an opportunity to enhance student progression within the work place
  • How do online and real-life learning platforms sit alongside University degrees? 
  • Advice to edtech start ups from Howdo and Crehana


From Howdo:

  • ‘We believe that it’s really important still for educational learning  - especially of adults - to not just take place online’
  • ‘We are starting in London and that’s because there is such a rich variety of classes and courses already here.’ 
  • ‘Real-life learning is about workshops, classes and in-person courses to have a learning experience.’ 
  • ‘We are focusing solely on offline currently.’ 
  • ‘Maybe they are a closet artist and take a life-drawing course for the first time’
  • ‘Soundcloud was an amazing experience and a fantastic start-up learning experience.’ 

From Crehana:

  • ‘There is no type of online training solutions for them in their own local language. There is a high concentration of online education companies in English, but when we look at emerging markets such as Latam or Eastern Europe there is actually no type of supply.’ 
  • ‘We launched Crehana a year ago and we now have more than 115, 000 users from 15 countries in Latam and Spain. We are solving a huge pain which is access to high quality education.’
  • ‘we target all of the creative professionals - aspiring creatives and independent freelancers.’ 
  • ‘Right now we are focusing on doubling down in Spain and Latam, but we think we will enter Brazil by the end of 2016.’ 
  • ‘We want to solve access to high quality education in emerging markets.’

Reading and resources: 

Emerge Education






Khan Academy 


May 22, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • How much investment does Emerge Education have for your teacherpreneur idea?
  • New investment in Emerge Education from Oxford University Press and China’s Qtone EdTech company
  • The EdTech start up opportunity in Asia 
  • Meet the teams behind Edspace and Emerge Education 
  • Find out about EdTech start-ups: medical training platform Open Simulation and parental engagement company, Easy Peasy
  • Understand how Ark and Oasis academy chains are working with EdTech start ups to inform and access service innovation and how Hackney Community College is beta testing products 
  • Balancing pedagogical integrity with commercial reality and vice versa 
  • Find out what conditions are important for EdTech business success globally 
  • Find out the main findings of an early years experiment by renowned psychologist Walter Mischel
  • How can an app help aid higher grades at school, bigger salaries at work and longer and more sustained relationships at home, by getting ‘kids ready to learn for school’?
  • Start up efficacy trials with Oxford University
  • The growing Ofsted priority of parental engagement 
  • How EdTech is helping with the problem of scaling surgical training via augmented reality
  • Classlist crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube
  • 40% discount offer for listeners to attend EdtechEurope


Thank you to supporters: 

This weeks episode is brought to you by Classlist and EdtechEurope      



  • ‘There’s something very magical happening at the beginning which sets the trajectory for our futures.’ - @EasyPeasyApp 
  • ‘Half (of school ready children) are not ready to learn because they lack these basic skills; concentration, self-control, getting on well with peers, resilience.’  - via @EasyPeasyApp 
  • ‘Could EasyPeasy support social mobility?’ That’s our mission.’  -via @EasyPeasyApp
  • ‘It’s really becoming the hub for EdTech start ups in the UK.’ - via @EdspaceHoxton 
  • ‘The connection with the college is great. The principal is very entrepreneurial. If we are co-located we have more of an opportunity to build and grow things together.’  - via @EdspaceHoxton
  • ‘We work with a network of school chains; Ark and Oasis academies, for example. They will trial the products, give feedback, potentially become first customers’ - @EmergeLabs
  • ‘There are 5 million people in the world today who won’t have access to safe and affordable surgery.’ - via @OpenSimulation 
  • ‘We need to drastically increase surgical training and the surgical workforce.’  - via @OpenSimulation 
  • ‘We started with a pizza box; from a pizza box we moved to a box file to the current wooden box. The idea that we want to share with the world is you don’t need high end complex things…you just need your mobile phone, a cardboard box and you could learn how to perform a surgery.’ 


Reading and resources: 


Emerge Education


Open Simulation 

Easy Peasy 


Sir Adrian Smith 

Crawford Report 


Oxford University Press

Walter Mischel







May 15, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • The use of different software to help with coding teaching, including Pyonkee & Scratch
  • Which year groups use which software to aid learning 
  • iPad ownership and use by the school 
  • Taking on the role of computer co-ordinator; what does the role entail? 
  • Team teaching with other teachers to build confidence in computing 
  • Sharing best practice and learning from mistakes 
  • Why it’s OK that the kids will know more than you!
  • The power of networking and sharing ‘failure’ stories as well as success stories 
  • Barclays Coder Dojo and Code Club 
  • Is Minecraft a fad or a useful learning platform?
  • CPD training for leaders and practitioners  


Coding, Computing, Pyonkee, Scratch, Collaboration, STEM, Hackathon, CoderDojo, Year3, Animation, Minecraft, Codeclub


On coding as career-enhancing: ‘it is a skill set which has really benefited me.’ ‘It’s self taught. I knew it was coming. You are looking to it to develop your knowledge.’

On the role of computer co-ordinator: ‘my role is to help teachers build up their confidence in teaching.’ ‘It’s still very new - i want to learn more’ ‘I have to as a practitioner open their eyes to see the application of computing in the real world’ 

On coding: ‘Key stage two use Pyonkee; key stage three use Scratch Junior.’ 

On students being engaged in computing: ‘One of the reasons why coding is so fun, is the fact that kids WANT to do it. They want to compute, create their own games, their own characters.’ ‘That kind of enthusiasm - it makes it easy to teach it!'

On collaborating: ‘’It's a case of sharing practice, and learning from mistakes.’ 

On Minecraft: ‘Minecraft - for better or worse they are involved in Minecraft. It’s one of those fads at the moment, I’m waiting for it to die down, but it’s something which has helped them. It has it’s benefits!’ 

On CodeClub: ‘Both genders are really into code club which is good, really good.’

On aspirations to bring robotics into the school: ‘I can imagine the kids going WHOA - coding and robots!’ 

On Barclays coder-dojo: ‘i get to see how corporations are hoping children learn how to code. Seeing them get support and making things - it’s really good.’ 'They had bowls of sweets which kept them really hyperactive.’ 

On Local Authority training sessions: ‘I really hope that that continues not just for lead teachers but for other staff as well.'

Reading and resources: 

Lauriston Primary School 

Scratch Junior 

Barclays Coder Dojo 



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