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So We've Been Thinking...

So We've Been Thinking...

By Greg Kulowiec & Shawn McCusker
An EdTechTeacher Innovation Project. Shawn McCusker and Greg Kulowiec capture and share stories from their experiences in education, from educators, students and the business world.
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BONUS Episode - Dan Kemp of Book Creator

So We've Been Thinking...

Episode 24: Lauren Bercuson of Happily Ever Elephants - A Passion for Reading
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is currently a popular focus for schools because evidence suggests that effective SEL improves academic learning.    How can we best teach students skills like self-awareness, self- management, empathy, perspective taking and cooperation. Today’s guest is someone who combines her love of reading and knowledge of books provide support to people trying to start conversations about challenging issues.  Whether it’s diversity, mindfulness, diversity or dealing with trauma… she has a list for you. ( Though, she also has lists about unicorns and outer space!)  Lauren Bercuson shares her work with “Happily Ever Elephants” and how to make children’s reading intentional.
November 14, 2019
Episode 23: Darnissa Amante - A Commitment to Equity
If Equity work is going to be meaningful, it requires more than just a passing commitment of time and energy, more than just inviting a speaker or distributing materials.  It means that community as a whole is going to take a good hard look in the mirror. So what does an Equity process look like and what does it entail? Shawn talks about Equity in Education with Dr. Darnisa Amante of Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP)
November 05, 2019
Episode 22: Kwaku Aning - On Virtual Reality
Educator Kwaku Aning joins us in our first episode that explores the potential and role of virtual reality in education.  The discussion covers the entire spectrum of the topic from big picture thinking about the role and impact of VR in the classroom and on student experience, to specific approaches towards implementation.  Learn more from Kwaku and follow his work on Twitter at @kwaku1 and check out his podcast, Radio Zamunda. To explore Virtual Reality from a research perspective, visit the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab site.
October 30, 2019
Episode 21: Erin Woo - On Mindfulness
In the first episode for season 2 of the podcast, Greg was able to connect with Erin Woo of the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.  Erin shares her experience and insight into mindfulness that starts at the beginning with a clear understanding on what it truly means to be mindful.  From taking a breath to better connect with an experience, to truly unlocking creative thinking and innovation, being mindful is an increasingly common topic of discussion, and for good reason.  In a world that is full of limitless distraction, being present in each moment seems more important than ever.  As mindfulness in schools and promoting mindfulness in education is gaining traction, we thought it was important to connect with an expert in the field to better understand mindfulness and begin our journey towards being more present in every moment.
October 07, 2019
Episode 20: Mary Ellen Daneels - Transforming Civic Education
Across the country, there is a renewed focus on laws and practices to promote quality civic education, geared toward preparing our students with the skills they need to be active participants in a democracy who are able to access and insert themselves into the democratic decision making process. Shawn talks with Mary Ellen Daneels about transforming Civic Education.
June 24, 2019
Episode 19: Andrew Miller - Making PBL Work
Shawn Talks with Project Based Learning (PBL) Expert Andrew Miller. Some changes take more than just making a new lesson or building a new unit.  These changes can require a whole new mindset or in some cases building a new classroom culture.  Project based Learning is one of these changes. Andrew Miller has been sharing his PBL expertise around the world and stops by today to discuss “Making PBL Work” 
May 23, 2019
Episode 18: Dr. Monica Burns - Tasks Before Apps
There is more to educational technology than having the tools and telling students to use them.  Being thoughtful about the tasks we have students complete and the proper tools to help them express their learning. Monica Burns shares her expertise on how to prioritize learning and put “Tasks Before Apps.”
May 14, 2019
Episode 17: David Lee - Design Thinking Culture & Minset
In episode 17, Greg sat down with David Lee to dig into Design Thinking.  The discussion shifts from the model itself to the importance of shifting culture and mindsets to truly leverage the design thinking process. David is an EdTech Specialist at Singapore American School and the author of Design Thinking in the Classroom.  Learn more about his work at his site, David Lee EdTech and follow along with David's work on Instagram & Twitter. 
April 24, 2019
Episode 16: Haley Shoaf - Coding in the New World of Work
In episode 16 Shawn speaks with Haley Shoaf, the Vice President of Impact at Launch Code.
February 19, 2019
Episode 15: Live From Boston
Shawn and Greg record live at the EdTechTeacher Boston Summit to explore many of the ideas that emerged from season one.
January 26, 2019
Episode 14: Greg & Shawn on Digital Citizenship
In a first ever live recording of the SWBT podcast, Greg & Shawn sat down face to face to discuss digital citizenship.
October 25, 2018
Episode 13: Austin Tong & One Childs Mission for Personalized Learning
At 13 years old he is a passionate advocate for personalized learning and has presented at conferences across the country. Austin Tong shares how the freedom to decide how to demonstrate his learning, has made a difference in his life.
October 02, 2018
Episode 12: Eric Patenoudes & The Values Driving Change in Edtech
Past guests have talked about how technology embeds values. So we went to an Edtech company with a new product to discuss just that. Eric Patenoudes shares the story of OTUS and the core values that drive their vision of education. What tools do teachers need to change how create a truly student centered and individualized experience for kids?
September 20, 2018
Episode 11: Will Richardson on Modern Schools & Learning
Will Richardson, the co-founder of Modern Learners and author of Why School? joins us to explore the complex question: What should schools look like today & how can schools create environments that support learners in a modern, connected and information rich world?
September 14, 2018
Episode 10: Audrey Watters & The Teaching Machine
Audrey Watters, the creator of Hack Education joined us to unpack the history of education & edtech, the values hard coded into our classroom technologies and the concept of the teaching machine.
September 05, 2018
Episode 9: The New World of Work - Social Media and the Modern Work Force with Taylor Hyslop
Taylor Hyslop, an expert in the field of Social Media discusses her work, her education and the skills necessary to succeed in an industry that barely existed when she was in school. Part of our periodic examination of the modern workplace our students will inhabit.
August 29, 2018
Episode 8: Multimodal Literacy and Deep Learning
Shaelynn Farnsworth, an expert on literacy discusses the concept of Unimodal & Multimodal literacy and their implications in creating "deep learning" experiences for a generation of online readers.
August 25, 2018
Episode 7: Dr. Beth Holland on The Science of School Improvement
Our EdTechTeach college, Dr. Beth Holland joins us on episode 7 to discuss the process, challenges and potential for school improvement. Through improvement science and the effort to start small and learn fast, we can potentially learn how to create sustainable change in schools and avoid institutional isomorphism.
August 16, 2018
Episode 6: Kerry Gallagher, Literacy Citizenship and the Socialization of Gaming
A compelling look at the way that our views of Literacy Citizenship and Socialization had changed and evolved in the last decade.
August 13, 2018
Episode 5: Laura Fleming, the Why Behind a Maker Space
In episode 5 we speak with Laura Fleming and unpack the why behind Maker Spaces. Laura provides her unique perspective, insight and experience to help educators new to maker spaces and those with experience get started for the upcoming school year.
August 13, 2018
Episode 4: Martin Moran, Building a School for the Future
Shawn interviews Martin Moran about the benefits and challenges of creating a new school. Martin shares the values and concepts that drive his work to create a school that "bends to the needs of the child," rather than forcing them to bend to the needs of the school.
August 06, 2018
Episode 3: Amy Burvall on Remix in Edu
Shawn & Greg interview the exceptionally creative Amy Burvall to explore the concept of Remix in Education. Amy takes on a creative journey with amazing stories and references along the way.
August 03, 2018
BONUS Episode - Dan Kemp of Book Creator
One of the foundational iPad and now Chromebook apps, Book Creator has been a go to destination for educators across the country to have students create content, tell stories and unlock creative potential with technology. In this bonus episode, Greg & Dan explore the future of Book Creator with a coming update for the 2018 school year...embedding content in Book Creator!
August 02, 2018
Episode 2: Computer Science, Coding & Learning with Douglas Kiang
Douglas Kiang, Computer Science Teacher and EdTechTeacher team member joins us for episode two where we explore the value of students learning to code and explore Computer Science.
August 01, 2018
Episode 1: Creativity with Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi joins the first episode of the So We've Been Thinking Podcast to discuss all things creativity. From the creative process, to the intersection of technology with creativity, join us for this in depth discussion about both the importance creativity in education.
July 24, 2018
So We've Been Thinking - Podcast Teaser
Shawn & Greg talk through their vision and purpose for the podcast and the So We've Been Thinking Project.
July 24, 2018