60 pippa.io No Such Thing: K12 Education in the Digital Age https://nosuchthingpodcast.org en Copyright Marc Lesser 2017 Teachers, Students, EdTech, youth, digital, learning, education, STEM, STEAM, Computer Science, non-profit, k12, design, Maker Education, Higher Education, Badges, Technology Marc Lesser A podcast about the promise and reality of learning with technology The show is about learning with technology, but it's not the same old EdTech or "STEM" preachery. It's about the realities and exciting potential, but it's also about youth and the practitioners who support them: youth developers, museum educators, K12 teachers, mentors, counselors, parents: as they grow their identity, and journey forward. 


Enjoying the show? Please take a moment to rate us, and leave a review wherever you've accessed the podcast. You can review show notes for every episode at facebook.com/nosuchthingpodcast.

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The show is about learning with technology, but it's not the same old EdTech or "STEM" preachery. It's about the realities and exciting potential, but it's also about youth and the practitioners who support them: youth developers, museum educators, K12 teachers, mentors, counselors, parents: as they grow their identity, and journey forward. 


Enjoying the show? Please take a moment to rate us, and leave a review wherever you've accessed the podcast. You can review show notes for every episode at facebook.com/nosuchthingpodcast.

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no Marc Lesser info+5985c925950a13467cfb1e04@mg.pippa.io episodic https://assets.pippa.io/shows/5985c925950a13467cfb1e04/1506528144367-afe16032094b60736b97be6ab04a7683.png https://nosuchthingpodcast.org No Such Thing: K12 Education in the Digital Age <![CDATA[Anya Kamenetz: "What the Times got wrong about kids and phones"]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:03:36 GMT 58:10 5bef3eb89ba65ae5219bbe9a no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/anya-kamenetz full 43 At the end of October, the New York Times ran a series of articles on kids, parents, and screentime. It looked at trends among parents, largely around the Silicon Valley in California. When I read Anya Kamenetz's response in the Columbia Journalism Review, titled What the Times Got Wrong About Kids and Phones, I had to reach out and see if she'd be willing to talk. I think her perspective on this issue is extremely important.


Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.


Kamenetz is the author of several books. Her latest is The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life (PublicAffairs, 2018).


Her previous books were Generation Debt; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and The Test.


Kamenetz covered technology, innovation, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship for five years as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She's contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and appeared in documentaries shown on PBS and CNN.


It's worth noting that in addition to the rock stardom above, she's a parent, and someone who, admittedly, is dealing with the stuff in real time. If you take nothing else from this episode, if you don't read her book or the many links that I drop in the show notes for this episode (available on our facebook page facebook/nosuchthingpodcast) pretty please, use your instincts as a parent, consult educators and specialists who know technology on this topic, talk with doctors who really want to dig in about what's fears are real and which are not. Take the time to do your homework, and make plan that fits what you're looking to each achieve at home, in your classroom, or with the young people you serve, wherever that is. And talk to the young people in your life. Preaching tech abstinence comes from a good place - we want children safe and productive - but don't be suckered by the temptation to conflate all that's changing for us culturally, don't trust non-expert voices because they seem elite, and don't miss out on all that's there in the upside.


Links from this episode:

Columbia Journalism Review - What the Times got wrong about kids and phones: https://www.cjr.org/criticism/times-silicon-valley-kids.php

THE ART OF SCREEN TIME: HOW YOUR FAMILY CAN BALANCE DIGITAL MEDIA AND REAL LIFE: http://www.anyakamenetz.net/

NYTimes, A Dark Consensus Begins to Emerge About Kids and Phones in Silicon Valley: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/style/phones-children-silicon-valley.html

Silicon Valley Nannies Are Phone Police for Kids: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/style/silicon-valley-nannies.html?module=inline

Anya's Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/AnyaKamenetz/subscribe

Anya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/anya1anya




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At the end of October, the New York Times ran a series of articles on kids, parents, and screentime. It looked at trends among parents, largely around the Silicon Valley in California. When I read Anya Kamenetz's response in the Columbia Journalism Review, titled What the Times Got Wrong About Kids and Phones, I had to reach out and see if she'd be willing to talk. I think her perspective on this issue is extremely important.


Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.


Kamenetz is the author of several books. Her latest is The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life (PublicAffairs, 2018).


Her previous books were Generation Debt; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and The Test.


Kamenetz covered technology, innovation, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship for five years as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She's contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and appeared in documentaries shown on PBS and CNN.


It's worth noting that in addition to the rock stardom above, she's a parent, and someone who, admittedly, is dealing with the stuff in real time. If you take nothing else from this episode, if you don't read her book or the many links that I drop in the show notes for this episode (available on our facebook page facebook/nosuchthingpodcast) pretty please, use your instincts as a parent, consult educators and specialists who know technology on this topic, talk with doctors who really want to dig in about what's fears are real and which are not. Take the time to do your homework, and make plan that fits what you're looking to each achieve at home, in your classroom, or with the young people you serve, wherever that is. And talk to the young people in your life. Preaching tech abstinence comes from a good place - we want children safe and productive - but don't be suckered by the temptation to conflate all that's changing for us culturally, don't trust non-expert voices because they seem elite, and don't miss out on all that's there in the upside.


Links from this episode:

Columbia Journalism Review - What the Times got wrong about kids and phones: https://www.cjr.org/criticism/times-silicon-valley-kids.php

THE ART OF SCREEN TIME: HOW YOUR FAMILY CAN BALANCE DIGITAL MEDIA AND REAL LIFE: http://www.anyakamenetz.net/

NYTimes, A Dark Consensus Begins to Emerge About Kids and Phones in Silicon Valley: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/style/phones-children-silicon-valley.html

Silicon Valley Nannies Are Phone Police for Kids: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/style/silicon-valley-nannies.html?module=inline

Anya's Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/AnyaKamenetz/subscribe

Anya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/anya1anya




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<![CDATA[The "M" in STEM]]> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:15:18 GMT 1:12:06 5bca1b5270c6aeb669a30e76 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/math-for-all full 42 Buckle up for some real talk about solutions to our Math challenges that might sound simple in a lot of cases, but they certainly aren't obvious. If they were, we would've figured out a long time ago that, for example, "school math and real math" as Marvin puts it during this interview, should not and cannot be such very different things.


In this episode, Marc interviews researchers from Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology and Bank Street College of Education, who are collaborating on an effort funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Dept. of Department of Education, to help better equip educators supporting the wide variety of learners who populate the classrooms of American schools. Their program, Math For All, is developing digital resources to show general and special education teachers how to provide high-quality, standards-based math education to all students, including those with disabilities.


Links from this episode:

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Buckle up for some real talk about solutions to our Math challenges that might sound simple in a lot of cases, but they certainly aren't obvious. If they were, we would've figured out a long time ago that, for example, "school math and real math" as Marvin puts it during this interview, should not and cannot be such very different things.


In this episode, Marc interviews researchers from Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology and Bank Street College of Education, who are collaborating on an effort funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Dept. of Department of Education, to help better equip educators supporting the wide variety of learners who populate the classrooms of American schools. Their program, Math For All, is developing digital resources to show general and special education teachers how to provide high-quality, standards-based math education to all students, including those with disabilities.


Links from this episode:

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Competency X Competency X Fri, 05 Oct 2018 19:31:19 GMT 1:13:32 5bb7bc07d07a78bc6c61b249 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/competency-x How One School Partners Across San Diego County to Help Realize the Promise of Digital Badges full 41 Del Lago Academy is one use case that shows the potential of alternative credentialing (or digital badges) for reforming assessment in the digital age. If you're a K12 professional, a funder, or a education technologist that's been following the conversation on Badges for Learning, you don't want to miss this conversation. Alec Barron is the lead behind Competency X, a project that's already engaged teachers, local industry, and higher ed in a serious conversation about how competency-based practices, along with strong software platforms, can change the efficiency and effectiveness of school-supported pathways for youth to meaningful, prosperous futures in San Diego County.


Links from this episode:

Del Lago Academy: https://www.dellagoacademy.org/

Portfolium: https://portfolium.com/

Competency X: https://www.competencyx.com/

BIOCOM: https://www.biocom.org/s/

Fleet Science Center: https://www.rhfleet.org/

Digital Badge Summit: https://badgesummit.weebly.com/

Palomar College: https://www2.palomar.edu/

Miramar College: https://www.sdmiramar.edu/

Pharmatec: http://www.pharmtech.com/

Assessment for Learning Project: https://www.assessmentforlearningproject.org/

Education Design Lab: https://eddesignlab.org/

Nicole Pinkard: http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/profile/?p=1049&/NicholePinkard/

Center for Collaborative Education: http://cce.org/

Reimagining College Access: https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/project/reimagining-college-access

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Del Lago Academy is one use case that shows the potential of alternative credentialing (or digital badges) for reforming assessment in the digital age. If you're a K12 professional, a funder, or a education technologist that's been following the conversation on Badges for Learning, you don't want to miss this conversation. Alec Barron is the lead behind Competency X, a project that's already engaged teachers, local industry, and higher ed in a serious conversation about how competency-based practices, along with strong software platforms, can change the efficiency and effectiveness of school-supported pathways for youth to meaningful, prosperous futures in San Diego County.


Links from this episode:

Del Lago Academy: https://www.dellagoacademy.org/

Portfolium: https://portfolium.com/

Competency X: https://www.competencyx.com/

BIOCOM: https://www.biocom.org/s/

Fleet Science Center: https://www.rhfleet.org/

Digital Badge Summit: https://badgesummit.weebly.com/

Palomar College: https://www2.palomar.edu/

Miramar College: https://www.sdmiramar.edu/

Pharmatec: http://www.pharmtech.com/

Assessment for Learning Project: https://www.assessmentforlearningproject.org/

Education Design Lab: https://eddesignlab.org/

Nicole Pinkard: http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/profile/?p=1049&/NicholePinkard/

Center for Collaborative Education: http://cce.org/

Reimagining College Access: https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/project/reimagining-college-access

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Sex Ed In the Digital Age Sex Ed In the Digital Age Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:45:00 GMT 1:14:23 5ba2820f40699e69770691e6 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/sex-ed-in-the-digital-age full 40 In this episode I'm talking with Julia Bennett, Director of Learning Strategy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, along with Dan Rice, Director of Training for an organization called, Answer out of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Temitayo Fagbenle, Senior, City University of NY, Queens College and soon-to-begin "Fellow" at "Nancy," a production of WNYC Studios. You may remember her from previous episodes of this show on higher education and youth radio.


If you've wondered about this intersection between technology and the sexual development of young learners, I'm with you. We tackle some big issues in this episode, and I hope also shed some light on the reality of where young people are learning sex ed, and what role adults in their lives can play.


Links from this episode:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/

Answer: http://answer.rutgers.edu/

Temitayo Fagbenle on Instagram and Twitter @theeetemi: https://www.wnyc.org/people/temitayo-fagbenle/

NYC Comptroller's Report on Sex Ed: https://comptroller.nyc.gov/newsroom/comptroller-stringer-report-high-number-of-middle-and-high-school-students-arent-taught-sex-ed/

PrEP, HIV prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/prep/index.html

Sex Etc: SexEtc.org

Online Shaming, WNYC Radio Rookies: https://www.wnyc.org/story/261104-radio-rookies-sexual-cyberbullying/

It's Complicated by dana boyd: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300166316/its-complicated

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In this episode I'm talking with Julia Bennett, Director of Learning Strategy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, along with Dan Rice, Director of Training for an organization called, Answer out of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Temitayo Fagbenle, Senior, City University of NY, Queens College and soon-to-begin "Fellow" at "Nancy," a production of WNYC Studios. You may remember her from previous episodes of this show on higher education and youth radio.


If you've wondered about this intersection between technology and the sexual development of young learners, I'm with you. We tackle some big issues in this episode, and I hope also shed some light on the reality of where young people are learning sex ed, and what role adults in their lives can play.


Links from this episode:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/

Answer: http://answer.rutgers.edu/

Temitayo Fagbenle on Instagram and Twitter @theeetemi: https://www.wnyc.org/people/temitayo-fagbenle/

NYC Comptroller's Report on Sex Ed: https://comptroller.nyc.gov/newsroom/comptroller-stringer-report-high-number-of-middle-and-high-school-students-arent-taught-sex-ed/

PrEP, HIV prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/prep/index.html

Sex Etc: SexEtc.org

Online Shaming, WNYC Radio Rookies: https://www.wnyc.org/story/261104-radio-rookies-sexual-cyberbullying/

It's Complicated by dana boyd: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300166316/its-complicated

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Video Games With My Teacher - Part 2 Video Games With My Teacher - Part 2 Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:33:02 GMT 1:15:16 5b8fe91e19c2c4654922d01f no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/video-games-with-my-teacher-part-2 full 39 This episode is part 2 of an experiment. If you listen to both episodes, it’s two hours of gameplay, and talk about games in learning, play, popular titles, a takedown of the Fortnight franchise by young Game Reviewer, and Rudy Blanco's student, Kimari Rennis - I can’t wait for you to meet Kimari - we talk about diversity in games, we define some terms, sidetrack a bit into mythology, and so so much more. Here’s the bottom line, though. If you’ve never played video games with your students, you might be missing out on a tremendous learning opportunity. How often in your class does a student jump in an say, “I’m happy to control the ship?” 


This and so much more in the episode ahead. Enjoy.


Links from this episode:

NYC Video Game Critic’s Circle: https://nygamecritics.com/

DreamYard Project: http://www.dreamyard.com/

(Game 1) Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: http://www.loversinadangerousspacetime.com/

Until Dawn (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Until_Dawn

Plants Vs Zombies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plants_vs._Zombies

George Fan, PVZ designer: http://plantsvszombies.wikia.com/wiki/George_Fan

Disney Quest (arcade): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisneyQuest

Fortnite (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortnite

Smite (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smite_(video_game)

Pub G: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayerUnknown%27s_Battlegrounds

(Game 2) Don’t Starve Together: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Starve

Assassin’s Creed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin%27s_Creed

Playstation “Shareplay”: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/ps4/share-play/

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This episode is part 2 of an experiment. If you listen to both episodes, it’s two hours of gameplay, and talk about games in learning, play, popular titles, a takedown of the Fortnight franchise by young Game Reviewer, and Rudy Blanco's student, Kimari Rennis - I can’t wait for you to meet Kimari - we talk about diversity in games, we define some terms, sidetrack a bit into mythology, and so so much more. Here’s the bottom line, though. If you’ve never played video games with your students, you might be missing out on a tremendous learning opportunity. How often in your class does a student jump in an say, “I’m happy to control the ship?” 


This and so much more in the episode ahead. Enjoy.


Links from this episode:

NYC Video Game Critic’s Circle: https://nygamecritics.com/

DreamYard Project: http://www.dreamyard.com/

(Game 1) Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: http://www.loversinadangerousspacetime.com/

Until Dawn (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Until_Dawn

Plants Vs Zombies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plants_vs._Zombies

George Fan, PVZ designer: http://plantsvszombies.wikia.com/wiki/George_Fan

Disney Quest (arcade): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisneyQuest

Fortnite (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortnite

Smite (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smite_(video_game)

Pub G: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayerUnknown%27s_Battlegrounds

(Game 2) Don’t Starve Together: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Starve

Assassin’s Creed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin%27s_Creed

Playstation “Shareplay”: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/ps4/share-play/

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Video Games With My Teacher - Part 1 Video Games With My Teacher - Part 1 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:46:06 GMT 54:29 5b847f085121cc03595665fe no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/video-games-with-my-teacher-part-1 full 38 This episode is another two-parter and it’s something of an experiment. If you listen to both episodes, it’s two hours of gameplay, and talk about games in learning, play, popular titles, a takedown of the Fortnight franchise by young Game Reviewer, and Rudy Blanco's student, Kimari Rennis - I can’t wait for you to meet Kimari - we talk about diversity in games, we define some terms, sidetrack a bit into mythology, and so so much more. Here’s the bottom line, though. If you’ve never played video games with your students, you might be missing out on a tremendous learning opportunity. How often in your class does a student jump in an say, “I’m happy to control the ship?” 


This and so much more in the episode ahead. Enjoy.


Links from this episode:

NYC Video Game Critic’s Circle: https://nygamecritics.com/

DreamYard Project: http://www.dreamyard.com/

(Game 1) Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: http://www.loversinadangerousspacetime.com/

Until Dawn (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Until_Dawn

Plants Vs Zombies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plants_vs._Zombies

George Fan, PVZ designer: http://plantsvszombies.wikia.com/wiki/George_Fan

Disney Quest (arcade): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisneyQuest

Fortnite (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortnite

Smite (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smite_(video_game)

Pub G: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayerUnknown%27s_Battlegrounds

(Game 2) Don’t Starve Together: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Starve

Assassin’s Creed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin%27s_Creed

Playstation “Shareplay”: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/ps4/share-play/

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This episode is another two-parter and it’s something of an experiment. If you listen to both episodes, it’s two hours of gameplay, and talk about games in learning, play, popular titles, a takedown of the Fortnight franchise by young Game Reviewer, and Rudy Blanco's student, Kimari Rennis - I can’t wait for you to meet Kimari - we talk about diversity in games, we define some terms, sidetrack a bit into mythology, and so so much more. Here’s the bottom line, though. If you’ve never played video games with your students, you might be missing out on a tremendous learning opportunity. How often in your class does a student jump in an say, “I’m happy to control the ship?” 


This and so much more in the episode ahead. Enjoy.


Links from this episode:

NYC Video Game Critic’s Circle: https://nygamecritics.com/

DreamYard Project: http://www.dreamyard.com/

(Game 1) Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: http://www.loversinadangerousspacetime.com/

Until Dawn (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Until_Dawn

Plants Vs Zombies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plants_vs._Zombies

George Fan, PVZ designer: http://plantsvszombies.wikia.com/wiki/George_Fan

Disney Quest (arcade): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisneyQuest

Fortnite (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortnite

Smite (game): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smite_(video_game)

Pub G: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayerUnknown%27s_Battlegrounds

(Game 2) Don’t Starve Together: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Starve

Assassin’s Creed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin%27s_Creed

Playstation “Shareplay”: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/ps4/share-play/

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15 Years of Games For Change 15 Years of Games For Change Thu, 02 Aug 2018 11:00:40 GMT 1:03:05 5b623956097df26d0a218c90 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/15-years-of-games-for-change Three conversations showcasing the most prominent Serious Games festival in the world. full 37


The organization Games for Change is hard to describe as being just one thing: they throw a Festival that happens every year in NYC, and that's been the backbone of the organization, but around that has grown a really important community of artists and activists, educators, computer scientists, developers, funders, and game studios who believe deeply in the power of games for improving the human experience. Sometimes that's about empathy for other humans, sometimes it's about zooming in on something remarkable, sometimes it's about simply tapping the playfulness in all of us. When I think of Games for Change - some might call them Serious Games - I think of titles like Dys4ia, a flashgame by the legendary Anna Anthropy - quoting from Wikipedia, "to recount her experiences of gender dysphoria and hormone replacement therapy". There are hundreds of titles, and many would argue that the boundaries between "serious games" and others is really about your game design practice, more than genre. They can be blurry, when you put them up against Educational Games, or even virtual environments where the outcomes aren't purely a play for revenue.


I've been really lucky to be a part of this organization's evolution as a participant at the festival, as a partner to their student game design challenge in my role at Mouse, and as a member of the community that gains so much from the vision they put forward 15 years ago. I feel like an Anniversary gift is in order, and while I didn't send chocolates to founders - Ben Stokes, Barry Joseph, Suzanne Seggerman - it felt like the next best thing to spend some time with G4C President, Susanna Pollack, and give you a chance to hear from two winners at this year's festival.


3 Conversations, 15 years of Games for Change - enjoy.


Notes from this episode:

Games For Change: http://www.gamesforchange.org/

Attentat 1942: http://attentat1942.com/

Attentat 1942 Gameplay: https://youtu.be/kLct7kVW1sM

Charles University: https://cuni.cz/

About Assassins Creed, Origins for Education: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/arts/assassins-creed-origins-education.html

STEAM: https://store.steampowered.com/

Technology Student Association: http://www.tsaweb.org/

Play Garrett at Chameleon School: http://tsabms.bsd.k12.pa.us/VideoGameDesign/Team903/

2018 G4C Student Challenge Winners: http://www.gamesforchange.org/studentchallenge/awards-2018-student-challenge/

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The organization Games for Change is hard to describe as being just one thing: they throw a Festival that happens every year in NYC, and that's been the backbone of the organization, but around that has grown a really important community of artists and activists, educators, computer scientists, developers, funders, and game studios who believe deeply in the power of games for improving the human experience. Sometimes that's about empathy for other humans, sometimes it's about zooming in on something remarkable, sometimes it's about simply tapping the playfulness in all of us. When I think of Games for Change - some might call them Serious Games - I think of titles like Dys4ia, a flashgame by the legendary Anna Anthropy - quoting from Wikipedia, "to recount her experiences of gender dysphoria and hormone replacement therapy". There are hundreds of titles, and many would argue that the boundaries between "serious games" and others is really about your game design practice, more than genre. They can be blurry, when you put them up against Educational Games, or even virtual environments where the outcomes aren't purely a play for revenue.


I've been really lucky to be a part of this organization's evolution as a participant at the festival, as a partner to their student game design challenge in my role at Mouse, and as a member of the community that gains so much from the vision they put forward 15 years ago. I feel like an Anniversary gift is in order, and while I didn't send chocolates to founders - Ben Stokes, Barry Joseph, Suzanne Seggerman - it felt like the next best thing to spend some time with G4C President, Susanna Pollack, and give you a chance to hear from two winners at this year's festival.


3 Conversations, 15 years of Games for Change - enjoy.


Notes from this episode:

Games For Change: http://www.gamesforchange.org/

Attentat 1942: http://attentat1942.com/

Attentat 1942 Gameplay: https://youtu.be/kLct7kVW1sM

Charles University: https://cuni.cz/

About Assassins Creed, Origins for Education: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/arts/assassins-creed-origins-education.html

STEAM: https://store.steampowered.com/

Technology Student Association: http://www.tsaweb.org/

Play Garrett at Chameleon School: http://tsabms.bsd.k12.pa.us/VideoGameDesign/Team903/

2018 G4C Student Challenge Winners: http://www.gamesforchange.org/studentchallenge/awards-2018-student-challenge/

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Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:40:46 GMT 1:39:30 5b51d84ec9c1da656aec1b70 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/gretchen-givens-generett Equity and Diversity in Education Leadership full 36 Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett, is a researcher / educator on issues of teacher professional development, educational leadership, and cultural diversity. An associate professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University, Gretchen is the Director of the University Council for Educational Administration Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice.   Her teaching and research are designed to enhance the skills and habits of mind necessary for educators to effectively teach students from diverse populations.  


During our chat, Gretchen shares her own personal narrative, and talks about how each of us has a story that needs to be explored as preparation and proper framing for the work we endeavor to do. I learned so much from my chat with her, and I hope you do too.


Dr. Generett has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes in the field of education. She is the co-editor of the book Black Women in the Field: Experiences Understanding Ourselves and Others through Qualitative Researchpublished by Hampton Press and has served as the guest editor for the journals Educational Foundations, Educational Studies, and Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.  


Notes from this episode:

Dr. Francisco Guajardo: http://iel.org/francisco-guajardo

Linda Treadway: http://iel.org/lynda-tredway

Gretchen Generett’s Inspire Speaker Series story: https://youtu.be/d_fwIjZlaMw

Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History (on school segregation): http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/13-miss-buchanans-period-of-adjustment

Chris Janson https://www.unf.edu/bio/N00607194/

Matt Militello https://coeweb.ecu.edu/directory/name/matthew-militello/

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Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett, is a researcher / educator on issues of teacher professional development, educational leadership, and cultural diversity. An associate professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University, Gretchen is the Director of the University Council for Educational Administration Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice.   Her teaching and research are designed to enhance the skills and habits of mind necessary for educators to effectively teach students from diverse populations.  


During our chat, Gretchen shares her own personal narrative, and talks about how each of us has a story that needs to be explored as preparation and proper framing for the work we endeavor to do. I learned so much from my chat with her, and I hope you do too.


Dr. Generett has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes in the field of education. She is the co-editor of the book Black Women in the Field: Experiences Understanding Ourselves and Others through Qualitative Researchpublished by Hampton Press and has served as the guest editor for the journals Educational Foundations, Educational Studies, and Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.  


Notes from this episode:

Dr. Francisco Guajardo: http://iel.org/francisco-guajardo

Linda Treadway: http://iel.org/lynda-tredway

Gretchen Generett’s Inspire Speaker Series story: https://youtu.be/d_fwIjZlaMw

Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History (on school segregation): http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/13-miss-buchanans-period-of-adjustment

Chris Janson https://www.unf.edu/bio/N00607194/

Matt Militello https://coeweb.ecu.edu/directory/name/matthew-militello/

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<![CDATA[Follow-up on Autism & MakerEd With Dave Wells]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:00:24 GMT 22:20 5b454d233055f8224caa0993 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/follow-up-on-autism-makered-with-dave-wells Part 2 On the implementation of maker educator training for inclusion classrooms. full 35 If you're getting to this episode without having given a listen to Episode 34 on MakerEd and Autism, hit pause and back up one episode. This one won't land without its predecessor. In fact, when I recorded this interview, it was intended as a segment that I would drop into 34, but the more I tried to make it work, the less I liked it. I didn't want to interrupt the previous conversation, and I didn't want to give short shrift to Dave Wells, who's a critical piece of the Maker Educator puzzle in NYC. So much so that i'm mashing up some of the conversation I have had with him previously on the show to fill in some context on NYSCI, the NY Hall of Science, where Dave works, and to round out the episode.


The first part of the interview you're about to hear is from the Manhattan Make-A-Thon earlier this year where i had a chance to sit with Dave and talk about the work at NYSCI. If you prefer to skip forward to the details in the second half about how Dave and the NSF-funded research team from NYU and Education Development Center implemented the project - head to ~8:30.


David Wells, Director of Maker Programming, is responsible for all programming and activities in NYSCI’s Maker Space. He oversees the design and implementation of maker-related programs which engage families, students, and visitors of all ages, he's a “maker of things” in his own right, and designs sight specific interactive art installations using discarded technology, audio experimentation, and digital media He received his B.F.A. from F.I.T. and a Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street.


Links from this episode:

Dave Wells, Bio https://nysci.org/people/david-wells/

NYU's ASD Nest https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/asdnest/

Education Development Center https://www.edc.org/

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If you're getting to this episode without having given a listen to Episode 34 on MakerEd and Autism, hit pause and back up one episode. This one won't land without its predecessor. In fact, when I recorded this interview, it was intended as a segment that I would drop into 34, but the more I tried to make it work, the less I liked it. I didn't want to interrupt the previous conversation, and I didn't want to give short shrift to Dave Wells, who's a critical piece of the Maker Educator puzzle in NYC. So much so that i'm mashing up some of the conversation I have had with him previously on the show to fill in some context on NYSCI, the NY Hall of Science, where Dave works, and to round out the episode.


The first part of the interview you're about to hear is from the Manhattan Make-A-Thon earlier this year where i had a chance to sit with Dave and talk about the work at NYSCI. If you prefer to skip forward to the details in the second half about how Dave and the NSF-funded research team from NYU and Education Development Center implemented the project - head to ~8:30.


David Wells, Director of Maker Programming, is responsible for all programming and activities in NYSCI’s Maker Space. He oversees the design and implementation of maker-related programs which engage families, students, and visitors of all ages, he's a “maker of things” in his own right, and designs sight specific interactive art installations using discarded technology, audio experimentation, and digital media He received his B.F.A. from F.I.T. and a Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street.


Links from this episode:

Dave Wells, Bio https://nysci.org/people/david-wells/

NYU's ASD Nest https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/asdnest/

Education Development Center https://www.edc.org/

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<![CDATA[MakerEd & Autism]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 21:22:02 GMT 1:15:21 5b3b986a96ef488023f3bce1 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/makered-autism Researchers investigate what affordances emerge when MakerEd meets inclusion environments for kids on the Autism Spectrum. full 34 Kristie Patten Koenig is an occupational therapist, with a PhD in Educational Psychology.


From her bio: She examines the efficacy of interventions utilized in public schools for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.


She's the Department Chair for Occupational Therapy at New York University and a leading researcher on K12 interventions related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Dr. Wendy Martin leads research that deepens understanding of how key components of educational programs influence effectiveness and participant experience with the prominent research group, Education Development Center.


We're talking today about a project that they collaborate on: it's about maker education and Autism.


Notes from the episode:

ASD Nest @ NYU: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/asdnest/

Wendy Martin: http://cct.edc.org/people/martin-wendy

Kristie Koenig: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/ot/faculty/Kristie_Koenig

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

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Kristie Patten Koenig is an occupational therapist, with a PhD in Educational Psychology.


From her bio: She examines the efficacy of interventions utilized in public schools for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.


She's the Department Chair for Occupational Therapy at New York University and a leading researcher on K12 interventions related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Dr. Wendy Martin leads research that deepens understanding of how key components of educational programs influence effectiveness and participant experience with the prominent research group, Education Development Center.


We're talking today about a project that they collaborate on: it's about maker education and Autism.


Notes from the episode:

ASD Nest @ NYU: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/asdnest/

Wendy Martin: http://cct.edc.org/people/martin-wendy

Kristie Koenig: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/ot/faculty/Kristie_Koenig

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

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Science Communication Science Communication Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:30:24 GMT 36:52 5b2d4c17825bb3a63f82bbbf no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-33 Part 2 from the Task Force for Broadening Participation in Informal Science Learning full 33 This is part two of a couple of episodes on "Broadening Participation." Dr. Sunshine Menezes, has served as executive director of the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island since 2006. She became a Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Communication in the URI Department of Natural Resources Science in 2017. She'd spent more than a decade before that as specialist in Science Communication and science policy. Menezes received a B.S. in zoology from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, and was a Rhode Island Foundation Fellow from 2013-2014.


Enjoy this second conversation from the 2018 convening of the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Learning's Task Force on BP through informal STEM learning.


Links from this conversation:

Dr. Sunshine Menezes

Metcalf Institute

Arpita Choudhery

The Science of Illustration

Arpita Choudhery's Etsy Shop

Center for Advancement of Informal Science website

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This is part two of a couple of episodes on "Broadening Participation." Dr. Sunshine Menezes, has served as executive director of the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island since 2006. She became a Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Communication in the URI Department of Natural Resources Science in 2017. She'd spent more than a decade before that as specialist in Science Communication and science policy. Menezes received a B.S. in zoology from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, and was a Rhode Island Foundation Fellow from 2013-2014.


Enjoy this second conversation from the 2018 convening of the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Learning's Task Force on BP through informal STEM learning.


Links from this conversation:

Dr. Sunshine Menezes

Metcalf Institute

Arpita Choudhery

The Science of Illustration

Arpita Choudhery's Etsy Shop

Center for Advancement of Informal Science website

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<![CDATA[Episode 32: "The Trajectory of Knowledge"]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:53:29 GMT 1:05:40 5b23e0f92e055b8140dcc42b no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-32 Conversation with the Broadening STEM Participation Task Force full This episode is important groundwork for understanding some of the nuance of broadening participation. This interview is with experts like Jaime Bell, Cecilia Garabay, Christine Reich, and Dale McCreedy, and together we dive into the issue. I taped these interviews after a two-day convening of the task force in Washington DC. Every step of this experience has been an honor and a priviledge to be a part of, and I'm really grateful for the chance to contribute and, of course, learn a lot myself. If you're interested in learning more about the task force and it's work, I encourage you to check us out from the Center for Advancement of Informal Science website - I'll drop a link in the notes.


This is the first of 2 parts. If you leave this conversation thinking, what on earth is Science Communication, have I got a treat. In the next episode I'll share a short chat I had with Sunshine Menezes and we tackle that topic and its relationship to all of this.


Enjoy this first conversation from the 2018 convening of the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Learning's Task Force on BP through informal STEM learning:


Links:

The Franklin Institute is happy to announce the release of Cascading Influences: Long-Term Impacts of Informal STEM Experiences for Girls. This publication describes the results of a research study conducted by Dale McCreedy, Ph.D. (The Franklin Institute) and Lynn D. Dierking, Ph.D. (Oregon State University) to better understand the long-term significance of informal STEM programs for girls.

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This episode is important groundwork for understanding some of the nuance of broadening participation. This interview is with experts like Jaime Bell, Cecilia Garabay, Christine Reich, and Dale McCreedy, and together we dive into the issue. I taped these interviews after a two-day convening of the task force in Washington DC. Every step of this experience has been an honor and a priviledge to be a part of, and I'm really grateful for the chance to contribute and, of course, learn a lot myself. If you're interested in learning more about the task force and it's work, I encourage you to check us out from the Center for Advancement of Informal Science website - I'll drop a link in the notes.


This is the first of 2 parts. If you leave this conversation thinking, what on earth is Science Communication, have I got a treat. In the next episode I'll share a short chat I had with Sunshine Menezes and we tackle that topic and its relationship to all of this.


Enjoy this first conversation from the 2018 convening of the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Learning's Task Force on BP through informal STEM learning:


Links:

The Franklin Institute is happy to announce the release of Cascading Influences: Long-Term Impacts of Informal STEM Experiences for Girls. This publication describes the results of a research study conducted by Dale McCreedy, Ph.D. (The Franklin Institute) and Lynn D. Dierking, Ph.D. (Oregon State University) to better understand the long-term significance of informal STEM programs for girls.

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<![CDATA[Episode 31: "Break All The Rules"]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:51:39 GMT 1:22:44 5b19a1a77c78f2c616b5625a no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-31 Learn why Amil Cook uses 360 cameras, crypto currency, and hip hop education in his Pittsburgh classroom full Amil Cook is a teacher at Propel Andrew Street Charter School in Pittsburgh, and he sees educators as DJs for learning. Part of his mantra... "break all the rules"


My conversation with Amil Cook highlights some opportunities that excited me when I first heard about them because they were totally novel instances where an educator was consciously pairing these specific technologies - crypto currency and 360 cameras - with learning experiences at the high school level. Amil and I, along with nearly graduated senior, Denver, take some exciting twists and turns.


In this episode:

Youth Leading Change Summit

360 Camera

360 Project Experience Link

Temple Lovelace - Duquesne

Shamik More: Dope, Movie


Youtubers & Games:

Myth, Daequan, Ninja

Fortnight

PubG


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Amil Cook is a teacher at Propel Andrew Street Charter School in Pittsburgh, and he sees educators as DJs for learning. Part of his mantra... "break all the rules"


My conversation with Amil Cook highlights some opportunities that excited me when I first heard about them because they were totally novel instances where an educator was consciously pairing these specific technologies - crypto currency and 360 cameras - with learning experiences at the high school level. Amil and I, along with nearly graduated senior, Denver, take some exciting twists and turns.


In this episode:

Youth Leading Change Summit

360 Camera

360 Project Experience Link

Temple Lovelace - Duquesne

Shamik More: Dope, Movie


Youtubers & Games:

Myth, Daequan, Ninja

Fortnight

PubG


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Episode 30: Manhattan Make-A-Thon Episode 30: Manhattan Make-A-Thon Wed, 30 May 2018 20:23:37 GMT 1:14:47 5b0f08491f85233603f8be1d no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-30 Reporting from a unique NYC event where students and educators skill-up as Makers full This episode is about Maker Education, but also about the high stakes of designing high quality professional experiences for educators. There are still too many professional experiences meant to hone craft, build skills, and excite that are way too dull.


Manhattan Make-A-Thon is something different. And for that, it deserves a lot of credit. Earlier in the year, Lori Stahl Van-Brackle, Director of Instructional Technology for the Manhattan Field Support Center at the NYC DOE, challenged 20 schools in a special cohort to design maker-driven learning experiences that they would test with young people at school, and then lead experiential training at the make-a-thon: rooms upon rooms full of educators sewing, hammering, hot-glueing away while they discuss pedagogy alongside their peers. Many of them brought students, too. Which, where it worked, was an exciting glimpse at what it looks like when learning isn't something bestowed upon us, but is constructed through experience and interaction, and can most certainly be shared at the same time between teacher and student.


My thanks to the talented team who made it possible. The following is a series of interviews with participants as the day unfolded.


SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Casey, Kenya, Carol, Mr. Deepak Kapoor

Amanda Solarsh, and Caitlyn from MS 104

PS 191 in Manhattan

Amy Sachs from Roberto Clemente, PS 15

Jessica Wenke from Teq

and David Wells from NYSCI

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This episode is about Maker Education, but also about the high stakes of designing high quality professional experiences for educators. There are still too many professional experiences meant to hone craft, build skills, and excite that are way too dull.


Manhattan Make-A-Thon is something different. And for that, it deserves a lot of credit. Earlier in the year, Lori Stahl Van-Brackle, Director of Instructional Technology for the Manhattan Field Support Center at the NYC DOE, challenged 20 schools in a special cohort to design maker-driven learning experiences that they would test with young people at school, and then lead experiential training at the make-a-thon: rooms upon rooms full of educators sewing, hammering, hot-glueing away while they discuss pedagogy alongside their peers. Many of them brought students, too. Which, where it worked, was an exciting glimpse at what it looks like when learning isn't something bestowed upon us, but is constructed through experience and interaction, and can most certainly be shared at the same time between teacher and student.


My thanks to the talented team who made it possible. The following is a series of interviews with participants as the day unfolded.


SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Casey, Kenya, Carol, Mr. Deepak Kapoor

Amanda Solarsh, and Caitlyn from MS 104

PS 191 in Manhattan

Amy Sachs from Roberto Clemente, PS 15

Jessica Wenke from Teq

and David Wells from NYSCI

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<![CDATA[Episode 29: "Media Manipulation and the Online Far-Right"]]> Wed, 09 May 2018 10:56:00 GMT 1:19:17 5af22ecc246ededc6449781a no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-29 full Today's interview is a live taping of the show from the annual Facutly Symposium at Borough of Manhattan Community College. The daylong symposium was called Techno Cultures in the 21st Century.


Marc and Becca Lewis from Data & Society, explore the report titled,"Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online" widening its scope to include her further research on the "Online Far-Right" as content creators. If you're someone who spends time advocating for a creative and collaborative culture on the internet, this episode will be sobering, but required listening. The good people at Data & Society are reporting out, for our benefit, on the societal phenomena that occur on the internet. As you can imagine, 2017 was an important year for them. This report is a critical investigation of all that emerged online around the 2016 election. If you're still trying to understand the difference between "fake news" and "media manipulation," or alt right and alt light, or how a little green frog took over momentarily as a symbol of hate across our media, stay tuned.


Huge thanks to the faculty of the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice at Borough of Manhattan Community College, who were amazing hosts for this event.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast.

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Today's interview is a live taping of the show from the annual Facutly Symposium at Borough of Manhattan Community College. The daylong symposium was called Techno Cultures in the 21st Century.


Marc and Becca Lewis from Data & Society, explore the report titled,"Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online" widening its scope to include her further research on the "Online Far-Right" as content creators. If you're someone who spends time advocating for a creative and collaborative culture on the internet, this episode will be sobering, but required listening. The good people at Data & Society are reporting out, for our benefit, on the societal phenomena that occur on the internet. As you can imagine, 2017 was an important year for them. This report is a critical investigation of all that emerged online around the 2016 election. If you're still trying to understand the difference between "fake news" and "media manipulation," or alt right and alt light, or how a little green frog took over momentarily as a symbol of hate across our media, stay tuned.


Huge thanks to the faculty of the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice at Borough of Manhattan Community College, who were amazing hosts for this event.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast.

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Episode 28: If Grades Were Hyperlinks Episode 28: If Grades Were Hyperlinks Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:00:00 GMT 1:22:47 5adf9298563caee823d3bc99 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-28 Two learning scientists explore the potential of digital credentials (see also: Badges) full Marc talks with distinguished learning scientists Katie Davis from University of Washington, and Barry Fishman of University of Michigan about "badges," also known as digital, micro, and alternative credentials. The group discusses the potential for technology to reframe the experience for learners of demonstrating "achievement" throughout their education and development.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast.

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Marc talks with distinguished learning scientists Katie Davis from University of Washington, and Barry Fishman of University of Michigan about "badges," also known as digital, micro, and alternative credentials. The group discusses the potential for technology to reframe the experience for learners of demonstrating "achievement" throughout their education and development.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast.

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Episode 27: Other Technologies, Part 2 Episode 27: Other Technologies, Part 2 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:02:58 GMT 56:00 5ad904020086f45a5153bd1f no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-27 full This is Part 2 of a 2-Part Episode. Akbar Cooke is a vice principal at West Side High School in Newark NJ, he's one in nearly 1mm K12 administrators in the country, but at West Side he's a giant. Kids call him "coach" or "Cooke" and straighten up when they see him. Not out of fear, but respect - the kind that if you've ever worked with teens, you know only comes when things are reciprocal, mutual - it's clear that his heart is as intimidating, in a way, as his physical presence. Everyone should walk the halls with Akbar, if you don't ask yourself "do I have the courage to love this much - to work this hard for the people around me?" then you're not human.


Matt Greenfield is an venture capitalist. If you ask anyone who invests in technology for education, they know his name, and his company Rethink Education. Proper disclosure, Matt is a board member at Mouse, and he's a writer - he's one of the only people I know who's worked as a publishing poet who now manages investments. His intellect is enormous, and among the things he shares with Akbar, is heart. When a national EdTech publication, EdSurge asked Matt to write an editorial about the exciting prospects for EdTech in 2018 from an Investors Perspective, Matt too the opportunity to write about other technologies. He wrote "I find myself without strong enthusiasm for the task of writing a conventional set of predictions about education technology in 2018. The most urgent needs of the most vulnerable children in this nation involve other technologies. M: This nation is failing its most fundamental duty to children."


A lot is covered in these two episodes, but all of the topics revolve around one single truth: that the prospects for how tech innovation in the US illuminates a path to meaning, and success and wealth is not the same for everyone.


Marc is also joined by Tywan Jones - a senior at West Side and one of the wise-beyond-their-years and courageous teens who gives me hope for our future. We get into the failures of our current system, and the successes of a local leader, who along with an amazing team at West Side, is battling for every strategic position on the chess board. In episode two we get into the national walkout and gun violence, and whether kids in Newark NJ can safely "walk out" even if they chose to.


A quick disclaimer, there are some disturbing images that come up in our conversation in these two episodes - so if there are sensitive ears nearby - you might save this one for your headphones.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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This is Part 2 of a 2-Part Episode. Akbar Cooke is a vice principal at West Side High School in Newark NJ, he's one in nearly 1mm K12 administrators in the country, but at West Side he's a giant. Kids call him "coach" or "Cooke" and straighten up when they see him. Not out of fear, but respect - the kind that if you've ever worked with teens, you know only comes when things are reciprocal, mutual - it's clear that his heart is as intimidating, in a way, as his physical presence. Everyone should walk the halls with Akbar, if you don't ask yourself "do I have the courage to love this much - to work this hard for the people around me?" then you're not human.


Matt Greenfield is an venture capitalist. If you ask anyone who invests in technology for education, they know his name, and his company Rethink Education. Proper disclosure, Matt is a board member at Mouse, and he's a writer - he's one of the only people I know who's worked as a publishing poet who now manages investments. His intellect is enormous, and among the things he shares with Akbar, is heart. When a national EdTech publication, EdSurge asked Matt to write an editorial about the exciting prospects for EdTech in 2018 from an Investors Perspective, Matt too the opportunity to write about other technologies. He wrote "I find myself without strong enthusiasm for the task of writing a conventional set of predictions about education technology in 2018. The most urgent needs of the most vulnerable children in this nation involve other technologies. M: This nation is failing its most fundamental duty to children."


A lot is covered in these two episodes, but all of the topics revolve around one single truth: that the prospects for how tech innovation in the US illuminates a path to meaning, and success and wealth is not the same for everyone.


Marc is also joined by Tywan Jones - a senior at West Side and one of the wise-beyond-their-years and courageous teens who gives me hope for our future. We get into the failures of our current system, and the successes of a local leader, who along with an amazing team at West Side, is battling for every strategic position on the chess board. In episode two we get into the national walkout and gun violence, and whether kids in Newark NJ can safely "walk out" even if they chose to.


A quick disclaimer, there are some disturbing images that come up in our conversation in these two episodes - so if there are sensitive ears nearby - you might save this one for your headphones.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Episode 26: Other Technologies, Part 1 Episode 26: Other Technologies, Part 1 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:36:33 GMT 59:57 5acf992190bf5417321a09d6 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-26 A Newark NJ principal discusses the (digital?) divide with a top EdTech VC full This is Part 1 of a 2-Part Episode. Akbar Cooke is a vice principal at West Side High School in Newark NJ, he's one in nearly 1mm K12 administrators in the country, but at West Side he's a giant. Kids call him "coach" or "Cooke" and straighten up when they see him. Not out of fear, but respect - the kind that if you've ever worked with teens, you know only comes when things are reciprocal, mutual - it's clear that his heart is as intimidating, in a way, as his physical presence. Everyone should walk the halls with Akbar, if you don't ask yourself "do I have the courage to love this much - to work this hard for the people around me?" then you're not human.


Matt Greenfield is an venture capitalist. If you ask anyone who invests in technology for education, they know his name, and his company Rethink Education. Proper disclosure, Matt is a board member at Mouse, and he's a writer - he's one of the only people I know who's worked as a publishing poet who now manages investments. His intellect is enormous, and among the things he shares with Akbar, is heart. When a national EdTech publication, EdSurge asked Matt to write an editorial about the exciting prospects for EdTech in 2018 from an Investors Perspective, Matt too the opportunity to write about other technologies. He wrote "I find myself without strong enthusiasm for the task of writing a conventional set of predictions about education technology in 2018. The most urgent needs of the most vulnerable children in this nation involve other technologies. M: This nation is failing its most fundamental duty to children."


A lot is covered in these two episodes, but all of the topics revolve around one single truth: that the prospects for how tech innovation in the US illuminates a path to meaning, and success and wealth is not the same for everyone.


Marc is also joined by Tywan Jones - a senior at West Side and one of the wise-beyond-their-years and courageous teens who gives me hope for our future. We get into the failures of our current system, and the successes of a local leader, who along with an amazing team at West Side, is battling for every strategic position on the chess board. In episode two we get into the national walkout and gun violence, and whether kids in Newark NJ can safely "walk out" even if they chose to.


A quick disclaimer, there are some disturbing images that come up in our conversation in these two episodes - so if there are sensitive ears nearby - you might save this one for your headphones.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.


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This is Part 1 of a 2-Part Episode. Akbar Cooke is a vice principal at West Side High School in Newark NJ, he's one in nearly 1mm K12 administrators in the country, but at West Side he's a giant. Kids call him "coach" or "Cooke" and straighten up when they see him. Not out of fear, but respect - the kind that if you've ever worked with teens, you know only comes when things are reciprocal, mutual - it's clear that his heart is as intimidating, in a way, as his physical presence. Everyone should walk the halls with Akbar, if you don't ask yourself "do I have the courage to love this much - to work this hard for the people around me?" then you're not human.


Matt Greenfield is an venture capitalist. If you ask anyone who invests in technology for education, they know his name, and his company Rethink Education. Proper disclosure, Matt is a board member at Mouse, and he's a writer - he's one of the only people I know who's worked as a publishing poet who now manages investments. His intellect is enormous, and among the things he shares with Akbar, is heart. When a national EdTech publication, EdSurge asked Matt to write an editorial about the exciting prospects for EdTech in 2018 from an Investors Perspective, Matt too the opportunity to write about other technologies. He wrote "I find myself without strong enthusiasm for the task of writing a conventional set of predictions about education technology in 2018. The most urgent needs of the most vulnerable children in this nation involve other technologies. M: This nation is failing its most fundamental duty to children."


A lot is covered in these two episodes, but all of the topics revolve around one single truth: that the prospects for how tech innovation in the US illuminates a path to meaning, and success and wealth is not the same for everyone.


Marc is also joined by Tywan Jones - a senior at West Side and one of the wise-beyond-their-years and courageous teens who gives me hope for our future. We get into the failures of our current system, and the successes of a local leader, who along with an amazing team at West Side, is battling for every strategic position on the chess board. In episode two we get into the national walkout and gun violence, and whether kids in Newark NJ can safely "walk out" even if they chose to.


A quick disclaimer, there are some disturbing images that come up in our conversation in these two episodes - so if there are sensitive ears nearby - you might save this one for your headphones.


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<![CDATA[Episode 25: What If a High Tech High School Isn't an Option?]]> Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:30:00 GMT 50:39 5ac409d09dbdb8137548955a no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-25 full Dov is back, chatting with Marc about the process of "school choice" in NYC, and how he's dealing with the prospect of his non-high-tech options. Joining with her sage advice is Geneva Hayward, recently admitted to NYU's Game Center for a BFA, Geneva offers her ideas about how to blaze your own high tech path when school doesn't offer it. Both students are generally happy with their schooling, but weigh in on where to find ways to supplement the experience, and what's lacking about the process of high school enrollment.


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Dov is back, chatting with Marc about the process of "school choice" in NYC, and how he's dealing with the prospect of his non-high-tech options. Joining with her sage advice is Geneva Hayward, recently admitted to NYU's Game Center for a BFA, Geneva offers her ideas about how to blaze your own high tech path when school doesn't offer it. Both students are generally happy with their schooling, but weigh in on where to find ways to supplement the experience, and what's lacking about the process of high school enrollment.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Episode 24: Ten Years of Emoti-Con! Episode 24: Ten Years of Emoti-Con! Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:00:00 GMT 1:19:49 5abac272f2a46ebc0b477d6a no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-24-ten-years-of-emoti-con full Three members of the Emoti-Con, NYC, Steering Committee join the show to talk about the event's anniversary. Amanda Perales, Christin Velasquez, and Meredith Summs talk about NYC's biggest showcase for young designers, makers, technologists, and tinkerers who believe in digital innovation as a tool for positive change in the world around them. 2018 will be Emoti-Con's 10th year!


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Three members of the Emoti-Con, NYC, Steering Committee join the show to talk about the event's anniversary. Amanda Perales, Christin Velasquez, and Meredith Summs talk about NYC's biggest showcase for young designers, makers, technologists, and tinkerers who believe in digital innovation as a tool for positive change in the world around them. 2018 will be Emoti-Con's 10th year!


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<![CDATA[Episode 23: Pivot Tables & The Broken Promise of Higher Ed]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:30:00 GMT 1:06:25 5aaefd319a18d554361c7560 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-23 COOP is a growing non-profit working to fulfill the broken promise of higher ed for 1st gen college students full Kalani Leifer is a former high school history teacher and the founder of COOP, a fast-growing non-profit that supports cohorts of 1st generation undergrads entering the workforce. Together, he and Monica Guzman, Program Manager and alum of Cohort 1, are evolving a model aimed at supplementing skills that prepare students for high tech jobs. Who knew that basic software remediation might be what stands in the way for many. But the biggest difference for 1st gen students they say? "Literacies" that are social above all else.


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Kalani Leifer is a former high school history teacher and the founder of COOP, a fast-growing non-profit that supports cohorts of 1st generation undergrads entering the workforce. Together, he and Monica Guzman, Program Manager and alum of Cohort 1, are evolving a model aimed at supplementing skills that prepare students for high tech jobs. Who knew that basic software remediation might be what stands in the way for many. But the biggest difference for 1st gen students they say? "Literacies" that are social above all else.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage--https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing--to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast.

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Episode 22: Remaking Learning in Pittsburgh Episode 22: Remaking Learning in Pittsburgh Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:30:00 GMT 1:24:27 5a949ee2f9058e0a3f65ac83 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-22 Networking supports for STE(A)M pathways full In this episode, members of Pittsburgh's Remake Learning Network share what challenges unite them with other cities who rally for broadening STEM participation, and what challenges set them apart. Remake's own Ani Martinez, Community Manager and operations lead, is joined by members Alaine Allen, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Megan Cicconi, Executive Director of Instructional and Innovative Leadership at Fox Chapel School District, and Liz Whitewolf, Carnegie Science Center's Fab Lab and Technical Education Manager. What does it mean to "build the learning ecosystem" in Pittsburgh? What attempts are being made to add balance to "deserts" of learning opportunity, and how does "access" change when a city is hub for residents in three states?


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In this episode, members of Pittsburgh's Remake Learning Network share what challenges unite them with other cities who rally for broadening STEM participation, and what challenges set them apart. Remake's own Ani Martinez, Community Manager and operations lead, is joined by members Alaine Allen, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Megan Cicconi, Executive Director of Instructional and Innovative Leadership at Fox Chapel School District, and Liz Whitewolf, Carnegie Science Center's Fab Lab and Technical Education Manager. What does it mean to "build the learning ecosystem" in Pittsburgh? What attempts are being made to add balance to "deserts" of learning opportunity, and how does "access" change when a city is hub for residents in three states?


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage--https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing--to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast.

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Episode 21: Film Academy 360 Episode 21: Film Academy 360 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:30:00 GMT 1:28:30 5a834488c18b7cc839d43646 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-21 A closeup on one NJ program using media arts for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder full Spectrum 360 educator, David Di Ianni, has founded a youth media program for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With help from former student, Vincent Lissandrello, now a budding media professional himself, the pair are spreading the tools and know-how to shoot and edit video among a population in need of every tool possible that might help them express themselves and make meaning of their world.


In this episode, Marc tours the Spectrum 360 upper school before sitting down with David and Vincent to learn more about the program. Learn more about the benefits of youth media programming for learners on the spectrum beyond storytelling itself, and hear how one school makes it all work.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage--https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing--to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast.

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Spectrum 360 educator, David Di Ianni, has founded a youth media program for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With help from former student, Vincent Lissandrello, now a budding media professional himself, the pair are spreading the tools and know-how to shoot and edit video among a population in need of every tool possible that might help them express themselves and make meaning of their world.


In this episode, Marc tours the Spectrum 360 upper school before sitting down with David and Vincent to learn more about the program. Learn more about the benefits of youth media programming for learners on the spectrum beyond storytelling itself, and hear how one school makes it all work.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage--https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing--to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast.

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<![CDATA[Episode 20: Computer Science in the "Other" Sciences]]> Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT 1:02:53 5a763dfa175ceefe5fcd13a5 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-20 Can any scientist be without some computer science? full A chemist and a biologist walk into a computer lab...Dr. Tessa Durham Brooks, a biologist from Doane University, and Dr. Raychelle Burks, analytical chemist from St. Edwards University, are working to help train the young scientists coming up through their institutions to embrace the competencies of computer science. Their reasoning: computation changes what impact a scientist can have through their work. If you think your students or your own kids are on a "STEM path" without embracing computer science, this conversation might offer new insights.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.



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A chemist and a biologist walk into a computer lab...Dr. Tessa Durham Brooks, a biologist from Doane University, and Dr. Raychelle Burks, analytical chemist from St. Edwards University, are working to help train the young scientists coming up through their institutions to embrace the competencies of computer science. Their reasoning: computation changes what impact a scientist can have through their work. If you think your students or your own kids are on a "STEM path" without embracing computer science, this conversation might offer new insights.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.



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<![CDATA[Episode 19: "The New Education"]]> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:00:37 GMT 1:48:37 5a6f6f55c3155bd56ae38e6f no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-19 A live interview with Cathy N. Davidson full My thanks to CUNY SPS and CUNY Tech Meetup for playing such wonderful hosts to this event, a live interview with Professor Cathy N. Davidson, Director of The Futures Initiative at City University of New York, and one of the country's most respected scholars on the topic of higher education reform. We're joined by Temitayo Fagbenle, a Queens College student and award winning youth journalist with WNYC's Radio Rookies.


In The New Education, Cathy N. Davidson reveals that we desperately need a revolution in higher learning if we want our students to succeed in our age of precarious work and technological disruption. Journeying from elite private schools to massive public universities to innovative community colleges, she profiles iconoclastic educators who are remaking their classrooms by emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and adaptability over expertise in a single, often abstract discipline. Working at the margins of the establishment, these innovators are breaking down barriers between ossified fields of study, presenting their students with multidisciplinary, real-world problems, and teaching them not just how to think, but how to learn. The New Education ultimately shows how we can educate students not only to survive but to thrive amid the challenges to come.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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My thanks to CUNY SPS and CUNY Tech Meetup for playing such wonderful hosts to this event, a live interview with Professor Cathy N. Davidson, Director of The Futures Initiative at City University of New York, and one of the country's most respected scholars on the topic of higher education reform. We're joined by Temitayo Fagbenle, a Queens College student and award winning youth journalist with WNYC's Radio Rookies.


In The New Education, Cathy N. Davidson reveals that we desperately need a revolution in higher learning if we want our students to succeed in our age of precarious work and technological disruption. Journeying from elite private schools to massive public universities to innovative community colleges, she profiles iconoclastic educators who are remaking their classrooms by emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and adaptability over expertise in a single, often abstract discipline. Working at the margins of the establishment, these innovators are breaking down barriers between ossified fields of study, presenting their students with multidisciplinary, real-world problems, and teaching them not just how to think, but how to learn. The New Education ultimately shows how we can educate students not only to survive but to thrive amid the challenges to come.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Episode 18: Computer Science Education - The Time Is...Now? Episode 18: Computer Science Education - The Time Is...Now? Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:16:56 GMT 1:41:31 5a68dba82f26aeec7dac731f no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-18 full Marc sits with Dr. Stephanie Rodriguez, Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance, and Michael Preston, Executive Director of Computer Science, NYC (CSNYC), and Co-founder of the National CSForAll Consortium, to dig in on the momentum to build support for Computer Science Education. What is 'the movement'? Is there new relevance, or more urgency now than ever? What outcomes do we hope to influence in the years to come? Who do we think will benefit?


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Marc sits with Dr. Stephanie Rodriguez, Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance, and Michael Preston, Executive Director of Computer Science, NYC (CSNYC), and Co-founder of the National CSForAll Consortium, to dig in on the momentum to build support for Computer Science Education. What is 'the movement'? Is there new relevance, or more urgency now than ever? What outcomes do we hope to influence in the years to come? Who do we think will benefit?


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Episode 17: Maker Education Might Make Us Cry (Both Ways) Episode 17: Maker Education Might Make Us Cry (Both Ways) Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:55:15 GMT 1:15:17 5a590493176260983784cbcd no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-17-maker-education-might-make-us-cry The potential and sometimes hard reality of Maker Ed full If you don't believe that social consciousness starts early in human development, you'll assume Armando and Lynda--middle schoolers in Manhattan--are paid actors. But they're not, and in this episode they describe some of the projects that their teacher, Dr. Lou Lahana, supports with help from a holistic Community Schools approach at the Lower East Side's Island School in Manhattan. Guest Steve Heath joins the group from Rhode Island's Fab Newport, and together the group explores the highs and lows of Maker Education. This is a great episode for those working to glean the essence and values of Maker Ed, or to join veteran educators as they riff on the thornier details.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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If you don't believe that social consciousness starts early in human development, you'll assume Armando and Lynda--middle schoolers in Manhattan--are paid actors. But they're not, and in this episode they describe some of the projects that their teacher, Dr. Lou Lahana, supports with help from a holistic Community Schools approach at the Lower East Side's Island School in Manhattan. Guest Steve Heath joins the group from Rhode Island's Fab Newport, and together the group explores the highs and lows of Maker Education. This is a great episode for those working to glean the essence and values of Maker Ed, or to join veteran educators as they riff on the thornier details.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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<![CDATA[Episode 16: "Immersing is Believing"]]> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:11:30 GMT 1:36:33 5a4d1cd2eb6d506c77cc07f4 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-16 Emmy Award Winning, Max Salomon, on storytelling and VR filmmaking full Max Salomon is an Emmy Award winning documentarian and founder of Black Dot Films, specializing in VR and 360 immersive film and video. He talks about his experiences becoming a storyteller with 19-year-old Christin (Chris) Velazquez, a Production Assistant and aspiring media professional, who shares his experience with the Made In NY PA Training Program. Max shares his early journey with Chris, as they wonder together about the right steps for a young person interested in making a career out of their passion. If interested more specifically in storytelling for VR and how the "language" of film is evolving, advance to 1:03:00.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.


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Max Salomon is an Emmy Award winning documentarian and founder of Black Dot Films, specializing in VR and 360 immersive film and video. He talks about his experiences becoming a storyteller with 19-year-old Christin (Chris) Velazquez, a Production Assistant and aspiring media professional, who shares his experience with the Made In NY PA Training Program. Max shares his early journey with Chris, as they wonder together about the right steps for a young person interested in making a career out of their passion. If interested more specifically in storytelling for VR and how the "language" of film is evolving, advance to 1:03:00.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.


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Episode 15: The Final Will Not Be Televised...But It Will Be Podcasted Episode 15: The Final Will Not Be Televised...But It Will Be Podcasted Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:59:47 GMT 1:16:38 5a3af973968b52d22587f214 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-15 full Marc talks with four educators, also students of the MA in Youth Studies at City University of New York's School of Professional Studies, who share findings from their final case study for the course, Youth Identity & Digital Environments. Learn more about the eight practices that they found promising across four youth programs for addressing the issue of equity in STEM, and lowering barriers to academic and professional life in these fields. Cassie Broadus-Foote, Olivia Gregorius, Amanda Ebokosia, and Natisha Romain share their perspectives on the issues of equity in STEM, the Youth Studies M.A. program, and their work in the field.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.



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Marc talks with four educators, also students of the MA in Youth Studies at City University of New York's School of Professional Studies, who share findings from their final case study for the course, Youth Identity & Digital Environments. Learn more about the eight practices that they found promising across four youth programs for addressing the issue of equity in STEM, and lowering barriers to academic and professional life in these fields. Cassie Broadus-Foote, Olivia Gregorius, Amanda Ebokosia, and Natisha Romain share their perspectives on the issues of equity in STEM, the Youth Studies M.A. program, and their work in the field.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.



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Episode 14: Dov Goes to World Makerfaire Episode 14: Dov Goes to World Makerfaire Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:24:05 GMT 1:00:34 5a318c653f58b9fd6f51a60e no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-14 What do prosthetic mermaid tails and battle-ready light sabers have in common? full Friend to No Such Thing and recent NYC high school applicant, Dov Alperin, roves the 2017 World Makerfaire for weird, wonderful, and next-best things, reporting back and sharing his finds. Listeners met Dov in Episodes 2 & 3 at Brooklyn's Beam Center. This is a great episode if you missed World Makerfaire 2017, have never been, or never miss it, all the same. Prosthetic mermaid tails and battle-ready light sabers both make an appearance in this episode, and Dov asks makers, "how do I get my mom to let me build one of these at home?" Spoiler alert for Dov's sister: this episode may reveal the contents of a Chanukah gift.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Friend to No Such Thing and recent NYC high school applicant, Dov Alperin, roves the 2017 World Makerfaire for weird, wonderful, and next-best things, reporting back and sharing his finds. Listeners met Dov in Episodes 2 & 3 at Brooklyn's Beam Center. This is a great episode if you missed World Makerfaire 2017, have never been, or never miss it, all the same. Prosthetic mermaid tails and battle-ready light sabers both make an appearance in this episode, and Dov asks makers, "how do I get my mom to let me build one of these at home?" Spoiler alert for Dov's sister: this episode may reveal the contents of a Chanukah gift.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Episode 13: Stepping Into Life Through Radio Episode 13: Stepping Into Life Through Radio Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:39:47 GMT 1:01:47 5a296ed3a3e017c06871e8ad no http://www.wnyc.org/shows/rookies/about/ Radio Rookies features nationally broadcasted youth reporters tackling drugs, crime, politics, and so much more. full Marc is joined by Temitayo Fagbenle, an award-winning Rookie Reporter, and Kaari Pitkin, Senior Producer for WNYC. Radio Rookies is the product of veteran radio producers, Marianne McCune and Kaari Pitkin, who have shepherded hundreds of youth in NYC schools through their first experiences as young reporters and storytellers. Youth-led stories have garnered numerous prestigious journalism awards and accolades. Young reporters like Temi cover big and sometimes thorny topics--drugs, race, sexual abuse, immigration--that emerge from the center of their own lives. Learn about the impacts of this experience from Temi firsthand, and peak under the hood of this unique production-centered learning experience to understand how stories get made.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Marc is joined by Temitayo Fagbenle, an award-winning Rookie Reporter, and Kaari Pitkin, Senior Producer for WNYC. Radio Rookies is the product of veteran radio producers, Marianne McCune and Kaari Pitkin, who have shepherded hundreds of youth in NYC schools through their first experiences as young reporters and storytellers. Youth-led stories have garnered numerous prestigious journalism awards and accolades. Young reporters like Temi cover big and sometimes thorny topics--drugs, race, sexual abuse, immigration--that emerge from the center of their own lives. Learn about the impacts of this experience from Temi firsthand, and peak under the hood of this unique production-centered learning experience to understand how stories get made.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Episode 12: Is Virtual Reality a Reality For Education Now? Episode 12: Is Virtual Reality a Reality For Education Now? Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:40:44 GMT 1:19:49 5a1f376c8a9376da426a1aca no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-12 full Marc is joined by designer / developer and *renowned technoculturalist*, Joe Saavedra of Planeta, a NY-based R&D company working across digital platforms. And Chelien Brown, Learning Design Coordinator at Mouse, and NY-based STEM educator, content creator, and youth developer. From Chelien: how does he experiment with VR as a creative tool for learners in middle and high school? Learn about Joe's pathway from Alto Sax to leading large-scale hardware and software projects in VR and beyond. Together, leveraging Joe's expertise, the group winds up on a shopping spree, to discover the cost of one full VR setup that a school or learning org might incorporate into their space. Are we closer to the moment when "VR for learning" is accessible for all?


About Planeta: Planeta is an R+D studio that builds ideas and tools in the domains of visual arts, sound, design and architecture. Our owned brands are to.be, Ooni, Mona, Oda, Chop and DCF. We are engaged in a vital creative partnership with GIPHY. And our Space in the East Village of Manhattan is an active performance and art space.


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Marc is joined by designer / developer and *renowned technoculturalist*, Joe Saavedra of Planeta, a NY-based R&D company working across digital platforms. And Chelien Brown, Learning Design Coordinator at Mouse, and NY-based STEM educator, content creator, and youth developer. From Chelien: how does he experiment with VR as a creative tool for learners in middle and high school? Learn about Joe's pathway from Alto Sax to leading large-scale hardware and software projects in VR and beyond. Together, leveraging Joe's expertise, the group winds up on a shopping spree, to discover the cost of one full VR setup that a school or learning org might incorporate into their space. Are we closer to the moment when "VR for learning" is accessible for all?


About Planeta: Planeta is an R+D studio that builds ideas and tools in the domains of visual arts, sound, design and architecture. Our owned brands are to.be, Ooni, Mona, Oda, Chop and DCF. We are engaged in a vital creative partnership with GIPHY. And our Space in the East Village of Manhattan is an active performance and art space.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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PowerUp on UDL with Kate Rosenbloom PowerUp on UDL with Kate Rosenbloom Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:25:42 GMT 45:21 5a146fa6c1e494870ebab30f no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/powerup-udl-kate-rosenbloom full Marc's guest, Kate Rosenbloom, is the Senior Manager for Learning Design at Mouse, an alum of Teacher's College At Columbia University, and curriculum developer working in STEM, Design, and Computing education. After a recent retreat to attend CAST's Universal Design for Learning Institute, Kate fills us in on what she learned, the value of the Institute for professional development, and where these things fit into her practice. Universal Design for Learning is a research-based approach to learning design that strives to include every learner in ways that help them maximize their potential. Find more links to UDL in our shownotes (URL below).


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Marc's guest, Kate Rosenbloom, is the Senior Manager for Learning Design at Mouse, an alum of Teacher's College At Columbia University, and curriculum developer working in STEM, Design, and Computing education. After a recent retreat to attend CAST's Universal Design for Learning Institute, Kate fills us in on what she learned, the value of the Institute for professional development, and where these things fit into her practice. Universal Design for Learning is a research-based approach to learning design that strives to include every learner in ways that help them maximize their potential. Find more links to UDL in our shownotes (URL below).


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Episode 11: Maker Ed in NYC Schools Episode 11: Maker Ed in NYC Schools Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:55:00 GMT 1:29:44 5a0b7bf4798766b5165c6c0c no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-11-maker-ed-in-nyc-schools Veteran educators from urban public schools unpack the promise and practice that has captured many imaginations. full After decades of experience in the NYC public school system, these three educators are hopeful that "Maker Education," the field's instantiation of the popular tinker movement re-constituted by the commercial Make Magazine and Maker Faire, holds promise for reforming aspects of how we teach and learn. Dr. Lou Lahana, Lori Stahl-VanBrackle, and Iliana Villegas don't agree on every aspect of the present or future of Maker Ed, but together with thousands of educators nationally, are writing the playbook as they go. This conversation unpacks the specifics issues that educators face when working to infuse the values and methodology into their schools. The group cite examples of multi-disciplinary project work, and dig into the spaces where they happen.


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After decades of experience in the NYC public school system, these three educators are hopeful that "Maker Education," the field's instantiation of the popular tinker movement re-constituted by the commercial Make Magazine and Maker Faire, holds promise for reforming aspects of how we teach and learn. Dr. Lou Lahana, Lori Stahl-VanBrackle, and Iliana Villegas don't agree on every aspect of the present or future of Maker Ed, but together with thousands of educators nationally, are writing the playbook as they go. This conversation unpacks the specifics issues that educators face when working to infuse the values and methodology into their schools. The group cite examples of multi-disciplinary project work, and dig into the spaces where they happen.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.

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Episode 10: Erik Martin Episode 10: Erik Martin Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:31:13 GMT 56:58 5a0482cfbf83bb4c48361590 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-10 full Erik Martin revisits a story he told in 2013 at TedX, Redmond WA, titled "How World of Warcraft Saved Me and My Education." Erik has since held posts at the US Department of Education, the Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology (OST) and is now Senior Manager for Education Programs at game engine, Unity. He credits much of his success to experiences he had working his way up to leading an 800 member guild in the popular massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, World of Warcraft. This environment became key to his recovery from depression and anorexia nervosa as a young teenager.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.


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Erik Martin revisits a story he told in 2013 at TedX, Redmond WA, titled "How World of Warcraft Saved Me and My Education." Erik has since held posts at the US Department of Education, the Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology (OST) and is now Senior Manager for Education Programs at game engine, Unity. He credits much of his success to experiences he had working his way up to leading an 800 member guild in the popular massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, World of Warcraft. This environment became key to his recovery from depression and anorexia nervosa as a young teenager.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]org. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and tweet the showpage to your network with #nosuchthingpodcast to enter to win a brand new 1st Gen Google Pixel phone.


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Episode 9: New Realities in Museum Learning Episode 9: New Realities in Museum Learning Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:56:00 GMT 1:19:49 59f8d867ce66f7f4463fdbb6 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-9 AR, VR, and Mixed Reality at American Museum of Natural History full I'm joined in this episode by Jessy Jo Gomez -- a fantastic partner to help me peel back the layers of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality for learning. Jessy Jo and I chat with Barry Joseph of the American Museum of Natural History, who helps us to navigate definitions, explore new examples incorporating the technology, and by sharing his experience in the design and development of AR and VR in his role at the museum. Stick around until the end for a NST first: a live shootout of Grow-A-Game to test our guests in their game design rapid prototyping skills.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]com. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and listen to this episode for info on how to enter a raffle to win a new Google Pixl phone.

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I'm joined in this episode by Jessy Jo Gomez -- a fantastic partner to help me peel back the layers of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality for learning. Jessy Jo and I chat with Barry Joseph of the American Museum of Natural History, who helps us to navigate definitions, explore new examples incorporating the technology, and by sharing his experience in the design and development of AR and VR in his role at the museum. Stick around until the end for a NST first: a live shootout of Grow-A-Game to test our guests in their game design rapid prototyping skills.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]com. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and listen to this episode for info on how to enter a raffle to win a new Google Pixl phone.

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PowerUp with Dr. Elizabeth Bishop PowerUp with Dr. Elizabeth Bishop Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:33:44 GMT 42:43 59f11f58976a900644ecdc10 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/powerup-with-bishop A chat about critical literacy in a digital age full Dr. Elizabeth Bishop is a cultural and queer theorist, a researcher, youth practitioner, and author of Becoming Activist. Bishop explores critical literacy through her research and work with youth based at New York's Global Kids, a youth serving organization focused on global literacies and the empowerment of young people with a nearly 30-year history of impact. Bishop and I discuss her book, the relationship between research and practice, and how digital and activist identities are woven together in young people.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]com. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and listen to this episode for info on how to enter a raffle to win a new Google Pixl phone.

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Dr. Elizabeth Bishop is a cultural and queer theorist, a researcher, youth practitioner, and author of Becoming Activist. Bishop explores critical literacy through her research and work with youth based at New York's Global Kids, a youth serving organization focused on global literacies and the empowerment of young people with a nearly 30-year history of impact. Bishop and I discuss her book, the relationship between research and practice, and how digital and activist identities are woven together in young people.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]com. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and listen to this episode for info on how to enter a raffle to win a new Google Pixl phone.

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Episode 8: The Networking of Humanity Episode 8: The Networking of Humanity Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:52:41 GMT 1:21:04 59efa8198561f1834e01bac4 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-8 Navigating learning and growth with the internet full Chris Lawrence is the Vice President of Mozilla Foundation's Leadership Network, and he's joined by fellow web citizens, Iliana Lugo and Charles Canario, to discuss "Internet Health" and a host of issues related to learning and literacy in the digital age. Is information on the internet a public resource? Why should we care about issues of privacy on the web? What are the skills that all of us can support as learners of all ages grow with the culture of the web? Charles and Iliana share their perspectives about these issues and more, and we find out that one of us is considering an anonymous web identity to carry out their aspirations as a LARPER.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]com. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and listen to this episode for info on how to enter a raffle to win a new Google Pixl phone.

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Chris Lawrence is the Vice President of Mozilla Foundation's Leadership Network, and he's joined by fellow web citizens, Iliana Lugo and Charles Canario, to discuss "Internet Health" and a host of issues related to learning and literacy in the digital age. Is information on the internet a public resource? Why should we care about issues of privacy on the web? What are the skills that all of us can support as learners of all ages grow with the culture of the web? Charles and Iliana share their perspectives about these issues and more, and we find out that one of us is considering an anonymous web identity to carry out their aspirations as a LARPER.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]com. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and listen to this episode for info on how to enter a raffle to win a new Google Pixl phone.

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Episode 7: STEM from Dance Episode 7: STEM from Dance Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:14:19 GMT 1:01:17 59e680bb8b8dc09d3434607c no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-7 For one organization, dance is the doorway to computer science for young women full Yamilée Toussaint is the founder of Brooklyn's STEM From Dance. She's joined by alum Daneilla McEwan to talk about how dance works as an entry point for young women learning computer science. Yamilée grew up with dance from a young age and after graduating from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering she surprised her family by turning to the field of education to start her career. Years later she founded an organization that engages young women in STEM by leveraging their excitement for the arts.


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Yamilée Toussaint is the founder of Brooklyn's STEM From Dance. She's joined by alum Daneilla McEwan to talk about how dance works as an entry point for young women learning computer science. Yamilée grew up with dance from a young age and after graduating from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering she surprised her family by turning to the field of education to start her career. Years later she founded an organization that engages young women in STEM by leveraging their excitement for the arts.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes, Stitcher, Googleplay. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]com. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and listen to this episode for info on how to enter a raffle to win a new Google Pixl phone.

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<![CDATA[Episode 6: The Difference Between Looking & Seeing]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:59:28 GMT 1:20:42 59dfe5c02ed684137d60642d no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-6 full Steve Goodman talks about Educational Video Center's (EVC) incredible origin story, and what has kept their youth media programs true to the vision that sparked the organization more than 30 years ago. Serenah Vaughan is a budding filmmaker, alum of EVC's documentary production program, who now, as she finishes up high school, is working on a production that characterizes the problem of opioid addiction across rural and urban environments. This episode will take you on a ride from the gangs of the South Bronx in the 1970's to the practical potential of production-centered media education today.


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Steve Goodman talks about Educational Video Center's (EVC) incredible origin story, and what has kept their youth media programs true to the vision that sparked the organization more than 30 years ago. Serenah Vaughan is a budding filmmaker, alum of EVC's documentary production program, who now, as she finishes up high school, is working on a production that characterizes the problem of opioid addiction across rural and urban environments. This episode will take you on a ride from the gangs of the South Bronx in the 1970's to the practical potential of production-centered media education today.


If you like this episode, subscribe to No Such Thing on iTunes and Googleplay. If it's not available on your favorite player, let me know through our shownotes site, nosuchthingpodcast[dot]wordpress[dot]com. Already a subscriber? Please rate and review us, and listen to this episode for info on how to enter a raffle to win a Google Pixl phone.

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PowerUp: The Game Jam Guide PowerUp: The Game Jam Guide Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT 25:30 59d548d13d296a9631e284a2 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/powerup-game-jam-guide Authors of the popular curriculum guide share the history and vision for the project.. full Matthew Farber and Alex Fleming, two of the curriculum guide's authors talk about the vision and history for this open resource now available through Carnegie Mellon University Press. Matthew Farber is Assistant Professor of Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado, and Alex Fleming is a Learning Design Manager at Mouse (Mouse.org).


From the CMU ETC Press Website: How can designing games about real world issues teach students empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking? This curriculum guide shares lesson plans and ideas for educators to implement created by experts who lead game jams themed on topics such as climate change, immigration stories and local voices, and future cities.

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Matthew Farber and Alex Fleming, two of the curriculum guide's authors talk about the vision and history for this open resource now available through Carnegie Mellon University Press. Matthew Farber is Assistant Professor of Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado, and Alex Fleming is a Learning Design Manager at Mouse (Mouse.org).


From the CMU ETC Press Website: How can designing games about real world issues teach students empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking? This curriculum guide shares lesson plans and ideas for educators to implement created by experts who lead game jams themed on topics such as climate change, immigration stories and local voices, and future cities.

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PowerUp with Naomi Clark PowerUp with Naomi Clark Tue, 03 Oct 2017 22:38:17 GMT 42:10 59d41159aa3bb71d3a7be727 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/powerup-naomi-clark On games and gender, gamification, and whether game design should be part of the humanities full Naomi Clark takes me to school on a few questions that emerged from episode 5. Is the "gamer" identity inclusive? Is gamification good for education? Is there purpose in gender-specific games? You might be surprised by some of her answers. Naomi Clark teaches at NYU's Game Center, and has contributed to more than three dozen game titles. This episode is perfect if you're already contemplating some of these issues, or even if you're brand new to the conversation.


If you're enjoying No Such Thing please rate and review us wherever you download your podcasts. All show notes are available at nosuchthing.wordpress.

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Naomi Clark takes me to school on a few questions that emerged from episode 5. Is the "gamer" identity inclusive? Is gamification good for education? Is there purpose in gender-specific games? You might be surprised by some of her answers. Naomi Clark teaches at NYU's Game Center, and has contributed to more than three dozen game titles. This episode is perfect if you're already contemplating some of these issues, or even if you're brand new to the conversation.


If you're enjoying No Such Thing please rate and review us wherever you download your podcasts. All show notes are available at nosuchthing.wordpress.

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Episode 5 Youth, Gaming, and Game Design Episode 5 Youth, Gaming, and Game Design Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:14:22 GMT 57:51 59ceb7ac7a8d562923068ee5 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode5-youth-gaming-and-game-design Two youth reflect on their pathways into game design full 5 Geneva and Mickell are products of NYC Public Schools, a handful of key programs for aspiring young digital creators, and (eventually) some supportive families. We cover lots of territory in this episode. Mickell takes us to school on game genres, and together they reflect on what key supports helped them pursue their passion. We also scratch the surface on gaming and gender, and Naomi Clark pops by to offer some ideas about why boys might be quicker to identify as a "gamer" than girls.


In this episode:

Mattie Brice: http://www.mattiebrice.com/

Alexandre "Zedig" Diboine: http://alexandrediboine.tumblr.com/

2064 Read Only Memories, the game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2064:_Read_Only_Memories

VA-11 HALL-A (aka, "valhalla"), the game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VA-11_HALL-A

The World Ends With You, the game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Ends_with_You 

Naomi Clark: http://gamecenter.nyu.edu/faculty/naomi-clark/

Learn more about the free Future Game Designers Program @ NYU: http://gamecenter.nyu.edu/academics/high-school/

Eyebeam: http://eyebeam.org/


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Geneva and Mickell are products of NYC Public Schools, a handful of key programs for aspiring young digital creators, and (eventually) some supportive families. We cover lots of territory in this episode. Mickell takes us to school on game genres, and together they reflect on what key supports helped them pursue their passion. We also scratch the surface on gaming and gender, and Naomi Clark pops by to offer some ideas about why boys might be quicker to identify as a "gamer" than girls.


In this episode:

Mattie Brice: http://www.mattiebrice.com/

Alexandre "Zedig" Diboine: http://alexandrediboine.tumblr.com/

2064 Read Only Memories, the game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2064:_Read_Only_Memories

VA-11 HALL-A (aka, "valhalla"), the game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VA-11_HALL-A

The World Ends With You, the game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Ends_with_You 

Naomi Clark: http://gamecenter.nyu.edu/faculty/naomi-clark/

Learn more about the free Future Game Designers Program @ NYU: http://gamecenter.nyu.edu/academics/high-school/

Eyebeam: http://eyebeam.org/


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Episode 4 Interviews at the 2017 VR Summit Episode 4 Interviews at the 2017 VR Summit Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:30:29 GMT 38:50 59c44b95b64048a77e6ec63a no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode4-vrsummit A fun cast of characters sound off about their hopes and fears for VR and AR in education VR Summit Reception in NYC to gather responses from industry, educators, student designers, and more, about how they see the potential of VR for influencing learning environments. We discuss VR games, using the technology for impact, and where VR might fall short. Hear from Games 4 Change's Sara Cornish about the Summit's inception, and how you can stay connected to G4C as their work continues. ]]> VR Summit Reception in NYC to gather responses from industry, educators, student designers, and more, about how they see the potential of VR for influencing learning environments. We discuss VR games, using the technology for impact, and where VR might fall short. Hear from Games 4 Change's Sara Cornish about the Summit's inception, and how you can stay connected to G4C as their work continues. ]]> Episode 3 Brian Cohen, Co-founder of Beam Center Episode 3 Brian Cohen, Co-founder of Beam Center Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:46:08 GMT 33:31 59bb22d01dc29f9340ef3ca9 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode3-briancohen <![CDATA[Episode 2 Tour Beam Center's Brooklyn Makerspace]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:03:14 GMT 14:00 59bae08283fab2b559828833 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode2-beamtour Allen and Dov take us on an unscripted tour. <![CDATA[Episode 1 Learning & Making at Beam Center, Brooklyn]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:01:05 GMT 1:07:37 59b83d01aeab8af96dc1dd12 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode1 I talk with Allen Riley and Dov Alperin about experiences from a maker learning space in Brooklyn, NY. full

In this episode I interview a talented educator, Allen Reilley, who, like so many practitioners in this space, loves designing experiences that help others discover the world the way does through his own art. And Dov Alperin, a wise and deeply reflective 13-year old coming up at MS442. I talk more with Beam Center's co-founder, Brian Cohen, in a future episode, and Dov and Allen graciously offer a tour of the center in a short episode that I will release between the two. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy our conversation about in this episode about learning and making from Beam Center in Brooklyn New York.


Notes from this episode:

Beam Camp

Beam Center

Servo Moter

Arduino

Allen Riley

weirdweb.website, Dove Alperin's site

Makerfaire

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In this episode I interview a talented educator, Allen Reilley, who, like so many practitioners in this space, loves designing experiences that help others discover the world the way does through his own art. And Dov Alperin, a wise and deeply reflective 13-year old coming up at MS442. I talk more with Beam Center's co-founder, Brian Cohen, in a future episode, and Dov and Allen graciously offer a tour of the center in a short episode that I will release between the two. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy our conversation about in this episode about learning and making from Beam Center in Brooklyn New York.


Notes from this episode:

Beam Camp

Beam Center

Servo Moter

Arduino

Allen Riley

weirdweb.website, Dove Alperin's site

Makerfaire

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Episode Zero Episode Zero Sat, 05 Aug 2017 13:43:49 GMT 1:02:30 5985cb96b6d389913cddf276 no https://shows.pippa.io/nosuchthing/episode-zero Alumni of NYC digital youth programs share their ideas about the promise and reality of learning with technology. full In this episode, three young people--alumni of NYC public schools and digital programs that supported their journey-- share their ideas and experiences about digital life and learning. Through their dialogue, the group explores how race, gender, learning context, and access have all influenced their experience.


Notes from this episode:

Eyebeam and Playable Fashion

New York Hall of Science

Mouse

1:1 Schools

Columbia University S-Prep

Step program at Barnard

NYU Poly / Tandon student enrollment data

Active Nuclear Weapons on the planet and number it would take to end humanity

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In this episode, three young people--alumni of NYC public schools and digital programs that supported their journey-- share their ideas and experiences about digital life and learning. Through their dialogue, the group explores how race, gender, learning context, and access have all influenced their experience.


Notes from this episode:

Eyebeam and Playable Fashion

New York Hall of Science

Mouse

1:1 Schools

Columbia University S-Prep

Step program at Barnard

NYU Poly / Tandon student enrollment data

Active Nuclear Weapons on the planet and number it would take to end humanity

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