No Such Thing: Education in the Digital Age

5/21/2021

How Many Slaps To Cook a Chicken

Ep. 91
Upperline Code has a mission to train the next generation of computer science leaders and empower students to change their world with code. We aim to transform education by making computer science accessible to all students regardless of race, gender, or income. Above all, we value inclusiveness, curiosity, rigor, collaboration, and quality. "I think you created a culture of mutual learning and respect and demonstrated your commitment to the process over the end goal and that was very empowering. I think that it was the best PD I've engaged in so far." - Maha HasenMaha HasenMaha has an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy from The George Washington University. When she graduated in 2016, she was placed as a High School Math Teacher in her hometown, Bronx, NY, and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. After consistently being made aware of the lack of female representation in STEM, Maha joined Upperline Code to gain the tools she needed to bring Computer Science to her school, which has a student body makeup of 71% female. She believes that all students should have access to computer science and that it is particularly imperative to empower female students to pursue a coding education!Jorge TorresJorge Torres is in the middle of his third year teaching high school Chemistry and Physics in the South Bronx. He earned his undergraduate degree at CUNY Hunter College in Biochemistry, and continued there for his Master’s Degree in Chemistry Education. Jorge’s interest in Computer Science teaching came from both the interest his students seemed to have in the subject, as well as his own early experiences taking AP Computer Science in high school. He aimed to make the material more accessible for students like himself, and began to seek out institutions with the same goals as him. Jorge is excited to continue building his Computer Science skills, and at the same time bring all the knowledge acquired back to his classroom and continue to encourage students to pursue STEM careers.Daniel FenjvesCEO Upperline CodeDanny Fenjves has spent almost 10 years living and teaching computer science. He is an alumnus of Teach for America, worked at Google, and was head of K-12 computer science instruction at Flatiron School before founding Upperline Code. In his career, he's trained over 200 teachers to lead immersive coding courses in schools across the country, built extensive coding curriculum, and taught software development to hundreds of high school students. As a former middle school science teacher, he's deeply committed to the art of instruction and discovering the best methods to recruit, train, and retain top teaching talent in the field of K-12 computer science education.Mentioned in this episode:Upperline FellowshipThe Six Flaws of “Traditional” Professional Development from Katya Rucker, Getting SmartEducation Week, Teacher PD Gets a Bad Rap. But Two Approaches Do Work, by Heather C. Hill
4/13/2021

Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

Ep. 90
Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers immense promise to solve some of the world's biggest problems at scale. But advances come with significant challenges that perpetuate and amplify society's underlying structural inequities. To address this challenge directly, the NYU Center for Responsible AI (R/AI) is designed to be a comprehensive applied research and tool production laboratory for accelerating responsible AI practices that arise from real world collaborations.Julia StoyanovichCo-Founder & Director of R/AIJulia Stoyanovich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Tandon School of Engineering, and the Center for Data Science at NYU. She is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and of an NSF/CRA CI Fellowship. Julia's research focuses on responsible data management and analysis practices: on operationalizing fairness, diversity, transparency, and data protection in all stages of the data acquisition and processing lifecycle. She established the Data, Responsibly consortium, and serveds on the New York City Automated Decision Systems Task Force (by appointment by Mayor de Blasio). In addition to data ethics, Julia works on management and analysis of preference data, and on querying large evolving graphs. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University, and a B.S. in Computer Science and in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.Steven KuyanCo-Founder & Director of R/AI Managing Director, at Future LabsSteven Kuyan is the director of entrepreneurship at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, co-founder/managing director of the NYU Tandon Future Labs, and co-founder/director of the NYU Center for Responsible AI. The Future Labs support entrepreneurs in technology-specific fields, such as: artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented/virtual reality, video and virtual machines and has graduated more than 145 companies – 31 as acquisitions totaling more than $600 million – for a combined portfolio valuation of graduates exceeding $2B billion. The NYU Center for Responsible AI is a first of its kind lab designed to be a comprehensive applied research and tool production laboratory for accelerating responsible AI practices that arise from real world collaborations. Steve also oversees entrepreneurship across the campus, including programs commercializing university IP into companies, which includes dozens of success stories that have raised over $100M in venture funding, university wide curricula development, and IP collaborations amongst NYU schools.Resources from this episode:Center for Responsible AI at NYUData Responsibly, Comics: "Mirror, Mirror"Is AI Effective If It Isn't Equitable and Responsible? from Chronicle of Higher EducationNYU Future Labs
3/29/2021

Families and "Screentime" During Covid

Ep. 89
In this episode, I’ll be speaking to three experts on youth development and screen time who also happen to be parents. First, we’ll hear, Sascha Brodsky. He’s a science and technology journalist, who recently wrote an article for Lifewire called, “Parents Say ‘Yes’ To Screen Time During the Pandemic,” where he talked to several parents and experts - letting them vent their concerns, but also justify their decisions.Two experts featured in the article are also with us for this episode. Lynette Owens, Founder & Global Director of Internet Safety for Kids and Families at Trend Micro. She dedicates a majority of her time leading workshops that educate parents and caregivers on all topics relating to children and internet use.And Dr. Mimi Ito, a cultural Anthropologist and Learning Scientist at University of California Irvine, joining us once again. Her work makes her an expert on children and youth’s changing relationships to media and technology.Cover Photo by ExpectGrain under Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/spedster/Links from this episode:Parents Say ‘Yes’ To Screen Time During the Pandemic, by Sascha BrodskyTrend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids and FamiliesAbout Mimi Ito: https://clrn.dmlhub.net/people/mimi-ito.htmlNY Times Article: Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers by Matt RichtelDistance Learning and Parental Mental Health During COVID-19Two related studies:https://corp.roblox.com/2020/06/62-teens-roblox-say-online-conversations-real-life-friends-top-pandemic-priority/https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.202049
3/1/2021

Dr. Mimi Ito

Ep. 88
Dr. Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist, learning scientist, entrepreneur, and an advocate for connected learning—learning that is equity-oriented, centered on youth interest, and socially connected. Her work decodes digital youth culture for parents and educators, offering ways to tap interests and digital media to fuel learning that is engaging, relevant, and socially connected. She is the director of the Connected Learning Lab and Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine. She is also co-founder of Connected Camps, a non-profit providing online learning experiences for kids in all walks of life. Her co-authored books include Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media and Affinity Online: How Connection and Shared Interest Fuel Learning and the reports, From Good Intentions to Real Outcomes: Equity by Design in Learning Technologies, and The Connected Learning Research Network: Reflections on a Decade of Engaged Scholarship.Links from this episode:Find links to all of Dr. Ito's publications on her Wikipedia page.Follow her on Twitter @mizukoAbout Research-Practice Partnership by Cynthia E. Coburn, Northwestern UniversityWilliam R. Penuel, University of Colorado, BoulderKimberly E. Geil, Independent ResearcherAbout Dr. Michael WeschPhoto by Joi Ito at English Wikipedia., CC BY-SA 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons
11/30/2020

Another Reality For Teaching During Covid

Ep. 86
My conversation today is with Jussie Kajala and Mitch Weisburgh of an AR/VR platform for education called, 3D Bear. I'm also joined by Susan Sclafani, a Library Media Specialist from Long Island, NY, who grounds our conversation in the aspects of her own practice that incorporate AR. Be sure to stick around until after Jussie and MItch, to hear my full conversation with her. Jussi Kajala has a Ph.D. in material physics and a degree from University ofCambridge, UK. Jussi was responsible for developing the immersive technologies industry in Finland in Tekes – the Finnish funding agency of Innovation for three years. Jussi is a visionary and spectacular project designer and manager. Jussi is responsible for 3DBear’s operations in the US.Mitch Weisburgh is a world-class advisor for top-end edtech startups in the US. He is the former chairman of the Education Industry association SIIA ETIN, and founder of Edchat Interactive and Academic Business Advisors. He founded and grew two companies in the education and training field. Mitch is now making a mark on education by helping and investing into companies and non-profits to become sustainable through helping students.Susan Sclafani has been a Library Media Specialist with the Patchogue-Medford School Distric for 20 years. She worked with K-5 students for her first 10 years and has spent 10 years working with students in grades 6-8. She strives to bring new and innovative ideas to her students and schools. As the Lead Librarian for her district, she has tried to make sure that libraries continue to be an integral part of the educational system. She also seeks to make sure her library is not quiet.Links from this episode:3D Bear:https://www.3dbear.io/Susan Sclafani on Twitter: https://twitter.com/suesclafani
11/3/2020

How One New Middle School Model in California Forges Ahead

Ep. 85
You all met Theron Cosgrave and Principal Ally Rocco in episodes 67, and 77. Since October of 2019, I’ve been following this group of educators in California’s central valley as they work to build one of the most innovative middle school models I’ve heard anything about in recent decades. MAD Tech characterizes some of the most important questions in education for me. Here’s just one example in my mind: What does it mean to intersect great learning design with great design for physical spaces in this age where we've learned so much about how the two can complement one another?In this episode we’re joined by Laura Quiroz, Dean of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, to hear more about how the instructional model for MadTech has been forced to flex, and more about what they're learning in relation to the core principles of their design that they've been able to carry over in spite of COVID.One of a few bright spots that the school is leveraging and that came up in our conversation is their use of VDI. We didn't get to come back to this in the conversation, though Allyson and Laura messaged me moments after it came up in our conversation to answer my question about the acronym. VDI stands for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. I bring it up again here to ask that if you or someone you know are an expert with VDI, I'd love to hear from them on social media. Share resources you may have about case studies that have worked using VDI to extend access to software that may not run easily on a chromebook. I'll share those resources in an upcoming episode. Links:Madera Unified Schools: https://www.madera.k12.ca.us/Desktop Virtualization: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_virtualization
10/2/2020

Designing Reward Systems for Digital Learners

Ep. 84
Dr. Kevin Miklasz has worked in and around the fields of game design and education for the last 10 years. As a trained scientist, he has a PhD in Biology from Stanford University, but has spent his time gaining a smattering of diverse experiences in education: designing science curriculum, teaching after-school science programs, designing science games, running a science and cooking blog, running game jams for kids, and running professional development for teachers and professional engineers. He is currently the VP, Data and Prototyping at BrainPOP, where he leads the data team and coordinates prototyping work on new products.Join Kevin for his upcoming talk, or access a recording at: https://www.edchatinteractive.org/upcoming-seminars/how-digital-learning-can-use-game-like-rewards-to-improve-engagementLinks:The world ends with you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Ends_with_YouKevin's upcoming book: Intrinsic Rewards in Games and LearningScot Osterweil's Four Freedoms of Play: http://playfullearning.com/4freedoms/Self determination theory: https://selfdeterminationtheory.org/theory/Lee Sheldon's Multi-player Classroom: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B085RJ81QN&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_CT7DFb2TFHZ30Paul Darvasi's blog: http://www.ludiclearning.org/Scott Nicholson on meaningful gamification: http://scottnicholson.com/pubs/recipepreprint.pdfGo ranks and ratings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_ranks_and_ratings Justin Reich, Failure to Disrupt: https://www.amazon.com/Failure-Disrupt-Technology-Transform-Education/dp/0674089049
9/11/2020

How Tech Divides the Back-To-School Experience in LA

Ep. 83
The Fulfillment Fund works to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. To this end, our services build pathways to college, help students navigate educational barriers, create life-changing support networks, and empower future leaders.Joanne ReyesJoanne Reyes is a senior non-profit development professional with more than 16 years of experience. She is currently President at the Fulfillment Fund, a college access and college success non-profit with a 40-year history of providing pathways of opportunity to young people from under-resourced communities in Los Angeles.Prior to her joining the Fulfillment Fund, initially as Chief Development Officer, she was Associate Vice President, Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and focused on funding opportunities for the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and other medical specialties. She also oversaw the Foundation’s Special Events department, including the hospital’s signature biennial gala, which has raised more than $24 million since its inception. She first joined the hospital in 2009 as Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and was elevated to lead the hospital’s corporate philanthropy efforts, cause marketing, and special events before transitioning to major gifts fundraising for medical specialties. She raised more than $70 million during her tenure at Children’s Hospital, including the successful solicitation of two of the hospital’s largest corporate gifts in its 117-year storied history.Prior to her tenure at Children’s Hospital, she served as Marketing and Communications Administrator for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, where she led development communications efforts. She began her career in nonprofit development at Hillsides, where she raised funds to support services for severely emotionally and physically abused children.Joanne holds a Master of Arts from Stanford University, Cum Laude and a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a native Angeleno, having been raised in the San Fernando Valley and attended Los Angeles Unified School District schools from K-12. Organizations that serve to better the lives of children, teens, and young adults have always been the focal point of Joanne’s professional and personal interests, and in addition to serving in her most important role as a mom of two bright and energetic girls, Joanne has volunteered for various local non-profit organizations and has served as a mentor to several young women achieving their Gold Awards for the Girl Scouts of America.Guest Bio:Elizabeth ZamudioVP ProgramsElizabeth is a senior education professional with more than 19 years of experience.She joined Fulfillment Fund in 2007, first as a college counselor and later as leader of the College Access Program. Elizabeth now oversees all programmatic activity at Fulfillment Fund including the delivery of Fulfillment Fund’s college access curriculum, college counseling, college success efforts including scholarships, and alumni programming.Prior to joining Fulfillment Fund, Elizabeth worked at Loyola Marymount University’s Controller’s Office supporting first-generation college-going students in navigating financial aid and scholarships. A first-generation college graduate herself, Elizabeth holds bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.Links:Fulfillment Fund: https://fulfillment.org/LA College Promise: http://lacollegepromise.org/Fulfillment Fund's Destination College: https://fulfillment.org/destinationcollege/United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/charts/employment-situation/unemployment-rates-for-persons-25-years-and-older-by-educational-attainment.htmCal State LA Strategic Plan: https://www.calstatela.edu/strategicplan The spreadsheet that Fulfillment Team used to rate platforms for their upcoming event: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11e_g1PDXOfOD5xzjzyRqLEvFS7Yaq2Hp/view?usp=sharing