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Monday, May 29, 2023

039 Digital Experiences in Education with Sheryl Cababa

Season 2, Ep. 39
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: https://substantial.com/edtech LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherylcababa/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/substantial/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SherylCababaGet your copy of the book https://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/systems-thinking-for-designers/ with the discount code: cababa-etspeaks
Monday, April 24, 2023

038 Robots & Pencils Grow EdTech with Ryan Gialames

Season 2, Ep. 38
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:https://www.robotsandpencils.com/student-apps/https://twitter.com/gialameshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/gialames/https://twitter.com/robotsNpencils
Monday, March 27, 2023

037 Learning About Rensair Air Purification Technology with Frederik Hendriksen

Season 2, Ep. 37
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZe21Nfdy_4&feature=youtu.beFrederik 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:https://rensair.com/https://twitter.com/RensairPurifierhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/rensair/https://www.instagram.com/rensairpurifier/https://www.facebook.com/rensairairpurifier
Monday, February 27, 2023

036 Building Human Connections Online with Rachel B. Lee

Season 2, Ep. 36
I'm excited to share today's guest, Rachel B. Lee, with the EdTech Speaks podcast listeners. Her story is one of an ambitious female overachiever who’s created a new path for our career and life by sharing her voice and dreaming big. Being an overachiever, she followed a structured path, because that was the right thing to do - getting a college education, working in corporate, etc. But she felt constrained and knew she was destined for more. She knew she could only be her most authentic self by sharing her voice and beginning the journey to becoming an entrepreneur.She left an amazing corporate job to be a female business owner and entrepreneur with her husband as a business partner. Together they're the B Lee, Web3 creators and community builders with so much to give to the world. Her business is Standout Authority and her mission is to revolutionize the way we communicate; a digital marketing agency that helps executives, entrepreneurs, business owners and working professionals build their personal brand, create thought leadership, and grow opportunities through the power of LinkedIn. She’s also part of the LinkedIn Creator Program.She uses technology to fuel all of our productivity for creativity, and project management tools like Microsoft Teams and Monday for content. They also use a Draft to support them with content creation and email, a Discord community, and Web3 tool called Social Connector.She says, "My parting words of wisdom would just be to trust that life is happening for you. Even in the darkest moments. There is always light and each challenge is just a turn in the right direction. And to trust, trust the universe."Learn more and connect with Rachel here:https://standoutauthority.com/https://www.facebook.com/therachelbleehttps://twitter.com/therachelbleehttps://www.instagram.com/therachelbleehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/therachelblee/
Monday, January 30, 2023

035 WiFi Automation Platform Solutions with Roger Sands

Season 2, Ep. 35
Have you heard of Wyebot? If not, then be sure to tune in to today's episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast where I welcome back Roger Sands, co-Founder and CEO of Wyebot, Inc.We unpack the ideas behind Wyebot, a WiFi automation platform used in education facilities, as well as enterprise and healthcare facilities. During our conversation, we discuss how Wyebot makes sure WiFi networks are optimized and working to their fullest potential, which is especially important considering the amount of technology we use on a daily basis. What's the differentiator? Wyebot’s AI-backed technology automates and solves WiFi issues that would normally be ticketed to engineers. This process, according to the company, results in a 70 percent reduction in WiFi problem tickets and a decrease in onsite problem-solving visits by up to 80 percent.When asked about his prediction on tech and education trends for the future, Roger says, "Technology will become more and more important and hybrid schedules will still be popular. This hybrid work environment is with us, the industry has mastered it, and we need ways to support this new ecosystem."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, and he holds a Masters and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University.Learn more and connect with Roger here:https://www.facebook.com/Wyebot/https://twitter.com/Wyebot_inchttps://www.linkedin.com/company/wyebot-inc/https://wyebot.com/
Monday, December 26, 2022

034 Looking Towards 2023 with Sher Downing

Season 2, Ep. 34
What will 2023 hold for you? Every year I get asked about my predictions for the upcoming year. After three years of chaos in business and continuous upheaval of the technology and employment landscape, my prediction is this... we'll need to pay attention. In 2023, business, education and technology will continue to influence how we live, when we work and when we play. Changes at the federal level, such as interest rates, are going to impact the ways we look to be more cost-effective in how we do business, how we purchase, and how we live our lives at home. Listen in to my quick recap of this year and predictions for next on this special episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast!#edtech #edtechpodcastQuick Bio: Sher Downing, PhD, has established a 30+ year career during the evolution of online learning. Understanding the importance of connecting people, business, education and technology, she looks for ways to create relationships and establish digital connections.She is the host of podcast EdTech Speaks, exploring the navigation of business and education in a technology-driven world. She is also an author and contributor to Forbes, US News & World Report, HBR Ascend and Medium.She is the Founder & CEO of Downing EdTech Consulting - where people & technology connect - providing consulting, coaching and affiliate partnerships.       consulting for online projects from strategy to development to design services       coaching for entrepreneurs, startups, tech professionals, anyone who is trying to expand or navigate their opportunities in the EdTech field       affiliate partnerships with leading vendors to establish connections for client needs
Monday, November 28, 2022

033 Protecting Children's Digital Journey with Ross Young

Season 2, Ep. 33
Thanks for tuning into another great episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast where we are joined by Ross Young, EVP of Linewize, a rising classroom management and technology company.He helps K-12 school districts meet the challenges of today’s connected learning environment by leading product strategy, sales and customer experience. Ross has deep expertise in the EdTech and cybersecurity industries, a passion for technology and its ability to drive social impact, and a strong understanding of how to effectively integrate classroom management tools into school districts while complying with security, safety, 1:1 scale and procurement. Ross is incredibly passionate about protecting kids and teens in their digital journey, especially because he once intercepted his daughter interacting with a predator online before it was able to escalate. When he’s not busy supporting and protecting every child’s digital journey, Ross can be found chasing his kids on bikes, skis, scooters or across the football field at his home in San Diego, California.Listen in as we discuss surveillance vs. security when it comes to digital monitoring tools and EdTech tools and how they can protect students from harmful online behavior and help find early indicators of violence, self-harm and bullying.Ross mentions that he has a variety of technical tools in his classroom management and digital monitoring software. Linewize can help school districts protect their students and avoid violent incidents. It can also help parents ensure their kids are navigating the digital world a little more safely.He says, "Moving forward, I expect to see an emphasis on mental health awareness in EdTech monitoring tools. I also expect to see more tools emerge that will help to measure the effectiveness of the EdTech systems being utilized."Learn more and connect with Ross here:https://www.linewize.com/https://www.facebook.com/familyzoneUSA/https://twitter.com/linewizehttps://www.linkedin.com/company/familyzone-io/