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#74 – The Power of Learners with Sylvia Martinez

Modern Learners

We're in our second week of exploring power and power relationships in schools which is a topic that I don't think we reflect on nearly enough in schools. (Here's the first "power" podcast with Rob Fried.) There's an inherent tension when it comes to learning and power, namely how much power do you as a learner have in any learning interaction to choose not just what you learn but how and where and when. And one of the things that casts such a long shadow over this conversation is the fact that going to school is compulsory. Learners have no or very little choice but to attend a school which then decides almost everything about the what, where and when of learning. So right from the start, we take agency away from kids, and we rarely seem to think about the implications of that.Someone who has been thinking about that for quite some time is my guest on this week's podcast. Sylvia Martinez is the co-author of what I think may be one of the best books on learning and schools in the last five years, Invent to Learn which has come to be known as "the bible of the maker movement." She's an advisor to the Stanford University FabLearn Fellows, and she has a long history in leading educational non-profits and in product design and development in educational games. And, she was one of the early designers of the software for that GPS navigational system that gets all of us to where we want to go in today's world.All that aside, what I love about Sylvia is her genuine passion for creating environments in schools where teachers and students can explore learning on their own terms, and in this podcast, we talk about that as well as the dynamics of power in classrooms, the cultural movements that lead to change in schools, and the complexities around the idea of empowerment in the various hierarchies of schools. It's an important, and on many levels fascinating conversation.As always, if you enjoy the conversation, why not head over to iTunes and give us a review and a rating? And tell your friends about our podcast as well. Thanks for listening everyone!For more resources and links about this podcast, check out the "Podcasts" topic in the Modern Learners Community.

48mins

8 Oct 2019

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Season 6: Episode 2 – Invent to Learn – Interview with Sylvia Martinez [Podcast]

TLTalkRadio

In this episode, we’re speaking with Sylvia Martinez, co-author with Dr. Gary Stager of Invent to Learn Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom, a book that has been described as the “bible of the maker movement for classrooms” A former aerospace engineer, Sylvia speaks and writes around the world to advocate for authentic learning using real world design principles,…Read more

22mins

9 Sep 2019

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Sylvia Martinez: Generation YES | Steve Hargadon | Oct 12 2010

Steve Hargadon Interviews

Sylvia Martinez: Generation YES | Steve Hargadon | Oct 12 2010 by Steve Hargadon

1hr

23 Aug 2019

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20 Sylvia Martinez on Invent to Learn 2019

Journeys in Podcasting

Sylvia Martinez discusses the need for teacher time and continued development of theory of knowledge, the updated Invent to Learn 2019 edition, and the upcoming Constructing Modern Knowledge make space she and Gary Stager host every summer.

1hr 9mins

3 Jun 2019

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EdGamer Episode 8: Sylvia Martinez Says YES to EdGaming

EdGamer

Guests, guests and more guests! Episode 8 finds EdGamer interviewing notable intellectual Sylvia Martinez about her her personal history with gaming and education. Sylvia is the President of Generation YES. GenYES is an innovative program that creates 21st century leaders and learners. GenYES students help teachers use technology in classrooms, supporting effective technology integration school-wide. (from genyes.org) We have had some fantastic guests so far, however Sylvia gives us a unique vantage point due to her extensive history with gaming in the private sector.… Read the rest

1hr 2mins

16 Apr 2011

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Games in Education by Sylvia Martinez

K12Online08 Video Channel

It sounds like a simple idea– kids don’t like school… kids like games, so if we sneak some educational content into games, won’t everyone benefit? This session will explore what’s right and wrong about this idea, and how educators can discern the difference between the hype and the promise. I believe that although some of the promise has been oversold, there is much to learn from exploring the educational promise of games in the classroom.

23mins

27 Oct 2008

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Games in Education by Sylvia Martinez

K12Online08 Audio Channel

It sounds like a simple idea– kids don’t like school… kids like games, so if we sneak some educational content into games, won’t everyone benefit? This session will explore what’s right and wrong about this idea, and how educators can discern the difference between the hype and the promise. I believe that although some of the promise has been oversold, there is much to learn from exploring the educational promise of games in the classroom.

23mins

27 Oct 2008

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Web 2.0 Share the Adventure (audio) by Sylvia Martinez

K12Online07 Audio Podcasts

For many teachers, Web 2.0 tools offer exciting opportunities for students to express themselves and take command of technology that stretches the mind and reaches outside school walls. For some teachers, these tools are like trying to take a drink of water from a fire hose – endlessly expanding into a bewildering array of choices. It’s a daunting task to figure out all the options with Web 2.0 tools and choose the “best” one to introduce to students. But why should you have all the fun!? Share your Learning Adventure 2.0 with your students and you will all benefit from the experience.

1hr

25 Oct 2007

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Challenging Assumptions About Technology Professional Development (audio) by Sylvia Martinez

K12Online07 Audio Podcasts

Forty years after the invention of the personal computer, schools still find themselves begging teachers to introduce technology into classrooms. Conventional wisdom attributes the lack of effective technology use in classrooms to a shortage of, or poorly run professional development. At the same time, student-centered learning environments require teachers to develop more expertise not only in technology but also in pedagogy. Rather than continue to do more of the same, we should question assumptions and explore new models of teacher learning that address these issues.

1hr

22 Oct 2007

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Second Life: K-20 Educators Exploring Virtual Worlds - Panel (audio) by Kevin Jarrett and Sylvia Martinez

K12Online07 Audio Podcasts

In a modest two-story home in one corner of the metaverse, a group of K-20 educators, bloggers and futurists has gathered to build a community devoted to exploring the educational implications of the multi-user virtual environment (M.U.V.E.) known as Second Life. This panel presentation will focus on the educational uses of Second Life and its implications for K-20 education. Utilizing Voicethread.com, this presentation will include voice- and text-annotated comments by the presenters as well as visitors, extending the conversation in ways other presentations simply cannot!

1hr 45mins

17 Oct 2007