Sinopse

A slightly edgier look at education and social issues facing our world. Join me as I talk with people about their contributions to better learning and social outcomes.

Episódios

  • 17: Devon Barnes, part 2 - helping childrens brains for over 50 years.

    17: Devon Barnes, part 2 - helping children's brains for over 50 years.

    26/04/2017 Duração: 21min

    Speech Language Pathologist Devon Barnes has a career in helping people that spans over 50 years. In the previous episode we started at the beginning, which took us from the university days in Queensland to all the way around the world, including the hippy trail, and multiple trips to India. As we continue the discussion, Devon explains how emerging research into neuroscience has helped us to understand so much more about the brain, how it can change, and most importantly for Devon, how it could help her in her work. If you didn’t catch the first episode of my discussion with Devon, you can find it by subscribing to this podcast. Look for episode 16. This podcast is brought to you by Colink Media. To comment on this podcast, send your emails to [email protected]

  • 16: Devon Barnes, part 1 - helping childrens brains for over 50 years.

    16: Devon Barnes, part 1 - helping children's brains for over 50 years.

    26/04/2017 Duração: 27min

    In the modern world its hard to imagine being in the one line of work for over 50 years. But that’s exactly what speech language pathologist, Devon Barnes, has managed to achieve; and there’s little sign of anything slowing down. Over those years she’s helped countless people, mostly children, deal with issues surrounding speech, language and learning impairment. And it’s not only been a learning journey for her clients, but also for herself as she’s continued to embrace new research into the brain, and in particular, the way that the brain can change. In fact it was the desire to see young brains change that led to ongoing contact and collaboration with neuroscientists in the United States. This enabled Devon to introduce new technologies that were being developed overseas, to help her local Australian clients. But as you might imagine, 50 years is a long time to accumulate experiences, and for Devon this meant challenging ideas that she was raised on, and constantly seeking new understanding. In this first

  • 15: Jeremy Macdonald on achieving success with Sphero and STEM in the classroom.

    15: Jeremy Macdonald on achieving success with Sphero and STEM in the classroom.

    19/04/2017 Duração: 22min

    Jeremy Macdonald is the content and training manager for sphero education. He was formerly the director of technology for a school district in central Oregon, in the United States, and has over 10 years experience in the classroom. His role at Sphero involves helping to get more rich and meaningful content out to the sphero community and schools so that teachers have a better foundation when starting to use Sphero and Lightning Lab. Although Sphero could be seen at first glance as a gadget or novelty, Jeremy explains how its actually a very robust educational tool for teaching what some people might label as STEM, or science, technology engineering and maths. Whilst it’s a tool that teachers with little coding experience can use with their students, it also sets a solid base for more advanced programming in senior years. As with all classroom resources, careful thought needs to go into its implementation. But when done well, the results can be extraordinary. I started by asking Jeremy what he thought students

  • 14: How Sphero brought STEM, inspiration and creativity into Brad Lowell’s 5th grade science class.

    14: How Sphero brought STEM, inspiration and creativity into Brad Lowell’s 5th grade science class.

    10/04/2017 Duração: 25min

    Brad Lowell is a 5th grade science teacher in the Hamilton Southeastern Schools District in Fishers Indiana, in the United States. After more than 20 years of teaching, it seemed like the classroom was fast becoming a place where you just go through the motions. iPads went some way to changing that, but there was still something missing. Then Brad was suddenly introduced to Sphero. It’s a tennis ball sized, clear plastic ball with some complicated looking electronics inside. The real surprise was when Brad found out that you can program this little device to do a seemingly endless list of interesting things. It’s not just a ball that rolls around on the ground. And its not just good for teaching programming. There are many ways to integrate this device across other subject areas, and not just your traditional science and technology classes. Educators love a good acronym, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) is no exception. But as we’ll hear from Brad, kids don’t need a label. They just want

  • 13: Coding  STEM important for today’s students says Sally Browner of Coder Factory Academy.

    13: Coding & STEM important for today’s students says Sally Browner of Coder Factory Academy.

    20/03/2017 Duração: 24min

    Sally Browner is the Education Partnership Manager at Coder Factory Academy. From that title, you’d think she’d been coding all her life, but that’s not the case. Her journey to Coder Factory Academy took a few turns along the way, and she’s now part of a thriving environment which inspires people of all ages to understand the mysterious world of coding. She works towards opening up opportunities for students and schools to explore the endless possibilities that coding and STEM subjects have to offer through the courses and bootcamps provided by Coder Factory Academy. You’d think it was a place just for computer types, but Sally explains that the reasons for people attending the academy are as wide ranging as their ages. I started by asking why she thought her diverse background was beneficial in her role at the Academy. To find out more about my guest, Sally Browner and the work of Coder Factory Academy, visit http://www.coderfactoryacademy.edu.au, where you’ll also find contact details and ways to get in t

  • 12: Kids’ Own Wisdom founder Nini White on social and emotional development for school children.

    12: Kids’ Own Wisdom founder Nini White on social and emotional development for school children.

    07/03/2017 Duração: 28min

    Most people would agree on the importance of social and emotional development for school students, but what does that really look like? And why is the struggle with social and emotional development such a drain, particularly on teachers. My guest today, Nini White is the founder of Kids' Own Wisdom. In essence the messages of her programs are quite simple. Activate students’ collaborative problem-solving skills Reduce time draining behavioural challenges Increase empathy, deep thinking and belonging. But the implementation of this approach takes time, and real commitment. There are no lectures, but real questions that matter, based on respect and trust. And the transformations in young people are quite profound when they sense that someone is actually really interested in them. I started by asking Nini what social and emotional development in school kids actually looks like. For more information visit http://www.kidsownwisdom.com To comment on this podcast, send your emails to [email protected]

  • 11: Student centred learning in maths classrooms with Richard Andrew.

    11: Student centred learning in maths classrooms with Richard Andrew.

    08/02/2017 Duração: 20min

    Surely maths classrooms aren’t that dissimilar to other subjects. Or are they? Is student centred learning a completely different experience in a maths context? Richard Andrew has been helping maths teachers improve their teaching for over a decade, and has a wealth of experience in the classroom. He’s a regular guest on the show, and in this episode talks about some practical suggestions for getting students into the centre of their learning. For Richard, it’s about organisation, planning, and handing over the ownership of learning to the students. And whilst that may sound simple, or perhaps not new, it’s the way in which Richard implements the strategies that can make student centred learning an effective and engaging experience. This podcast is brought to you by Colink Media. You can get in touch by sending an email to [email protected] To find out more about my guest, Richard Andrew, visit www.learnimplementshare.com Li: au.linkedin.com/in/richardlearnimplementshare FB: facebook.com/LearnImplem

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