18 episodes

This podcast is for the Guardians of the Internet Generation—the teachers, school leaders, and parents who are raising youth in a society filled with technology. We’ve got to get this right—our future depends on it.

I’m your host, Heather Clayton Staker, co-author of the book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. I'm founder and president of Ready to Blend, based in Austin, TX. I write, speak, and train on how to use technology in schools.

In this podcast we'll discuss the whys and hows of introducing technological innovation into our children's lives.

Ready to Blend Heather Clayton Staker

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This podcast is for the Guardians of the Internet Generation—the teachers, school leaders, and parents who are raising youth in a society filled with technology. We’ve got to get this right—our future depends on it.

I’m your host, Heather Clayton Staker, co-author of the book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. I'm founder and president of Ready to Blend, based in Austin, TX. I write, speak, and train on how to use technology in schools.

In this podcast we'll discuss the whys and hows of introducing technological innovation into our children's lives.

    18. Data-Driven Learning with Michael Norton

    18. Data-Driven Learning with Michael Norton

    Data-Driven Learning will replace Data-Driven Instruction. Why? Because today's youth need to respond entrepreneurially to the abundance of data that surrounds them. They must learn to cut through the noise, discern what matters, and respond.

    In this show, Michael Norton of KIPP Texas explains Data-Driven Learning.
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    • 26 min
    17. How Clayton Christensen Improved My Life

    17. How Clayton Christensen Improved My Life

    Clayton Christensen is the father of innovation theory. His work shaped the principles of business strategy. I'm one of countless people Clay's work impacted. He passed away in January.

    Christensen’s theories, and his life itself, shaped my life profoundly for the better. In this podcast I highlight true principles from this wise mentor.

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    • 24 min
    16. Flexible Learning Environments, part 1 with Michael Norton

    16. Flexible Learning Environments, part 1 with Michael Norton

    Our guest today is Michael Norton, manager of blended learning and academics at KIPP Texas. Michael helped these classrooms transform into flexible learning environments where students have multiple options for how to make progress and teachers have several new ways of reaching and engaging each learner.

    The initial goal was for students to be ready for Algebra I by 8th grade. But the success of the project has led to its expansion to other core subjects and beyond the near-term goal of Algebra I.

    • 26 min
    15. Moving Beyond "Tech Integration," with guest Lisa Adams

    15. Moving Beyond "Tech Integration," with guest Lisa Adams

    Caution: If your school has embarked on “tech integration,” that’s a red flag. Often that phrase is code for cramming devices on top of the traditional instructional model. Multiple studies show that approach to be a waste of effort.

    In this podcast episode, Heather talks to Lisa Adams, assistant superintendent at Temple ISD. In 2015 student performance started to skyrocket. That was the year Lisa’s district switched from “tech integration” to a deep transformation of the fundamental learning

    • 47 min
    14. Districts Can Support Principals, with guest Micha Villarreal

    14. Districts Can Support Principals, with guest Micha Villarreal

    Bringing about a major shift in teaching and learning might seem impossible in a large, urban school district. Processes tend to hold firm. But Ysleta Independent School District in southern Texas is bucking that pattern.

    Now in its fifth year of implementing a system-wide blended learning project, Ysleta ISD has transformed 10 campuses.

    In this episode, Heather Clayton Staker talks with Micha Villarreal, Ysleta ISD's project leader for large-scale student-centered learning.

    • 35 min
    13. Finding Time to Transform Your School, with guest David Medina

    13. Finding Time to Transform Your School, with guest David Medina

    If you walk into a Pasodale Elementary School classroom, you’ll see students scattered everywhere, each working on an independent or group objective. To someone unfamiliar with the model, it might look chaotic. But each student can explain what she’s working on and why. A growing number of teachers and principals want to make this shift. But how can they build it? How do they find the time? Let's talk to Pasodale's principal, David Medina, to find answers.

    • 33 min

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Best of the best

I don’t think there’s a more engaging thought leader in education today than Heather Staker. I saw her present in Minneapolis and was truly awed. Will change the way you think about learning!

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Hope for My Kids

As a father of a young boy not yet of the formal education age, and one child in the way, I discuss extensively with my wife about the education of our kids. We want them to be excited to learn, fascinated with learning, every day of their lives. We want their education to be tailored to their interests and strengths and for “school” (in whatever form it takes) to be an occasion they genuinely look forward to. This podcast gives me hope that the future is filled with bright solutions that will allow us to give our kids the education the education they deserve that will empower them to achieve great things and live life with passion.

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