24 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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    • 4.9, 22 Ratings

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.

    24. Hacks for Solving Social Belonging Gaps

    24. Hacks for Solving Social Belonging Gaps

    Feeling lonely, depressed? Small wonder . . . the world is locked in social distancing, and humans brains are wired to suffer as a result. We can’t fully solve for social isolation right now. But we can avoid pitfalls that make loneliness worse.

    This episode addresses level 3 in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: social belonging.

    Some types of screen time will increase despair, whereas others increase social belonging. Let's talk about best practices for how to find community.

    • 33 min
    23. Hacks for Solving Safety Gaps

    23. Hacks for Solving Safety Gaps

    The shifting pandemic and school closures are opening safety gaps for many families and children, including personal, financial, and emotional insecurities.

    This episode offers a few hacks, in the sense of scrappy efficient shortcuts, for governments, schools, and families who are working to close safety gaps. 

    Sometimes becoming resourceful in the face of adversity creates more strength and safety than before the adversity hit.

    • 18 min
    22. Hacks for Solving Physiological Gaps

    22. Hacks for Solving Physiological Gaps

    School closures and lockdowns are causing major physiological gaps for some children in the form of food, exercise, and sleep shortages, while other children are benefiting physiologically. Caregivers and educators want to help solve for physiological gaps, but it's not obvious how to do that.

    This episode offers a few hacks, or scrappy efficient shortcuts, for governments, schools, and families who are contending with physiological gaps. 

    • 25 min
    21. How We Will #MindTheGap

    21. How We Will #MindTheGap

    Until we're through with the coronavirus, children's well-being is dependent almost exclusively on the strength of their immediate family units. Children face 5 gaps, represented by Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

    For #gap1—Physiological —Ruth Iaela-Pukahi tells us how she's feeding her 7 children. For #gap3—Social Belonging—Matt Clayton shares how his guides at Slope School connect 1-one-1 with their students. For #gap5—Self-actualization—Thomas Collette talks about Agilix's free online courses

    • 39 min
    20. As Schools Cancel, Mind the Gap

    20. As Schools Cancel, Mind the Gap

    As schools close due to COVID-19, many of them are rushing to build the online learning train. But there's too big a gap for most kids between where they're standing and the entrance to the train. They're going to fall. How can we #MindTheGap? Let's start as the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy and then move up.

    Let's share solutions at https://www.readytoblend.com/MindTheGap and on Twitter with hashtag #MindTheGap.

    The great news is that amazing solutions are springing up. Let's make more!

    • 20 min
    19. Hurricanes and Other Hurdles with Guest Roy Moore

    19. Hurricanes and Other Hurdles with Guest Roy Moore

    Great leaders help their organizations adjust. That's true for big events that require big adjustments, as well as for lesser events that still benefit from flexibility.

    Episode 19 features Roy Moore, principal of Notthingham Elementary in Texas. He adapted with ninja-like agility to succor his community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. And his staff are learning to do the same thing in their learning design.

    Don't miss the diagram that accompanies this episode: http://eepurl.com/geaExT

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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Educator

Heather’s professional background and personal experience are unparalleled. Her insight is a must - especially now!

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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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