52 episodes

It’s easy to see a child’s education as a path determined by grades, test scores and extra curricular activities. But genuine learning is about so much more than the points schools tally. MindShift explores the future of learning and how we raise our kids. This podcast is part of the MindShift education site, a division of KQED News. You can also visit the MindShift website for episodes and supplemental blog posts or tweet us @MindShiftKQED or visit us at MindShift.KQED.org.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 224 Ratings

It’s easy to see a child’s education as a path determined by grades, test scores and extra curricular activities. But genuine learning is about so much more than the points schools tally. MindShift explores the future of learning and how we raise our kids. This podcast is part of the MindShift education site, a division of KQED News. You can also visit the MindShift website for episodes and supplemental blog posts or tweet us @MindShiftKQED or visit us at MindShift.KQED.org.

    School Bells or Nah?

    School Bells or Nah?

    Remote learning was far from ideal, but it did open the door for schools to approach the school day day in new ways. We explore the research on teen sleep and what that means for school start times, as well as the promise and peril of the four day school week. Research shows shortening the school week doesn’t necessarily improve student outcomes, but it may alleviate teacher burnout. Finally, we look at the history of the school bell, how it shapes learning and whether it’s time for the final toll. 

    Additional Reading:

    Students Can Get to Class Without Bells, But Schools Need to Adapt

    Three Reasons Teens Need Later School Start Times

    Why More Schools Are Considering a 4-Day Week Despite the Risk

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    • 29 min
    How Do You Stop Cheating Students? (Hint: Tech Isn’t the Only Answer)

    How Do You Stop Cheating Students? (Hint: Tech Isn’t the Only Answer)

    During remote learning, students had to use virtual proctoring tools to take their tests online. These apps and software can be as extreme as using artificial intelligence to track a students eye movements and keystrokes or as simple as a lockdown browser that prevents students from accessing other pages during the test. Students and caregivers have raised concerns about school pressures, racial bias, privacy and mental health. The rise of these tools and their defects brings up some bigger questions too: Where does trusting students come in? Is it time to change the way schools test altogether?
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    • 30 min
    Back With Season Seven!

    Back With Season Seven!

    What do students really need in order to learn? MindShift is where teachers, parents and caregivers can discover solutions for raising our kids in the modern era. Hear from educators and experts creating pathways for students to flourish. The first episode of an all new season drops Tuesday, July 19.
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    • 49 sec
    MindShift Presents “Who Wants to Be a Teacher” From the Educate Podcast

    MindShift Presents “Who Wants to Be a Teacher” From the Educate Podcast

    Today, we’re looking at a huge problem in education: teacher shortages. Across the US, schools are struggling to fill teaching roles. Large numbers of teachers are quitting after only a short time on the job, and 9 out of 10 teachers hired are replacing a teacher who has left the profession. The high turnover means more classrooms are run by beginner teachers, substitute teachers, emergency teachers and teachers from new, for-profit teacher training companies. This story is an excerpt from the four-part series, “Who Wants to Be a Teacher” from the Educate podcast at APM Reports.

    To listen to the full series visit the Who Want to Be a Teacher project page:
    https://www.apmreports.org/episode/2021/07/28/who-wants-to-be-a-teacher

    • 21 min
    The 'Great Resignation' for Teens

    The 'Great Resignation' for Teens

    After reflecting in isolation, millions of adults got fed up and voluntarily quit their jobs in record numbers, and teenagers have also been ready for a change. But what does that look like? Today on MindShift, we’re talking to Caroline Smith about the great resignation and what that looks like for schools.

    • 17 min
    Does My Kid Have a Tech Addiction?

    Does My Kid Have a Tech Addiction?

    With social distancing, stay-at-home orders and remote learning during the pandemic, many caregivers allowed more screen time than usual. Teenagers’ screen time doubled during COVID, and now many caregivers and parents are afraid their kid’s screen time has gone overboard. Dr. Anna Lembke, author of “Dopamine Nation,” makes the case for how technology, with its promise of nonstop engagement and flashing lights, can be addictive.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

MarcAlexander7 ,

Yay for New Season!

Great first episode back. The awareness being made surrounding assessments is crucial and something that must always be scrutinized and re-evaluated.

Elise M.C ,

Every episode is gold

This podcast adds so much to my life, I don’t know how I survived before it. Short yet tells a complete story that is well researched and captivating. As a parent this expands my view so wildly and for that I am appreciative.

ECMarissa ,

It’s insightful, refreshing and parents AND educators should listen!

As a parent, podcaster and early educator, I listen and refer to this podcast regularly. The content is well-produced, researched and well-rounded information that is useful as well as entertaining. I share it out to my network often. Thank you!

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