EdTech Speaks


030 Building Kiddom For All Students with Ahsan Rizvi

Season 2, Ep. 30
Today, the EdTech Speaks podcast interviews Ahsan Rizvi, CEO and Founder, Kiddom. Ahsan's story starts out when he was a young boy, going to school in Pakistan. When he was in 7th grade, he wanted to switch school systems, because that was the best way for him to get into colleges in the US. In order to attend the new school he had to pass an entrance exam, and based on the results, the school picked one, single candidate out of 1,100+ each year. He managed to pass by studying through the summer while all his friends were outside playing soccer (which he really envied!). This set the framework (at such a young age) for understanding the power of education.This background led Ahsan to create Kiddom, the first all-in-one education platform for high-quality digital curricula. It integrates curriculum management, instruction, assessment, and communication tools into one solution, saving schools valuable time, resources and money. With the flexibility to access and edit curriculum from any location, Kiddom is the only education platform that can effectively support teachers and learners engaging in in-class, blended, hybrid or distance learning scenarios, as well as in the quick pivots between them. Headquartered in San Francisco with an office in New York City, Kiddom is a team of passionate educators, designers, and developers building technology to enable all teachers and learners to unlock their full potential. When asked about his hardships, Ahsan said, "It took 7 months to get the first investor meeting for Kiddom’s first round of financing, since I had no connections in the community. Going through the constant rejections from investors was hard without a paycheck. Getting that first “yes” was a huge step towards making Kiddom a reality and that lesson of tenacity has helped shape that same tenacity within Kiddom."Listen in as Ahsan shares how the Kiddom platform can be the key to great education of the future, built for all students of all abilities. Learn more and connect with Ahsan here:LinkedIn (Ahsan): https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahsan-rizvi-16340a25/LinkedIn (Kiddom): https://www.linkedin.com/company/kiddom/ Twitter (Ashan): ​​https://twitter.com/ahsanhilalTwitter (Kiddom): https://twitter.com/kiddomapp Facebook (Kiddom): https://www.facebook.com/kiddomapp/ Instagram (Kiddom): https://instagram.com/kiddomapphttps://www.kiddom.co/#EdTech #teachers #DigitalCurriculum #TeachingandLearning

026 Invest in Your Emotional Intelligence with Phil Johnson

Season 1, Ep. 26
Join me as I interview Phil Johnson on the EdTech Speaks podcast. Phil has been featured at many events (virtual and physical) and audiences have gotten tremendous value from it. We hope you will, too!Phil is the Founder of the Master of Business Leadership (MBL) executive coaching program. For the past 21 years, he has been helping executives and their organizations achieve remarkable results through Emotional Intelligence. There are MBL alumni in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Japan, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Saudi Arabia.He leaves us with a solid piece of advice when he says, "Invest In Yourself. The best advice I can give you and your organization is to take the leap of faith of investing in yourself. The development of your emotional intelligence will ensure your personal, business, and career success. An organization’s profitability and success are a reflection of its level of emotional intelligence. Without an ongoing investment in the development of its emotional intelligence, it will eventually collapse. The biggest challenge organizations face is in changing their people, not technology. Advancing the habits, mindset, and behavior in order to embrace change and technology can take years."Learn more and connect with Phil here:https://linktr.ee/PhilJohnsonhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/philipjpjohnson/ Reach out to learn more: https://calendly.com/mblcoach/chat-with-phil"Getting your MBL is the best investment you could ever make!" https://lnkd.in/ehKyeeEJoanne Moretti, CRO Fictiv / Board Member / Angel Dallas, Texas“Applying the MBL principles has changed my life, professionally and personally.”https://lnkd.in/eNE9k59Kimberly Kaminski, MBL Global Marketing Executive, Amplitude San Francisco, California"Master of Business Leadership program has contributed remarkably to revenue growth and career advancement."Alessandro Fasan, MSEE, MBA, MBL VP Sales CEVA Inc. San Jose, California"Master of Business Leadership program is invaluable in helping achieve personal and corporate success. The results have been simply amazing."Mohsin Al Mohsin, MBA, MBL GM Alshifa Medical Products Co. Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaKen Gans Director Enterprise Applications, Hitachi High Technology America Schaumburg, Illinoishttps://lnkd.in/eHn5jQtwBrian Bakstran SVP Global Marketing at Veeam Boston, Massachusettshttps://lnkd.in/ey_PeBtHeather Andrus VP, Growth and Innovation at Fortive | ex Apple Mountain View, California https://lnkd.in/eZ-VnAcDoug Leitch Managing Partner at Tandem Thinkers Toronto, Ontario https://lnkd.in/eweJmaWBernard Klopfer Strategic Advisor at Steadfast Partners Cedar Hill, Texas https://lnkd.in/e8MYpxue

025 Technology - Question the Status Quo with Crystal Kadakia

Season 1, Ep. 25
Hot Topic: Digital DisruptionsCrystal Kadakia is a 2-time TEDx speaker, OD consultant, best-selling author of The Millennial Myth and Designing for Modern Learning. She is the co-creator of the Learning Cluster Design Model. Crystal is an organizational change expert taking on challenges in topics like ways of working, inclusion, community building, learning, and productivity for the Digital Age. She uses her strengths in systems thinking, dialogic change, sensemaking, and team process design to help clients like General Mills, Sierra Club, Atlassian, Genentech, and the World Bank to develop their organizations. Crystal has a bachelor's in Chemical Engineering and a master's in Organizational Development.Join me as Crystal shares her viewpoints on how technology alone isn’t enough to evolve modern learning. She emphasized the need for professionals to evolve our mindsets, approaches, and methods so we can make the most of the technology we invest in. Technology today is ready to move learning out of the classroom, but learning design capabilities limit many organizations. As a designer, Crystal explained that once you have the know-how to design out of the classroom, you can finally take advantage of today's technology and make assets accessible, searchable, social, and engaging. Cue Learning Cluster Design!She says, "Don’t be afraid to question the status quo - whether that is in your own field, your leadership, your organizational culture. Questions that aren’t asked, aren’t answered. Persevere - as a friend once told me, we are building sandcastles of transformative change at the edge of the ocean. It’s okay if change doesn’t happen with the first sandcastle. There are many of us working on moving this big ship."Learn more and connect with Crystal here:https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystalkadakia/www.learningclusterdesign.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/learning-cluster-design/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeKBsY0J3i3K2hr7-RxK46g

024 Wyebot is Solving Network Issues with Roger Sands

Season 1, Ep. 24
Hot Topic: Digital DisruptionsEdTech Speaks podcast welcomes Roger Sands, co-Founder and CEO of Wyebot, Inc. Roger has 17 years of executive management positions in successful networking startups and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Wyebot, Roger was the Business Line Manager for Hewlett-Packard’s WW WLAN business growing it from #6 to #2 market share. Roger joined HP via the acquisition of Colubris Networks, a wireless startup where he held a number of executive positions including co-CEO and was instrumental in the HP acquisition. Prior to Colubris, he was a GM at Accton Technology founding the enterprise wireless business and building it to #3 market share via 6 strategic partnerships. Roger also held senior management positions at 3com, USRobotics and Bytex Corporation. Roger holds a Masters and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University.Today, his company, Wyebot, helps organizations learn how to set up and maintain WiFi connectivity and educates them on different technology options available. Listen in as Roger shares with us more about the network trouble college campuses are having in today’s hybrid education environment and how to ensure WIFI is optimized for higher learning.He says, "With more and more classes online and the variety of rogue devices, WiFi connectivity is going to have to be stronger and stronger for students and staff to manage everyday tasks more efficiently and effectively."Learn more and connect with Roger here:https://wyebot.com/https://twitter.com/wyebot_inchttps://www.linkedin.com/company/wyebot-inchttps://www.facebook.com/Wyebot/

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