Bernard Bull on EdTech NOW – Show Notes

This is EdTech Now, a ten-minute podcast about education technology and how it’s used in the classroom.

Our guest is Bernard Bull, who has his own great podcast, Moonshot EDU. He is also the author of What Really Matters? Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education. We focus today on reading and motivation in the classroom and how tech can influence and help reading. Lee Schneider is the interviewer. Noah Geisel, education director of Stackup, is a frequent guest on the podcast. Produced by Red Cup Agency, EdTech NOW is sponsored by Stackup (

Key Takeaways from this Podcast

  • When students have choice and ownership, they are more likely to be engaged (1:01)
  • Literacy today is not just being able to read, it’s also learning to write, listen, speak and understand the nuances of communication (5:37)
  • Tech in the classroom should not be seen as a magic solution but rather a tool that motivates students to communicate and think critically in a digital age (8:00)

EdTech NOW is sponsored by Stackup. (

Stackup is a smart Chrome browser extension that gives students recognition for all of their online reading. With Stackup’s Measure Reading Level button teachers and students can instantly identify the grade level of the text on a web page with a single click of a button. Now, in real time, a teacher can quickly decipher whether a certain web page is an appropriate reading assignment for her students. This feature will be also helpful for students who want to ensure that they are reading appropriately leveled texts.