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Edtech Innovators

Edtech Innovators

By Pete Atherton
The most influential and innovative people and ideas in education and edtech.
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VR, the metaverse and education

Edtech Innovators

Can artificial intelligence improve the way you think?
Rocky.AI - the AI personal development coach and positive psychology, with Harry Novic
September 20, 2022
VR, the metaverse and education
This episode, you are blessed to hear Ian Stuart talk to me about his journey from teaching on remote Scottish islands (Jura and Isla) to being an edtech innovator.. On his Twitter @IanStuart66, it says this: Formerly an Engineer, then an Educator, Consultant, Microsoft Edu. Now Head of Education with @AvantisEd. We are the
September 13, 2022
Learning with video since covid-19
An interview with Victoria James from Edpuzzle and WiiEdu
July 06, 2022
Identity and technology. Technology and me - the importance of telling stories
An interview with Daniel Clark about autoethnography and tech.
June 26, 2022
Can tech solve the student debt crisis? Blockchain, crypto, DEFI in education.
An interview with Ted Zipoy, Chief Innovation Officer at seeks to take the student debt crisis head on leveraging the power of blockchain and DeFi. Our platform enables and connects all of academia through our native ecosystem, token, and community. Scholar allows users to conduct peer-to-peer transactions on digital platforms to support higher education. The quotation about blockchain is from: Neeta Pandey. (2021). Blockchain In Education. Techno Learn, 11(2), 115–121. Available at:
April 28, 2022
Can Your Child Learn 1 Year of Mathematics in 3 Months?
Dr. Aditya Nagrath @NagrathDr says yes and with good authority. Aditya is the Founder of Elephant Learning. 
February 23, 2022
How tech can make English accessible for all: Tom Reynolds - Eden Fifty One
Find out how and why Tom Reynolds @TheEdenMethod went from a disengaged student with #Dyslexia to building one of the most original #edtech  English T&L platform, Eden Fifty One.
January 31, 2022
How to give children leadership skills and promote wellbeing - with Dr Tim Jordan
Latest book: She Leads: A Practical Guide for Raising Girls Who Advocate, Influence, and Lead: She Leads: A Practical Guide for Raising Girls Who Advocate, Influence, and Lead Online parenting course: Parenting girls: The challenges girls face today with their feelings and friends and what they need
January 27, 2022
When Pete met Louis Theroux at DTX and Paul Rose
Or, how YouTeachMe is transforming video in education. But does edtech even exist?
November 22, 2021
What is AI, really? Artificial intelligence in education.
Also, why artificial intelligence is a clumsy umbrella term. Meet Aftab Hussein - ILT and LRC Manager and Dean Baggaley - Systems Development Leader - both at Bolton College in the U.K. This week, we hear about how Ada - a campus digital assistant - can respond to students' every need. Artificial intelligence or cognitive assistant? We also look at how FirstPass could help students improve how they respond to open-ended questions.  
August 31, 2021
What is true innovation in education? Meet Sean Sheppard, the Founder of GrowthX
An interview with Sean Sheppard. Sean is the Founder of GrowthX & GrowthX Academy. He is a globally recognized thought leader in sales, marketing, innovation and education with over 20 years of experience bringing new products to market, including as a five-times sales founder. In addition to helping dozens of startups find product-market fit and predictable revenue models, Sean helps global multinationals to identify new applications for their existing technology portfolio, bring new products to market with profitable business models, and organize and train self-managing early product-stage sales and marketing teams (including for Bridgestone, Canon, Faurecia, Clariant, and others. Oh and he's a great guy too. 
June 27, 2021
Teaching in the Middle East - Qatar
 Dwight Weir and Darren Goode are senior leaders in schools in Doha, Qatar. Assisted by Michael Heverin, the CEO of Supplywell, this podcast will help you understand the benefits and challenges of teaching in Qatar.
May 20, 2021
How to thrive as an Early Career Teacher
An interview with David Gumbrell, the author of SPIN: Time and task management in teaching (Practical Teaching)
May 18, 2021
Can you think yourself into a job? Lisa Avery - Positive Psychologist
Lisa Avery talks about the power of P.E.R.M.A: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationship, Meaning, Accomplishment and how these can help with your job application and interview 
February 05, 2021
Where hip hop meets education and technology - @MannyFaces
An illuminating interview with Manny Faces - Hip-Hop Journalist / Public Speaker / Researcher Advocate / Media & Corporate Watchdog DJ / Producer / Podcaster / Host (Radio, TV, Event)
February 01, 2021
How can I improve my memory?
Saud Siddiqui is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sketchy, a leading online education company that helps students master complex concepts through fun and informative sketches that enhance visual memory. Siddiqui founded Sketchy in 2013 with three other med students created sketched stories to study for their board exams, and began sharing with others. Under Siddiqui's vision and leadership, Sketchy has raised a $30 million investment from TCG, with plans to expand their content offering and develop an in-house studio for live content creation. Siddiqui is a first generation immigrant from Pakistan. Before founding Sketchy, he had been driven by his fascination with entrepreneurship and online education, tinkering with web design and development, video and content creation, and marketing. Siddiqui has an undergraduate degree from USC, a doctorate from UCI Medical School, and completed his residency at George Washington University in emergency medicine. In 2019, he was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for Education. ᐧ
December 15, 2020
Video in the digital age: Claude and Jessica from Maestrovision
Claude Turcotte is the CEO of MaestroVision. He was a broadcast engineer specialist working for a broadcast product manufacturer. He saw an opportunity to develop an application that was going to revolutionize the way high quality video signals are recorded, shared and managed in the broadcast industry, thus- the company was born.
November 24, 2020
The future of virtual reality (V.R) and social media
An interview with Eugene Capon, Social Media Futurist - Content Creator open to speaking on VR and social media. A social media futurist, Eugene's forward thinking attitude towards how we connect using technology has been at the forefront of his mission to connect the world. In 2014 he graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on "YouTube Studies" from Evergreen State. Upon graduation he went to work at the YouTube consulting Agency, Press Play. In 2016 he quit his job as an art director to pursue XR social media. Eugene's first project was producing the film "Journey VR". This film became an official selection at SIFF, a staff pick by Adobe and VEER, then would become the number one 360 video download on Steam for 30 days at the time of its release. A year later he would produce and host GLITCHED, the first in VR talk show to be ordered as if it were a TV show. The show revolved around interviewing large name tech and social media influencers like Barnacules Nerdgasm, iJustine, Jake Roper of Vsauce3 and Gearlive. The show ran for a total of 3 seasons. Since then he has been an avid YouTube creator making 360 animated shorts which have gained millions of views on YouTube as well as making appearances to educate the masses on the evolution of the social media experience. Visit his website: @CaponDesign
November 02, 2020
Wellbeing and Resilience in teaching - an interview with David Gumbrell
David Gumbrell is an educational consultant, working in schools to support teachers with their resilience and also with teacher training providers and student teachers. He delivers INSET days, 1-2-1 coaching sessions, and speaks at headteacher conferences. Drawing on over 20 years of teaching experience, including 7 years as a headteacher, and research conducted at Kingston University, he is well placed to nurture the development of those new to the profession (as well as those who have been teaching for a little longer). He understands how precious time is for teachers and wanted to create a resource that made the best use of this. Find out more about David and his work at
September 23, 2020
How can we make people more employable? Shawn Lestage and Thomas Doherty from Riipen.
Riipen are a 6-year-old education technology company on a mission to eliminate graduate underemployment by reducing the skills gap for those about to enter or re-enter the workforce. Riipen is headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Riipen is the leading technology platform for higher education institutions providing work-integrated micro-experiential learning to their students. Over the past two years, we have supported 60,000 students on 225+ campuses to work with over 10,000 employers. Riipen has partnered with Emerge Education as part of the recently announced HE sector-wide programme, Learning and Teaching Reimagined, with Jisc, Universities UK, and Advance HE (press release here). The partnership will focus on how universities and employers can collaborate at scale with technology, informed by an action group of senior leaders from HE and the corporate world led by Nick Petford, V-C University of Northampton. Company Highlights: Experiential Learning Partnership with Royal Bank of Canada announced in October 2019 and moving into Phase II in September 2020 $2.6 Million dollar Experiential Learning Partnership with the Business-Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) announced in June 2020 Raised over $7.5MM in funding and over $1.2MM in Government Funding Over 60,000 student experiences generated in the past two years Active on over 225 post-secondary campuses across North America, The UK, and Australia 10,000+ employers in the Riipen community 300% annual recurring revenue growth Rapidly expanding user base globally About Shawn: Shawn is the Director of Operations (formerly Director of Operations & Customer Success) and is a member of Riipen's executive team. Previously, Co-founder and Managing Director at Future Project (an international student recruitment consultancy, sold in 2016). Law degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Sussex. About Thomas Thomas is a member of the US and UK Academic Sales teams at Riipen. A graduate from the University of Sussex and King's College London, Thomas was previously a UK secondary school teacher and online learning instructor.
September 08, 2020
Edtech, research and entrepreneurship
An interview with Blessing Maregere, who has presented a TedX Talk -Let Your Passion Be Your Alarm Clock He started a successful business at 16, qualified as a teacher and is now taking a PHD in the field of edtech and assessment. He has lectured in entrepreneurship.
September 02, 2020
Virtual events! Edtech Thought Leaders conference
Since lockdown, it's all been about virtual events. But how can you create one? We'll hear from Graham Coath about an event that we put on together, entitled Edtech Thought Leaders
August 25, 2020
How can we be more human? Lisa Avery and positive psychology
Because we're better than technology, right? How can people develop a relationship with technology that isn't at the expense of their humanity and personal growth? What is personal growth anyway?  Positive Psychologist  - Lisa Avery -  works in the following areas: Education, Corporate, Healthcare & Sport. Boosting Engagement, Performance & Wellbeing.  After this, go ask yourself a few questions!
August 18, 2020
Education, tech and sustainability
An interview with Bunny Yan! You'll love how she talks about the Left Side of Fashion and issues surrounding personal branding, sustainability in fashion and edutainment! In fact, here's a new word - 'sustainment'...
August 11, 2020
Women in tech, robotics, VR, AR and wearable tech - an interview with the amazing Anina Net!
According to her Wikipedia page: Anina, also known by the pseudonym, is an American-born German international fashion model, conference speaker, blogger, fashion technology innovator, wearables developer, and event producer. She is listed as #7 in Top 100 Women in Wearable and Consumer Tech. Anina is CEO and founder of 360Fashion Network, a network of fashion professionals bringing the latest technologies to the fashion industry.Anina evolved from a model to a fashion industry pioneer when she developed Intel Curie-powered shape-shifting robot dresses showcased on ABC7News
July 28, 2020
Why you should have a podcast
An interview with the dynamic Phil Pelucha, of Billionaires in Boxers. Phil talks passionately about the benefits of podcasting for: - growing your business - opening up new revenue streams - networking - helping you believe in yourself - building meaningful new relationships - clarifying your offer - communicating with clarity and passion
July 14, 2020
How the music and publishing industry can use technology
What happened when Sam Maeer tried to create a collaborative ebook to help with mental health issues globally?  'Rethinking the Rainbow' is a multimedia eBook resource filled with inspiring stories, poems art, translations and activities to help children, parents and teachers find the light in these hard times. What happened when  Michel Zgarka made the following music industry products: Patented technologies linking artists, bands and brands with their audience; Original productions development, production, and distribution. From scripted prime-time dramas to feature films to formats and/or non-scripted properties. Reach local audiences through subscription video on demand (SVOD) broadcast solutions. Partnerships with educational institutions to implement, design and develop solutions for the education, media, and entertainment sectors.
July 07, 2020
The rise of the polymaths! Why we need to be multiskilled to thrive in the new normal
An interview with Dustin Miller, @Polyinnovator, helping to pioneer an education/tech revolution. Dustin is an omnichannel content creator, and he loves technology.
June 23, 2020
What skills do we need in the 2020s?
How can we navigate these difficult waters in the workplace? How is the notion of a workplace changing? Where is the space for cooperatives and entrepreneurs? An interview with Graham Coath and Youcoop.
June 16, 2020
How to give the best online feedback, with David Carless
Students generating and using feedback in online learning environments, with David Carless, from the University of Hong Kong
June 09, 2020
When technology knows what you are thinking..🧐
What is biometrics and why should we care? An interview with Ryan Anthony, the founder of DIRT.
June 02, 2020
Why is mindfulness so important for everyone?🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️
This week, we have more of an interview with Sean Liddell, from Mindful Training.
May 26, 2020
Teachers - how to look after ourselves and each other in a crisis
What do early career teachers need to consider as they enter the teaching profession at an unprecedented time? This episode contains an interview with Patrick Ottley O'Connor, the Head Teacher at Westhoughton High School and former Executive Principal of North Liverpool Academy & the Northern Schools Trust.
May 20, 2020
How to teach online, make virtual events and meet like-minded teachers.
This week, we talk to Dan and Jordan from and Chris from Edrests.
May 19, 2020
What can the UK learn from Australia? Aussie special - Grok Learning and Bibliu.
Why did Australia start to recover from coronavirus quicker than most countries? What is the edtech scene in Australia? This week we focus on Grok Learning  - a coding platform and Bibliu - an online library. We have an interview with James Curran from Grok and David Sherwood from Bibliu. We also have Hannah Jensen from Opogo talk about the Aussie edtech experience vs the UK and Opogo's social platform. Jan Chalmer views Triptico through an Aussie lens.
May 12, 2020
How to reduce teacher workload and find great teaching resources online.
Time saving techniques and online learning: interview with Jane Bell, the author of  Time Smart Teaching: 8 Insider Tips to Reduce Teacher Workload that Schools Don't Tell You -  and Sonny Sharma, the creator of online resources at Spongy Elephant and New Ways to Learn.
May 05, 2020
Should we all have a side hustle?
Teaching business growth strategy for creatives. This week, we answer the following questions: Should we all have a side hustle? Does passive income really exist and, if so, what is it? What should we be suspicious of when we see people who claim that they can help us make money online?  An interview with Joelle Byrne - the owner of
May 01, 2020
Why the #edtech revolution never happened
And maybe never will? Interview with Bob Harrison. Also, Paloma Forde talking about the wonder of Triptico! Does anyone not know what day it is anymore? Tweet @petestarryid
April 28, 2020
Is it a good time to be a new startup during #lockdown?
This week, we hear from Lois Nicholls from Bee Loud Words - on being a startup and using technology. Brainbox Games tell us about their forward thinking and we also leap into a new feature - Edtech of the week, which is Triptico.
April 21, 2020
How to stay ahead of the curve during lockdown
This week, we have an interview with Chris Warren , the CEO of Triptico. Chris inspires us with his innovative approaches to edtech and education.  We also hear from Ben Norris from Brainbox Games. 
April 14, 2020
Did Covid-19 help s pivot? How edtech is having to change quickly!
This week, we hear from Amanda Regan from Swivl, the video observation app and from Zoe Griffiths -  former international athlete and CEO of Alchemy of Learning. We also go back to the Bett Show to hear from Perlego, the online library and from Alice Corner from Venngage.  Plus, you have scary sound effects, calming music and a lockdown-themed song at the end. 
April 07, 2020
Lockdown special: Why do we do what we do?
This episode was produced during the Coronavirus lockdown. The episode explores a variety of ways in which creative and techy people make sense of why they done what they do. To mark the conversion of London's Excel Centre into a field hospital, the episode contains an interview with Jonathan Sullivan from Britannica during the Bett Show. We also chat to Michael Heverin from Supplywell about their game changing recruitment app. We also hear Eirin Hallengen about what creativity means and Ron Cole about Superreading.
March 31, 2020
How #coronavirus could change how we work - for the better
Could education undergo a quiet revolution and come out of the coronavirus pandemic with more efficient, innovative and inclusive ways of doing things? This week, we speak to Sean Liddell from Mindful Training about positive changes that are already starting to emerge in the way we work and support people. There are also contributions from Tim Burnett from The Assessment Association and BTL, Paul Rose from Youteachme/Youteachmetoo and Savas Savides from Express Publishing, South East Asia
March 24, 2020
Video lesson observations: Veo
This week, we interview Nihad Cehic about VEO -a revolutionary video observation tool that is used in teaching and business.
March 17, 2020
Chatbots, artificial intelligence, Coronavirus and student wellbeing.
An interview with Aftab Hussein from Bolton College. We talk abut Ada - the campus virtual assistant. We also address the issue of remote working in light of Coronavirus.
March 10, 2020
March 6, 2020
March 06, 2020
Teachers vs Tech? Interview with Daisy Christodoulou
This week, we talk about edtech, Daisy's new book - 'Teachers vs Tech'. We also tackle West Ham and VAR. We hope we get a good result...
March 03, 2020
Social media - influencers, movers, shakers and accidental influencers
This week we talk to a variety of people who use social media effectively. We speak to Daisy Christodoulou, Sonny Sharma, Jo Watson and Eirin Hallangen. I, Pete Atherton, also bring something to the table....
February 28, 2020
Social media and education.Jo Watson - : @agoodwriteup: the accidental influencer
This week we cut through the marketing rhetoric and take a no-nonsense look at how to use social media. Jo Watson is a former teacher and now runs her own business.
February 22, 2020
Can technology help you read faster?
Superreading with Ron Cole!
February 18, 2020
Edtech - do we need a joined up strategy? Interview with Michael Forshaw
This week we discuss how we can help edtech companies and schools work better together. We talk about the use of evidence and how edtech companies are trying to break into the market. Oh and it ends on a high note....
February 11, 2020
Edtech evangelist or edtech agnostic? Interview with Sonny Sharma
This week,  founder of New Ways to Learn and keynote speaker Sonny Sharma and Pete Atherton discuss innovative edtech and the realities of using edtech with students.
February 04, 2020
Part 2 of my report from the BETT Show Brian Cox etc
This time, I talk to smaller edtech startups about tech and learning. I get to throw balls in an interactive playground too! Oh and I got to see Professor Brian Cox speak too!
January 28, 2020
Part 2 of my report from the BETT 2020 edtech show
What's the most annoying part of being at an edtech trade show? Full episode will be with you on Tuesday 28th January 2020
January 27, 2020
BETT 2020
Thoughts on edtech from the BETT Show 2020. Twitter @PeteStarryid. Email
January 22, 2020