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From Ben Whitaker, Dan Fitzpatrick and Steven Hope. The Edufuturists podcast is a continuing conversation with guests from all over the world about education, technology, the future and everything between. "I never listened to podcasts before I came across EduFuturist they are mindblowingly amazing!" Z Bukhari.

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From Ben Whitaker, Dan Fitzpatrick and Steven Hope. The Edufuturists podcast is a continuing conversation with guests from all over the world about education, technology, the future and everything between. "I never listened to podcasts before I came across EduFuturist they are mindblowingly amazing!" Z Bukhari.

    Edufuturists #91 - Accessible Remote Learning with Eilidh McKay

    Edufuturists #91 - Accessible Remote Learning with Eilidh McKay

    This episode is in partnership with our good friends at https://www.texthelp.com  

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    Eilidh is currently Education Support Officer for Digital Learning in the South East of Scotland. Working across 5 local authorities, Eilidh utilises both G Suite for Education and Office 365 tools within her work.  Eilidh is a Google Certified Trainer, and has supported hundreds of practitioners across the UK on their journeys with G Suite for Education.  She is also a Google Certified Innovator, having attended the Sweden 2019 innovator academy in November with the noteworthy Steven Hope.  Eilidh and Steven recently supported the Google for Education stand at BETT 2020 focusing on Accessibility.   

    Eilidh started off her career as a primary teacher in Aberdeen in 2013.  Her school piloted Chromebooks, which sparked Eilidh’s interest in digital technologies and, in particular, G Suite for Education.  Through trial and error, Eilidh discovered ways in which technologies could be used to support learners at different stages.  As a teacher, Eilidh attended training on Texthelp’s Read & Write toolbar, Fluency Tutor and Equatio.  This opened her eyes to the world of assistive technologies and the importance of utilising technology appropriately to meet all learners’ needs.  

    Eilidh progressed to the role of Education Support Officer for Learning Technologies in Aberdeen in 2018, further developing her knowledge of digital technologies across both primary and secondary settings.  Eilidh supported schools across Aberdeen to utilise technologies before making the move to Edinburgh in 2019 to take up her current role. You can follow her on twitter @MissEMckay


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    Edufuturists #90 - Kataholos Guidelines for Life with Michael Quigley

    Edufuturists #90 - Kataholos Guidelines for Life with Michael Quigley

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    In today’s episode we are joined by Michael Quigley, a passionate member of the BNI networking group. Michael Quigley holds BA (Hons) 1st class degree in Drama & English from Chester University and an MA in English Language & Literature from Manchester University, as well as a, PGCE from Edge Hill.  He is a former primary school teacher with experience of coaching and leading. This is coupled with his passion for fitness and wellbeing. He is a member of BNI Zeus, a business networking group in the north west of England, where he is a keen networker and supporter.  Michael is the founder and director at Kataholos, a Lancashire based company that grows people through leadership development, training courses and products. His first book, Kataholos: Guidelines for a wholisticwholistic happy life was released in November 2018. He tweets @_kataholos


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    Edufuturists #89 - Soft Skills with Kavin Wadhar

    Edufuturists #89 - Soft Skills with Kavin Wadhar

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    Kavin is a Cambridge-educated, Dad of 2 kids, passionate about developing "soft skills" in the next generation. He quit his job leading the UK division of an Education publishing company to found www.KidCoach.app: a conversational tool that empowers parents to help their kids think more creatively and analytically, while developing social and emotional skills - all at home.

    This focus on soft skills is really important to Kavin and why he set up kidcoach, having been inspired like many of us by Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk. The premise is simple cards with a skill focus - a question with guidance for parents/coaches and some prompts if stuck. 

    You can connect with him on Facebook or LinkedIn. You can find out all about Kavin’s work at kidcoach.app. He tweets @KavinWadhar 




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    Edufuturists #88 - Taking Advantage of EdTech During COVID-19 with Abdul Chohan

    Edufuturists #88 - Taking Advantage of EdTech During COVID-19 with Abdul Chohan

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    Abdul Chohan is the Director of ThinkSimple Ltd. The organisation works with school leaders and Ministries of Education to develop operational efficiencies and innovative learning approaches in education using mobile technology. 



    Abdul is a former teacher of 20 years and is the Co-founder of a primary free school in Bolton, UK. He is also a former Principal and CEO of a multi academy trust based in the UK. He is known for his pioneering work on mobile based learning at Essa Academy, Bolton, UK. Since then he has worked with a number of international educational organisations as well as devising learning strategies based on mobile technology platforms. 



    His programmes focus on the idea of ‘Changing Beliefs’ through ‘Simplicity and Reliability’ and have extended beyond the traditional school environment to impact families and the wider communities that the schools serve. More recently he has published a paper on ‘digitising effective feedback’ published in the Chartered College journal. Follow him on Twitter @abdulchohan


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    Edufuturists #87 - The Past, Present & Future of Education with Bob Harrison

    Edufuturists #87 - The Past, Present & Future of Education with Bob Harrison

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    We are joined by Bob Harrison, who has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher, lecturer, senior manager, principal and governor. He has worked with Head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College of School Leadership, was the adviser to DfES on the FE Principals Qualification,was Digital/e-learning adviser for the DfES Standards Unit and was the lead on Digital Futures for the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme where he designed and delivered the programme at National level for several local authorities

    He is a Board member of the UfI Trust, a £60m charity supporting innovative developments in the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment in further vocational and adult education. He is a Judge for the BETT Awards, TES FE Awards, Learning Remained awards, E-Assessment awards and the EdTechUK awards.

    Bob was recently shortlisted for the TES FE “Lifetime Achievement award” for services to Further, Vocational and Adult Education. There is more information on his website www.setuk.co.uk or join his following on twitter @bobharrisonedu


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    Edufuturists #86 - The Rise of E-Sports with James Fraser-Murison

    Edufuturists #86 - The Rise of E-Sports with James Fraser-Murison

    On this episode we are delighted to be joined by the E-Sports Teacher James Fraser-Murison.

    James studied at Roehampton uni and currently in his 16th year teaching. James has worked in four large sixth colleges having taught English and media a level and BTEC.

    James has been a teaching and learning coach, deputy head and now a director of learning at Queen Mary’s college Hampshire teaching on level 2 and 3 courses. He is a Google level 2 trained (, keen proponent of ILT to help achieve results, father to one amazing son called Noah and self-proclaimed esports teacher!

    Lesser known facts about James are he has a 200m swimming badge, cycling proficiency test passed first time and once drove into a stationary skip at under 7 mph. He can also play the first three bars only of Smoke on the Water on a guitar. James can be found on twitter at @Fraseresports 


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