Shaelynn Farnsworth on EdTech NOW

Our guest today is Shaelynn Farnsworth. Shaelynn is a leader in the convergence between literacy and technology. As High School teacher she redefined her English classroom as not only a place to learn about literature but also explore how technology is shaping the future of communications. We’re going to talk with her today about finding that balance between literature and tech, dig into digital literacy, and talk data.

EdTech Now is a short podcast about education technology and how it’s used in the classroom. The podcast is sponsored by Stackup, a Chrome browser extension that tracks reading online for teachers and students, and delivers metrics to administrators. The podcast is hosted by Noah Geisel, education director at Stackup.

Stackup is the only tool that unlocks the learning benefits of the entire web, while providing the accountability educators need to measure progress and engagement. With Stackup, you can measure and report online reading and learning for your entire district, in less than two minutes. Go to Stackup.netThe podcast is produced by Red Cup Agency.

Key Takeaways:

“I think that …

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Why Women Suffer Insomnia More Than Men – And What You Can Do About It

[Editor’s note: This post originally ran on the Calm blog and reruns here with permission.]

Far more women than men suffer insomnia or chronic sleep trouble, and middle-aged women suffer most of all, according to an international study commissioned by Calm.

Women are 40% more likely than men “always” to sleep badly, reveals the survey of 4,279 Britons and Americans, conducted by pollsters YouGov, on our behalf.

Women are 40% more likely than men to sleep badly on a regular basis, reveals the survey of 4,279 Britons and Americans.

This figure rises to 55% in middle age [aged 45-54], when the gender gap hits its peak, as does the number of women who report “always” sleeping badly.

“I certainly see more women with sleep trouble than men”, says Dr Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist and insomnia specialist, whose talk on sleep science and advice is one of Calm’s 30+ Sleep Stories.

There are several possible reasons that so many more women than men sleep badly, says Dr Orma, author of the book, Stop Worrying & Go To Sleep.

“One is hormones …

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Are Women Predestined to have Anxiety?

In college, I visited numerous doctors complaining that I was experiencing an increased heart rate and shortness of breath.

I would also call my parents, telling them I was worried for my health. However, no one could figure out what was wrong with me.

It wasn’t until a year after graduating that I finally realized my racing heartbeat and gasping for air had nothing to do with an unhealthy heart—it was caused by panic attacks from anxiety. And like me, many of my closest girlfriends also suffer from anxiety, many of them treating the condition with medication.

After talking about it, one of my male friends made a comment about how all women seem to have anxiety. At the time, I was offended by his comment, thinking he was ignorant.

But, according to research, his observation may not be that far off.

Read the rest of the article here.

Learn more about Melissa Woods and Getting Past Anxiety.

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Food Activism In the Digital Age A Conversation with Anna Lappé

What does a food activist do?

To answer the question, look no further than Anna Lappé. She is the founder and director of Real Food Media, a collaborative initiative that catalyzes creative storytelling and media about food, farming, and sustainability. “We work with partners across the country to really elevate the solutions that we find out there that are transforming the food system toward greater sustainability and equity, and then we help people understand what are the real impacts that we have to worry about it, about our current foods just don’t why we need such transformation,” she says.

In this episode, she discusses why the food choices that are good for your body are also good for the planet, why excessive consumer demand for meat is constructed and manipulated by media and marketing, and why cooking a good meal at home is a good idea.

Listen to Future of Food here.

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What If That Apple Isn’t Perfect?

Ugly food is good food — or so we tried to tell you in “Why We Should Eat Ugly Food.” If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the rundown: Up to 40% of fruits and vegetables don’t make it from the farm to the supermarket because they do not fit certain industry aesthetic standards. But companies and initiatives like Imperfect Produce exist to make these “ugly” fruits and veggies accessible to those who want them and reduce the amount of food we throw away each year (estimates run to $160 billion worth annually).

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Bill Fitzgerald of Common Sense Media on EdTech NOW

Our guest today is Bill Fitzgerald, Director of the Privacy Evaluation Initiative at Common Sense Media. Bill evaluates the privacy practices of vendors building education tech, and was also a classroom teacher for 16 years.

The EdTech NOW podcast is sponsored by Stackup, the only tool that unlocks the learning benefits of the entire web, while providing the accountability educators need to measure progress and engagement. With Stackup, you can measure and report online reading and learning for your entire district, in less than two minutes. Got to ( We post all episodes on SoundCloud and ITunes. Visit us on Medium for show archives and notes.

Key Takeaways:

“One of the things that we try and do at Common Sense is, you know, look for ways where we can actually help people working in the classrooms make informed decisions more quickly” Bill at 1:47 “We never lose when we are intentional about our pedagogy, and we try and actually provide tools and resources to let people be more intentional about what they …

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How to Leverage Pop-Ups for Your Brand with Melissa Gonzalez on the Brandboom Podcast

On the Brandboom podcast Amy Zhou discovers trends and shares tips and stories from the savviest retail brands. Our guest today is Melissa Gonzalez. Melissa is a retail futurist and expert consultant in pop-up shops, who has been awarded design:retail 40 under 40 for her work transforming retail environments. She brings some deep knowledge on how pop-ups can benefit your brand, which brands should try them, and why pop-ups have become more popular. You can also find the podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Tunein, Stitcher, and the Google Play store.


Key Takeaways:

“So it’s just always kind of like a new puzzle that we’re solving and figuring out, and, you know, and helping people rethink how they can create an experience, and what can’t I deliver online that I wanna bring into the offline world?” Melissa at 4:57 “There’s an opportunity for really, really high-touch interaction and learning in a physical space that you just can’t do online.” Melissa at 6:15 “You can’t hear what your customer is saying unless they’re posting on socials or making, …

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Find the Perfect Buyer for Your Fashion Line

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

You’ve heard that phrase before and you know it’s the truth. Connections are everything. You just have to have high-quality people looking at your fashion line for it to make it.It’s a complex connection – let me give you some more detail here.

Secrets of Connection

Want to connect with the perfect buyer for your fashion brand? You’ve done the hard work already – being a genius creative. Now, let’s work together to let the world know about you through networking, connections, and building strong relationships with the right people. They are all vital when it comes to succeeding at marketing a brand.

Here are some methods to help you establish and ensure good relations between you and your buyers.

Read the rest of the article on Brandboom.

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