Big Ideas in Education show

Big Ideas in Education

Summary: A weekly recap of inspiration and innovation in your schools. Hosted by a panel of education experts, Big Ideas features fun and freewheeling discussion, interviews with influencers, and news items to inform and entertain education professionals and supporters.

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 Ep 73: Academic integrity; relaxing standardized testing for higher education admissions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1590

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, Sarah shares a series of articles that talk about academic integrity and the potential dangers of aggressive contract cheating in the virtual learning setting. Sarah provides suggestions on how to better serve our students through their academic journey. Ryan shares an article from the University of Miami that talks about the school’s recent shift towards test optional college admissions in light of COVID-19. Our hosts discuss an emerging trend among higher education institutions to reduce the role of standardized testing in evaluating college applications.Articles:https://drsaraheaton.wordpress.com/2020/03/16/covid-19-contract-cheating-and-academic-integrity-in-online-courses-what-you-need-to-know/ https://drsaraheaton.wordpress.com/2020/03/10/the-impacts-of-covid-19-on-academic-integrity/Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 72: Recognizing the teaching profession and maintaining work-life balance during the COVID-19 pandemic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1198

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, Sarah shares a few articles that talk about the teaching profession through the lens of a parent and how educators are being recognized for their remarkable work efforts during the pandemic. Ryan shares an article from Edutopia that outlines a number of helpful time management strategies for teachers to maintain work-life balance when your work and your life are happening in the same place.Articles:https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/inspiring-educators-how-coronavirus-has-given-us-a-new-appreciation-of-teachers-1.4245494https://charlottecounty.floridaweekly.com/articles/school-daze-professionals-who-suddenly-have-to-teach-their-children/ https://columbustelegram.com/news/local/st-anthonys-teachers-say-thanks-to-parents/article_cf870c1c-2986-5475-bc9a-041c0a09ad40.htmlhttps://www.edutopia.org/article/maintaining-work-life-balance-during-pandemicHosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 71: Big Ideas in Education Technology (Segment 6): Incorporating software ingenuity and technology into the classroom with Nate Shelley | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 761

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, we continue our series of interviews with Ed Tech innovators from the Future of Education Technology conference in Miami Beach, Florida. Our guest on the program is Nate Shelley, the product marketing manager of Vernier Software & Technology. Nate talks about Vernier and the technological services they offer to help educators deliver content. Nate also talks about the challenges educators face with education technology and innovations that can help enhance the classroom experience for all students.You can find out more about our guest’s work by visiting https://www.vernier.com/Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 70: Strategic efforts to reopen schools; the TikTok tutor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1052

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, Sarah shares a few articles that talks about the efforts that are being made to reopen schools in the fall while implementing social distancing guidelines. Ryan talks about Alexis Lovares, a 16-year-old student who has created popular online lessons on TikTok, and what this means for how lessons can be delivered by teachers and students going forward. Tune in!Articles:https://www.bbc.com/news/education-52550470 https://www-local10-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.local10.com/news/local/2020/05/01/miami-dade-students-could-end-up-having-lunch-break-in-classrooms-during-pandemic/?outputType=amphttps://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/04/26/tiktok-tutor-alexis-loveras/Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 69: Closing the digital divide; reimagining high school graduation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1370

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, Sarah shares an article from the Washington Post that talks about a 23-million-dollar initiative that aims to ensure each K-12 student has access to high speed internet and a tablet to further distance learning in Detroit, Michigan. Ryan talks about an article from Edutopia that shares the different approaches being taken by school districts to honor high school graduates while respecting social distancing.Articles: https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Coronavirus-pandemic-shines-light-on-deep-digital-15234752.php
 https://www.edutopia.org/article/4-ways-celebrate-high-school-graduation-yearHosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 68: Trauma-informed education and curriculum with Curtis Callands of LifeWorks schools | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1568

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, Sarah and Ryan are joined by special guest Curtis Callands of LifeWorks Schools in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. Curtis is the Principal and Special Education Director of LifeWorks Schools. On this episode, Curtis talks about trauma-informed education and its impact on students. Curtis also talks about how to identify trauma in a school setting and also discusses professional development techniques to better shape education for all students.You can find out more about our guest’s work by visiting Instagram and Twitter (@drtraumatrainer) and via email at: curtiscallands@yahoo.com.Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 67: Big Ideas in Education Technology (Segment 5): Career and technical focused education with Dan Cavalli of Flinn Scientific | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 911

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, we continue our series of interviews with Ed Tech innovators from the Future of Education Technology conference in Miami Beach, Florida. Our guest on the program is Dan Cavalli, Chief Sales Officer at Flinn Scientific, Inc. Dan talks about the role that Education technology can play in bringing practical education and career technical studies into a K-12 environment. Dan also shares initiatives of tracking the general movement amongst most schools to further STEM enrichment into the classroom.You can find out more about our guest’s work by visiting https://www.flinnsci.com/Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 66: Censoring student information; Incorporating applied subjects in online instruction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1469

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, Sarah talks about student privacy and the dangers of sharing identifiable information about our students on social media platforms. The panel shares best practices and alternatives on how to respect student privacy. Ryan talks about an article that discusses how educators have found strategies and innovative ways to bring applied learning instruction into the virtual experience during this pandemic.Article:https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/sites/default/files/resource_document/file/FERPA%20and%20Coronavirus%20Frequently%20Asked%20Questions.pdf https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/sites/default/files/resource_document/file/FERPA%20%20Virtual%20Learning%20032020_FINAL.pdfhttps://www.the74million.org/article/hands-on-learning-from-afar-from-career-technical-instruction-to-physical-education-how-teachers-are-adapting-applied-learning-amid-the-pandemic/Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye); Michael Hernandez (@edtechmichael)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 65: The role of education technology post virtual learning; students wellbeing during social distancing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1549

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, Ryan and Sarah are joined by Mike Hernandez, IT Director at Academica. Mike shares an article about the role that education technology and online resources will play once students return to the physical classroom environment. Sarah shares an article that talks about the social and emotional wellbeing of students during social distancing discussing how to better nourish students and lessen their anxiety. Ryan shares some “wins” from parents and educators on the virtual experience. Tune in!Articles:https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/a-healthy-reminder-to-educators-during-school-closureshttps://techcrunch.com/2020/04/01/what-happens-to-edtech-when-kids-go-back-to-school/Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye); Michael HernandezProducer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 64: Big Ideas in Education Technology (Segment 4): Product market fit with Zach Vander Veen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 992

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed.This week, we continue our series of interviews with Ed Tech innovators from the Future of Education Technology conference in Miami Beach, Florida. Our guest on the program is Zach Vander Veen, Vice President of Instruction and Co-Founder of Abre.io Inc. Zach talks about the start-up of the education management company Abre, the applications, and services they offer. Zach also shares solutions on how educators can create the best educational experience using this platform.You can find out more about our guest’s work by visiting www.abre.ioHosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 63: Pass/fail classes; we share our “wins” in our virtual classrooms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1251

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed. This week, Ryan and Sarah are joined by Mike Hernandez (IT Director at Academica) to talk about how schools are transitioning to virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sarah shares an article about higher education institutions shifting to a pass/fail grading model and the hosts discuss the lessons that K-12 institutions and teachers can learn from this shift. We also share the “wins” that we have had in our virtual classrooms and we encourage you to share us your wins by tweeting at us with the hashtag #bigideasineducation.Article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/opinions/coronavirus-makes-college-and-life-pass-fail-perry/index.html Teachers looking for free resources from education companies can check out www.amazingeducationalresources.com.Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye); Michael Hernandez (@edtechmichael)Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 62: Teaching students time management; transitioning to virtual instruction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1483

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed. This week, Ryan talks about an article from EdWeek that discusses fostering better time management practices in students and how schools can play a vital role in making this happen. Sarah talks about teachers transitioning to virtual teaching in the midst of COVID-19 and our hosts provide resources and discuss the opportunities in incorporating this new medium into instruction. Resources: Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NUKLZN7hGSu1Hzm70kfzBKs-lsSELaEMggS60Bi2O2I/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye) Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 61: COVID-19 preparation in schools | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1289

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed. This week, Sarah and Ryan talk about COVID-19 preparation in schools. They share also findings from a number of health experts discussing what schools can do if they have identified COVID-19 cases on their campus, which include procedures for working with local health departments and best practices for how to effectively dismiss schools while ensuring the continuity of meal programs and social services and facilitating online lessons. We are also providing some helpful articles below. Article: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/03/03/coronavirus-schools-closing-online-florida-washington-california/4928377002/ https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID19_schools_FINAL_3.4.20.pdf https://www.nsba.org/Resources/coronavirus/legal-guide Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye) Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 60: Big Ideas in Education Technology (Segment 3): Ed tech integration with Monica Burns of Class Tech Tips | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 903

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed. This week, we continue our series of interviews with Ed Tech innovators from the Future of Education Technology conference in Miami Beach, Florida. Our guest on the program is Monica Burns, curriculum consultant and founder of Class Tech Tips. Monica shares her thoughts on the future of Ed tech integration and how it can enrich the learning experience for all students. Monica also talks about the challenges faced when increasing the presence of technology in the classroom. You can find out more about our guest’s work by visiting www.classtechtips.com and her education podcast @easyedtechpodcast Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye) Producer: Ross Ulysse

 Ep 59: Retention rates for teachers of color; historical figure résumé writing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1246

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed. This week, longtime show fans will be happy to hear a familiar voice (Mike Hernandez from Academica) join us on the program. Sarah talks about an article discussing how teacher retention rates among teachers of color has reached crisis levels. Our hosts discuss strategies to address the issue. Ryan talks about a fun class activity that social studies teachers can use to impart content knowledge while also teaching students valuable life skills. Article: https://www.the74million.org/article/educators-using-2019-diversity-report-to-show-districts-how-they-can-better-support-teachers-of-color/ https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/edtrustmain/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/15140833/If-You-Listen-We-Will-Stay-Why-Teachers-of-Color-Leave-and-How-to-Disrupt-Teacher-Turnover-2019-September.pdf Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye); Michael Hernandez (@edtechmichael) Producer: Ross Ulysse

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