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A weekly podcast about the future of learning and the intersection of technology and education. Join host Jeff Young and other EdSurge reporters as they sit down with educators, tech innovators and scholars for frank and in-depth conversations.

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A weekly podcast about the future of learning and the intersection of technology and education. Join host Jeff Young and other EdSurge reporters as they sit down with educators, tech innovators and scholars for frank and in-depth conversations.

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36 Ratings
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By O's MiMi - Jan 16 2019
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Love listening to this podcast while working around the house!

Timely edtech topics

By mr6424 - Sep 13 2017
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Informative talks on educational technologies, and the people who use them.

iTunes Ratings

36 Ratings
Average Ratings
32
1
1
0
2

Keeping Up

By O's MiMi - Jan 16 2019
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Love listening to this podcast while working around the house!

Timely edtech topics

By mr6424 - Sep 13 2017
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Informative talks on educational technologies, and the people who use them.
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EdSurge Podcast

Latest release on Feb 25, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Is Google EDU Going to Stick Around for the Long Haul?

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We’ve got a gem of a interview for you this week. To hear what’s been going on at Google, one of edtech’s big kahunas, we sat down with Google Education evangelist Jaime Casap, and Jonathan Rochelle, Google Education Product Manager and a co-founder of Google Drive. Yeah, that’s no small feat. You’ll hear their thoughts on the origin of Google’s Education products, equity, and whether Google will eventually pull out of the education game at some point. Plus, our weekly roundup of the edtech news!

Jul 11 2015

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Rank #2: Is the Edtech Bubble Bursting?

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Several edtech companies have shut their doors, while certain cities are producing new incubators. Sense an oxymoron? EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran co-hosts the podcast this week with Mary Jo Madda to chat fundraising, the newest Chromebook, and whether or not the edtech bubble is bursting--or if there's really an edtech bubble at all.

Apr 04 2015

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Rank #3: Does Tech Support Personalized Learning—or Distract Us From What’s Really Important?

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“Personalized learning” is a term that is no stranger to interpretation—even to the point that writers have started to argue about whether it’s worth defining or not (just check out here and here.) But no matter how a school or district defines it, is it worth including technology in that definition—or does edtech merely distract educators from understanding and delivering on what students really need?

In early March, three education research experts—Eileen Rudden of Boston’s LearnLaunch, Chris Liang-Vergara of Chicago’s LEAP Innovations, and Muhammed Chaudhry of the Bay Area’s Silicon Valley Education Foundation—joined EdSurge on a panel to discuss the very answer to this muddy and oftentimes challenging question. Check it out on this edition of the EdSurge podcast!

May 09 2017

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Rank #4: Why Social-Emotional Learning Is Suddenly in the Spotlight

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In the last few years, terms like “whole child” and “social-emotional learning” have become buzzwords. But behind the buzzwords are programs, often led and managed by schools, that take into account all the different things a child needs to be able to learn and grow, even if those things reach outside the traditional roles of a school. EdSurge sat down with Christina Cipriano, the director of research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a research scientist at the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine.

May 07 2019

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Rank #5: Many Frustrated Teachers Say It’s Not Burnout—It’s Demoralization

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A few years ago, after more two decades in the classroom, Chrissy Romano-Arribito began to experience something that may sound familiar to a lot of teachers: burnout. Or not burnout, exactly, but demoralization. Experts like Bowdoin College education chair Doris Santoro, author of the book “Demoralized,” note that as systemic pressure, such as top-down initiatives or punitive evaluation systems, crowd out teacher autonomy, they feel they can no longer tap into what “makes their work morally good.”

Nov 19 2019

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Rank #6: The Evolving World of Microcredentials

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Many colleges these days are experimenting with short-form online degrees to try to reach new audiences and offer new options, often at a lower cost. And new upstart providers are also getting into the mix, including coding bootcamps and startups like Udacity, which offers unaccredited nanodegrees. These trends raise a host of questions about the future of credentialing.

To explore some of these questions, EdSurge recently held an hour-long video forum featuring two guests: Sean Gallagher, the founder and executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy and author of the book, The Future of University Credentials; and Nicola Soares, vice president and managing director for Kelly Educational Staffing at Kelly Services, who has her finger on the pulse of employment and hiring trends.

Jan 23 2018

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Rank #7: What Will AltSchool Do with $100M?

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This week on the podcast, Mary Jo Madda and Michael Winters tackle two big questions from this weeks' news. First, what exactly is happening over at AltSchools? It raised $100M this week, but where does all of that money go? We discuss AltSchool's model and hear from the school's founder about its future. Second, Google Classroom celebrates its first birthday this week. But is the wide use of Google Classroom a good thing? Sure it's a high quality - and free - tool, but could that actually be a risk for teachers using it?

May 08 2015

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Rank #8: How Childhood Has Changed (And How That Impacts Education)

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It’s easy to forget that notions of childhood have changed radically over the years—and not all for the better, says Steven Mintz, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “Helicopter parenting” and habits around carefully guarding, protecting and scheduling kids have their downsides.

The history of the American family and childhood is an area Mintz has long studied. And he keeps that perspective in mind as he works to keep college teaching practices up to date in his other role, as the executive director of the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning.

EdSurge sat down with Mintz a few months ago to talk about kids today, and about why he thinks higher education is going through a once-in-a-generational transformation to respond to how they’ve changed.

The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity. We encourage you to listen to a complete version below, or on iTunes (or your favorite podcast app).

Jul 11 2017

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Rank #9: The Problem With an 'Engineering Model' of Personalized Learning

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In the education technology business, Larry Berger is considered—if not the smartest guy in the room, then certainly one of the wiser ones. With more than 20 years in the industry, Larry has seen the ups and downs, twists and turns.

In 2000 he co-founded Wireless Generation, which pioneered the use of data, digital diagnostics and assessments to support students. It was bought in 2010 by News Corporation, which invested more than $1 billion into the company and rebranded it as Amplify. News Corp’s commitment proved to be a short-lived, however. The media giant sold Amplify to private investors five years later.

Today, Larry Berger leads Amplify as its chief executive. The company is no longer as high-profile—or as big—as it once was. So what is Amplify today? What have the past years taught him, and where is the company going?

EdSurge recently sat down with Berger for an update on what Amplify’s up to, along with his thoughts on how the curriculum business is evolving. He also talked about the challenges facing edtech companies today, including his skepticism towards what he calls an “engineering” model of personalized learning.

Jun 05 2018

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Rank #10: Apple’s Longtime Education VP Shares Frustrations With Slow Pace of Change

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People love to try to figure out what Apple is up to and to guess their strategy—that’s true for its education strategy as well. But often there’s not much to go on beyond press releases and speculation.

So when Apple’s longtime vice-president of education, John Couch, published a book this year with his thoughts on the future of education and accounts of his work at Apple, it opened a rare window into how the company’s views on education.

The book is called Rewiring Education: How Technology Can Unlock Every Student's Potential. And yes, it does offer some anecdotes about how Steve Jobs thought about computers in education, including how he referred to computers as an “amplifier for intellect” the same way a bicycle amplifies the physical push of the rider. In the book, Couch writes that Jobs predicted this mental bicycle would “allow us to go beyond—to discover, create and innovate like never before.”

But the book is also full of frustration—at what Couch sees as the slow pace of change at schools. He’s essentially arguing that these machines Apple has built are still not being used to their full potential in education.

EdSurge talked with Couch about his time at Apple and where he sees the company going next in education.

Jul 31 2018

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Rank #11: What Impact Investing Means in Education

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“Impact investing” is a term that has become increasingly trendy. And one of the largest higher-ed foundations—The Lumina Foundation—is getting in the game. John Duong, managing director of Lumina Impact Ventures, explains how venture capital supports its mission to drive better postsecondary outcomes, and why “impact-washing” (a spin on whitewashing) is increasingly becoming a concern.

Jul 09 2019

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Rank #12: How to Bring ‘Mastery Learning’ to the Classroom

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One of the most popular topics these days in education is mastery learning—the idea that the pace of a class should match what each student is ready to learn, as a way to ensure they’re really grasping material. But it can be hard to show educators what mastery learning looks like in practice. Cara Johnson has extensive experience both teaching and helping others using the approach. She talked with EdSurge about how she reaches parents and skeptical students—and shares her best tips for a successful mastery classroom.

Jul 30 2019

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Rank #13: What Hillary, Rand, Marco and Ted Say About U.S. Education

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With announcements of 2016 presidential bids in the news, we at EdSurge are having animated discussions of what different candidates hope to change in US education. This week, we take a look at the education stances of Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Plus, catch up on the proposed changes to FERPA, how to get your classroom project funded on DonorsChoose, and more!

Apr 16 2015

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Rank #14: Edtech Unicorn? LinkedIn Buys Lynda.com

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The biggest of news in edtech this week comes from the biggest Ka'Ching we've seen in a while: LinkedIn's $1.5 billion purchase of Lynda.com. What does it mean for the edtech industry? Why would LinkedIn Purchase Lynda.com? EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran stops by to discuss the deal, as well as her experience at this week's ASU-GSV conference.

Apr 09 2015

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Rank #15: Who Does Online Learning Really Serve?

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Online education has been touted as a way to increase access to education. But it’s increasingly unclear if online learning is living up to its promise for students, even as digital learning makes its way into more institutions’ offerings. The quality of online courses still varies drastically, and research shows there are major racial disparities in digital-learning outcomes.

This has all left us asking: Who does online education really serve?

To help answer that question, we recently brought two online learning experts to EdSurge Live, a monthly video-based town hall event, to talk about their work and research in online education, and what’s needed to better serve students in the digital space. Our guests were Michelle Pacansky-Brock, faculty mentor for the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative and @ONE (Online Network of Educators), and Di Xu an assistant professor at UC Irvine School of Education.

Sep 11 2018

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Rank #16: How This Famed Chinese Venture Capitalist Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching

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Artificial intelligence promises to have a dramatic—and yes, disruptive—effect on education and over jobs during the next decade. And here’s a second big trend—the role of China and Chinese companies, particularly those building products or services laced with the machine learning algorithms that we call “AI.”

If you wanted to get a glimpse into what these twin forces mean for the world—and for education and learning—there's perhaps no better expert than Kai-Fu Lee. Dr. Lee has done it all: He’s been an enormously influential researcher, driving forward work on AI. Originally from Taiwan, he came the US at age 11 and went on to earn degrees from Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon University. He then went on to have pivotal roles at Apple, Microsoft and Google, serving as president of Google China. He started a venture capital firm in 2009 based in Beijing called Sinoventures. He’s written eight top-selling books in China and has more than 50 million followers on social media.

His latest book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New world order, is almost two books in one: It tells the story of the development of artificial intelligence and why we should pay attention to this work. And he does a remarkably deft job of describing entrepreneurism in China, and giving us a peek at what he calls the “gladiator capitalism” that is giving rise to companies with billion dollar valuations and the power to change the world. It’s already hitting the best-seller charts.

EdSurge caught up with Dr. Lee in California over a Saturday morning breakfast in Palo Alto. Here’s why Dr. Lee believes that AI—and particularly AI developed by Chinese companies—is fated to rock our world, and how we learn.

Dec 11 2018

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Rank #17: Venture Capitalist Argues For Cheaper And Faster Alternatives to College

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Access to higher education is a big topic these days, but debates about how to expand access often assume a one-size-fits-all model of what college should be.

A new book due out this fall argues for the creation of colleges of many shapes and sizes, including a new set of low-cost options that are hyper-focused on helping students who just can’t afford a four-year campus experience get a first job.

The book is called A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College, and it is written by a venture capitalist making bets on which alternatives he thinks have the most promise.

The author is Ryan Craig, Co-Founder and Managing Director of University Ventures, and in the book he acknowledges a key drawback to the vision he is outlining. Many of these new college alternatives will intentionally leave out general education, and extracurriculars—or time for pranks with roommates. Craig stresses that such full-service colleges will continue to survive for those who can afford them, but that providing more career-focused options will be better for social mobility and providing meaningful access without high degrees of debt.

Is this definition of access the most practical way to achieve broader higher-education access, or is it giving up on a segment of students?

EdSurge sat down with Craig to talk about the new book, and why he thinks the debate about college access should put less emphasis on the bachelor’s degree.

Jul 10 2018

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Rank #18: Beware of the Word ‘Flexible’: Architect Danish Kurani on Designing 21st Century Schools

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“Flexible.” It’s a word that often pops up in conversations about redesigning learning environments, relating to choices in furniture or movable walls. But according to Danish Kurani, redesigning 21st century classrooms goes much deeper than merely achieving flexibility—it involves going all the way back to considering Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Kurani is a licensed architect who focuses his work on learning spaces, and currently teaches a “Learning Environments for Tomorrow” course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education every year. Having worked on locations ranging from Denver’s Columbine Elementary to SELNY, a psychotherapy clinic and adult learning center in New York, Kurani has seen and used a variety of tactics to implement learning design in pursuit of specific goals.

This week, EdSurge sat down with him to hear about the most common design constraints, architecture gone wrong, and the work his firm recently conducted on the Code Next Lab in Oakland.

Apr 06 2017

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Rank #19: Adult Students Have Moved Into the Mainstream. How Can Colleges Adjust?

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Hollywood comedies like last year's Life of the Party portray adult students as fish out of water in higher education. But the reality is that these students are in the majority these days, often taking online programs or new offerings designed to serve them. We talk with Marie Cini, president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, a group working to support programs for these so-called nontraditional students, the real-life versions of the character played by Melissa McCarthy in Life of the Party.

Apr 30 2019

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Rank #20: From the Mouths of Virtual School Students—Personalized and Flexible, or Over-Hyped and Isolating?

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Virtual schools—a fiercely debated topic. Some, like Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the American Legislative Exchange Council, are in favor. Others, including researchers like Columbia University professor Aaron Pallas, have pushed back. In fact, last January, Pallas called out DeVos for presenting misleading graduation rates quoted from K12 Inc. while presenting her case for virtual school expansion.

But politicians and researchers aside, what do the students who attend virtual schools think? Are they pleased with their experiences, or wishing they could return to the brick-and-mortar, traditional schools where they started?

This week, EdSurge sat down with Amanda Regan, a graduate of Virtual High School in Ontario, Canada, and Kiaha Raigoza, a product of California Virtual Academies and the Flex Program through the University of Wisconsin. Unlike the aforementioned researchers and politicians, both Regan and Raigoza experienced virtual schooling for themselves, and shared with us the pros, cons, and questions they still have around the roles that virtual schools can play in both K-12 and higher education.

Aug 01 2017

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