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EdSurge Podcast

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The Latest Innovation in Student Retention at Colleges: ‘Food Scholarships’
Nov 12 • 18 min
College kids have a reputation for seeking out free food, and that’s why any student organizer knows that ordering pizza is a good way to lure folks to a meeting. But for many students, hunger is a more serious problem. Many campus leaders are trying new…
What Happened to the ‘$100 Laptop’ Project?
Nov 5 • 32 min
Back in 2005, one of the biggest stories in tech was a push by a group of MIT professors to build a $100 laptop and give them to children in schools around the world. It was presented as a feel-good story that no one could object to. The story of how…
Speed Demons: How Quantum Computing Could Change Education
Oct 29 • 24 min
Computing experts love speed races, and there’s an ongoing battle to build the fastest computer on earth. Usually the overall trend follows what’s known as Moore’s Law, with the speed of the fastest computer doubling every 14 months or so. But last week…
An Astronaut’s Guide to Culturally Responsive Teaching
Oct 22 • 26 min
In 1995, NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris became the first African American to perform a spacewalk, and he has spent more than 18 days in space. Today, he’s the CEO of NMSI, the National Math and Science Initiative, which runs programs designed to boost…
A ’Golden Age’ of Teaching and Learning at Colleges?
Oct 15 • 29 min
Researchers are making new discoveries these days about how people learn, and some of those findings are making their way onto campus, in the form of new teaching practices. That has Matthew Rascoff, associate vice provost for digital education and…
The Internet Can Be a Force for Good. Here’s How.
Oct 8 • 21 min
What does it mean to be a good citizen? That question is complicated by today’s digital environment, since today’s kids—and adults too—live in both online and offline worlds. EdSurge sat down with one of the foremost experts on helping navigate these…
Can a Sitcom Teach Philosophy? Meet a Scholar Advising ‘The Good Place’
Oct 1 • 27 min
Today we’re talking about teaching using popular culture, and we’re focusing on a quirky TV comedy called The Good Place. The show is led by Michael Schur, who previously wrote for The Office and Parks and Recreation. But there’s an unusual person in the…
The Challenge of Teaching News Literacy
Sep 24 • 24 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about news literacy, and the challenge of teaching students to navigate the relentless flow of information they get through social media and websites and YouTube and … podcasts. Our guest, Peter Adams, has years of…
Bonus Episode: How Choosing College is Like Buying a Milkshake
Sep 19 • 27 min
What happens when a popular theory of market research used by fast-food restaurants (to do things like improve their milkshakes) is applied to the process of choosing a college? We talked to Michael Horn, co-author of a new book that does just that. But…
The Fight to Preserve African-American History
Sep 17 • 20 min
For this week’s podcast, we’re looking at the role that African-American scholars and teachers have played in preserving the history of slavery and its aftermath, which in so many ways is still not widely known and appreciated. We talk with scholars who…
A Bored Student Hacked His School’s Systems. Will the Edtech Industry Pay Attention?
Sep 10 • 17 min
This week we’re talking about cybersecurity at schools—and how secure—or in some cases how vulnerable—the tech systems in school systems are. At the center of our story: Bill Demirkapi, who managed to bust into two key student information systems of his…
Satirical Takes on Higher Ed and Why They Matter
Sep 3 • 30 min
What is your favorite satirical take on higher education? Maybe Jane Smiley’s “Moo.” Or Don DeLillo’s “White Noise”? Or it could be Rodney Dangerfield’s “Back to School.” Let’s face it, there almost endless works of fiction poking fun at academic life. As…
Forget the Scientific Method — Why We May Be Teaching Science All Wrong
Aug 27 • 23 min
What if teaching the scientific method in schools is giving students the wrong idea about how rigorous work is done by scientists? That’s the unusual hypothesis being made by John Rudolph, an education professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and…
The New Jim Code? Race and Discriminatory Design
Aug 20 • 26 min
People have a tendency to treat technology and big data as neutral, sterile and immune to mortal failings. Yet the digital tools we use at schools, jobs and home don’t simply fall from the sky—humans produce them. And that means human biases can and do…
Can Anyone Be an Inventor? Why MIT’s Invention Education Officer Says Yes
Aug 13 • 20 min
When you hear the word “inventor,” you might think of household names like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, or the Wright brothers. But today, there are plenty of young inventors whose names you’ve never heard of—not yet, anyway. These are middle and…
Mixed Reactions to the Latest College Admissions Scandal
Aug 6 • 16 min
Parents are giving up custody of their kids to get need-based college financial aid. That was a headline last week in ProPublica Illinois, and it got people talking once again about the madness around college admissions. In comments on the ProPublica…
How to Bring ‘Mastery Learning’ to the Classroom
Jul 30 • 23 min
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…
What 6 Million Syllabi Reveal About Higher Education
Jul 23 • 14 min
What if you could map every book and article assigned in college courses around the world and see which authors are making the most impact? A project run out of Columbia University is working to do just that. It’s called the Open Syllabus Project, and…
Bonus Episode: When an Online Teaching Job Becomes a Window into Child Abuse
Jul 17 • 21 min
Online tutoring is big business—especially for a growing number of companies that connect native English-speaking teachers with children in China for live video lessons. These services can work really well as second jobs teachers in the U.S., who can wake…
Sal Khan: Test Prep Is ’the Last Thing We Want to Be’
Jul 16 • 27 min
For most of us, hearing something just once isn’t nearly enough to commit it to memory. But with today’s crowded curriculum, sometimes one explanation is all kids get. Ten years ago, Sal Khan set out to change that with his Khan Academy videos, which let…
What Impact Investing Means in Education
Jul 9 • 21 min
“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…
Meet Anthony Johnson: Teacher of the Year. Rebel ‘Mayor.’ High School Drop-Out.
Jul 2 • 10 min
This week’s podcast features an unlikely education leader. His name is Anthony Johnson, and the title of his book explains the unlikely part: it’s called High School Dropout to Teacher of the Year. Johnson’s story is about second chances and falling in…
Higher Ed Has Become an ‘Entrepreneurial and Philanthropic Wild West’
Jun 25 • 22 min
Plenty of groups these days are trying to reinvent college. There are entrepreneurs and foundations rushing to try to offer higher education in new shapes, sizes, formats and price points. Meanwhile at colleges, researchers and innovators are diving into…
What It’s Like Navigating the Strictest Student Privacy Law in the Country
Jun 18 • 20 min
In Louisiana, educators have to worry about privacy when it comes to technology. The state has perhaps the most restrictive data-privacy law in the country when it comes to education, where violators can be punished by up to six months in prison or…
Can Work Be Dignified in an Automated World?
Jun 11 • 25 min
“Someone should create a Center for Social Solutions, identify a handful of challenges and try to work on them over the next decade.” That directive guided professor, historian and author Earl Lewis to start just such a center at the University of…
Transgender Students Are Still at Risk, But Schools Can Help
Jun 4 • 24 min
At a time when more than 7 in 10 transgender students face bullying or harassment over their gender identity, some advocates are trying to buck the troubling trend and create more inclusive environments for students. Advocates Becca Mui and Vanessa Ford…
Bonus Episode: No Difference Between Public and For-Profit Higher Ed?
May 30 • 25 min
“I no longer think there’s a huge difference between for-profit and public higher education,” Tweeted George Siemens, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and a longtime observer of tech in higher education. “Sit in enough faculty meetings,…
Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data
May 28 • 23 min
It’s hard for students, professors or even journalists to get a glimpse of just how much data colleges collect on students these days as they go about their coursework. That didn’t stop Bryan Short, who was a student at the University of British Columbia…
Better Representation in Artificial Intelligence Starts Early
May 21 • 24 min
Artificial intelligence is changing things—or, the people who are building the algorithms and technologies behind artificial intelligence are. And one of the challenges with bias in Artificial Intelligence tends to come down to who has access to these…
How Goddard’s New President Hopes to Save the Struggling Experimental College
May 14 • 34 min
Bernard Bull has long been a champion of experimental higher ed models. And one of his biggest inspirations throughout his career has been a tiny college in Vermont called Goddard College. And one day Bull got offered a dream job as president of Goddard.…
Why Social-Emotional Learning Is Suddenly in the Spotlight
May 7 • 22 min
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…
Adult Students Have Moved Into the Mainstream. How Can Colleges Adjust?
Apr 30 • 24 min
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…
Teachable Moments Part 4: What We Learn When We Teach
Apr 23 • 14 min
Teaching isn’t a simple one-way exchange. Often there are lessons to be learned from the very act of teaching, whether it’s an instructor finding new ways to reach—or not reach—students, to watching students grow before your eyes to discovering what makes…
The Fast-Changing and Competitive World of Grad Degrees
Apr 16 • 20 min
There’s a boom in the number of grad degrees and certificates being awarded these days, especially as more colleges have moved to offer degrees online. And these degrees are now offered in different shapes and sizes, and in some cases at the faction of…
EXTRA: Is The SAT Secure? What the College Board Is Doing to Respond to the Admissions Scandal
Apr 11 • 30 min
The college admissions scandal, which the FBI codenamed Varsity Blues, has raised questions about the fairness and validity of the admissions process as a whole, and specifically about whether the SAT is as secure as it should be. EdSurge sat down with…
Teachable Moments Part 3: Reaching Students Through Technology
Apr 9 • 19 min
It’s easy to think of the ways that technology can make humans feel alienated or alone. But technology has also brought people—and teachers and students—together in new ways that have inspired learning. This is the third episode of a four part series…
Why Students Can’t Write — And Why Tech is Part of the Problem
Apr 2 • 26 min
Writing is more important than ever, but today’s students are lousy at it. And John Warner, an author, book columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and longtime writing instructor, has some ideas about why that is, and how to fix it. EdSurge talked with Warner…
Teachable Moments Part 2: Teaching In and Out of the Classroom
Mar 26 • 18 min
It’s often said that teaching and learning doesn’t always take place in the classroom. And the same is true for educators, whose teaching philosophies can be shaped by lessons that come from being a parent or coach, traveling abroad, or advancing into a…
Working to Bring Diversity to Tech is a ‘Trek for a Lifetime’
Mar 19 • 25 min
Maria Klawe is on a mission to bring more diversity to tech, and she’s made progress as president of Harvey Mudd College, which is known as a powerhouse in engineering and computer science. But she isn’t declaring victory. In fact, she is the first to say…
Teachable Moments Part 1: Seeing Students Differently
Mar 12 • 18 min
When students struggle, so do educators. That’s why this week on the podcast, we hear from four educators who remember a time when they faced difficulty with an issue or a student, but overcame that struggle to find a positive outcome. This episode is the…
Why Elementary Schools Should Teach Kids to Play Poker
Mar 8 • 9 min
Maria Konnikova doesn’t buy the 10,000 hour rule—that theory popularized by Malcolm Gladwell that it takes at least 10,000 hours of serious practice to become a world-class expert at an activity. She believes she’s found a way to short-circuit it, and it…
The Evolving Role of Race in Children’s Lit, From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘The Hate U Give’
Mar 5 • 24 min
Many children grow up looking up to and learning from the characters they read about in books. But what about the kids who can’t find any characters that look like them? This week on the podcast, Ebony Thomas, a children’s literature researcher and…
Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?
Feb 26 • 33 min
Much has changed since 2012 or, as the New York Times dubbed, the “Year of the MOOC.” Where are these online course providers today—and how are universities responding? At this month’s EdSurge meetup, experts weighed in on the state of MOOCs in 2018. One…
The Science of Empathy: What Researchers Want Teachers to Know
Feb 19 • 18 min
There’s a lot we don’t know about how the brain works. But scientists are finding out more everyday—like how empathy can affect learning and student outcomes. This weekend, EdSurge caught up with John Medina, an affiliate professor of bioengineering at…
Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?
Feb 12 • 22 min
Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, a few years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. It’s called the Teaching Online Podcast, or TOPcast, and…
Is Teaching an Art or a Science? New Book Takes a Fresh Look at ‘How Humans Learn.’
Feb 5 • 30 min
Just how do humans learn? And can science unlock secrets of the learning process that can help teachers and professors be more effective in their classrooms? One of the latest people to tackle those questions is Josh Eyler, in a new book called How Humans…
The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos
Jan 29 • 37 min
Listen to the EdSurge On Air podcast? We want to hear from you! Fill out this five-minute survey, and you can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/edsurgepodcast What’s life like after quitting a tenured job as a professor…
How Much Artificial Intelligence Should There Be in the Classroom?
Jan 23 • 11 min
Should we build robot teachers, or even robot teaching assistants? And if so, what’s the right mix of man and machine in the classroom? To get a fresh perspective on that question, this episode we take you to China, where a couple of us from EdSurge…
As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost
Jan 15 • 16 min
Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting…
How To Keep Kids From Being Mean Online
Jan 8 • 27 min
Author, speaker and school consultant Ana Homayoun works with teenagers on organization, time management and overall wellness. And as tech and social media have accelerated over the years, her job has increasingly involved keeping up with the ways young…
How to Move From Digital Substitution to ‘Deeper Learning’
Jan 1 • 12 min
Replacing VHS tapes with YouTube clips is probably not the ideal version of moving a classroom into the 21st century. While that type of digital substitution may tick the boxes of education technology frameworks like SAMR, it doesn’t always provide an…
This Administrator Helped Shape Tech at Colleges For More Than 40 Years. Here’s His Outlook.
Dec 26, 2018 • 35 min
To get to Marty Ringle’s office at Reed College, you have to climb to the top floor of the Educational Technology Center building and get buzzed past a locked door that says “This is a Secure Area.” It felt like I was making a pilgrimage to the digital…
How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide.
Dec 18, 2018 • 21 min
Personalized learning has been an education buzzword for several years. A recent survey of by the state education technology directors association, or SETDA, put personalized learning at the top of the list of state priorities. But how do school leaders…
How This Famed Chinese Venture Capitalist Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching
Dec 11, 2018 • 43 min
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…
What Teaching to the Whole Child Looks Like in Action
Dec 4, 2018 • 19 min
It’s one of the biggest buzzwords in education today: the whole child. Basically, it’s the idea that educating students is about more than what’s said in class. Factors like nutrition, home life and out-of-school relationships can all play a huge role in…
In China, a Generation Raised by ‘Tiger Mothers’ Seeks a Softer Approach
Nov 27, 2018 • 28 min
For Nancy Xu, childhood revolved around her studies. That meant early-morning bus rides to school, loads of after-school classes, and by high school, spending 12 hours a day on coursework. Xu grew up in northwestern China, and the reason for all that…
New Book Looks for ‘Timeless’ Approach to Rethinking Schools
Nov 20, 2018 • 26 min
The key to reforming schools is imagination. Think bringing the spirit of shows like The Jetsons or Star Trek to school design, throwing out all preconceptions and imagining what a new kind of school could be like designed for today’s needs. That’s the…
Rethinking the First Two Years of Higher Education
Nov 13, 2018 • 27 min
The first two years of college are often treated like something you just have to get through—and almost like a commodity. Even the term “general education,” as the curriculum is called at that point, feels, well, generic. Jennifer Schubert wants to…
Has ‘Shift’ Happened? Revisiting a Viral Video From 2008
Nov 6, 2018 • 9 min
About 10 years ago, a short video called Shift Happens went viral, providing a wake-up call to educators that their students would enter a very different world once they left the classroom and entered the workforce. The video presented a series of…
Is Open Content Enough? Where OER Advocates Say the Movement Must Go Next
Oct 30, 2018 • 23 min
Open educational resources have been around for more than a decade, and the sheer number of these materials—in the form of textbooks, courses, videos, software and other public-domain resources—are increasingly available online. . But as more open…
How Do You Prepare Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet?
Oct 23, 2018 • 16 min
There is a lot of talk these days about robots replacing humans in the workforce, but those conversations remain largely abstract. For students in school today, however, the issue is urgent, research shows. What if the job they aspire to today is no…
How to Bring Innovation to Campus Without Cheapening Education
Oct 16, 2018 • 22 min
Do you want fries with that education? That question is one that many professors fear is essentially coming to colleges, as higher-ed leaders adopt practices from businesses in an attempt to rethink their operations. There’s even a growing body of…
Cultural Anthropologist Mimi Ito: Good Intentions Don’t Always Mean Equitable Outcomes in Edtech
Oct 9, 2018 • 22 min
Imagine you’re an elementary school student. Your teacher has told your class to watch several streaming videos for a class project. You might want to watch some of the videos at home, but your family doesn’t have high-speed internet. That’s just one way…
What Do Edtech and IKEA Have in Common? Persuasive Design.
Oct 2, 2018 • 18 min
Technology shapes the way we interact everyday. We FaceTime with family across the country, we send snaps to our friends to let them know where we are and what we’re doing. But sometimes we fail to realize that the platforms and data that push us to…
Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom?
Sep 25, 2018 • 24 min
Entrepreneur Steve Blank has served as a founder, investor and even in the air force. But there’s another title he’s is known for: professor. Blank has earned a reputation among budding and veteran business leaders alike as the father of the Lean Startup…
Can You Teach Good Writing? We Ask One of the Greats, John McPhee
Sep 18, 2018 • 25 min
John McPhee, a master of telling nonfiction stories, became a teacher by accident 43 years ago when Princeton University needed a last-minute replacement. He has steered the course ever since, each spring when he takes breaks from writing books or pieces…
Who Does Online Learning Really Serve?
Sep 11, 2018 • 27 min
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…
How A Podcast-Turned-Startup Is Trying to Get Non-Traditional Students Into Tech
Sep 4, 2018 • 23 min
Some of the earliest and largest coding bootcamp programs shut their doors for good last year. And it left many people wondering if these short term tech training programs are actually worth the investment (for investors and students alike). One person…
‘Prohibition Will Get You Nowhere’: Cory Doctorow’s Message to Schools and Educators
Aug 28, 2018 • 23 min
It’s not unheard of for an instructor to tee up a YouTube video for a lesson, only to have the content blocked by the school or district’s censorware. And while administrators might have good intentions when they decide to use censorware, censorship is…
MOOCs are No Longer Massive. And They Serve Different Audiences Than First Imagined.
Aug 21, 2018 • 21 min
MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. But what is their legacy on campuses? MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put…
The Secret Ingredient that Helps Schools, Educators and Students Learn
Aug 14, 2018 • 28 min
How good are schools at learning? Can they get better? As a culture, we worry a lot about student learning. But students don’t learn in a vacuum: Most are part of organizations (namely schools) that involve adults who also are engaged in learning, both…
What Students Want Colleges to Know About How They Learn
Aug 7, 2018 • 26 min
Even the best instructors may not be able to reach every student. And often that’s because there is a disconnect between what students expect from college teaching and what actually ends up happening in the classroom. In July, three members from EdSurge…
Apple’s Longtime Education VP Shares Frustrations With Slow Pace of Change
Jul 31, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Why One Professor Says We Are ‘Automating Inequality’
Jul 24, 2018 • 27 min
Often the algorithms that shape our lives feel invisible, but every now and then you really notice them. Your credit card might get declined when you’re on vacation because a system decides the behavior seems suspicious. You might buy a quirky gift for…
This Accelerator Seeks To Scale Equity in Schools
Jul 17, 2018 • 24 min
Caroline Hill is a firecracker. She keynoted the Blended Learning Conference in Rhode Island and INACOL in Florida. At both events she asked educators to challenge their notions of the use of technology in the classrooms and their conversations around…
Venture Capitalist Argues For Cheaper And Faster Alternatives to College
Jul 10, 2018 • 25 min
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,…
Why Purdue Professors Continue to Protest Purdue’s Purchase of a For-Profit U.
Jul 3, 2018 • 26 min
If Purdue University’s purchase of the for-profit Kaplan University can be thought of as a wedding, there were plenty of people in the audience shouting objections throughout the ceremony. The loudest were Purdue professors, who argued that the pair were…
What Happens When A Public University Buys a For-Profit Online One?
Jun 26, 2018 • 28 min
When leaders of Purdue University wanted to move into online education, they took the unusual step of buying an existing online university, a big one with 30,000 students. And here’s the most surprising part: that online school it bought, Kaplan…
You Know Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now Meet Comedic Scientist Sophia Shrand.
Jun 19, 2018 • 19 min
There is an art to making science fun and entertaining. Bill Nye has done it, and so has Neil deGrasse Tyson. Maybe now it’s time for a woman? For this episode of the EdSurge On Air podcast, we’re joined Sophia Shrand, host of the comedic YouTube show,…
Beyond Tuition: How Innovations in College Affordability Are (or Aren’t) Helping Students
Jun 12, 2018 • 24 min
The college affordability crisis is a familiar story to most Americans. A simplified version often goes that state funding for higher-ed institutions has decreased dramatically over the years, which has translated into massive tuition hikes for students…
The Problem With an ‘Engineering Model’ of Personalized Learning
Jun 5, 2018 • 26 min
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…
This Australian University Wants to Rethink the Student Experience
May 29, 2018 • 21 min
In Australia, there’s a university that was set up to focus on distance education called Deakin University. It started about 40 years ago — before the internet really got going, so that meant sending lessons through the mail. These days, of course,…
To Spark and Scale Innovation in District Schools, ‘Every Day Is Day One’
May 22, 2018 • 24 min
Running a lemonade stand may be the most entrepreneurial project that students get to experience. But increasingly, schools leaders want to take the spirit of these old-fashioned projects and create more—and more meaningful—opportunities for students and…
Why the Lumina Foundation Is Betting Big on New Kinds of Credentials
May 15, 2018 • 24 min
A college degree isn’t the only path to meaningful work. In fact, these days it seems like there are more kinds of credentials than ever, some new ones even have trademarked names like Nanodegrees and MicroMasters. One leading force in reinventing the…
The Case For a ‘Networked’ College
May 10, 2018 • 28 min
The campus of the future will be “networked,” argues Peter Smith, meaning that more and more academic-related services will be outsourced. That, in theory, will allow each campus to focus its energies on what it can do best and turn to outside companies…
‘They Demonize Us.’ Randi Weingarten Talks Tensions With ‘Innovators’ (and Betsy DeVos)
May 8, 2018 • 22 min
The eruption of teacher strikes in states all over the country caught national headlines, adding to the already heated debate about the questionable state of affairs in public schools. But the strikes aren’t over, so what is the next step for these…
How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age
May 3, 2018 • 24 min
You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Universities first opened these offshoots more than 100 years ago, and at the time they were innovative—throwing open the campus gates by offering night classes without any admission requirements.…
Why Competency-Based Education Stalled (But Isn’t Finished)
May 1, 2018 • 27 min
The phrase competency-based education is quite a mouthful, but it was all the rage a few years ago among college leaders looking to expand access to their programs. The idea can sound radical, since it often involves doing away with courses as we know…
How Facebook Can Improve Privacy By Talking More With Academics
Apr 24, 2018 • 22 min
Jennifer Golbeck, a professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, has been talking about the privacy risks of Facebook data for years. As the recent scandal involving the massive amount of Facebook data leaked to the political…
Angela Duckworth Says Grit Is Not Enough
Apr 19, 2018 • 13 min
Angela Duckworth’s research on encouraging “grit” in students has been hailed as groundbreaking, popularized in bestselling books and TED talks. It has also been called racist, and some have criticized the work for essentially blaming students for their…
Why Demographic Changes Mean Tough Challenges Ahead for College Leaders
Apr 17, 2018 • 22 min
The financial crisis of 2008 was tough for the country, but the real impact will hit colleges in the year 2026. It turns out the fiscal anxieties coincided with a dramatic birth dearth—a reduction in the number of children born, which means that the…
Social-Emotional Learning May Be A Limited Solution for Reforming School Discipline
Apr 10, 2018 • 28 min
The United States Government Accountability Office recently released a report confirming decades of anecdotal research saying, among other things, that Black male students who account for 15.5 percent of all public school kids, represented about 39…
Computer Science Degrees and Technology’s Boom-and-Bust Cycle
Apr 3, 2018 • 15 min
In higher education, the number of computer science bachelor’s degrees follows boom-and-bust market trends in finance and technology—growing when times are good and plummeting when economies crash. And since 2010, computer science majors have again been…
Unpacking Why Some Educators See the Word ‘Equity’ As a Threat
Mar 27, 2018 • 20 min
How do you close achievement gaps when all your students don’t start with the same opportunities? It’s a question of equity, a goal that is generally assumed to be one most educators want to achieve. Yet, these days the issue seems more complicated, as…
VR Could Bring a New Era of Immersive Learning
Mar 20, 2018 • 29 min
Some educators tout the immersive power of VR technology, pointing to examples like an app that simulates what it was like to walk on either side of Germany’s Berlin Wall in the 1980s. But what does it mean to teach in an immersive format? What can this…
What Schools Could Be—and What Education Investors Get Wrong
Mar 13, 2018 • 34 min
Does this sound familiar? An Ivy League-educated philanthropist, who built his wealth from a career in technology, decides to champion education as his next cause—under the belief that today’s schools are not adequately preparing the next generation for…
Why Professors Doubt Education Research
Mar 6, 2018 • 21 min
Lauren Herckis, an anthropologist and research faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, has been exploring the culture of teaching at colleges and what makes professors try new teaching practices or, in some cases, resist them.
‘A Deal With the Devil’: NPR Reporter Anya Kamenetz On Teaching With ‘Addictive Tech’ Like Facebook
Feb 27, 2018 • 23 min
What does it mean to report on education technology from a student lens? How does the tech-health discussion impact teachers in the classroom? What are virtual school lobbyists doing to impact the national discussion on school choice and accountability?…
The Rise of ‘Outsider Education’
Feb 20, 2018 • 20 min
In higher ed people often look to a few elite schools for big new ideas. But that might be changing. These days innovation seems just as likely to come from a state school, a small liberal arts college, or even some upstart from outside the traditional…
‘Marvel-ous Makers’ Bring Black Panther-Inspired Creations to the Classroom
Feb 13, 2018 • 16 min
Social media feeds are lighting up with hashtags such as #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe and #BlackPantherLive celebrating the release of a Hollywood adaptation of the groundbreaking comic series, Black Panther. Educators are also getting into the fandom,…
Podcast Extra: Overcoming Barriers to STEM Education
Feb 9, 2018 • 65 min
How do we crack a problem that has existed for decades? Jobs in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) jobs are projected to grow 17 percent between 2014 and 2024; non-STEM jobs are expected to rise only 12 percent. Even so, minorities,…
The Challenges Of Teaching In The Trump Era
Feb 6, 2018 • 24 min
College professors don’t often talk to each other about the intricacies of their teaching practices, and it often seems a mystery to scholars what goes on in other people’s courses. Bonni Stachowiak has created a forum to spread those stories and…
An Education ‘Intrapreneur’ on the Difficulties Innovating a Conservative Industry
Jan 30, 2018 • 24 min
Larry Singer is a CEO, but not the smug type, who’s likely to engage you in a long-winded conversation about himself, while you sip on your drink and wait for someone more interesting to come along. Singer is different. Last week he pitched EdSurge a…
The Evolving World of Microcredentials
Jan 23, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Ready Player One: Science Fiction’s Vision for The Future of Education
Jan 16, 2018 • 30 min
Humans living in abject poverty are warring over the few of resources they have left. There’s an energy crisis, and fossil fuels are in low supply. The weather has gone to extremes. This is the setting of Ernest Cline’s science-fiction novel, Ready Player…
Where the Football Field Is Now a Farm: What an ‘Urban Work College’ Looks Like
Jan 9, 2018 • 24 min
When Michael Sorrell took over as president of Paul Quinn College in 2007, the place was nearly broke and faced a possible loss of accreditation. Sorrell wasn’t interested in following the usual playbook for running a college, so he took unusual steps…
‘When’ Does Learning Happen Best? Dan Pink on the Secrets to Timing and Education
Jan 2, 2018 • 29 min
As the old adage goes, time is what we want most but what we use worst. So how do we use it more effectively? That’s the driving theme in the newest book from Dan Pink, the speechwriter, TV producer and acclaimed author of bestsellers “Drive” and “To Sell…
Rebroadcast: What If MOOCs Really Do Revolutionize Education?
Dec 26, 2017 • 26 min
On this holiday week, we’re rebroadcasting our most popular episode of 2017: Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering at Oakland University, spends a lot of time these days thinking about how people learn. She’s taught more students than just about…
The Evolution of the New York City Edtech Scene, Empowering Parents, Taxes and Policy
Dec 19, 2017 • 21 min
This year, Americans seem to be watching government processes closer than they have in the past. Every week, some policy maker, some legislative vote or confirmation hearing is trending on Twitter and Facebook. However, our guest today, Jeanne Allen,…
How Teaching Using Mindfulness and Growth Mindset Can Backfire
Dec 12, 2017 • 24 min
Art Markman is an expert on what makes people tick. The psychology professor at UT Austin has also become a popular voice working to translate research from the lab into advice for a general audience. In his writings and podcasting, he’s tackled questions…
An Assembly Line of Coding Students? Tough Questions for the Computer Science Movement
Dec 5, 2017 • 23 min
What does it really mean to prepare students for a future in coding careers? Clive Thompson, a freelance writer for Wired and The New York Times magazine, thinks the reality is not as rosy as many people think. In a popular Wired article titled, The Next…
In a City Marked By Low Economic Mobility, One University Hopes to Build a ‘Tech Pipeline’
Nov 28, 2017 • 23 min
For Terik Tidwell, teaching kids to code is not about algorithms or apps—it’s about economic mobility. Tidwell is director of STEM innovation at Johnson C. Smith University, an historically-black college situated in the heart of Charlotte, NC. The city is…
From Advocating to Letting Your Nerd Flag Fly, Educators Are Grateful For Lessons From Students
Nov 21, 2017 • 11 min
When all the stuffing, sauces, hams, turkeys, and pies are out of the oven, there is often a moment of peace during the holiday season where families sit around the dinner table and remember what they are grateful for. This year, we gathered with a…
Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters
Nov 14, 2017 • 39 min
It’s a pivotal time for artificial intelligence in higher education. More instructors are experimenting with adaptive-learning systems in their classrooms. College advising systems are trying to use predictive analytics to increase student retention. And…
Looking to Bring ‘Civil Discourse’ to Education Debates, Ex Superintendent Turns Editor-and-Chief
Nov 7, 2017 • 22 min
By the time John Deasy resigned his post as superintendent of the L.A. school district, he had become a polarizing figure. In an article in The New York Times covering his resignation, Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot charter schools, put it this way:…
When Teaching Large Classes, Professors Shouldn’t Try To Put On a Show
Oct 31, 2017 • 23 min
Large classes pose tough challenges for instructors and colleges. After all, how do you craft a meaningful experience for 250 people (or more)? Rachel Davenport, a senior lecturer at Texas State University, has taught so many large classes that she jokes…
Pick Your Battles: Edtech Leaders Share Strategies for Engaging in Political Discourse
Oct 24, 2017 • 27 min
Silicon Valley tech giants have made their stance clear on a number of political and social issues this year. Recently, Microsoft president Brad Smith went so far as to offer to pay legal fees for any employee who faces deportation after President Trump…
Once Reviled in Education, Wikipedia Now Embraced By Many Professors
Oct 17, 2017 • 21 min
A decade ago professors complained of a growing “epidemic” in education: Wikipedia. Students were citing it in papers, while educators largely laughed it off as inaccurate and saw their students as lazy, or worse. As one writing instructor posted to an…
Facebook and Fake News: Esther Wojcicki On Teaching Digital Journalism in High School
Oct 10, 2017 • 23 min
At times 2017 has seemed like a new era for reporting, where newsrooms have had to question and reevaluate their purpose for existing. For the mainstream media, technology has been both a friend and an enemy. So how do we prepare today’s high school…
In PreparedU, A College President Argues for Mixing Liberal Arts And Workplace Readiness
Oct 3, 2017 • 19 min
The generation of students attending college today just aren’t that impressed by traditional markers of authority—and they’re not coming to campus to gaze up at wise leaders on a pedestal (well, at least according to surveys). And that’s one reason the…
What Will It Take to Push the K-12 Maker Movement to Be More Inclusive?
Sep 26, 2017 • 23 min
It’s not solely about having a “makerspace” anymore. These days, schools are trying to figure out how to bring making into every facet of the school day, with mobile kits, clubs and more. And when it comes to incorporating making into everyday curriculum,…
MIT’s Mitch Resnick on What ‘Toy Story’ Gets Wrong About the Future of Play
Sep 19, 2017 • 26 min
If you’ve ever seen the Toy Story movies, you may remember the neighbor kid, Sid. His room is presented in horror-movie fashion, with dim lighting and discordant music, and the toys are all in pieces, as Sid dismantles them and remakes them in his own…
Podcast Extra: Personalized Learning’s Unknowns: Silicon Schools’ Five-Year Journey
Sep 13, 2017 • 27 min
Five years ago, a former high school principal named Brian Greenberg joined forces with an heir to the retail giant Gap, John Fisher, to start a fund to help scale promising charter schools. This week the group, called Silicon Schools Fund, released a…
Questioning the Core Assumptions of Personalized Learning with Math Blogger Dan Meyer
Sep 12, 2017 • 42 min
A few weeks ago, while perusing Twitter for news stories, a few folks on the EdSurge team came across a Tweet by math blogger, TED talker, and former teacher Dan Meyer. He had recently read an EdSurge article regarding struggles that had taken place…
Do the Technophobes and Technophiles Both Need a ‘New Education’?
Sep 5, 2017 • 32 min
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine change—especially when it comes to a 150-year-old system, such as higher education in the United States. But much of the system we see and experience today was designed, and perhaps it can be again. At least, that’s what…
Can This MIT Student Entrepreneurship Program Bridge the Israeli-Palestinian Divide?
Aug 29, 2017 • 16 min
Ideological and political conflicts exist across the world, and often appear oversimplified and binary: conservative versus liberal, left versus right, the 99 versus 1 percent. Yet the reality is often much more complicated. And for children born in the…
A Data Scientist’s Warning About ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’
Aug 22, 2017 • 28 min
These days algorithms have taken on an almost godlike power—they’re up in the (data) clouds, watching everything, passing judgment and leaving us mere mortals with no way to appeal or to even know when these mathematical deities have intervened. That’s…
With 3D Technology, Special Education Students Can Focus on Content—Not Access
Aug 15, 2017 • 7 min
Neal McKenzie says teachers of visually impaired students “have been makers for a long time.” The assistive technology specialist has designed dozens of objects to help his students access content, including an award-winning device to teach Braille. In…
Why Late Adopters Are Skeptical of Edtech (and How to Get Them on Board)
Aug 15, 2017 • 29 min
There are plenty of “innovators” and “early adopters” of education technology out there, from educators who make the rounds on the ISTE and SXSWedu conference circuits to consultants and entrepreneurs who push for adoption of certain tools or practices.…
Lessons From Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Failures
Aug 9, 2017 • 22 min
Robert Talbert, a math professor at Grand Valley State University, talks about his new book on flipped learning—a method catching on these days in college classrooms. He describes it as a new philosophy of teaching. Unlike the lecture model, in which…
From the Mouths of Virtual School Students—Personalized and Flexible, or Over-Hyped and Isolating?
Aug 1, 2017 • 24 min
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,…
What If MOOCs Really Do Revolutionize Education? This Popular Online Professor Thinks They Will
Jul 25, 2017 • 25 min
If you’ve ever zoned out during a lecture, of if your students are prone to distraction as you click through your PowerPoint deck, that’s partly because we’re hard-wired not to focus intently for longer than ten or fifteen minutes at a time. Our bodies,…
Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani: Why An ‘Hour of Code’ Isn’t Enough
Jul 18, 2017 • 11 min
It’s no shock to anyone—there is a gender disparity problem in the computer science world. The computing industry’s rate of job creation in the United States may be three times that of other industries, but the number of females attaining computer science…
How Childhood Has Changed (And How That Impacts Education)
Jul 11, 2017 • 24 min
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,…
Tired Edtech Trends That Teachers Wish Would Retire: From the Floor of ISTE 2017
Jul 4, 2017 • 20 min
On the floor of the ISTE conference, it’s easy to meet educators and administrators from all over the country (and the world at large). You can discuss edtech implementation strategies, hear about favorite tools, and get to know those practices that…
Stop Calling College Teachers ‘Professors.’ Try ‘Cognitive Coaches,’ Says Goucher President.
Jun 27, 2017 • 25 min
One problem with college teaching is that professors see themselves as, well, professing— declaring what they know and believe. That’s not how good teaching works, argues Jose Bowen, president of Goucher College. The best teachers have more in common with…
Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad On Creativity, Diversity, and the ‘Humanities Crisis’
Jun 26, 2017 • 17 min
For those of you who listen frequently, you might be a little confused since normally, we put out only one episode of the EdSurge On Air podcast each week. But this week is special, because we’re coming to you live from the ISTE 2017 edtech conference in…
What Skills Do Google, Pinterest, and Twitter Employees Think Kids Need To Succeed?
Jun 21, 2017 • 17 min
In today’s day and age, Google, Twitter and Pinterest are three of the largest employers in the United States and internationally. But are students gaining the skills that one might need to eventually apply to one of those tech giants, if the students…
How Students Running ‘EdSurge Independent’ Say Colleges Should Change
Jun 14, 2017 • 26 min
Don’t even think of lecturing to these college students. The 14 students who just finished up the spring session of EdSurge Independent want something more active, and they want to have a voice as colleges rethink how they teach and support people on…
What Edu Reporters Read: Hechinger, EdWeek, & the Chronicle on Top Stories of 2017
Jun 6, 2017 • 28 min
From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. But when it comes to the…
Why Sara Goldrick-Rab Sees Income Share Agreements As ‘Dangerous’ Trend
May 31, 2017 • 28 min
Sara Goldrick-Rab’s latest book is based on six years of studying how students struggle with paying for college. She argues that recent experiments in having students sign “income-share agreements,” or ISAs, is part of a broader effort to drain public…
Clint Smith on the Power of Twitter and How We (Often) Fail to Teach About Inequality
May 23, 2017 • 30 min
There are few individuals out there who can list both “two-time TED speaker” and “doctoral student at Harvard University” on their resume. Clint Smith is one of those people—though when you ask him about his work, he doesn’t immediately voice those…
Why Donald Graham Sold Kaplan University to Purdue for $1
May 16, 2017 • 18 min
There are many unanswered questions about the unprecedented sale of Kaplan University, a for-profit institution with several online programs but falling enrollments, to Purdue University, one of the top public universities in the nation. To try to get…
Does Tech Support Personalized Learning—or Distract Us From What’s Really Important?
May 9, 2017 • 63 min
“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…
Why Moodle’s Mastermind, Martin Dougiamas, Still Believes in Edtech After Two Decades
May 2, 2017 • 19 min
Before the “LMS” became an acronym and a hotly contested market of its own, Martin Dougiamas was writing code to share his “object oriented dynamic learning environment” across the web. That project would go on to become Moodle, one of the most…
Do Students, Principals and Superintendents See Eye-to-Eye on Eliminating Grade Levels?
Apr 25, 2017 • 31 min
McComb School District down in McComb, Mississippi doesn’t just believe in the power of technology when it comes to personalized learning. In fact, for superintendent Dr. Cederick Ellis and Summit Elementary School principal Lakya Taylor-Washington, the…
Reactions to a College Alternative: Debating the Merits of MissionU
Apr 18, 2017 • 46 min
A for-profit startup recently launched what it calls an alternative to traditional college, that takes only one year to complete, is advised closely by big-name employers, and that costs nothing at first, though students have to later pay back a portion…
Beware of the Word ‘Flexible’: Architect Danish Kurani on Designing 21st Century Schools
Apr 6, 2017 • 17 min
“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…
One University’s Approach to Innovation: ‘You Have to Go Slow to Go Fast’
Apr 4, 2017 • 22 min
Southern New Hampshire University is known as a place trying new things, and one thing they hope to do is create a culture of change on campus. To do that, they’ve created a sandbox—an innovation lab called the Sandbox Collaborative. We sat down with the…
What Students With Learning Differences Really Want Us to Know: Q&A with Ben Gurewitz
Mar 27, 2017 • 24 min
A few weeks back, EdSurge traveled to SXSWedu to hear talks about technology and chat with educators and entrepreneurs. But while there, we met someone who spoke about how edtech could better serve students with learning differences in a manner we’d never…
Why Students Living on Campus Take Online Courses
Mar 21, 2017 • 24 min
Students at the University of Central Florida are busy, and it’s not always with classes. They have sports to play, student organizations to run, even parties to go to. So to keep class schedules as flexible as possible, and to offer more sections without…
Dealing with a ‘Culture of Fear’—Administrators on PD in the Age of Blended Learning
Mar 14, 2017 • 36 min
It’s pretty clear that very few people in education enjoy those typical sit-and-get professional development sessions. And when blended learning gets thrown into the mix, the situation gets even more complicated—what happens when educators seem afraid of…
How One University Works to ‘Humanize’ Online Teaching
Mar 6, 2017 • 24 min
Cal State Channel Islands offers a two-week online training course for professors at the university called Humanizing Online Learning, with tips and strategies for forging personal connections with remote students. The course’s creator and instructor,…
How Chicago’s PilotED Schools Tackles Trauma, Civics Education, and “Student Identity”
Feb 28, 2017 • 12 min
Jacob Allen was the first-ever youth president for the NAACP in Wisconsin and a Teach for America corps member in Chicago. But it wasn’t either of those roles that landed him on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list this past January. Rather, it was his efforts to…
How One Coding School Hopes to Teach Thousands of Students, Without Professors
Feb 21, 2017 • 23 min
An unusual coding school called 42 opened a campus just outside of Silicon Valley last year. It’s free — for those who pass a month-long coding challenge — and it focuses on peer-to-peer learning, meaning there are no professors. Brittany Bir, chief…
How Middle Schoolers in Tennessee Are Gaining Access to Community College Courses
Feb 15, 2017 • 24 min
In Tennessee, the education system made headlines a few years back when the state announced the “Tennessee Promise”—an initiative granting thousands of high school students the opportunity to attend two years of free community college. After Governor Bill…
President of Achieving the Dream On How Colleges Wrestle With Their Data
Feb 7, 2017 • 22 min
As more colleges dive deeper into their own completion and retention data, they don’t always like what they see. Karen Stout, president of Achieving the Dream, talks about how community colleges can face their own internal report cards, and take action.
Can Administrators Lead Innovation Without Blended Learning Experience?
Feb 1, 2017 • 17 min
A few years back, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) found itself in the news for the rollout of iPads districtwide, which some ilsteners out there might remember. Since then, what’s going on with technology in Southern California’s biggest…
Why U. of Michigan’s President Says Universities Should Work to Transform Teaching
Jan 24, 2017 • 15 min
Last year, the U. of Michigan launched a major campus-wide effort to encourage a culture of continual improvement in teaching. The university’s president, Mark Schlissel, explains why, and weighs in on the MOOC craze, fake news, and the value of higher…
The Three Lessons U.S. Schools Should Borrow from New Zealand
Jan 17, 2017 • 20 min
This week, we take you to Auckland. A few months back, our own Betsy Corcoran traveled to New Zealand, where she sat down with Pete Hall. Right now, Pete is the newest principal of the Taupaki School, but he also has a background in entrepreneurship and…
Former EdTech Director for Obama Administration Sees Innovation Moving to the States
Jan 10, 2017 • 22 min
Donald Trump is about to take office, and one of the many places where change is coming will be the education department. To find out what that could mean, we checked in with Richard Culatta, who served as director of the education department’s Office of…
What Does a ‘Modern Classroom’ Look Like—and What Should Educators Leave Behind?
Dec 21, 2016 • 44 min
The classroom. Since the 1950s, the setup of your average second, sixth or tenth grade classroom hasn’t changed all that much. Desks lined up, students facing forward, teacher up at the front giving a lecture. The same can be said for higher education…
Want to Teach Kids to Code? Why You Should Focus on the Teachers First
Dec 2, 2016 • 17 min
It’s here, it’s here! Once again, we’ve come upon that week in December when we celebrate all things programming. December 5 kicks off national Computer Science Week, and what better way to start the celebrations than with a perfectly-themed interview?…
“A Better Future is Possible”: IDEO’s Sandy Speicher on Design Thinking in Schools
Nov 15, 2016 • 33 min
Want to hear the full interview with Sandy? Check out the EdSurge On Air podcast. For those who are familiar with the global design firm IDEO, a few words might come to mind. Consulting. Design thinking. K-12 and higher education? Yes, IDEO has indeed…
Jim Shelton of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on Personalized Learning
Oct 31, 2016 • 43 min
Jim Shelton, President of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), provided one of the keynotes this past Thursday at the iNACOL conference in San Antonio, Texas. Jim has played a number of roles in the edtech space—-he was most recently President & Chief…
EdSurge Extra: Minerva’s Jonathan Katzman on Making ‘the Best Seminar Possible’
Sep 29, 2016 • 11 min
If you could create a college from scratch today what would it look like? Minerva Schools at KGI has done just that, building an accredited, four-year undergraduate program that has an inaugural class in its sophomore year. Hear Jonathan Katzman, chief…
When Everyone Has Different Definitions of “Student Achievement”
Sep 16, 2016 • 49 min
Today, we’re actually bringing back an old favorite while we generate some new content for you. Back in 2015, in Davis California, we brought superintendents from across California together at an EdSurge event to chat about data and assessment, and how it…
EdSurge Extra: John Deasy on His LAUSD Superintendency, Mistakes, and Going Forward
Sep 7, 2016 • 25 min
Thirty-two. That’s how many years John Deasy has spent in education as a teacher, high school principal, and superintendent in four different districts across three states. Of all these roles, his stint at the Los Angeles Unified School District may be…
EdSurge Extra: Marco Molinaro Asks, ‘How Do We Maximize Learning?’
Sep 1, 2016 • 7 min
Many faculty see introductory science courses as “gateway” classes to weed out students. Not Marco Molinaro. The assistant vice provost at the University of California, Davis, is leading the school’s efforts to overhaul these classes and make them more…
Pitfalls and Triumphs—What I Learned From My Year in Edtech
Aug 28, 2016 • 19 min
Blake Montgomery, one-half of the EdSurge On Air podcast team, is bidding EdSurge adieu to take on a role as a Tech Reporter at Buzzfeed. But before he leaves, he’s got some thoughts about what he’s noticed from his year at EdSurge. Specifically, what is…
EdSurge Extra: Bridget Burns’ Call to Edtech Entrepreneurs: ‘Start With Empathy’
Aug 25, 2016 • 9 min
Bridget Burns sees plenty of “superheroes”—26-year-old Silicon Valley types with good intentions, yet little understanding, for how to change higher education. Burns is executive director of the University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of 11 public…
Megan Stewart, Unity’s Head of Global Education
Aug 19, 2016 • 47 min
Unity is one of the most widely used game development engines, but what does that have to do with education? We sat down with Megan Stewart, Unity’s Head of Global Education, at her new office to find out.
The ‘$1000 Pencil’—Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope
Aug 15, 2016 • 30 min
A few weeks back, EdSurge published a podcast interview with education consultant and commentator Alan November, and Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District Mike Dorsey, after chatting with…
What Data Privacy Laws Should Schools Watch Out for This Year?
Aug 7, 2016 • 32 min
Our guest today is Gretchen Shipley, a partner at the law firm Fagen, Friedman, and Fulfrost, who often works with schools on data privacy regulations. We interviewed her for a recent article on the student privacy issues of Pokemon Go, and at the end of…
EdSurge Extra: We Don’t Have Resources to Keep Up with Edtech—Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes Q&A
Aug 1, 2016 • 21 min
Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, knows what it takes to be a good teacher. In fact, she’s been in the game for twelve years, currently serving as a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. But she also…
Empathy, Technology, and How to Reduce School Suspensions by 50%
Jul 29, 2016 • 29 min
Technology can do a lot of things in the classroom, but can it help educators be more empathetic towards their students? This week on the EdSurge podcast, we talk to Dr. Jason Okonofua, a postdoc at Stanford University, about just that. Okonofua is…
Yuta Tonegawa and the Japanese Hour of Code
Jul 22, 2016 • 45 min
This week, we’re talking to Yuta Tonegawa, founder of the Japanese equivalent of the Hour of Code. He’s passionate about engaging young Japanese students with coding, but the barriers he faces are distinctly different obstacles that face his American…
What Does a Superintendent Look For in an Edtech Product?
Jul 17, 2016 • 23 min
The life of a district superintendent isn’t easy. You have to juggle a lot, from managing big of groups of administrators and teachers, to pushing a district forward. So, what is the hardest part of a superintendent’s job, and is it related to technology?…
Is Google Education Threatened By Amazon’s Open Content Platform?
Jul 10, 2016 • 19 min
With Amazon making its first big education platform debut in years, we were wondering: how are other blue chip companies—Microsoft, Apple, Google—reacting to this news? While at ISTE, Mary Jo and former EdSurge podcaster Michael Winters hosted an…
The Edtech Industry Has “Created a Mess”——Q&A with Mike Dorsey and Alan November
Jul 5, 2016 • 14 min
Alan November is a big-name educational consultant who was once a champion of technology in the classroom. But after EdSurge talked to him at ISTE, it seems that his message has slightly changed: technology isn’t having the impact we hoped for in schools.…
EdSurge Extra: SNHU’s Paul LeBlanc Wants Higher Ed to Back Up Its Claims
Jun 30, 2016 • 27 min
Long before competency-based learning was trending, Southern New Hampshire University gave it a shot, largely driven by the vision of its president, Paul LeBlanc. Today SNHU is seen as a leader in closing the gap between what students learn and what the…
Game Design 101—How University Students Are Getting a Crash Course in Collaboration
Jun 25, 2016 • 28 min
It’s not easy being a game designer in college—but it sure teaches lessons about collaboration and tough decision-making. At the College Gaming Competition at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), we talked to two game creators—one technical designer…
Savannah College’s VR Multiplayer Robot Arena Wins E3 College Gaming Competition
Jun 22, 2016 • 22 min
Last week, I ventured down to LA for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3, the biggest videogames convention in the country. I was in search of educational video games. I found assassins and Lil Wayne, but not a whole lot of…
EdSurge Extra: On the Floor of E3 with a Game Design Academy Founder
Jun 17, 2016 • 26 min
When should students specialize their learning? Does doing so narrow their futures or allow them to follow their passion to a strong portfolio? Peter Warburton, co-founder and production manager of Rizing Games, believes that kids who like video games…
Virtual Reality, Cultural Exchange and Empathy: An Interview with Global Nomads’ Grace Lau
Jun 11, 2016 • 46 min
Virtual reality a technology of potential. So much potential, in fact, that in many ways it seems to be only potential. We’ve all seen pictures of rapt viewers in Oculus headsets or Google cardboard, but widespread distribution is still a distant…
How Does an Edtech Company Grow? A Look Inside EdSurge
Jun 5, 2016 • 22 min
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your edtech startup grow? In our very own homage to the Startup Podcast, we’re examining EdSurge’s recent expansion. We’ve doubled in size in the past year, and a lot of things are changing. How can we keep what was…
Author Paul Tough on Whether Grit Can Be “Taught”
May 31, 2016 • 21 min
Here’s a four letter word that’s been in the news and education articles a fair amount over the past years. The word is “grit,” and it’s something that Paul Tough, the author of “How Children Succeed” and “Whatever It Takes,” addresses in his most recent…
EdSurge Extra: The Department Of Energy’s Cybersecurity Technology at Maker Faire
May 23, 2016 • 6 min
THE US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY was out in force at Maker Faire Bay Area. The Department hopes to demystify the goings-on at its various national labs in the Bay Area by portraying its scientists as makers. Those scientists also hope to excite kids about the…
Edsurge Extra: The Department of Energy’s Supercomputers at Maker Faire
May 23, 2016 • 2 min
THE US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY was out in force at Maker Faire Bay Area. The Department hopes to demystify the goings-on at its various national labs in the Bay Area by portraying its scientists as makers. Those scientists also hope to excite kids about the…
EdSurge Extra: The Department of Energy’s Sensor Technology at Maker Faire
May 23, 2016 • 2 min
THE US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY was out in force at Maker Faire Bay Area. The Department hopes to demystify the goings-on at its various national labs in the Bay Area by portraying its scientists as makers. Those scientists also hope to excite kids about the…
EdSurge Extra: The Soldering Tent at Maker Faire
May 23, 2016 • 1 min
DEMOS APLENTY: One of the most crowded tents at Maker Faire was the “Learn to Solder” tent, which allowed young makers to learn what holds circuit boards together. Would-be makers were tasked with soldering a circuit that would allow a Makerbot pin to…
EdSurge Extra: The Baker Family at Maker Faire
May 23, 2016 • 2 min
“IT’S LIKE THE STATE FAIR FOR NERDS:” Many families return to Maker Faire year after year. We spoke to one family that’s been attending Maker Faire for many years to find out what keeps them coming back. Meet the Bakers from Menlo Atherton, CA:
EdSurge Extra: Maker Movement Q&A with MIT’s Mitch Resnick
May 23, 2016 • 26 min
Mitchel Resnick (or Mitch, for short) knows his making—from a lot of different angles. And he’s not too bought into the whole “electronics and gadgets” side of the maker movement. Resnick has been in this business for more than 30 years, and it’s safe to…
How Will We Know What U.S. Education is Equitable? Interviews From NVSF Summit 2016
May 22, 2016 • 23 min
The question on everyone’s mind at NewSchools Venture Fund’s 2016 Summit: How will we know when education has become more equitable?We interviewed Dreambox CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson and Democrats for Education Reform President Shaver Jeffries for their…
EdSurge Extra: EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran Interviews Edgenuity CEO Sari Factor
May 17, 2016 • 17 min
In addition to this week’s regularly scheduled podcast programming, we’re bringing you an exclusive conversation between executives. At the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit, EdSurge’s own CEO Betsy Corcoran interviewed Edgenuity CEO Sari Factor about…
School Segregation is Everyone’s Issue, with Hartford Schools’ Enid Rey
May 13, 2016 • 17 min
Enid Rey is no stranger to controversy. A powerhouse and a lawyer by training, she’s currently the head of the School Choice Department in Hartford, Connecticut’s public school system. In a city like Hartford, where most people of socioeconomic background…
What Do Students Think of Technology in the Classroom?
May 6, 2016 • 12 min
Every month or so, EdSurge hosts a summit to bring educators and edtech companies together (there might be one coming up near you). Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to have students join us, and when we do, our student panel on edtech use is the highlight of…
Ted Mitchell and the Realities of Higher Ed Innovation
May 1, 2016 • 31 min
The Obama Administration recently admitted its work in higher education is far from done. Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell, the president’s No. 1 authority on higher education, said he’d give his team an “incomplete” grade. Why? Mitchell…
White House Science Fair, Part 2: A Subway Trash Vacuum
Apr 25, 2016 • 34 min
This week, we spoke to two teams who scientific acumen brought them all the way to the White House for the nation’s annual science fair. Second in our series is a team from Baruch College Campus High School in New York City that built a semi-automatic…
White House Science Fair, Part 1: A Solar Car Charger
Apr 25, 2016 • 21 min
This week, we spoke to two teams who scientific acumen brought them all the way to the White House for the nation’s annual science fair. First in our series is an automotive technology class from James Logan High School in Union, California that built a…
EdSurge Extra, Investor Spotlight: Brigette Lau of Social Capital
Apr 18, 2016 • 22 min
This week, the EdSurge On Air podcast features three “Extra” editions focusing on investors: how they choose what to invest it, where the money is flowing, what personalization in schools means to them, and more. On this episode, we speak to Brigette Lau…
EdSurge Extra, Investor Spotlight: Brian Dixon of Kapor Capital
Apr 18, 2016 • 36 min
This week, the EdSurge On Air podcast features three “Extra” editions focusing on investors: how they choose what to invest in, where the money is flowing, what personalization in schools means to them, and more. On this episode, we speak to Brian Dixon…
EdSurge Extra, Investor Spotlight: Jennifer Carolan of Reach Capital
Apr 18, 2016 • 18 min
This week, the EdSurge On Air podcast features three “Extra” editions focusing on investors: how they choose what to invest in, where the money is flowing, what personalization in schools means to them, and more. On this episode, we speak to Jennifer…
Inside Newark’s New Initiative to Teach Residents How to Make Mobile Apps
Apr 15, 2016 • 38 min
On April 5th, the city of Newark and Gadget Software, a company that aims to teach people how to build mobile apps, launched a joint venture to make mobile app development classes available to the entire Newark community. Using community centers as…
What it Takes to Turn Around a Rural School
Apr 11, 2016 • 58 min
Technology can bring great benefit far outside the ecosystem of a city. Rural schools are often understaffed and underfunded, so digital courses can bring extra faculty in from afar, and inexpensive digital materials can provide much needed resources to…
Can Technology Save the Teaching Profession? Q&A with Barnett Berry
Apr 3, 2016 • 25 min
There are few people who know teachers and the art of teaching as well as Barnett Berry. He’s the founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality, a national nonprofit that advances a high-quality public education system for all students, driven by the…
Mindset Works’ Eduardo Briceño: Run a Marathon to Solve the Right Problem
Mar 26, 2016 • 28 min
This week on the podcast, Betsy Corcoran interviews Eduardo Briceño, founder and CEO of Mindset Works, a company that takes university research and turns it into programs for schools. He’s bullish on the growth mindset; that’s what his company is named…
EdSurge Extra: ‘Kid President’ Creator Talks Student Voice, Video in the Classroom, and Beyonce
Mar 23, 2016 • 23 min
With all this talk about candidates for Election 2016, it can be easy to forget that there’s someone else that’s had quite an impact—from a presidential perspective. And no, we’re not talking about Barack Obama. About three years ago, a 9-year-old donned…
Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton on Whether Digital Books Will Replace Print
Mar 21, 2016 • 32 min
When the popular children’s television show “Reading Rainbow” graced TV sets across America in the 90s, host LeVar Burton took students through a world of literature and storytelling. Today, he’s back at with the Reading Rainbow app. Back in 2014, LeVar…
Data, Efficacy and Accountability with Former Principal Eric Sheninger at SXSWedu
Mar 11, 2016 • 30 min
On this week’s podcast, Blake Montgomery has some lessons from his first SXSWedu and senior editor Mary Jo Madda interviews Eric Sheninger, a former principal of New Milford High School and current Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership…
The Price of Free
Mar 6, 2016 • 15 min
Sound the alarm! We’ve got a big, big dose of edtech trends for you, and we’re serving them up on a silver platter. On Wednesday, EdSurge launched the first round of our Edtech Trends 2016 report, sponsored by AT&T. Unlike those trend articles that pop up…
Can Tech Curb Sexual Assault on College Campuses?
Feb 28, 2016 • 29 min
In Episode 51, we’re bringing you the edtech news and a deep dive into sexual assault on college campuses, specifically technology’s role in reporting it. Increasingly, survivors of sexual assault and the federal government are demanding that universities…
Larry Cuban on Edtech and the Problem with Venture-Backed Companies
Feb 19, 2016 • 44 min
Larry Cuban—whose been a teacher, a superintendent, and more—is an academic whose thoughts and feelings about edtech are the ones we’re featuring on the EdSurge podcast today. Cuban’s writings have great impact and reach in the education. Every year, Rick…
Is Personalized Learning a Waste of Time, or the Big Answer?
Feb 13, 2016 • 20 min
EdSurge has been all over the place these last few weeks— from the Educon conference in Philadelphia to Washington D.C. for Teach for America’s 25th anniversary Summit. And in each place, the conversations have been anything but boring. When it comes to…
Our Adaptive Learning Meetup
Feb 8, 2016 • 57 min
The term on everyone’s lips these days is “adaptive learning:” Proponents promise the technology has the ability to improve educational experiences in personal, efficient and scalable ways. It’s unclear, though, what the inner workings of the technology…
The News—January 23-30
Jan 31, 2016 • 7 min
We’re bringing you the latest in edtech from the week of January 23-30: Pearson and Scholastic’s dark and stormy night on the stock market, Coursera’s new fees, your weekly Ka’Chings and more.
Famed Math Teacher Dan Meyer on the State of Math Education Today
Jan 27, 2016 • 34 min
What’s math got to do with it? Everything, says Dan Meyer, creator of the the popular blog dy/dan. Meyer is one of America’s most popular math educators—he has 43,400 followers on Twitter who are ready at any moment to talk about math—and he’s been…
EdSurge Extra: An Interview With Samaira Mehta, the 8-Year-Old Creator of Coderbunnyz
Jan 23, 2016 • 7 min
Last week, we interviewed Beth Box, who wanted to reinvigorate waning student interest and boost her students’ scores on state tests. This week, we wanted to continue the conversation about educational gams with another maker: An 8-year-old student.…
When Turning A Class Into a Game Is the Only Option
Jan 17, 2016 • 20 min
Beth Box is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee, Florida. She’s also a 7th grade civics teacher at Yearling Middle School. She describes herself as “always in love with the Okeechobee school system.” That’s not common, nor is it still the case. Standardized…
A Q&A with Salman Khan: “I Hope That We’re Always Experimental”
Jan 10, 2016 • 26 min
Salman Khan’s Lab School in Mountain View, CA, has slowly been gaining recognition—but is it really as innovative as people might imagine? EdSurge asked that very question last week. Khan had the idea to open a school long before he started his online…
EdSurge Extra (r): How to Build a $1.5B Company
Dec 27, 2015 • 15 min
(rerun) What’s the biggest edtech deal of 2015? That would, be LinkedIn’s acquisition of Lynda.com. On April 9th, the two companies announced that Lynda.com and its 250,000 learning videos would be purchased for $1.5B. The week after the deal was…
‘Twas the Night Before EdSurge
Dec 23, 2015 • 2 min
EdSurge had a pleasant surprise last night, so we wrote a poem about it. Merry Christmas!
The Future of the Maker Movement and Education
Dec 21, 2015 • 18 min
The Maker movement. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, this phrase refers to a recent trend towards, well… making things. AdWeek has a pretty solid definition, saying that the maker movement is an umbrella term for independent inventors,…
Shark Attack! EdSurge Runs a PD Shark Tank
Dec 10, 2015 • 56 min
´ťéThis week on the podcast, we hear pitches from three brave companies, BloomBoard, edWeb and LessonCast. And when the pitches are done, it’s time for our four educators sharks to attack, asking the tough questions of the entrepreneurs. If you’d like to…
So You Want to Sell to a Superintendent…
Dec 5, 2015 • 21 min
Being a superintendent is anything but easy. Bureaucratic politics, having to work with multiple stakeholders, communicating a 1:1 plan to tens of thousands of students and teachers… heck, that’s not a job that just anyone can do. In fact, that might be…
EdSurge Extra - “Student Voice (Literally) - Two Student Podcasts”
Nov 25, 2015 • 15 min
We’ve been hearing all year about the wonderful things students are doing with podcasts. So this week on the show, we showcase a couple of them. First, three 5th graders from the Park School in Brookline, MA share with us an immigrant’s journey from…
The Big, Big Computer Science Gender Gap
Nov 23, 2015 • 29 min
Girls are underrepresented in computer science education and professions. According to the National Science Board’s “Science and Engineering Indicators for 2012,” women make up only 26% of Computer Science and Mathematical Science professionals in the…
EdSurge Extra - “Steve Blank to Entrepreneurs: Passion Doesn’t Guarantee Success”
Nov 15, 2015 • 25 min
Steve Blank is known by some as “The Startup Whisperer” — the guy that entrepreneurs turn to when they have questions about how to start or energize their business. He is also a serial entrepreneur, professor and investor who is perhaps best known for his…
What Stood Out at iNACOL?
Nov 10, 2015 • 24 min
This year’s annual iNACOL symposium began and concluded this week in Orlando, Florida. The event featured over 180 sessions and workshops on everything from new school models to data privacy in blended learning to examining student outcomes. EdSurge’s…
Minecraft is Coming to a School Near You
Nov 5, 2015 • 35 min
Ever wonder about all the hype about using Minecraft in the Classroom? This week, we explore how real teachers from all over the US are using the popular game to enhance their students’ learning.…
O Canada! Our Edtech Savvy Neighbour
Oct 31, 2015 • 20 min
This week on the podcast, we invite you on an international field trip to our northern neighbours. On our trip we’ll explore how edtech has changed in Canada over the past couple years; discuss how union-district relations mirror those in the US; and hear…
Do High-Income Communities Best Support Education Innovation?
Oct 23, 2015 • 41 min
Do high-income communities, which enjoy the resources and flexibility to experiment with bold ideas, offer the most ideal test-beds for innovation? Or do the most viable—and practical—ideas come from low-income neighborhoods where the challenges and needs…
EdSurge Extra: “How the EdCamp Movement Went Viral” - Interview with Hadley Ferguson
Oct 20, 2015 • 17 min
It’s not every day that we receive visits from entrepreneurs or nonprofits leads who can site as viral of growth as the EdCamp movement. For those of you wondering if that the name for some educational type of summer camp, let me help you out. Edcamps, or…
Whose Data Is It, Anyway? An EdSurge Debate on Privacy
Oct 16, 2015 • 26 min
Privacy. What a buzzword, but also a major point of contention for the past twelve months. Parents, companies, educators… everyone’s been jumping into the conversation on this topic. The proliferation of education technology has led to many questions…
When Educators Break Up With Companies
Oct 5, 2015 • 19 min
Sometimes educators and edtech companies break up. Three educators discuss their experiences when relationships with companies end and share lessons for other educators as well as companies.
Bioprinting Enters the Classroom Makerspace
Oct 2, 2015 • 27 min
Not too long ago, it was pretty new that students could print their own papers in the classroom, or that teachers could spontaneously print materials for their classes. But these days, printing has gotten a little bit more advanced—and we’re not just…
Selling to Schools vs. Selling to Consumers: A Guide
Sep 25, 2015 • 23 min
Seattle-based Lane Merrifield is an expert when it comes to selling to consumers—but he’s also becoming an expert on selling to schools, too. He’s the Club Penguin guy—remember that big massive multiplayer online game that was basically a virtual world…
EdSurge Extra: “Don’t Reform Education: Transform It” - Interview with Dr. Gisele Huff
Sep 25, 2015 • 24 min
On this EdSurge Extra, we chat with Dr. Gisele Huff of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation. Gisele talks with EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran about the differences between charity & philanthropy, technology’s ability to transform education and her new project to give…
Why Students Are Saying ‘#IStandWithAhmed, Too’
Sep 15, 2015 • 14 min
One voice has been conspicuously absent from the discussion around #IStandWithAhmed: students. This week we chat with four K-12 students to hear their reactions to the plight of Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed.
Esther Wojcicki on Becoming a ‘Moonshot’ Educator and Innovator
Aug 31, 2015 • 20 min
Being a teacher superstar isn’t easy, especially when you’re driven by a vision to help out kids, but are a loner in your school in regards to the way you feel. Esther Wojcicki, an American journalist, educator, and vice chair of the Creative Commons…
Blended Learning Buzzword Bingo! An Interview with Michael Horn
Aug 30, 2015 • 18 min
Michael Horn has been a powerful force shaping the changes in education over the past decade. In an interview with senior editor Mary Jo Madda at our California Summit, he spoke about how he defines the nebulous term “blended learning,” why teacher…
The Three Big Edtech Trends for the New School Year
Aug 25, 2015 • 21 min
There’s no question that the best part of hosting a podcast is speaking with the fascinating guests we have on the show. From newly minted edtech billionaires to students and teachers, podcasters get the chance to hear from people all over the country. So…
What School Model Designers Can Learn from Food Trucks
Aug 10, 2015 • 31 min
We talk to companies all the time about how they test their products, fail quickly and learn. But what if schools did the same thing? That’s exactly the concept behind the “Tiny Schools Project,” an initiative led by Matt Candler of the New Orleans-based…
EdSurge Extra: How to Level Up Your Professional Development and ‘Pajama Learning’
Aug 5, 2015 • 47 min
A live recording of a focus panel from the EdSurge Davis Superintendents Summit. Panelists for this event included Barbara Nemko Superintendent, Napa COE; Jason Borgen Director of Innovation & Learning, Portola Valley School District; Michael Moody CEO,…
What Tech Companies Should Consider When Hiring New Blood
Aug 5, 2015 • 17 min
Last week, Forbes writer George Anders put out an article entitled, “That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket.” After reading the article, we here at EdSurge thought to ourselves… gee, what should edtech companies really…
EdSurge Extra: Using Data to Move the Needle on Student Achievement
Aug 4, 2015 • 45 min
A live recording of a focus panel from the EdSurge Davis Superintendents Summit. Panelists for this event included Bryant Wong CTO, Summit Public Schools; Devin Dillon CAO, Oakland USD; Gregory Firn Superintendent in Residence & Director of Strategic…
EdSurge Extra: How Project-Based Learning Improves Collaboration, Creativity & Critical Thinking
Aug 4, 2015 • 45 min
A live recording of a focus panel from the EdSurge Davis Superintendents Summit Panelists for this event included Cary Matsuoka Superintendent, Milpitas USD; Kyle Brumbaugh Director of Educational Innovation, Presentation HS; Steve Ritter Chief Product…
EdSurge Extra: Blended Learning and Flipping the Classroom—You’re Doing It Wrong
Aug 4, 2015 • 48 min
A live recording of our Keynote Panel from our Davis Superintendent Summit. Panelists: Richard Culatta, head of the Office of Educational Technology for the Department of Education; Michael Horn, co-founder of the Christensen Institute and author of the…
Amplify Your Voice: The Secrets of Rising Edtech Bloggers
Jul 24, 2015 • 21 min
Edtech blogs are writing about all aspects of life around schooling these days. But why is it important that they do so? And if you want to get started as an education blogger, what should you do? Our advice: Learn from the experts. We talk to blogger…
What Teachers Hear When Companies Talk
Jul 15, 2015 • 27 min
Where and how exactly does the conversation between educators and entrepreneurs go awry? And when it does, is there anything we can do to fix it? To find out, we followed Kerry Gallagher (www.KerryHawk02.com) as she spoke to Justin Chando, CEO of Chalkup…