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.
Online and Blended Learning Fundamentals: Learning from the Pioneers
In this class, you’ll look backward at how online and blended learning emerged over the past 20 years in K-12 education. With that context, you’ll look forward to imagine the online and blended solutions for the future. You’ll consider your personal openness to trying new strategies. You’ll analyze your learning design to check for the quality of engagement. And you’ll prioritize how to optimize the teacher’s use of time.
Helping Children Feel Safe to Share
In this class, Heather teaches three ways to build bridges that help learners connect across any divide they might be experiencing so that they feel safe enough to speak up and express themselves, whether at school or home.
No one should go through the day unnoticed. Children and teenagers have ideas that can change the world. Learn how to bring everyone into the conversation.
Using Games to Support Children Socially and Emotionally
I've restructured this podcast as a class, so that each episode going forward will teach a skill to help you blend online learning into school and home.
Today's class is on using games to improve children's well-being. You'll hear evidence for why students need social and emotional intensive care. Then you'll listen to examples of teachers who are using games to connect their community. You'll also hear an example of using games to reduce anxiety at home.
Video version: https://youtu.be/8mZOk4MCDps
Where Do We Go from Here? with Atomi's Simon Hennessey
We are alive right at the moment when there's an opening of opportunity to retool the classroom for the end user. We have the will plus the disruptive innovations to do it.
Today's show features the main excerpt from an interview Heather did with Simon Hennessy for the Atomi podcast in which they discuss principles of disruptive innovation that will bring about the transformation.
Developing Student-centered Teachers
What's the best way for school leaders to equip teachers with the skills they need to transform their instructional model? In this show, Heather Clayton Staker shares her latest research from the Christensen Institute that proposes a way forward for the PD solution that schools urgently need.
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Hacks for Solving Esteem Gaps
Inequities grow worse for each day that children lack “flex” environments that are blended (online and face-to-face) and that help them make progress, whether they are in in-person or remote setups.
It is becoming surprisingly simple to set up a Flex blended-learning model, where caring teachers lead discussions, provide coaching, and oversee the online instruction.
Expect to see thousands of schools and co-ops offering Flex programs this year. Let's talk about how to build one.
Heather’s professional background and personal experience are unparalleled. Her insight is a must - especially now!
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!
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.