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Join us at the kitchen table! We're holding family discussions, sharing insights, asking experts, exploring new ideas, and actively pursuing an improved K12 experience for the kids, the parents, and their educators. How should we prepare kids for life in the 21st century? How do we have discussions about challenging topics? Let's find out... together! *This podcast is a project between @MomOfAllCapes and her kids. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterMail
 
Promoting education in engineering and design for all ages. Learn more and read transcripts at www.k12engineering.net. Produced by Pius Wong, engineer, of Pios Labs (www.pioslabs.com). This podcast is for educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents interested in bringing engineering to younger ages. Listen to real conversations among various professionals in the engineering education space, as we try to find better ways to educate and inspire kids in engineering thinking. For episode tr ...
 
This podcast channel (web feed) includes audio-only versions of all presentations published during the 2007 K-12 Online Conference. Learn more on www.k12onlineconference.org. The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2007 conference theme is “Playing with Boundaries”. This year’s conference beg ...
 
Presentations from the 2008 K-12 Online Conference (video versions.) The 2008 K-12 Online Conference is a free, international, online event for educators around the globe. The purpose of the conference is to advance the use of leading-edge educational technologies (specifically web 2.0 tools) in the cause of high-quality K-12 teaching and learning, worldwide. The conference, and related information, is located at: http://k12onlineconference.org. A panel of distinguished technology educators ...
 
Presentations from the 2008 K-12 Online Conference (audio-only versions.) The 2008 K-12 Online Conference is a free, international, online event for educators around the globe. The purpose of the conference is to advance the use of leading-edge educational technologies (specifically web 2.0 tools) in the cause of high-quality K-12 teaching and learning, worldwide. The conference, and related information, is located at: http://k12onlineconference.org. A panel of distinguished technology educa ...
 
This podcast channel (web feed) includes video versions of all presentations published during the 2007 K-12 Online Conference. Learn more on www.k12onlineconference.org. The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2007 conference theme is “Playing with Boundaries”. This year’s conference begins w ...
 
The show is about learning with technology, but it's not the same old EdTech or "STEM" preachery. It's about the realities and exciting potential, but it's also about youth and the practitioners who support them: youth developers, museum educators, K12 teachers, mentors, counselors, parents: as they grow their identity, and journey forward. Enjoying the show? Please take a moment to rate us, and leave a review wherever you've accessed the podcast. You can review show notes for every episode ...
 
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Minstrelsy was an American theatrical genre present from the end of the Civil War to the early parts of the 1900s that placed white performers in the comedic enactment of racial stereotypes about Black people. Today, people are so turned off by Blackface that they’re not willing to delve into the reason why it is considered offensive in the first p…
 
This episode is something a little different. Like many of you, one of the ways I've been keeping sane over the past months has been nesting, both in my physical world and with respect to my work. I recently have been organizing previous episodes' audio, and in so doing, I have some ideas for ways I want to use the process to rekindle ideas that ar…
 
How do you learn web development without a computer, or without any electronic device? Sam Taylor wrote a book to help learners do just that. As a former middle school teacher and current tech worker, Sam wrote the newly released educational book titled The Coding Workbook, which intends to teach the basics of HTML and CSS, but with no computer req…
 
February is Black History Month! Black History Month started as an effort by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland in the early 20th century to celebrate and research accomplishments and contributions by people of African descent. Join us at the kitchen table for a family discussion about Black History Month. We can’t speak for all Black people, …
 
How are you going to pursue your passion this year? We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter…
 
Mishaal Ashemimry is an aerospace engineer and pilot who, after working for major aerospace organizations, formed her own aerospace startup to design rockets for small, low-Earth orbit satellites. As a Saudi American, she got interested in the stars when she was young, looking up at the sky while visiting Saudi Arabia. She describes many parts of h…
 
How are you going to pursue your passion this year? We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter…
 
How are you going to pursue your passion this year? We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter…
 
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? How are you going to pursue your passion this year? Welcome to season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast! We are starting this second season with What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discu…
 
We are not shy about giving thanks. For our family, giving thanks is an opportunity to think deeply about our contributions to making our family-run, our commitment to each other, and how reciprocity is a form of love and selflessness. For the last episode of 2020, we went LIVE on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (on the MomOfAllCapes Channels). We w…
 
Let’s make equations musical. Instead of visualizing equations on a graph, let’s listen to them on the piano, merging all our math and music knowledge. You can make two-dimensional x-y math equations audible – or sonify them – by translating the x-values to time and the y-values to the keys of a piano. If you can’t play them on the piano yourself, …
 
What can we learn about communication, from trees? Lots! In this episode, we discuss Dr. Suzanne Simard’s groundbreaking research on forests, the New York Times article “The Social Life of Trees” and the ways in which parents can raise children to see others as potential supercooperators rather than competitors. Maybe the trees tell us that the sec…
 
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 …
 
We’re celebrating 25 awesome episodes of the Let’s K12 Better podcast. THANK YOU SO MUCH, LISTENERS! Through the end of 2020, we challenge families to sprinkle a bit of gratitude into every single thing they do. Why is it so hard to show that we are thankful when times are tough or disappointing? Many of us learn to say thank you only when someone …
 
Army Futures Command (AFC) is partnering with Austin Community College (ACC) in Texas to create a new Software Factory, which will be a software development training program for Army soldiers. Planned to start in January, it will blend training of both soldiers and civilians in newer tech practices in agile development. Maj. Vito Errico from AFC wi…
 
We’re baaaack! So the election happened. Now what? If you’re like us, you’re feeling a mixture of stress and relief after what has been a contentious and dramatic election cycle. So now that we have a new President-Elect, everyone is wondering how or even if we should move forward. Should we all sing Kumbaya and move on or should we think about the…
 
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 …
 
Schools have reopened in Fall 2020 amid the COVID19 pandemic, and educators are putting in overtime to make it work. Four educators speak about their experiences getting students learning again either online or in person: Superintendent Teddy Clevinger in Bell County, Texas; engineering entrepreneurship teacher Melanie Kong in Seattle, Washington; …
 
WARNING: We break out in song in this episode… so get ready! How do we engage kids in civic life when they can’t vote? How do we become informed voters so that we can make the best possible choice? We held a family discussion about voting and the debates. We challenge you to have a discussion too! Here are our questions: 1. Why should people vote, …
 
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 g…
 
It’s a short one this week, but YOU’VE GOT HOMEWORK! October 5th - 9th is National Voter Education Week. How are you going to use this time to prepare for the election? We switched it up this episode and have provided discussion questions about elections and voting for families to use next week (and all month long). We are living during unprecedent…
 
How do we talk to kids about Breonna Taylor or police brutality? #SayHerName... Since the death of Breonna Taylor, we’ve held many family discussions about race and other important topics. Because no topic is off the table in our home, we decided to pivot, still celebrating National Voter Registration Day, but we wanted to take a moment to discuss …
 
Have you joined your school’s PTA, PTO, or PA, yet? Why not? They need you! The parent association at your school isn’t just a super-cliquey group of hyper controlling moms and dads putting on bake sales. The PTA is actually an advocacy wing that represents the needs of all kids in a school. Did you know that parent advocacy in schools doesn’t stop…
 
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 Reyes Joanne Reyes is a senior non-pro…
 
Education policy and research can be super wonky… How can parents use education policy and education research to inform their understanding of their child’s K12 learning ecosystem? We sat down with Cara Jackson, Associate Partner at Bellwether Education Partners and Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University to discuss education policy - …
 
Parents and educators play an integral role in serving us narratives through our formative years; narratives that will shape the way we value others and look at life throughout our lives. This month we submersed ourselves in diverse narratives. We watched Beyoncé’s Black is King; Parasite, The Host, both directed by Bong Joon-ho; and the Lovecraft …
 
How do you make an audio-based course to teach science topics to kids? Podcast creator, teacher, and musician Marshall Escamilla explains. Marshall is a co-creator of the highly rated Tumble Science Podcast for Kids. He drew on his podcasting experience and his years in the classroom to develop a “podcourse” for Himalaya Learning, focused on explor…
 
This week we sat down with Canissa Grant - a math and special education teacher; and Stefanie Wager - President of the National Council for the Social Studies (starting at 27:20). This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher…
 
This week we sat down with Dr. Lindsay Portnoy a mother, author, cognitive scientist, and school board president; and Corwyn Collier a father, educator, track coach, and veteran. This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher …
 
This week we sat down with Gabriel Valdez an educator from Texas and Dr. Jasmin Whitfield, DNP, MSN, MPH, RN a Director of Health Service and mother on the east coast. This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. ATTN…
 
Translanguaging is the process whereby multilingual speakers use their languages as an integrated communication system.[1] Karen Silfa is an educator of nearly 20 years at IS143 in NYC. She joins Marc in this conversation along with researchers and administrators working to illuminate the practice of translanguaging starting with its role in comput…
 
Right now, families across the country are inundated with information about COVID-19 and back to school. But what do the kids think? We invited two special guests, Judah P. (12) and Levi P. (10) to share their thoughts with us. We challenge families to use the time leading up to schools reopening to hold an open discussion about COVID-19 as a famil…
 
Athletes bring their unique selves to the game no matter what level of play. But sometimes black athletes feel as if they must mute themselves or withhold a part of who they are in order to fit in on their team. During this time we challenge coaches (and parent-spectators) to think about how best to support their black athletes? We met with Janee H…
 
How does implicit bias, racism, and inequity determine the type of care that patients receive when they go to the doctor or the emergency room? What is the work being done to actively empower those disproportionately impacted by sexual health and other health disparities? How would addressing the inequities of those at the margins, improve healthca…
 
What does independence mean to you? How has our national attitude toward independence and freedom evolved over time? In this shortened episode we discuss the sacrifices made for a free nation and what that means for all people. Read the Declaration of Independence via National Archives site: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transc…
 
Universal Design is a practice born out of architecture, and the late Ronald Mace, whose approach was to consider every body in the design of the built environment, not to design for some and amend or "adapt" for others. Guests in this episode discuss Universal Design for Learning, which shares this ideology as it relates to pedagogy and the design…
 
Model railroading is uniquely primed for doing educational outreach today, says Stacey Walthers Naffah, President of Milwaukee-based Walthers. Walthers is a major model railroading company, distributing and manufacturing products for hobbyists around the world. Stacey discusses how the industry has a big opportunity to add to K-12 education, in his…
 
So... What's next on the antiracist journey? If you're going to address racism, you have to understand how racism is structurally and institutionally entangled within our systems. Let's learn more about the inequities that impact black communities disproportionately. How are organizations using data in the fight for racial equity and the liberation…
 
You may be having a similar experience to my own where, when I ask my kids about what they miss from their non-Covid schedule, they talk a lot about afterschool. Sometimes I make the mistake of thinking that it goes without saying at this point, but it doesn't, that out of school time, and the professionals who support learners beyond the school be…
 
Today is Juneteenth. Juneteenth represents a moment in time when freedom was delayed for a large group of enslaved people. In times of struggle or injustice, how do we create space to celebrate and acknowledge victories? How do we define liberation when the world is experiencing a moment of trauma and turmoil? In this episode, we talk about acknowl…
 
Everyone has a role to play… some of us are still trying to figure out what that is. During this time of social unrest, we need to reflect and talk about the important topics of police brutality and racism, but we can’t just talk. We need to act. In this episode, we discuss how families can engage from home; how communities can move forward; and wh…
 
Christy Crawford Christy Crawford serves as the Director of Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education for New York City’s Computer Science for All Initiative. For more than a decade she taught K-8 classes in Harlem and the Bronx. She was also a curriculum fellow for the New York City Computer Science for All Blueprint and an adjunct lecturer for t…
 
We do not have all of the answers and neither will you. In this episode, we share a few very simple strategies to prepare adults to have meaningful conversations with their kids. Talking to your kids about race is the first step in a long journey of work that is required of each of us. Check out the Edit Your Life Show Episode 156 “How to Talk to K…
 
We took a break from our regular programming to acknowledge the hurt happening all around us. In this very short episode, we encourage families to start the fight against injustice by having a conversation about racism, racialized violence, and how we can use our privileges to build safer spaces for all people. How do we speak up, show up, and stan…
 
The internet is a very important part of our life. And with summer camps canceled and summer plans ruined, it just might mean that you’re granting your child more freedom on the web while you work. How do we ensure our children’s safety online? We’re using a well-known fairytale to help remind parents and kids what happens when your online behavior…
 
Getting outside is a form of self-care. But COVID-19 has us shook. As it gets warmer and more states begin to open, we discuss whether it’s safe to go outdoors. What precautions should families take to stay safe? How is being outdoors a privilege? What do the kids think? Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag - #LetsK12Better *In thi…
 
These teachers know tech. Steve Dembo and Victoria Thompson teach in K-12 and are also educational technology consultants. Steve is a middle school teacher and founder of the edtech consulting and training company Teach42, based out of Chicago, and Victoria is a math teacher in Washington and consults on edtech products for different large corporat…
 
COVID-19, the Election, and the Census… What a civic moment to be alive!? Unfortunately, civics is rarely taught with the level of intention required to equip people with the knowledge and information to confidently engage in their communities in meaningful ways. We sat down with Dr. Emma Humphries, Chief Education Officer at iCivics to learn more …
 
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