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  • 45. 045 Dock Helps End Data Fraud with Nick Lambert

    When is the last time you heard about data fraud? Living in 2023, it probably wasn't long ago that you read an article or heard a news piece on the topic. We welcome you to listen in to this week's EdTech Speaks episode as we interview Nick Lambert. Nick has been working with technology companies his entire career. Starting out with IBM and Sanmina-SCI, Nick moved into the decentralized space in 2011 with Scottish start-up MaidSafe and was their Chief Operating Officer for seven years. Nick is now the CEO of Dock Labs AG, the company behind the Dock network who has created Dock Certs, a platform that enables organizations to create and manage decentralized identities and verifiable credentials.We live in a world where anything can be faked. In a digital world, it's harder and harder to know what information is true and what isn't. Our most important data is now digital, and it's increasingly easier for people to manipulate and fake it to their advantage. This has led to widespread mistrust between people and puts companies at risk of serious liabilities. Nick says, "To make it worse, traditional verification processes are broken. Verifying the authenticity of data is costly, time-consuming and inefficient. It's a huge burden to put on companies that need to consume data. Manual data verification is not suited for today's fast-moving world."Enter...DOCK. When using Dock, organizations can end data fraud and reduce verification costs. Dock's Verifiable Credentials Platform makes data fraud-proof and allows stakeholders to verify its authenticity in seconds – making expensive, time-consuming, and manual verification processes disappear. Specifically, organizations in the education sector can now prevent diploma and certificate fraud, and reduce the time and cost of verifying these documents. Diplomas can now be fraud-proof and instantly verifiable.Learn more and connect with Nick and his work here: Nick's Twitter:'s LinkedIn:
  • 44. 044 Confident Communication is Crucial with Matt Abrahams

    Curious about communication? Tune in to this week's episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast where we interview Matt Abrahams, a leading expert in communication with decades of experience as an educator, author, podcast host, and coach. As a Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, he teaches popular classes in strategic communication and effective virtual presenting. He received Stanford GSB’s Alumni Teaching Award in recognition of his teaching students around the world. Outside of the classroom, Matt is a sought-after keynote speaker and communication consultant. He has helped countless presenters improve and hone their communication, including some who have delivered IPO road shows as well as Nobel Prize, TED, and World Economic Forum presentations. He also consults for the United Nations’ Secretary General’s Strategic Planning and Communication Office. His online talks garner millions of views and he hosts the popular, award-winning podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart The Podcast. His new book Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You’re Put on the Spot provides tangible, actionable skills to help even the most anxious of speakers succeed when speaking spontaneously, such as navigating Q&A sessions, shining in job interviews, providing effective feedback, making small talk, fixing faux pas, persuading others.He shares a persuasive childhood story - "My mom said to misspell the word garage while we were making the signs. We had a 'Garbage Sale' while everyone else in the neighborhood was having 'Garage Sales'. So, at a very early age, I learned how important communication can be in influencing other people and communicating your idea in a way that stands out."Learn more and connect with Matt here:
  • 43. 043 Educating your Remote Workforce with Tucker Graves

    In this episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast, Sher has the privilege of interviewing Tucker Graves, CEO and Co-Founder of the Pineapple Academy, a company with a mission of advancing the world's deskless workforce through training and skills development. The Pineapple Academy was founded by two friends who refused to accept the levels of turnover in the food service industry (about 30% higher than the average of all other industries).Tucker grew up in the food service industry, first working at his family’s food distribution business serving 4 states in the Midwest. From there he started several restaurants and cafes in Kansas City where he learned food service operations. Always the entrepreneur, he later went on to create a company to help serve the independent Senior Living Communities with a new model of a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO).Tucker found his passion in helping caregivers manage their communities through cost management services and providing food service operations with the tools to improve patient and resident satisfaction. He understood that Hospitality and Culinary Arts are the cornerstones of a thriving culture in healthcare communities. Today, Tucker enjoys being personally involved with clients in coaching them in their overall Business Strategy, Staff Learning and Development Strategies, and Marketing Strategies.Listen in as we cover the gamut from microlearning and changes experienced post-pandemic to training series and remaining open-minded!Learn more and connect with Tucker here:
  • 42. 042 Customized Learning and AI in Education with Steve Emanuel

    EdTech Speaks welcomes another esteemed guest, Steven Emanuel, a legal educator and visionary who has spent nearly five decades transforming how law students approach learning. Join us as he shares his insights into revolutionizing education through AI and machine learning. As a legal scholar and author, Steven has been a prominent figure in the field of legal education for over 48 years. Steven's journey began in 1974, when he started writing and publishing books for law students, focusing on simplifying and enhancing the learning process. Today, as the principal author of the acclaimed Emanuel Law Outlines series, he's dedicated to helping law students effectively master complex subjects. He has challenged traditional "Socratic method" and case-oriented approaches, developing more efficient ways for students to grasp the substance of law-school subjects. provides law students access to a vast library of study aids through a subscription model, fostering a more personalized and effective learning process.Steven says, "Education is about to be transformed by the use of AI/Machine Learning methods (like Chat-GPT), which will give each student a truly customized learning experience. Anyone who wants to "teach" others should be actively exploring how these ML-based methods can create an entirely new way of delivering educational content, because these will (I predict) largely supplant traditional methods of instruction."For more insights and to explore the world of legal education transformation, visit and discover the array of resources designed to empower law students on their academic journey.Learn more and connect with Steven here:www.emanuelAYCE.comGet your complimentary 2-month subscription: email, mention "Free Trial of EmanuelAYCE"
  • 41. 041 Navigating Business Education in a Technology-Driven World with Laura Wells

    Welcome back to the EdTech Speaks podcast, as we interview a special guest, Laura C. Wells, founder and CEO of Awake Teams, a collaborative learning platform that develops critical social and emotional skills in workplace teams and measures impact. This episode delves into the unique approach of Awake Teams, where teams engage in a three-month program that focuses on building emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. The program includes bite-sized learning modules, team sessions, and regular progress reportsWhile chatting with Laura, she shares her journey from working in consumer packaged goods brand management to her transition to creating Awake Teams. We also discuss her background, which includes developing leaders in emotional intelligence within corporations like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Uber. Laura highlights the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace, how it impacts both individuals and businesses and the need for a balanced approach to integrating AI and human intelligence.Laura emphasizes the significance of creating a high-trust environment for effective collaboration, open communication, and constructive feedback while touching on the role of AI in the modern workplace and education landscape. While AI can enhance efficiency and expand access to educational resources, Laura emphasizes the irreplaceable value of human skills, such as emotional intelligence, creativity, and collaboration.The episode concludes with insights into the impact of Awake Teams on employee engagement, team dynamics, and individual growth. Laura discusses how the program helps teams identify and address challenges, encourages continuous learning, and fosters a culture of accountability and progress.She says, "We are responsible for our own behavior. And when we're in a team, we've already acknowledged our collective is more important, and we're each showing up. All our voices are here and we are contributing as a team."Learn more and connect with Laura here:
  • 40. 040 Ed Tech Speaks Anniversary Edition - Year Three Recap

    Welcome to the third anniversary of EdTech Speaks!Host Sher Downing celebrates the anniversary of the podcast and reflects on the exciting year that Downing EdTech Consulting has had. The podcast has been instrumental in sharing impactful messages and insights from guests who are making a difference.Take a look back at some of the remarkable guests:Episode 30: Ahsan Rizvi, CEO and founder of Kiddom, discussed their innovative tool that combines curriculum, technology, and a learning community for K-12 education.Episode 31: Rachel Porter, a talented voice actor, lent her voice to the podcast's intro and closing segments.Episode 32: Josh Chernikoff, business development and thought leadership expert, shared his passion for creating new initiatives and supporting others.Episode 33: Ross Young introduced Linewize, a student safety platform that focuses on classroom management, safety monitoring, and digital safety education for parents.Episode 35: Roger Sands from Wyebot discussed AI-backed technology and its applications in education, enterprise, and healthcare facilities.Episode 36: Rachel B. Lee, known as the #Ladyboss, is a marketing and brand expert.Episode 37: Frederik Hendriksen shared the work of Rensair in providing clean indoor air solutions for improved personal health.Episode 38: Ryan Gialames from Robots and Pencils talked about their digital strategies and products that benefit education, healthcare, high-tech, retail, and financial services.Episode 39: Sheryl Kababa from Substantial highlighted the humanistic side of learning and technology. Substantial is known for its insights, design, and development studio.Year three has been filled with excitement and gratitude, and Downing EdTech Consulting looks forward to sharing new initiatives and insights in the upcoming year. Keep learning and stay tuned for more engaging episodes!
  • 39. 039 Digital Experiences in Education with Sheryl Cababa

    Welcome back to EdTech Speaks podcast! In today's episode, we have a remarkable guest joining us. Sheryl Cababa, the Chief Design Officer at the Insights, Design + Development Studio, Substantial, is here to share her insights and experiences in the EdTech industry. Sheryl is a multi-disciplinary design strategist with over two decades of experience and a strong focus on reinventing learning and collaboration approaches in the educational environment.With her extensive experience in human-centered design and a focus on equity-centered research, Sheryl brings a wealth of knowledge to the EdTech industry. Sheryl has worked on various projects, including collaborations with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has recently released a book titled "Closing the Loop: Systems Thinking for Designers." We're excited to dive into her expertise and learn more about her journey.She says, "One of the most important lessons I've learned, which I believe our listeners can benefit from, is the concept of "nothing for us without us." When conducting research or designing solutions, it's crucial to empower and include the voices of those who will be affected by our work. By embracing an equity-centered mindset, we strive to empower those whom our work will affect and create a more inclusive and accessible educational environment."Learn more and connect with Sheryl here:Website: LinkedIn: your copy of the book with the discount code: cababa-etspeaks
  • 38. 038 Robots & Pencils Grow EdTech with Ryan Gialames

    Welcome back for another brilliant interview on the EdTech Speaks podcast where we interview Ryan Gialames, an experienced edtech product and design leader as Head of Product for Robot & Pencils’s education technology. He is responsible for launching edtech products, such as Student Apps, and bringing them to market while also driving the future innovation of these products. Although Ryan’s background started in theatre and filmmaking, he now uses those skills to engage with educators, designers, and technologists to create innovative learning experiences.Today, Ryan shares how Robots & Pencils provides students with a seamless, customized experience that supports each learner’s unique needs. Powered by Salesforce, their Student Apps integrates backend systems, including CRM, SIS, and LMS platforms, under a user-centered frontend. This technology is a breakthrough in the educational technology field as its unique method of consolidating all student data eliminates the data silos that normally impede the ability of staff to support students.Ryan says, "A one size fits all approach no longer works for today’s learners pursuing higher education. They’re juggling demands involving finances, jobs, family members, and other personal issues. Each person has different needs, goals, and prior knowledge to be accounted for. Often, these individuals care less about degree titles and more about learning specific, in-demand skills that will get them where they want to go."To answer those varying needs, Robots & Pencils has helped to design and build a variety of accessible, inclusive, and customizable learning experiences that support learners of all types. As a whole, they provide solutions and...Build platforms that offer flexibility in how and where students learnCreate pathways that accommodate unique and evolving needsFocus on Outcomes and key skills learnedShow how education outcomes align to industry needsEnsure learners own their learning progress and skills dataLearn more and connect with Ryan here:
  • 37. 037 Learning About Rensair Air Purification Technology with Frederik Hendriksen

    What an intriguing guest on the EdTech Speaks podcast! Tune in as I interview a thought leader and expert in the field of air quality and purification, Frederik Hendriksen. Before COVID you may not have given much thought to the topic, but since 2020 when the entire world was restricted to 6 feet separations and mandatory masks, air purification has become a need versus a want. Frederik joins us today to share how his company, Rensair, provides an air purification solution through technology, protecting and enhancing lives through clean air.Rensair’s portable, hospital-grade air purifier is helping businesses and communities get back on their feet. Our patented technology, which combines H13 HEPA filtration with germicidal UVC light, was initially developed to meet the strict standards of Scandinavian hospitals. It traps and destroys more than 99.97% of airborne bacteria and viruses, including the Coronavirus family, helping to protect lives through clean air.Rensair's Company History: The core technology behind the Rensair air purifier was developed twenty years ago by Henrik Hendriksen, a Danish ventilation engineer, and Fredrick's father. When one of his sons developed severe allergies as a child, Henrik couldn’t find a remedy. So he invented one. Leveraging his deep knowledge, he combined the most advanced hospital-grade air cleaning technologies in a compact, portable design.Subsequently, his innovative design was sought after by hospitals, institutions and care homes across Scandinavia.Henrik’s legacy endures today. In 2020, his twin sons Christian and Frederik Hendriksen set up Rensair to evolve the original product design, continue its manufacture and distribute it worldwide. Watch the story here: says, "Air purification is key to mitigating the risk of Covid infection. If companies are to encourage employees and customers to return to their premises, practical steps must be taken to prioritize health & safety. Just as people expect pure water from the tap or hygienic food from the supermarket, so too they expect clean air in buildings and shared spaces. It’s not just an expectation, it’s a human right."Learn more and connect with Frederik here: