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EdTech Speaks

A podcast about all things EdTech!

Welcome to EdTech Speaks, a podcast bringing guests together to share their expertise and advice on navigating business and education in a technology-driven world. From entrepreneurs to vendors, higher education to corpo
Latest Episode12/20/2021

023 Academia: An Entrepreneurial Place with R. David Lankes

Season 1, Ep. 23
EdTech Speaks interviews another intriguing guest by the name of R. David Lankes. David is the incoming Virginia & Charles Bowden Professor in Librarianship at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book Forged in War explores how today’s technology and media world is a result of over a century of war and conflict.He teaches online, researches online and presents online. Noticing a pattern here? Every part of his job is enabled and transformed with technology.Much of his focus on this episode is on librarians. These are community-based agencies of change linked across all parts of a community (schools to public to medical, to law, to academic). David encourages others to see librarians as partners instead of simply service providers. Libraries today are more than simply book services, which seems like an archaic concept, knowing what we know today.He believes that mass social networks for professionals will evolve to peer-based learning networks, accelerated by advances in machine and deep learning. The future of education is better by combining experience with publicly available professional development with formal education. If this doesn't come to fruition, he thinks that higher education as we know it may implode from becoming over commoditized credential engines of job training.Recapping the interview, David says, "Academia can be an entrepreneurial place if we think differently. Libraries and Librarians are agents of disruption and reconnection."Learn more and connect with David here:Twitter: https://twitter.com/rdlankesFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/rdlankesLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/r-david-lankes/https://DavidLankes.orgForged in War - https://www.amazon.com/Forged-War-Century-Created-Information/dp/1538148951/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1625749110&sr=8-1
12/20/2021

023 Academia: An Entrepreneurial Place with R. David Lankes

Season 1, Ep. 23
EdTech Speaks interviews another intriguing guest by the name of R. David Lankes. David is the incoming Virginia & Charles Bowden Professor in Librarianship at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book Forged in War explores how today’s technology and media world is a result of over a century of war and conflict.He teaches online, researches online and presents online. Noticing a pattern here? Every part of his job is enabled and transformed with technology.Much of his focus on this episode is on librarians. These are community-based agencies of change linked across all parts of a community (schools to public to medical, to law, to academic). David encourages others to see librarians as partners instead of simply service providers. Libraries today are more than simply book services, which seems like an archaic concept, knowing what we know today.He believes that mass social networks for professionals will evolve to peer-based learning networks, accelerated by advances in machine and deep learning. The future of education is better by combining experience with publicly available professional development with formal education. If this doesn't come to fruition, he thinks that higher education as we know it may implode from becoming over commoditized credential engines of job training.Recapping the interview, David says, "Academia can be an entrepreneurial place if we think differently. Libraries and Librarians are agents of disruption and reconnection."Learn more and connect with David here:Twitter: https://twitter.com/rdlankesFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/rdlankesLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/r-david-lankes/https://DavidLankes.orgForged in War - https://www.amazon.com/Forged-War-Century-Created-Information/dp/1538148951/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1625749110&sr=8-1
11/15/2021

022 Solving Problems and Learning as You Go with Seth Raphael

Season 1, Ep. 22
Welcome to a very unique episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast where we are joined by Seth Raphael, who is officially the youngest guest we've had the pleasure of interviewing.Seth Raphael is the founder of LinkJoin, a website that organizes and automatically opens virtual classes. He is a student at Las Lomas High School, but also an entrepreneur and programmer. During his virtual 2020 school year, he noticed that he was struggling to remember to join his classes. So he created LinkJoin to help himself and others never be late again. His programming journey started small, with occasional summer camps where he learned the basics of coding and its concepts, but Seth's interest and knowledge spiked during the summer of 2020, when the world was in lockdown and he was stuck inside. After taking a full-fledged online course on Python, he became interested in making websites and quickly picked up the rest of the technologies needed. And when the need arose for one to automatically open his meetings, he knew how to make it. Seth enjoys playing piano, tennis, and ice hockey in his free time, and derives joy from beating his parents at backyard ping-pong.Seth has proven that you don't have to be an adult with multiple degrees to succeed in making a product to help people, you can just work towards a goal of solving a problem, learning as you go.Seth says, "Just getting started is the hardest step - if you have an idea and you think you can get it out there to help people, then just get started and see where it goes."Learn more and connect with Seth here:https://www.linkedin.com/in/seth-raphael-75aa2320a/https://linkjoin.xyz
5/25/2021

019 Improving the Online Learning Experience with Dr. Luke Hobson

Season 1, Ep. 19
Welcome to this week's episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast where we interview Dr. Luke Hobson. He is a Program Manager at MIT and leads the product development team for new online programs for MIT xPRO. His specialties include Universal Design for Learning, learning sciences, simulations, podcasts, and scenario-based learning. He’s also an Adjunct Instructor for SNHU, teaching a variety of courses on leadership, marketing, and IT. Dr. Hobson is the founder of Instructional Design Institute and the host of the Dr. Luke Hobson Podcast. In addition to an Ed.D. (SNHU) and an M.S. (SNHU), he has also completed several higher education programs at Harvard University and MIT.Dr. Hobson shares his story all about overcoming obstacles and realistic expectations of the instructional design world and several ways how to make the online learning experience come alive and not be a boring process. Today, when asked about using technology in his business, he says, "Literally, technology is in everything I design for online learning. Some examples would be making podcasts for online courses, using simulations, using social media platforms, etc. My purpose is to make the online learning experience engaging, fun, and interactive for students."Learn more and connect with Dr. Hobson here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/393570904994506/https://www.linkedin.com/in/luke-hobson-edd-7a685622/https://twitter.com/drlukehobsonhttps://drlukehobson.com/https://instructionaldesigninstitute.mykajabi.com/