Thought provoking conversations that help dive deeper into educational practices.
Shawn Kanungo: disrupt to innovate
What is the role of innovation within education?
Shawn Kanungo, a globally recognized innovation strategist, shares his insight into how innovation occurs and what it could look like within schools. Shawn offers challenges and inspiration for educators and school leaders to do school differently. For example - "if you don't understand how video games work for middle school students - you are irrelevant."
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Three kids asking some more curious questions with Judy Schachner
Anaiah Downing, Eliana Downing, and Teo Downing had the opportunity to ask some curious questions to Judy Schachner, the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 23 books for children including Bits & Pieces, the Skippyjon Jones series (my personal favorite), Yo Vikings, The Grannyman and Willy and May.
The answers to the questions provide some great insight to listeners of all ages.
See episode #29 for the complete conversation with Judy.
Judy Schachner: liberating creativity
How does an award winning author + illustrator create their books?
Judy Schachner, #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator, gives us a glimpse into her creation process. See the link on the website for a wonderful example of a character bible, which serves as the foundation for her books. Her process seeks to break down barriers that hinder creativity.
Judy also provides unique insight into the character of Skippyjon Jones (my fav), which causes increased laughter and understanding.
Michelle Weise: long life learning
How do we prepare for jobs that don't exist yet?
Michelle Weise guides us through this transition with thoughtful insight and tons of examples. Michelle explains how the system needs to be transformed in order to support new workers.
This conversation keeps innovation at the forefront with many ideas that can be easily applied beyond higher education.
Michelle's writing has appeared in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, and her most recent book, Long Life Learning
John Couch: Rewiring Education
What is the role of technology within our learning?
John Couch, Apple's first Vice President of Education, helps us understand the difference between utilizing technology as a mental bicycle and an exercise bike.
John does this through stories, personal examples, and providing insight into the vision of Steve Jobs.
Our conversation uncovers the need to provide students with challenges, build trust, and connect learning to the real world.
Check out johndcouch.com
Tony Wagner: learning by heart
What drives your learning?
We dive into this question and much more in a conversation that is framed around Tony's newest book, Learning By Heart. Tony shares significant stories that demonstrate the power of teachers in the learning process as well as the need to have learning tailored to curiosity and passions.
Tony doesn't stop there. He shares a pivotal moment that saved his educational journey as well as lessons learned from a personalized axemanship course.
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Although I’m not in education, I’ve found these talks insightful. I’ve been picking up things that I can apply as a business owner and entrepreneur.
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I look forward to listening to each episode. There's always something new and unexpected. Keep 'em coming! P.S. I also really like the intro music. Nice.
All these podcasts have been very interesting and informative. I can see how new creative technology and application practices have affected the learning process in an incredibly positive manner!