At the intersection of learning, media, and what's emerging in pop culture, you'll find Trending in Education. Join us each week as we sense and discover where the world of learning is going.
Microschools and Learning Pods with Brian Tobal
Brian Tobal is the CEO of SchoolHouse, an education company that provides a home to microschools led by outstanding educators. On this episode, Brian joins Mike to tell the story of the series of successful education ventures and initiatives that he's embarked on throughout his career. We conclude by diving into what led to his joining SchoolHouse to lead them through these tumultuous times.
We discuss why Brian is shifting his focus from algorithms to teachers and what it's been like leading an initiative that caught some COVID-19 tailwinds in 2020. We wrap up by picking Brian's brain for other emerging trends and things to look out for. If you like it when we get "zeitgeisty" - then this episode is one you won't want to miss.
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Applied Learning Science, Mind Control, and Teaching Online at Scale with Dr. Steve Joordens
Steve Joordens is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. He's also the Director of the Advanced Learning Technologies Lab at U of T where he researches the application of research findings to real life learning interventions.
Steve joins Mike in a free-flowing conversation about the challenges and opportunities with online learning in these very confusing times. Steve shares his perspectives on how best to navigate the rapid shift to online and recommends we look to experts in learning science and digital instruction to help navigate the massive shifts we're experiencing. We talk feedback, scaling online solutions, and emphasize the importance of developing social emotional and interpersonal skills to train students to be ready to land their first jobs.
Don't Be A Turkey - Learn to Be Grateful 2020 Edition
Melissa, Dan, and Mike regroup to reflect on the year that was in 2020 and how gratefulness and reflection have become key trends in our thinking. While we talk through the allure of doomscrolling and social media, we also shift our focus to think through how we're becoming more reflective and intentional about how we spend our time and those opportunities we have to share with those we're close to.
We also take a moment to thank each other and our listeners for powering through a challenging year as we try to be hopeful about the future without jinxing anything. We hope those of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving get some restorative time with those you love now and throughout the coming year.
Thanks as always for listening!
Personalized Learning, Affordability, and Access with Adrian Ridner
Adrian Ridner is the Co-founder and CEO of Study.com, a trusted education website used by over 30 million students and teachers each month. Adrian is committed to improving online education through personalized learning solutions that are engaging, effective, and affordable.
In this episode of Trending in Education, Adrian joins Mike to tell his origin story leading up to the founding and scaling of Study.com over the past 20 years. We dig into how a program like Study.com opens up access for learners to work at their own pace to find pathways to success. We also explore how the pandemic has driven new behavior patterns on Study.com and get Adrian's perspective on emerging trends in online learning in the coming years.
It's an episode you won't want to miss. To get more shows like this, visit us and subscribe at Trending in Education.
Helping Kids Learn Self-Compassion with Mike Iskandar
Mike Iskandar joins Mike on this episode to talk about how he founded Time Travel Journeys to help schools & organizations empower kids to turn self doubt, anxiety, and isolation into self compassion, confidence, & connection. Mike tells the story of how what began as a project of self-discovery in his 40th year evolved into the program he runs today that centers around getting to know yourself across the years of your life and learning to forgive yourself.
If you're interested in Social Emotional Learning (SEL), self-discovery, and perspective taking throughout our lives, this is the episode for you.
Reimagining School with Howard Blumenthal
Howard Blumenthal joins Mike on this episode about reimagining school for the future. Howard's best-known work is Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?, which he created and produced for PBS. Nowadays, Howard's keen interest is in growing up in the 21st century; what children and teenagers learn, and how they learn; global citizenship; social change; and human progress. We explore his big picture thinking about media/technology, behavioral change, public good, and international relationships as we dive into his founding of Reinventing School earlier this year. We also touch on his work with Kids On Earth.
Howard's lifelong interest connects play, fun and imagination with curiosity as the primary driver for learning. We hope you enjoy this conversation that explores how to foster global citizenship in kids that is enabled by personal learning, media, and technology.
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Interesting and entertaining
I've really enjoyed getting to be part of this show on "both sides of the headphones", so to speak. I've learned a lot through listening to it and very much appreciated getting to be a guest. Mike is a great host, a fun converationalist, and a wonderful interviewer. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
These guys are bringing a refreshing perspective to education. They have unending curiosity and energy.
This podcast really isn’t for educators
If you don’t know much about education you might like this podcast. If you have worked in a school district or are an education researcher, you are going to be disappointed. The main host sounds like he is hosting a sports talk show (lots of background laughs at awkward times) and the other guy drones on and says “um” a lot. Most of the time they never get to the point. Every once in awhile they have a decent guest, but for the most part they seem unprepared for that person. I would recommend they prepare more, edit more carefully, and focus on topics relevant to educators.