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EdSurge On Air

EdSurge On Air

A weekly podcast, with insightful conversations about edtech and the future of learning, hosted by EdSurge's Jenny Abamu and Jeffrey R. Young. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an educator, or an investor, there’s something for everyone on the air.
Why Social-Emotional Learning Is Suddenly in the Spotlight

22:49 | May 7th

In the last few years, terms like “whole child” and “social-emotional learning” have become buzzwords. But behind the buzzwords are programs, often led and managed by schools, that take into account all the different things a child needs to be able t...Show More
Adult Students Have Moved Into the Mainstream. How Can Colleges Adjust?

24:59 | Apr 30th

Hollywood comedies like last year's Life of the Party portray adult students as fish out of water in higher education. But the reality is that these students are in the majority these days, often taking online programs or new offerings designed to se...Show More
Teachable Moments Part 4: What We Learn When We Teach

14:52 | Apr 23rd

Teaching isn’t a simple one-way exchange. Often there are lessons to be learned from the very act of teaching, whether it’s an instructor finding new ways to reach—or not reach—students, to watching students grow before your eyes to discovering what ...Show More
The Fast-Changing and Competitive World of Grad Degrees

20:55 | Apr 16th

There’s a boom in the number of grad degrees and certificates being awarded these days, especially as more colleges have moved to offer degrees online. And these degrees are now offered in different shapes and sizes, and in some cases at the faction ...Show More
EXTRA: Is The SAT Secure? What the College Board Is Doing to Respond to the Admissions Scandal

30:03 | Apr 11th

The college admissions scandal, which the FBI codenamed Varsity Blues, has raised questions about the fairness and validity of the admissions process as a whole, and specifically about whether the SAT is as secure as it should be. EdSurge sat down wi...Show More
Teachable Moments Part 3: Reaching Students Through Technology

19:25 | Apr 9th

It’s easy to think of the ways that technology can make humans feel alienated or alone. But technology has also brought people—and teachers and students—together in new ways that have inspired learning. This is the third episode of a four part seri...Show More
Why Students Can’t Write — And Why Tech is Part of the Problem

26:17 | Apr 2nd

Writing is more important than ever, but today’s students are lousy at it. And John Warner, an author, book columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and longtime writing instructor, has some ideas about why that is, and how to fix it. EdSurge talked with W...Show More
Teachable Moments Part 2: Teaching In and Out of the Classroom

18:50 | Mar 26th

It’s often said that teaching and learning doesn’t always take place in the classroom. And the same is true for educators, whose teaching philosophies can be shaped by lessons that come from being a parent or coach, traveling abroad, or advancing int...Show More
Working to Bring Diversity to Tech is a ‘Trek for a Lifetime’

25:15 | Mar 19th

Maria Klawe is on a mission to bring more diversity to tech, and she's made progress as president of Harvey Mudd College, which is known as a powerhouse in engineering and computer science. But she isn’t declaring victory. In fact, she is the first t...Show More
Teachable Moments Part 1: Seeing Students Differently

18:08 | Mar 12th

When students struggle, so do educators. That’s why this week on the podcast, we hear from four educators who remember a time when they faced difficulty with an issue or a student, but overcame that struggle to find a positive outcome. This episode i...Show More
Why Elementary Schools Should Teach Kids to Play Poker

09:54 | Mar 8th

Maria Konnikova doesn’t buy the 10,000 hour rule—that theory popularized by Malcolm Gladwell that it takes at least 10,000 hours of serious practice to become a world-class expert at an activity. She believes she’s found a way to short-circuit it, an...Show More
The Evolving Role of Race in Children’s Lit, From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘The Hate U Give’

24:23 | Mar 5th

Many children grow up looking up to and learning from the characters they read about in books. But what about the kids who can’t find any characters that look like them? This week on the podcast, Ebony Thomas, a children’s literature researcher and c...Show More
Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

33:15 | Feb 26th

Much has changed since 2012 or, as the New York Times dubbed, the “Year of the MOOC.” Where are these online course providers today—and how are universities responding? At this month’s EdSurge meetup, experts weighed in on the state of MOOCs in 2018....Show More
The Science of Empathy: What Researchers Want Teachers to Know

18:52 | Feb 19th

There’s a lot we don’t know about how the brain works. But scientists are finding out more everyday—like how empathy can affect learning and student outcomes. This weekend, EdSurge caught up with John Medina, an affiliate professor of bioengineering ...Show More
Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

22:33 | Feb 12th

Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, a few years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. It’s called the Teaching Online Podcast, or TOPca...Show More
Is Teaching an Art or a Science? New Book Takes a Fresh Look at ‘How Humans Learn.’

30:27 | Feb 5th

Just how do humans learn? And can science unlock secrets of the learning process that can help teachers and professors be more effective in their classrooms? One of the latest people to tackle those questions is Josh Eyler, in a new book called How ...Show More
The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos

37:26 | Jan 29th

Listen to the EdSurge On Air podcast? We want to hear from you! Fill out this five-minute survey, and you can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/edsurgepodcast What’s life like after quitting a tenured job as a prof...Show More
How Much Artificial Intelligence Should There Be in the Classroom?

11:25 | Jan 23rd

Should we build robot teachers, or even robot teaching assistants? And if so, what’s the right mix of man and machine in the classroom? To get a fresh perspective on that question, this episode we take you to China, where a couple of us from EdSurge...Show More
As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

16:38 | Jan 15th

Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapt...Show More
How To Keep Kids From Being Mean Online

27:51 | Jan 8th

Author, speaker and school consultant Ana Homayoun works with teenagers on organization, time management and overall wellness. And as tech and social media have accelerated over the years, her job has increasingly involved keeping up with the ways yo...Show More
How to Move From Digital Substitution to ‘Deeper Learning’

12:51 | Jan 1st

Replacing VHS tapes with YouTube clips is probably not the ideal version of moving a classroom into the 21st century. While that type of digital substitution may tick the boxes of education technology frameworks like SAMR, it doesn’t always provide ...Show More
This Administrator Helped Shape Tech at Colleges For More Than 40 Years. Here’s His Outlook.

35:28 | Dec 27th, 2018

To get to Marty Ringle’s office at Reed College, you have to climb to the top floor of the Educational Technology Center building and get buzzed past a locked door that says “This is a Secure Area.” It felt like I was making a pilgrimage to the digit...Show More
How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide.

21:18 | Dec 18th, 2018

Personalized learning has been an education buzzword for several years. A recent survey of by the state education technology directors association, or SETDA, put personalized learning at the top of the list of state priorities. But how do school lead...Show More
How This Famed Chinese Venture Capitalist Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching

43:09 | Dec 11th, 2018

Artificial intelligence promises to have a dramatic—and yes, disruptive—effect on education and over jobs during the next decade. And here’s a second big trend—the role of China and Chinese companies, particularly those building products or services ...Show More
What Teaching to the Whole Child Looks Like in Action

19:44 | Dec 4th, 2018

It’s one of the biggest buzzwords in education today: the whole child. Basically, it’s the idea that educating students is about more than what’s said in class. Factors like nutrition, home life and out-of-school relationships can all play a huge rol...Show More
In China, a Generation Raised by 'Tiger Mothers' Seeks a Softer Approach

28:36 | Nov 27th, 2018

For Nancy Xu, childhood revolved around her studies. That meant early-morning bus rides to school, loads of after-school classes, and by high school, spending 12 hours a day on coursework. Xu grew up in northwestern China, and the reason for all th...Show More
New Book Looks for 'Timeless' Approach to Rethinking Schools

26:11 | Nov 20th, 2018

The key to reforming schools is imagination. Think bringing the spirit of shows like The Jetsons or Star Trek to school design, throwing out all preconceptions and imagining what a new kind of school could be like designed for today’s needs. That’s ...Show More
Rethinking the First Two Years of Higher Education

27:03 | Nov 14th, 2018

The first two years of college are often treated like something you just have to get through—and almost like a commodity. Even the term “general education,” as the curriculum is called at that point, feels, well, generic. Jennifer Schubert wants to ...Show More
Has ‘Shift’ Happened? Revisiting a Viral Video From 2008

09:04 | Nov 6th, 2018

About 10 years ago, a short video called Shift Happens went viral, providing a wake-up call to educators that their students would enter a very different world once they left the classroom and entered the workforce. The video presented a series of s...Show More
Is Open Content Enough? Where OER Advocates Say the Movement Must Go Next

23:40 | Oct 30th, 2018

Open educational resources have been around for more than a decade, and the sheer number of these materials—in the form of textbooks, courses, videos, software and other public-domain resources—are increasingly available online. . But as more open ma...Show More
How Do You Prepare Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet?

16:31 | Oct 23rd, 2018

There is a lot of talk these days about robots replacing humans in the workforce, but those conversations remain largely abstract. For students in school today, however, the issue is urgent, research shows. What if the job they aspire to today is no ...Show More
How to Bring Innovation to Campus Without Cheapening Education

22:57 | Oct 16th, 2018

Do you want fries with that education? That question is one that many professors fear is essentially coming to colleges, as higher-ed leaders adopt practices from businesses in an attempt to rethink their operations. There’s even a growing body of s...Show More
Cultural Anthropologist Mimi Ito: Good Intentions Don’t Always Mean Equitable Outcomes in Edtech

22:25 | Oct 9th, 2018

Imagine you’re an elementary school student. Your teacher has told your class to watch several streaming videos for a class project. You might want to watch some of the videos at home, but your family doesn’t have high-speed internet. That’s just on...Show More
What Do Edtech and IKEA Have in Common? Persuasive Design.

18:36 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Technology shapes the way we interact everyday. We FaceTime with family across the country, we send snaps to our friends to let them know where we are and what we're doing. But sometimes we fail to realize that the platforms and data that push us to...Show More
Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom?

24:11 | Sep 25th, 2018

Entrepreneur Steve Blank has served as a founder, investor and even in the air force. But there’s another title he’s is known for: professor. Blank has earned a reputation among budding and veteran business leaders alike as the father of the Lean St...Show More
Can You Teach Good Writing? We Ask One of the Greats, John McPhee

25:40 | Sep 18th, 2018

John McPhee, a master of telling nonfiction stories, became a teacher by accident 43 years ago when Princeton University needed a last-minute replacement. He has steered the course ever since, each spring when he takes breaks from writing books or pi...Show More
Who Does Online Learning Really Serve?

27:05 | Sep 11th, 2018

Online education has been touted as a way to increase access to education. But it’s increasingly unclear if online learning is living up to its promise for students, even as digital learning makes its way into more institutions’ offerings. The qualit...Show More
How A Podcast-Turned-Startup Is Trying to Get Non-Traditional Students Into Tech

23:54 | Sep 4th, 2018

Some of the earliest and largest coding bootcamp programs shut their doors for good last year. And it left many people wondering if these short term tech training programs are actually worth the investment (for investors and students alike). One pe...Show More
‘Prohibition Will Get You Nowhere’: Cory Doctorow’s Message to Schools and Educators

23:14 | Aug 28th, 2018

It’s not unheard of for an instructor to tee up a YouTube video for a lesson, only to have the content blocked by the school or district’s censorware. And while administrators might have good intentions when they decide to use censorware, censorship ...Show More
MOOCs are No Longer Massive. And They Serve Different Audiences Than First Imagined.

21:34 | Aug 21st, 2018

MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. But what is their legacy on campuses? MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professo...Show More
The Secret Ingredient that Helps Schools, Educators and Students Learn

28:10 | Aug 14th, 2018

How good are schools at learning? Can they get better? As a culture, we worry a lot about student learning. But students don’t learn in a vacuum: Most are part of organizations (namely schools) that involve adults who also are engaged in learning, ...Show More
What Students Want Colleges to Know About How They Learn

26:02 | Aug 7th, 2018

Even the best instructors may not be able to reach every student. And often that’s because there is a disconnect between what students expect from college teaching and what actually ends up happening in the classroom. In July, three members from EdS...Show More
Apple’s Longtime Education VP Shares Frustrations With Slow Pace of Change

29:41 | Jul 31st, 2018

People love to try to figure out what Apple is up to and to guess their strategy—that’s true for its education strategy as well. But often there’s not much to go on beyond press releases and speculation. So when Apple’s longtime vice-president of e...Show More
Why One Professor Says We Are ‘Automating Inequality’

27:44 | Jul 24th, 2018

Often the algorithms that shape our lives feel invisible, but every now and then you really notice them. Your credit card might get declined when you’re on vacation because a system decides the behavior seems suspicious. You might buy a quirky gift...Show More
This Accelerator Seeks To Scale Equity in Schools

24:11 | Jul 17th, 2018

Caroline Hill is a firecracker. She keynoted the Blended Learning Conference in Rhode Island and INACOL in Florida. At both events she asked educators to challenge their notions of the use of technology in the classrooms and their conversations aroun...Show More
Venture Capitalist Argues For Cheaper And Faster Alternatives to College

25:24 | Jul 10th, 2018

Access to higher education is a big topic these days, but debates about how to expand access often assume a one-size-fits-all model of what college should be. A new book due out this fall argues for the creation of colleges of many shapes and sizes,...Show More
Why Purdue Professors Continue to Protest Purdue’s Purchase of a For-Profit U.

26:02 | Jul 3rd, 2018

If Purdue University’s purchase of the for-profit Kaplan University can be thought of as a wedding, there were plenty of people in the audience shouting objections throughout the ceremony. The loudest were Purdue professors, who argued that the pair ...Show More
What Happens When A Public University Buys a For-Profit Online One?

28:43 | Jun 26th, 2018

When leaders of Purdue University wanted to move into online education, they took the unusual step of buying an existing online university, a big one with 30,000 students. And here’s the most surprising part: that online school it bought, Kaplan Univ...Show More
You Know Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now Meet Comedic Scientist Sophia Shrand.

19:51 | Jun 19th, 2018

There is an art to making science fun and entertaining. Bill Nye has done it, and so has Neil deGrasse Tyson. Maybe now it’s time for a woman? For this episode of the EdSurge On Air podcast, we’re joined Sophia Shrand, host of the comedic YouTube sh...Show More
Beyond Tuition: How Innovations in College Affordability Are (or Aren’t) Helping Students

24:30 | Jun 12th, 2018

The college affordability crisis is a familiar story to most Americans. A simplified version often goes that state funding for higher-ed institutions has decreased dramatically over the years, which has translated into massive tuition hikes for stude...Show More
The Problem With an 'Engineering Model' of Personalized Learning

26:58 | Jun 5th, 2018

In the education technology business, Larry Berger is considered—if not the smartest guy in the room, then certainly one of the wiser ones. With more than 20 years in the industry, Larry has seen the ups and downs, twists and turns. In 2000 he co-fo...Show More
This Australian University Wants to Rethink the Student Experience

21:26 | May 29th, 2018

In Australia, there’s a university that was set up to focus on distance education called Deakin University. It started about 40 years ago -- before the internet really got going, so that meant sending lessons through the mail. These days, of course,...Show More
To Spark and Scale Innovation in District Schools, ‘Every Day Is Day One’

24:32 | May 22nd, 2018

Running a lemonade stand may be the most entrepreneurial project that students get to experience. But increasingly, schools leaders want to take the spirit of these old-fashioned projects and create more—and more meaningful—opportunities for students...Show More
Why the Lumina Foundation Is Betting Big on New Kinds of Credentials

24:03 | May 15th, 2018

A college degree isn’t the only path to meaningful work. In fact, these days it seems like there are more kinds of credentials than ever, some new ones even have trademarked names like Nanodegrees and MicroMasters. One leading force in reinventing ...Show More
The Case For a ‘Networked' College

28:01 | May 10th, 2018

The campus of the future will be “networked,” argues Peter Smith, meaning that more and more academic-related services will be outsourced. That, in theory, will allow each campus to focus its energies on what it can do best and turn to outside compan...Show More
‘They Demonize Us.’ Randi Weingarten Talks Tensions With 'Innovators’ (and Betsy DeVos)

22:20 | May 8th, 2018

The eruption of teacher strikes in states all over the country caught national headlines, adding to the already heated debate about the questionable state of affairs in public schools. But the strikes aren’t over, so what is the next step for these e...Show More
How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

24:25 | May 3rd, 2018

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Universities first opened these offshoots more than 100 years ago, and at the time they were innovative—throwing open the campus gates by offering night classes without any admission requirements. ...Show More
Why Competency-Based Education Stalled (But Isn’t Finished)

27:30 | May 1st, 2018

The phrase competency-based education is quite a mouthful, but it was all the rage a few years ago among college leaders looking to expand access to their programs. The idea can sound radical, since it often involves doing away with courses as we kno...Show More
How Facebook Can Improve Privacy By Talking More With Academics

22:41 | Apr 24th, 2018

Jennifer Golbeck, a professor at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, has been talking about the privacy risks of Facebook data for years. As the recent scandal involving the massive amount of Facebook data leaked to the polit...Show More
Angela Duckworth Says Grit Is Not Enough

13:38 | Apr 20th, 2018

Angela Duckworth’s research on encouraging “grit” in students has been hailed as groundbreaking, popularized in bestselling books and TED talks. It has also been called racist, and some have criticized the work for essentially blaming students for th...Show More
Why Demographic Changes Mean Tough Challenges Ahead for College Leaders

22:16 | Apr 17th, 2018

The financial crisis of 2008 was tough for the country, but the real impact will hit colleges in the year 2026. It turns out the fiscal anxieties coincided with a dramatic birth dearth—a reduction in the number of children born, which means that the...Show More
Social-Emotional Learning May Be A Limited Solution for Reforming School Discipline

28:01 | Apr 10th, 2018

The United States Government Accountability Office recently released a report confirming decades of anecdotal research saying, among other things, that Black male students who account for 15.5 percent of all public school kids, represented about 39 p...Show More
Computer Science Degrees and Technology’s Boom-and-Bust Cycle

15:58 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In higher education, the number of computer science bachelor’s degrees follows boom-and-bust market trends in finance and technology—growing when times are good and plummeting when economies crash. And since 2010, computer science majors have again b...Show More
Unpacking Why Some Educators See the Word ‘Equity’ As a Threat

20:00 | Mar 27th, 2018

How do you close achievement gaps when all your students don’t start with the same opportunities? It’s a question of equity, a goal that is generally assumed to be one most educators want to achieve. Yet, these days the issue seems more complicated, ...Show More
VR Could Bring a New Era of Immersive Learning

29:38 | Mar 20th, 2018

Some educators tout the immersive power of VR technology, pointing to examples like an app that simulates what it was like to walk on either side of Germany’s Berlin Wall in the 1980s. But what does it mean to teach in an immersive format? What can ...Show More
What Schools Could Be—and What Education Investors Get Wrong

34:26 | Mar 13th, 2018

Does this sound familiar? An Ivy League-educated philanthropist, who built his wealth from a career in technology, decides to champion education as his next cause—under the belief that today’s schools are not adequately preparing the next generation ...Show More
Why Professors Doubt Education Research

21:45 | Mar 6th, 2018

Lauren Herckis, an anthropologist and research faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, has been exploring the culture of teaching at colleges and what makes professors try new teaching practices or, in some cases, resist them.
'A Deal With the Devil': NPR Reporter Anya Kamenetz On Teaching With 'Addictive Tech' Like Facebook

23:32 | Feb 27th, 2018

What does it mean to report on education technology from a student lens? How does the tech-health discussion impact teachers in the classroom? What are virtual school lobbyists doing to impact the national discussion on school choice and accountabili...Show More
The Rise of ‘Outsider Education’

20:40 | Feb 20th, 2018

In higher ed people often look to a few elite schools for big new ideas. But that might be changing. These days innovation seems just as likely to come from a state school, a small liberal arts college, or even some upstart from outside the tradition...Show More
‘Marvel-ous Makers’ Bring Black Panther-Inspired Creations to the Classroom

16:13 | Feb 13th, 2018

Social media feeds are lighting up with hashtags such as #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe and #BlackPantherLive celebrating the release of a Hollywood adaptation of the groundbreaking comic series, Black Panther. Educators are also getting into the fandom...Show More
Podcast Extra: Overcoming Barriers to STEM Education

1:05:28 | Feb 9th, 2018

How do we crack a problem that has existed for decades? Jobs in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) jobs are projected to grow 17 percent between 2014 and 2024; non-STEM jobs are expected to rise only 12 percent. Even so, minorities...Show More
The Challenges Of Teaching In The Trump Era

24:15 | Feb 6th, 2018

College professors don’t often talk to each other about the intricacies of their teaching practices, and it often seems a mystery to scholars what goes on in other people’s courses. Bonni Stachowiak has created a forum to spread those stories and t...Show More
An Education ‘Intrapreneur’ on the Difficulties Innovating a Conservative Industry

24:03 | Jan 30th, 2018

Larry Singer is a CEO, but not the smug type, who’s likely to engage you in a long-winded conversation about himself, while you sip on your drink and wait for someone more interesting to come along. Singer is different. Last week he pitched EdSurge ...Show More
The Evolving World of Microcredentials

27:30 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Many colleges these days are experimenting with short-form online degrees to try to reach new audiences and offer new options, often at a lower cost. And new upstart providers are also getting into the mix, including coding bootcamps and startups lik...Show More
Ready Player One: Science Fiction’s Vision for The Future of Education

30:07 | Jan 16th, 2018

Humans living in abject poverty are warring over the few of resources they have left. There’s an energy crisis, and fossil fuels are in low supply. The weather has gone to extremes. This is the setting of Ernest Cline’s science-fiction novel, Ready P...Show More
Where the Football Field Is Now a Farm: What an ‘Urban Work College’ Looks Like

24:07 | Jan 9th, 2018

When Michael Sorrell took over as president of Paul Quinn College in 2007, the place was nearly broke and faced a possible loss of accreditation. Sorrell wasn’t interested in following the usual playbook for running a college, so he took unusual step...Show More
‘When’ Does Learning Happen Best? Dan Pink on the Secrets to Timing and Education

29:14 | Jan 2nd, 2018

As the old adage goes, time is what we want most but what we use worst. So how do we use it more effectively? That’s the driving theme in the newest book from Dan Pink, the speechwriter, TV producer and acclaimed author of bestsellers “Drive” and “T...Show More
Rebroadcast: What If MOOCs Really Do Revolutionize Education?

26:26 | Dec 26th, 2017

On this holiday week, we're rebroadcasting our most popular episode of 2017: Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering at Oakland University, spends a lot of time these days thinking about how people learn. She’s taught more students than just ab...Show More
The Evolution of the New York City Edtech Scene, Empowering Parents, Taxes and Policy

21:26 | Dec 19th, 2017

This year, Americans seem to be watching government processes closer than they have in the past. Every week, some policy maker, some legislative vote or confirmation hearing is trending on Twitter and Facebook. However, our guest today, Jeanne Allen,...Show More
How Teaching Using Mindfulness and Growth Mindset Can Backfire

24:10 | Dec 12th, 2017

Art Markman is an expert on what makes people tick. The psychology professor at UT Austin has also become a popular voice working to translate research from the lab into advice for a general audience. In his writings and podcasting, he’s tackled que...Show More
An Assembly Line of Coding Students? Tough Questions for the Computer Science Movement

23:40 | Dec 5th, 2017

What does it really mean to prepare students for a future in coding careers? Clive Thompson, a freelance writer for Wired and The New York Times magazine, thinks the reality is not as rosy as many people think. In a popular Wired article titled, Th...Show More
In a City Marked By Low Economic Mobility, One University Hopes to Build a ‘Tech Pipeline’

23:44 | Nov 28th, 2017

For Terik Tidwell, teaching kids to code is not about algorithms or apps—it’s about economic mobility. Tidwell is director of STEM innovation at Johnson C. Smith University, an historically-black college situated in the heart of Charlotte, NC. The ...Show More
From Advocating to Letting Your Nerd Flag Fly, Educators Are Grateful For Lessons From Students

11:17 | Nov 21st, 2017

When all the stuffing, sauces, hams, turkeys, and pies are out of the oven, there is often a moment of peace during the holiday season where families sit around the dinner table and remember what they are grateful for. This year, we gathered with a c...Show More
Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters

39:16 | Nov 14th, 2017

It’s a pivotal time for artificial intelligence in higher education. More instructors are experimenting with adaptive-learning systems in their classrooms. College advising systems are trying to use predictive analytics to increase student retention....Show More
Looking to Bring ‘Civil Discourse’ to Education Debates, Ex Superintendent Turns Editor-and-Chief

22:55 | Nov 7th, 2017

By the time John Deasy resigned his post as superintendent of the L.A. school district, he had become a polarizing figure. In an article in The New York Times covering his resignation, Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot charter schools, put it this wa...Show More
When Teaching Large Classes, Professors Shouldn’t Try To Put On a Show

23:32 | Oct 31st, 2017

Large classes pose tough challenges for instructors and colleges. After all, how do you craft a meaningful experience for 250 people (or more)? Rachel Davenport, a senior lecturer at Texas State University, has taught so many large classes that she...Show More
Pick Your Battles: Edtech Leaders Share Strategies for Engaging in Political Discourse

27:15 | Oct 24th, 2017

Silicon Valley tech giants have made their stance clear on a number of political and social issues this year. Recently, Microsoft president Brad Smith went so far as to offer to pay legal fees for any employee who faces deportation after President Tr...Show More
Once Reviled in Education, Wikipedia Now Embraced By Many Professors

21:58 | Oct 17th, 2017

A decade ago professors complained of a growing “epidemic” in education: Wikipedia. Students were citing it in papers, while educators largely laughed it off as inaccurate and saw their students as lazy, or worse. As one writing instructor posted to ...Show More
Facebook and Fake News: Esther Wojcicki On Teaching Digital Journalism in High School

23:52 | Oct 10th, 2017

At times 2017 has seemed like a new era for reporting, where newsrooms have had to question and reevaluate their purpose for existing. For the mainstream media, technology has been both a friend and an enemy. So how do we prepare today’s high school ...Show More
In PreparedU, A College President Argues for Mixing Liberal Arts And Workplace Readiness

19:07 | Oct 3rd, 2017

The generation of students attending college today just aren’t that impressed by traditional markers of authority—and they’re not coming to campus to gaze up at wise leaders on a pedestal (well, at least according to surveys). And that’s one reason t...Show More
What Will It Take to Push the K-12 Maker Movement to Be More Inclusive?

23:23 | Sep 26th, 2017

It’s not solely about having a “makerspace” anymore. These days, schools are trying to figure out how to bring making into every facet of the school day, with mobile kits, clubs and more. And when it comes to incorporating making into everyday curric...Show More
MIT's Mitch Resnick on What 'Toy Story' Gets Wrong About the Future of Play

26:38 | Sep 19th, 2017

If you’ve ever seen the Toy Story movies, you may remember the neighbor kid, Sid. His room is presented in horror-movie fashion, with dim lighting and discordant music, and the toys are all in pieces, as Sid dismantles them and remakes them in his ow...Show More
Podcast Extra: Personalized Learning’s Unknowns: Silicon Schools’ Five-Year Journey

27:45 | Sep 13th, 2017

Five years ago, a former high school principal named Brian Greenberg joined forces with an heir to the retail giant Gap, John Fisher, to start a fund to help scale promising charter schools. This week the group, called Silicon Schools Fund, release...Show More
Questioning the Core Assumptions of Personalized Learning with Math Blogger Dan Meyer

42:20 | Sep 12th, 2017

A few weeks ago, while perusing Twitter for news stories, a few folks on the EdSurge team came across a Tweet by math blogger, TED talker, and former teacher Dan Meyer. He had recently read an EdSurge article regarding struggles that had taken place ...Show More
Do the Technophobes and Technophiles Both Need a ‘New Education’?

32:46 | Sep 5th, 2017

Sometimes it's hard to imagine change—especially when it comes to a 150-year-old system, such as higher education in the United States. But much of the system we see and experience today was designed, and perhaps it can be again. At least, that's wha...Show More
Can This MIT Student Entrepreneurship Program Bridge the Israeli-Palestinian Divide?

16:25 | Aug 30th, 2017

Ideological and political conflicts exist across the world, and often appear oversimplified and binary: conservative versus liberal, left versus right, the 99 versus 1 percent. Yet the reality is often much more complicated. And for children born in...Show More
A Data Scientist’s Warning About ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’

28:00 | Aug 22nd, 2017

These days algorithms have taken on an almost godlike power—they’re up in the (data) clouds, watching everything, passing judgment and leaving us mere mortals with no way to appeal or to even know when these mathematical deities have intervened. Th...Show More
With 3D Technology, Special Education Students Can Focus on Content—Not Access

07:26 | Aug 16th, 2017

Neal McKenzie says teachers of visually impaired students “have been makers for a long time.” The assistive technology specialist has designed dozens of objects to help his students access content, including an award-winning device to teach Braille. ...Show More
Why Late Adopters Are Skeptical of Edtech (and How to Get Them on Board)

29:43 | Aug 15th, 2017

There are plenty of “innovators” and “early adopters” of education technology out there, from educators who make the rounds on the ISTE and SXSWedu conference circuits to consultants and entrepreneurs who push for adoption of certain tools or practic...Show More
Lessons From Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Failures

22:28 | Aug 9th, 2017

Robert Talbert, a math professor at Grand Valley State University, talks about his new book on flipped learning—a method catching on these days in college classrooms. He describes it as a new philosophy of teaching. Unlike the lecture model, in whic...Show More
From the Mouths of Virtual School Students—Personalized and Flexible, or Over-Hyped and Isolating?

24:44 | Aug 1st, 2017

Virtual schools—a fiercely debated topic. Some, like Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the American Legislative Exchange Council, are in favor. Others, including researchers like Columbia University professor Aaron Pallas, have pushed back. In f...Show More
What If MOOCs Really Do Revolutionize Education? This Popular Online Professor Thinks They Will

25:55 | Jul 25th, 2017

If you’ve ever zoned out during a lecture, of if your students are prone to distraction as you click through your PowerPoint deck, that’s partly because we’re hard-wired not to focus intently for longer than ten or fifteen minutes at a time. Our bodi...Show More
Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani: Why An 'Hour of Code' Isn’t Enough

11:51 | Jul 19th, 2017

It’s no shock to anyone—there is a gender disparity problem in the computer science world. The computing industry’s rate of job creation in the United States may be three times that of other industries, but the number of females attaining computer sc...Show More
How Childhood Has Changed (And How That Impacts Education)

24:07 | Jul 11th, 2017

It’s easy to forget that notions of childhood have changed radically over the years—and not all for the better, says Steven Mintz, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “Helicopter parenting” and habits around carefully guarding, ...Show More
Tired Edtech Trends That Teachers Wish Would Retire: From the Floor of ISTE 2017

20:16 | Jul 4th, 2017

On the floor of the ISTE conference, it’s easy to meet educators and administrators from all over the country (and the world at large). You can discuss edtech implementation strategies, hear about favorite tools, and get to know those practices that ...Show More
Stop Calling College Teachers ‘Professors.’ Try ‘Cognitive Coaches,’ Says Goucher President.

25:44 | Jun 28th, 2017

One problem with college teaching is that professors see themselves as, well, professing— declaring what they know and believe. That’s not how good teaching works, argues Jose Bowen, president of Goucher College. The best teachers have more in commo...Show More
Radiolab's Jad Abumrad On Creativity, Diversity, and the 'Humanities Crisis'

17:29 | Jun 26th, 2017

For those of you who listen frequently, you might be a little confused since normally, we put out only one episode of the EdSurge On Air podcast each week. But this week is special, because we’re coming to you live from the ISTE 2017 edtech conferenc...Show More
What Skills Do Google, Pinterest, and Twitter Employees Think Kids Need To Succeed?

17:06 | Jun 21st, 2017

In today’s day and age, Google, Twitter and Pinterest are three of the largest employers in the United States and internationally. But are students gaining the skills that one might need to eventually apply to one of those tech giants, if the student...Show More
How Students Running ‘EdSurge Independent’ Say Colleges Should Change

26:35 | Jun 14th, 2017

Don’t even think of lecturing to these college students. The 14 students who just finished up the spring session of EdSurge Independent want something more active, and they want to have a voice as colleges rethink how they teach and support people on...Show More
What Edu Reporters Read: Hechinger, EdWeek, & the Chronicle on Top Stories of 2017

28:30 | Jun 6th, 2017

From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. But when it comes...Show More
Why Sara Goldrick-Rab Sees Income Share Agreements As ‘Dangerous’ Trend

28:24 | May 31st, 2017

Sara Goldrick-Rab's latest book is based on six years of studying how students struggle with paying for college. She argues that recent experiments in having students sign "income-share agreements," or ISAs, is part of a broader effort to drain publi...Show More
Clint Smith on the Power of Twitter and How We (Often) Fail to Teach About Inequality

30:32 | May 23rd, 2017

There are few individuals out there who can list both “two-time TED speaker” and “doctoral student at Harvard University” on their resume. Clint Smith is one of those people—though when you ask him about his work, he doesn’t immediately voice those a...Show More
Why Donald Graham Sold Kaplan University to Purdue for $1

18:27 | May 17th, 2017

There are many unanswered questions about the unprecedented sale of Kaplan University, a for-profit institution with several online programs but falling enrollments, to Purdue University, one of the top public universities in the nation. To try to g...Show More
Does Tech Support Personalized Learning—or Distract Us From What’s Really Important?

1:03:36 | May 9th, 2017

“Personalized learning” is a term that is no stranger to interpretation—even to the point that writers have started to argue about whether it’s worth defining or not (just check out here and here.) But no matter how a school or district defines it, i...Show More
Why Moodle’s Mastermind, Martin Dougiamas, Still Believes in Edtech After Two Decades

19:58 | May 2nd, 2017

Before the “LMS” became an acronym and a hotly contested market of its own, Martin Dougiamas was writing code to share his “object oriented dynamic learning environment” across the web. That project would go on to become Moodle, one of the most widel...Show More
Do Students, Principals and Superintendents See Eye-to-Eye on Eliminating Grade Levels?

31:06 | Apr 26th, 2017

McComb School District down in McComb, Mississippi doesn’t just believe in the power of technology when it comes to personalized learning. In fact, for superintendent Dr. Cederick Ellis and Summit Elementary School principal Lakya Taylor-Washington, ...Show More
Reactions to a College Alternative: Debating the Merits of MissionU

46:57 | Apr 18th, 2017

A for-profit startup recently launched what it calls an alternative to traditional college, that takes only one year to complete, is advised closely by big-name employers, and that costs nothing at first, though students have to later pay back a port...Show More
Beware of the Word ‘Flexible’: Architect Danish Kurani on Designing 21st Century Schools

17:42 | Apr 6th, 2017

“Flexible.” It’s a word that often pops up in conversations about redesigning learning environments, relating to choices in furniture or movable walls. But according to Danish Kurani, redesigning 21st century classrooms goes much deeper than merely a...Show More
One University's Approach to Innovation: ‘You Have to Go Slow to Go Fast’

22:17 | Apr 4th, 2017

Southern New Hampshire University is known as a place trying new things, and one thing they hope to do is create a culture of change on campus. To do that, they've created a sandbox--an innovation lab called the Sandbox Collaborative. We sat down wit...Show More
What Students With Learning Differences Really Want Us to Know: Q&A with Ben Gurewitz

24:12 | Mar 28th, 2017

A few weeks back, EdSurge traveled to SXSWedu to hear talks about technology and chat with educators and entrepreneurs. But while there, we met someone who spoke about how edtech could better serve students with learning differences in a manner we’d ...Show More
Why Students Living on Campus Take Online Courses

24:04 | Mar 21st, 2017

Students at the University of Central Florida are busy, and it’s not always with classes. They have sports to play, student organizations to run, even parties to go to. So to keep class schedules as flexible as possible, and to offer more sections wi...Show More
Dealing with a 'Culture of Fear'—Administrators on PD in the Age of Blended Learning

36:08 | Mar 15th, 2017

It’s pretty clear that very few people in education enjoy those typical sit-and-get professional development sessions. And when blended learning gets thrown into the mix, the situation gets even more complicated—what happens when educators seem afrai...Show More
How One University Works to ‘Humanize’ Online Teaching

24:46 | Mar 7th, 2017

Cal State Channel Islands offers a two-week online training course for professors at the university called Humanizing Online Learning, with tips and strategies for forging personal connections with remote students. The course's creator and instructor...Show More
How Chicago's PilotED Schools Tackles Trauma, Civics Education, and "Student Identity"

12:35 | Mar 1st, 2017

Jacob Allen was the first-ever youth president for the NAACP in Wisconsin and a Teach for America corps member in Chicago. But it wasn’t either of those roles that landed him on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list this past January. Rather, it was his effort...Show More
How One Coding School Hopes to Teach Thousands of Students, Without Professors

23:10 | Feb 21st, 2017

An unusual coding school called 42 opened a campus just outside of Silicon Valley last year. It's free -- for those who pass a month-long coding challenge -- and it focuses on peer-to-peer learning, meaning there are no professors. Brittany Bir, chie...Show More
How Middle Schoolers in Tennessee Are Gaining Access to Community College Courses

24:24 | Feb 15th, 2017

In Tennessee, the education system made headlines a few years back when the state announced the “Tennessee Promise”—an initiative granting thousands of high school students the opportunity to attend two years of free community college. After Governor...Show More
President of Achieving the Dream On How Colleges Wrestle With Their Data

22:33 | Feb 7th, 2017

As more colleges dive deeper into their own completion and retention data, they don't always like what they see. Karen Stout, president of Achieving the Dream, talks about how community colleges can face their own internal report cards, and take acti...Show More
Can Administrators Lead Innovation Without Blended Learning Experience?

17:54 | Feb 2nd, 2017

A few years back, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) found itself in the news for the rollout of iPads districtwide, which some ilsteners out there might remember. Since then, what’s going on with technology in Southern California’s bigg...Show More
Why U. of Michigan’s President Says Universities Should Work to Transform Teaching

15:49 | Jan 24th, 2017

Last year, the U. of Michigan launched a major campus-wide effort to encourage a culture of continual improvement in teaching. The university's president, Mark Schlissel, explains why, and weighs in on the MOOC craze, fake news, and the value of high...Show More
The Three Lessons U.S. Schools Should Borrow from New Zealand

20:42 | Jan 17th, 2017

This week, we take you to Auckland. A few months back, our own Betsy Corcoran traveled to New Zealand, where she sat down with Pete Hall. Right now, Pete is the newest principal of the Taupaki School, but he also has a background in entrepreneurship ...Show More
Former EdTech Director for Obama Administration Sees Innovation Moving to the States

22:25 | Jan 10th, 2017

Donald Trump is about to take office, and one of the many places where change is coming will be the education department. To find out what that could mean, we checked in with Richard Culatta, who served as director of the education department’s Offic...Show More
What Does a 'Modern Classroom' Look Like—and What Should Educators Leave Behind?

44:19 | Dec 21st, 2016

The classroom. Since the 1950s, the setup of your average second, sixth or tenth grade classroom hasn’t changed all that much. Desks lined up, students facing forward, teacher up at the front giving a lecture. The same can be said for higher educatio...Show More
Want to Teach Kids to Code? Why You Should Focus on the Teachers First

17:57 | Dec 3rd, 2016

It’s here, it’s here! Once again, we’ve come upon that week in December when we celebrate all things programming. December 5 kicks off national Computer Science Week, and what better way to start the celebrations than with a perfectly-themed intervie...Show More
“A Better Future is Possible”: IDEO’s Sandy Speicher on Design Thinking in Schools

33:21 | Nov 15th, 2016

Want to hear the full interview with Sandy? Check out the EdSurge On Air podcast. For those who are familiar with the global design firm IDEO, a few words might come to mind. Consulting. Design thinking. K-12 and higher education? Yes, IDEO has inde...Show More
Jim Shelton of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on Personalized Learning

43:59 | Nov 1st, 2016

Jim Shelton, President of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), provided one of the keynotes this past Thursday at the iNACOL conference in San Antonio, Texas. Jim has played a number of roles in the edtech space—-he was most recently President & Chi...Show More
EdSurge Extra: Minerva’s Jonathan Katzman on Making ‘the Best Seminar Possible’

11:28 | Sep 30th, 2016

If you could create a college from scratch today what would it look like? Minerva Schools at KGI has done just that, building an accredited, four-year undergraduate program that has an inaugural class in its sophomore year. Hear Jonathan Katzman, chi...Show More
When Everyone Has Different Definitions of "Student Achievement"

49:45 | Sep 17th, 2016

Today, we’re actually bringing back an old favorite while we generate some new content for you. Back in 2015, in Davis California, we brought superintendents from across California together at an EdSurge event to chat about data and assessment, and h...Show More
EdSurge Extra: John Deasy on His LAUSD Superintendency, Mistakes, and Going Forward

25:18 | Sep 7th, 2016

Thirty-two. That’s how many years John Deasy has spent in education as a teacher, high school principal, and superintendent in four different districts across three states. Of all these roles, his stint at the Los Angeles Unified School District may...Show More
EdSurge Extra: Marco Molinaro Asks, ‘How Do We Maximize Learning?’

07:16 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Many faculty see introductory science courses as "gateway" classes to weed out students. Not Marco Molinaro. The assistant vice provost at the University of California, Davis, is leading the school's efforts to overhaul these classes and make them mo...Show More
Pitfalls and Triumphs—What I Learned From My Year in Edtech

19:19 | Aug 28th, 2016

Blake Montgomery, one-half of the EdSurge On Air podcast team, is bidding EdSurge adieu to take on a role as a Tech Reporter at Buzzfeed. But before he leaves, he's got some thoughts about what he's noticed from his year at EdSurge. Specifically, wha...Show More
EdSurge Extra: Bridget Burns' Call to Edtech Entrepreneurs: 'Start With Empathy'

09:59 | Aug 25th, 2016

Bridget Burns sees plenty of "superheroes"—26-year-old Silicon Valley types with good intentions, yet little understanding, for how to change higher education. Burns is executive director of the University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of 11 publi...Show More
Megan Stewart, Unity's Head of Global Education

47:49 | Aug 19th, 2016

Unity is one of the most widely used game development engines, but what does that have to do with education? We sat down with Megan Stewart, Unity's Head of Global Education, at her new office to find out.
The '$1000 Pencil'—Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope

30:12 | Aug 15th, 2016

A few weeks back, EdSurge published a podcast interview with education consultant and commentator Alan November, and Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District Mike Dorsey, after chatting...Show More
What Data Privacy Laws Should Schools Watch Out for This Year?

32:07 | Aug 8th, 2016

Our guest today is Gretchen Shipley, a partner at the law firm Fagen, Friedman, and Fulfrost, who often works with schools on data privacy regulations. We interviewed her for a recent article on the student privacy issues of Pokemon Go, and at the en...Show More
EdSurge Extra: We Don’t Have Resources to Keep Up with Edtech--Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes Q&A

21:59 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, knows what it takes to be a good teacher. In fact, she’s been in the game for twelve years, currently serving as a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. But she ...Show More
Empathy, Technology, and How to Reduce School Suspensions by 50%

29:59 | Jul 29th, 2016

Technology can do a lot of things in the classroom, but can it help educators be more empathetic towards their students? This week on the EdSurge podcast, we talk to Dr. Jason Okonofua, a postdoc at Stanford University, about just that. Okonofua is...Show More
Yuta Tonegawa and the Japanese Hour of Code

45:32 | Jul 23rd, 2016

This week, we're talking to Yuta Tonegawa, founder of the Japanese equivalent of the Hour of Code. He's passionate about engaging young Japanese students with coding, but the barriers he faces are distinctly different obstacles that face his American...Show More
What Does a Superintendent Look For in an Edtech Product?

23:05 | Jul 17th, 2016

The life of a district superintendent isn’t easy. You have to juggle a lot, from managing big of groups of administrators and teachers, to pushing a district forward. So, what is the hardest part of a superintendent's job, and is it related to techno...Show More
Is Google Education Threatened By Amazon's Open Content Platform?

19:09 | Jul 10th, 2016

With Amazon making its first big education platform debut in years, we were wondering: how are other blue chip companies—Microsoft, Apple, Google—reacting to this news? While at ISTE, Mary Jo and former EdSurge podcaster Michael Winters hosted an in-...Show More
The Edtech Industry Has "Created a Mess"——Q&A with Mike Dorsey and Alan November

14:42 | Jul 5th, 2016

Alan November is a big-name educational consultant who was once a champion of technology in the classroom. But after EdSurge talked to him at ISTE, it seems that his message has slightly changed: technology isn’t having the impact we hoped for in sch...Show More
EdSurge Extra: SNHU’s Paul LeBlanc Wants Higher Ed to Back Up Its Claims

27:14 | Jul 1st, 2016

Long before competency-based learning was trending, Southern New Hampshire University gave it a shot, largely driven by the vision of its president, Paul LeBlanc. Today SNHU is seen as a leader in closing the gap between what students learn and what ...Show More
Game Design 101--How University Students Are Getting a Crash Course in Collaboration

28:42 | Jun 25th, 2016

It’s not easy being a game designer in college—but it sure teaches lessons about collaboration and tough decision-making. At the College Gaming Competition at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), we talked to two game creators—one technical design...Show More
Savannah College's VR Multiplayer Robot Arena Wins E3 College Gaming Competition

22:00 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Last week, I ventured down to LA for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3, the biggest videogames convention in the country. I was in search of educational video games. I found assassins and Lil Wayne, but not a whole lot of e...Show More
EdSurge Extra: On the Floor of E3 with a Game Design Academy Founder

26:03 | Jun 17th, 2016

When should students specialize their learning? Does doing so narrow their futures or allow them to follow their passion to a strong portfolio? Peter Warburton, co-founder and production manager of Rizing Games, believes that kids who like video gam...Show More
Virtual Reality, Cultural Exchange and Empathy: An Interview with Global Nomads' Grace Lau

46:54 | Jun 12th, 2016

Virtual reality a technology of potential. So much potential, in fact, that in many ways it seems to be only potential. We’ve all seen pictures of rapt viewers in Oculus headsets or Google cardboard, but widespread distribution is still a distant pro...Show More
How Does an Edtech Company Grow? A Look Inside EdSurge

22:38 | Jun 6th, 2016

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your edtech startup grow? In our very own homage to the Startup Podcast, we're examining EdSurge's recent expansion. We've doubled in size in the past year, and a lot of things are changing. How can we keep what w...Show More
Author Paul Tough on Whether Grit Can Be "Taught"

21:32 | May 31st, 2016

Here’s a four letter word that’s been in the news and education articles a fair amount over the past years. The word is “grit,” and it’s something that Paul Tough, the author of "How Children Succeed" and "Whatever It Takes," addresses in his most re...Show More
EdSurge Extra: The Department Of Energy's Cybersecurity Technology at Maker Faire

06:20 | May 23rd, 2016

THE US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY was out in force at Maker Faire Bay Area. The Department hopes to demystify the goings-on at its various national labs in the Bay Area by portraying its scientists as makers. Those scientists also hope to excite kids about...Show More
Edsurge Extra: The Department of Energy's Supercomputers at Maker Faire

02:40 | May 23rd, 2016

THE US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY was out in force at Maker Faire Bay Area. The Department hopes to demystify the goings-on at its various national labs in the Bay Area by portraying its scientists as makers. Those scientists also hope to excite kids about...Show More
EdSurge Extra: The Department of Energy's Sensor Technology at Maker Faire

02:50 | May 23rd, 2016

THE US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY was out in force at Maker Faire Bay Area. The Department hopes to demystify the goings-on at its various national labs in the Bay Area by portraying its scientists as makers. Those scientists also hope to excite kids about...Show More
EdSurge Extra: The Soldering Tent at Maker Faire

01:35 | May 23rd, 2016

DEMOS APLENTY: One of the most crowded tents at Maker Faire was the “Learn to Solder” tent, which allowed young makers to learn what holds circuit boards together. Would-be makers were tasked with soldering a circuit that would allow a Makerbot pin t...Show More
EdSurge Extra: The Baker Family at Maker Faire

02:52 | May 23rd, 2016

“IT’S LIKE THE STATE FAIR FOR NERDS:” Many families return to Maker Faire year after year. We spoke to one family that’s been attending Maker Faire for many years to find out what keeps them coming back. Meet the Bakers from Menlo Atherton, CA:
EdSurge Extra: Maker Movement Q&A with MIT's Mitch Resnick

26:52 | May 23rd, 2016

Mitchel Resnick (or Mitch, for short) knows his making—from a lot of different angles. And he’s not too bought into the whole “electronics and gadgets” side of the maker movement. Resnick has been in this business for more than 30 years, and it’s sa...Show More
How Will We Know What U.S. Education is Equitable? Interviews From NVSF Summit 2016

23:50 | May 23rd, 2016

The question on everyone's mind at NewSchools Venture Fund's 2016 Summit: How will we know when education has become more equitable?We interviewed Dreambox CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson and Democrats for Education Reform President Shaver Jeffries for the...Show More
EdSurge Extra: EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran Interviews Edgenuity CEO Sari Factor

17:29 | May 17th, 2016

In addition to this week's regularly scheduled podcast programming, we're bringing you an exclusive conversation between executives. At the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit, EdSurge's own CEO Betsy Corcoran interviewed Edgenuity CEO Sari Factor about E...Show More
School Segregation is Everyone's Issue, with Hartford Schools' Enid Rey

17:58 | May 14th, 2016

Enid Rey is no stranger to controversy. A powerhouse and a lawyer by training, she's currently the head of the School Choice Department in Hartford, Connecticut's public school system. In a city like Hartford, where most people of socioeconomic back...Show More
What Do Students Think of Technology in the Classroom?

12:29 | May 7th, 2016

Every month or so, EdSurge hosts a summit to bring educators and edtech companies together (there might be one coming up near you). Sometimes, we're lucky enough to have students join us, and when we do, our student panel on edtech use is the highlig...Show More
Ted Mitchell and the Realities of Higher Ed Innovation

31:49 | May 2nd, 2016

The Obama Administration recently admitted its work in higher education is far from done. Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell, the president’s No. 1 authority on higher education, said he’d give his team an “incomplete” grade. Why? Mitchell pre...Show More
White House Science Fair, Part 2: A Subway Trash Vacuum

34:51 | Apr 25th, 2016

This week, we spoke to two teams who scientific acumen brought them all the way to the White House for the nation's annual science fair. Second in our series is a team from Baruch College Campus High School in New York City that built a semi-automati...Show More
White House Science Fair, Part 1: A Solar Car Charger

21:19 | Apr 25th, 2016

This week, we spoke to two teams who scientific acumen brought them all the way to the White House for the nation's annual science fair. First in our series is an automotive technology class from James Logan High School in Union, California that buil...Show More
EdSurge Extra, Investor Spotlight: Brigette Lau of Social Capital

22:50 | Apr 19th, 2016

This week, the EdSurge On Air podcast features three "Extra" editions focusing on investors: how they choose what to invest it, where the money is flowing, what personalization in schools means to them, and more. On this episode, we speak to Brigett...Show More
EdSurge Extra, Investor Spotlight: Brian Dixon of Kapor Capital

36:07 | Apr 18th, 2016

This week, the EdSurge On Air podcast features three "Extra" editions focusing on investors: how they choose what to invest in, where the money is flowing, what personalization in schools means to them, and more. On this episode, we speak to Brian D...Show More
EdSurge Extra, Investor Spotlight: Jennifer Carolan of Reach Capital

18:26 | Apr 18th, 2016

This week, the EdSurge On Air podcast features three "Extra" editions focusing on investors: how they choose what to invest in, where the money is flowing, what personalization in schools means to them, and more. On this episode, we speak to Jennif...Show More
Inside Newark's New Initiative to Teach Residents How to Make Mobile Apps

38:02 | Apr 16th, 2016

On April 5th, the city of Newark and Gadget Software, a company that aims to teach people how to build mobile apps, launched a joint venture to make mobile app development classes available to the entire Newark community. Using community centers as c...Show More
What it Takes to Turn Around a Rural School

58:01 | Apr 11th, 2016

Technology can bring great benefit far outside the ecosystem of a city. Rural schools are often understaffed and underfunded, so digital courses can bring extra faculty in from afar, and inexpensive digital materials can provide much needed resources...Show More
Can Technology Save the Teaching Profession? Q&A with Barnett Berry

25:42 | Apr 3rd, 2016

There are few people who know teachers and the art of teaching as well as Barnett Berry. He’s the founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality, a national nonprofit that advances a high-quality public education system for all students, driven b...Show More
Mindset Works' Eduardo Briceño: Run a Marathon to Solve the Right Problem

28:18 | Mar 26th, 2016

This week on the podcast, Betsy Corcoran interviews Eduardo Briceño, founder and CEO of Mindset Works, a company that takes university research and turns it into programs for schools. He's bullish on the growth mindset; that's what his company is nam...Show More
EdSurge Extra: 'Kid President' Creator Talks Student Voice, Video in the Classroom, and Beyonce

23:40 | Mar 23rd, 2016

With all this talk about candidates for Election 2016, it can be easy to forget that there’s someone else that’s had quite an impact—from a presidential perspective. And no, we’re not talking about Barack Obama. About three years ago, a 9-year-old d...Show More
Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton on Whether Digital Books Will Replace Print

32:40 | Mar 21st, 2016

When the popular children’s television show "Reading Rainbow" graced TV sets across America in the 90s, host LeVar Burton took students through a world of literature and storytelling. Today, he’s back at with the Reading Rainbow app. Back in 2014, Le...Show More
Data, Efficacy and Accountability with Former Principal Eric Sheninger at SXSWedu

30:03 | Mar 11th, 2016

On this week's podcast, Blake Montgomery has some lessons from his first SXSWedu and senior editor Mary Jo Madda interviews Eric Sheninger, a former principal of New Milford High School and current Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leader...Show More
The Price of Free

15:55 | Mar 7th, 2016

Sound the alarm! We’ve got a big, big dose of edtech trends for you, and we’re serving them up on a silver platter. On Wednesday, EdSurge launched the first round of our Edtech Trends 2016 report, sponsored by AT&T. Unlike those trend articles that p...Show More
Can Tech Curb Sexual Assault on College Campuses?

29:24 | Feb 28th, 2016

In Episode 51, we're bringing you the edtech news and a deep dive into sexual assault on college campuses, specifically technology’s role in reporting it. Increasingly, survivors of sexual assault and the federal government are demanding that univers...Show More
Larry Cuban on Edtech and the Problem with Venture-Backed Companies

44:05 | Feb 20th, 2016

Larry Cuban—whose been a teacher, a superintendent, and more—is an academic whose thoughts and feelings about edtech are the ones we’re featuring on the EdSurge podcast today. Cuban’s writings have great impact and reach in the education. Every yea...Show More
Is Personalized Learning a Waste of Time, or the Big Answer?

20:50 | Feb 13th, 2016

EdSurge has been all over the place these last few weeks— from the Educon conference in Philadelphia to Washington D.C. for Teach for America’s 25th anniversary Summit. And in each place, the conversations have been anything but boring. When it come...Show More
Our Adaptive Learning Meetup

57:26 | Feb 8th, 2016

The term on everyone's lips these days is “adaptive learning:" Proponents promise the technology has the ability to improve educational experiences in personal, efficient and scalable ways. It's unclear, though, what the inner workings of the technol...Show More
The News—January 23-30

07:41 | Jan 31st, 2016

We're bringing you the latest in edtech from the week of January 23-30: Pearson and Scholastic's dark and stormy night on the stock market, Coursera's new fees, your weekly Ka'Chings and more.
Famed Math Teacher Dan Meyer on the State of Math Education Today

34:43 | Jan 27th, 2016

What’s math got to do with it? Everything, says Dan Meyer, creator of the the popular blog dy/dan. Meyer is one of America’s most popular math educators—he has 43,400 followers on Twitter who are ready at any moment to talk about math—and he’s been t...Show More
EdSurge Extra: An Interview With Samaira Mehta, the 8-Year-Old Creator of Coderbunnyz

07:09 | Jan 24th, 2016

Last week, we interviewed Beth Box, who wanted to reinvigorate waning student interest and boost her students' scores on state tests. This week, we wanted to continue the conversation about educational gams with another maker: An 8-year-old student. ...Show More
When Turning A Class Into a Game Is the Only Option

20:45 | Jan 18th, 2016

Beth Box is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee, Florida. She's also a 7th grade civics teacher at Yearling Middle School. She describes herself as "always in love with the Okeechobee school system." That's not common, nor is it still the case. Standar...Show More
A Q&A with Salman Khan: "I Hope That We're Always Experimental"

26:51 | Jan 11th, 2016

Salman Khan’s Lab School in Mountain View, CA, has slowly been gaining recognition—but is it really as innovative as people might imagine? EdSurge asked that very question last week. Khan had the idea to open a school long before he started his onl...Show More
EdSurge Extra (r): How to Build a $1.5B Company

15:03 | Dec 28th, 2015

(rerun) What's the biggest edtech deal of 2015? That would, be LinkedIn's acquisition of Lynda.com. On April 9th, the two companies announced that Lynda.com and its 250,000 learning videos would be purchased for $1.5B. The week after the deal was an...Show More
'Twas the Night Before EdSurge

02:55 | Dec 24th, 2015

EdSurge had a pleasant surprise last night, so we wrote a poem about it. Merry Christmas!
The Future of the Maker Movement and Education

18:52 | Dec 21st, 2015

The Maker movement. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, this phrase refers to a recent trend towards, well… making things. AdWeek has a pretty solid definition, saying that the maker movement is an umbrella term for independent inventors, de...Show More
Shark Attack! EdSurge Runs a PD Shark Tank

56:16 | Dec 11th, 2015

This week on the podcast, we hear pitches from three brave companies, BloomBoard, edWeb and LessonCast. And when the pitches are done, it's time for our four educators sharks to attack, asking the tough questions of the entrepreneurs. If you'd lik...Show More
So You Want to Sell to a Superintendent...

21:26 | Dec 5th, 2015

Being a superintendent is anything but easy. Bureaucratic politics, having to work with multiple stakeholders, communicating a 1:1 plan to tens of thousands of students and teachers… heck, that’s not a job that just anyone can do. In fact, that might...Show More
EdSurge Extra - "Student Voice (Literally) - Two Student Podcasts"

15:56 | Nov 26th, 2015

We've been hearing all year about the wonderful things students are doing with podcasts. So this week on the show, we showcase a couple of them. First, three 5th graders from the Park School in Brookline, MA share with us an immigrant's journey fro...Show More
The Big, Big Computer Science Gender Gap

29:03 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Girls are underrepresented in computer science education and professions. According to the National Science Board’s “Science and Engineering Indicators for 2012,” women make up only 26% of Computer Science and Mathematical Science professionals in th...Show More
EdSurge Extra - "Steve Blank to Entrepreneurs: Passion Doesn't Guarantee Success"

25:53 | Nov 16th, 2015

Steve Blank is known by some as “The Startup Whisperer" -- the guy that entrepreneurs turn to when they have questions about how to start or energize their business. He is also a serial entrepreneur, professor and investor who is perhaps best known f...Show More
What Stood Out at iNACOL?

24:04 | Nov 11th, 2015

This year's annual iNACOL symposium began and concluded this week in Orlando, Florida. The event featured over 180 sessions and workshops on everything from new school models to data privacy in blended learning to examining student outcomes. EdSurge...Show More
Minecraft is Coming to a School Near You

35:35 | Nov 6th, 2015

Ever wonder about all the hype about using Minecraft in the Classroom? This week, we explore how real teachers from all over the US are using the popular game to enhance their students' learning. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-11-06-minecraft-is-c...Show More
O Canada! Our Edtech Savvy Neighbour

20:08 | Oct 31st, 2015

This week on the podcast, we invite you on an international field trip to our northern neighbours. On our trip we’ll explore how edtech has changed in Canada over the past couple years; discuss how union-district relations mirror those in the US; and...Show More
Do High-Income Communities Best Support Education Innovation?

41:39 | Oct 24th, 2015

Do high-income communities, which enjoy the resources and flexibility to experiment with bold ideas, offer the most ideal test-beds for innovation? Or do the most viable—and practical—ideas come from low-income neighborhoods where the challenges and ...Show More
EdSurge Extra: "How the EdCamp Movement Went Viral" - Interview with Hadley Ferguson

17:10 | Oct 20th, 2015

It’s not every day that we receive visits from entrepreneurs or nonprofits leads who can site as viral of growth as the EdCamp movement. For those of you wondering if that the name for some educational type of summer camp, let me help you out. Edcamp...Show More
Whose Data Is It, Anyway? An EdSurge Debate on Privacy

26:37 | Oct 17th, 2015

Privacy. What a buzzword, but also a major point of contention for the past twelve months. Parents, companies, educators… everyone’s been jumping into the conversation on this topic. The proliferation of education technology has led to many questions...Show More
When Educators Break Up With Companies

19:01 | Oct 6th, 2015

Sometimes educators and edtech companies break up. Three educators discuss their experiences when relationships with companies end and share lessons for other educators as well as companies.
Bioprinting Enters the Classroom Makerspace

27:18 | Oct 2nd, 2015

Not too long ago, it was pretty new that students could print their own papers in the classroom, or that teachers could spontaneously print materials for their classes. But these days, printing has gotten a little bit more advanced--and we're not jus...Show More
Selling to Schools vs. Selling to Consumers: A Guide

23:39 | Sep 26th, 2015

Seattle-based Lane Merrifield is an expert when it comes to selling to consumers--but he’s also becoming an expert on selling to schools, too. He’s the Club Penguin guy--remember that big massive multiplayer online game that was basically a virtual w...Show More
EdSurge Extra: "Don't Reform Education: Transform It" - Interview with Dr. Gisele Huff

24:02 | Sep 26th, 2015

On this EdSurge Extra, we chat with Dr. Gisele Huff of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation. Gisele talks with EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran about the differences between charity & philanthropy, technology's ability to transform education and her new project to...Show More
Why Students Are Saying '#IStandWithAhmed, Too'

14:58 | Sep 16th, 2015

One voice has been conspicuously absent from the discussion around #IStandWithAhmed: students. This week we chat with four K-12 students to hear their reactions to the plight of Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed.
Esther Wojcicki on Becoming a 'Moonshot' Educator and Innovator

20:03 | Aug 31st, 2015

Being a teacher superstar isn’t easy, especially when you’re driven by a vision to help out kids, but are a loner in your school in regards to the way you feel. Esther Wojcicki, an American journalist, educator, and vice chair of the Creative Commons...Show More
Blended Learning Buzzword Bingo! An Interview with Michael Horn

18:49 | Aug 31st, 2015

Michael Horn has been a powerful force shaping the changes in education over the past decade. In an interview with senior editor Mary Jo Madda at our California Summit, he spoke about how he defines the nebulous term "blended learning," why teacher a...Show More
The Three Big Edtech Trends for the New School Year

21:15 | Aug 25th, 2015

There’s no question that the best part of hosting a podcast is speaking with the fascinating guests we have on the show. From newly minted edtech billionaires to students and teachers, podcasters get the chance to hear from people all over the countr...Show More