Using Podcasts as an Education Platform

Podcasts are typically an entertainment platform; listeners tune in because they enjoy the content. But you can do a lot more with audio content than just entertain. Fewer and fewer people take the time to sit down and read or watch videos, and there’s a growing interest in mobile information. If you’re invested in learning — in the classroom or in the office — podcasts can help you deliver educational content in ways that traditional content can’t.

Audio is a common tool in educational environments, so when we talk about podcasting as an educational platform we’re talking about podcasting as a complete model. That includes the production, distribution, and syndication methods that come with it. In traditional educational environments, audio is consumed on-platform or distributed directly to the student. Podcasting, on the other hand, lives on the web; it’s available to both students and non-students and it serves as both an education tool and content marketing.

Podcasts in a K-12 Environment

Educational software development moves slowly and the student experience of the content is generic.Traditional audio content in educational environments …

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Cult/Tech Podcast with Sabari Raja of Nepris

On the Cult/Tech Podcast our guest today is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nepris, Sabari Raja. Listen on SoundCloud, or using the player  below.

We discuss the STEM education gap and how the Nepris platform is addressing it by providing career role models for students all over the world.

Sabari has a strong track record in building and launching successful education technology products in markets around the globe. Prior to starting Nepris, she worked for 15 years with Education Technology division of Texas Instruments to lead product and content strategy, publisher relations, business development, partnership and alliance ecosystem for new edtech products. Sabari has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from India, Masters in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an Executive MBA degree from Cox School of Business, SMU.

 

Key Takeaways:

“It’s about connecting students with real world possibilities” Sabari at 2:02 “Not only are we creating relevance to curriculum they’re learning. We’re introducing them to careers in the process.” Sabari at 5:37 …

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Thomas Arnett of the Clayton Christensen Institute on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Joining us today on the podcast is Thomas Arnett, a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on the changing roles of teachers in blended learning environments and innovative educational models.

The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues around education, healthcare, and economic prosperity.

Key Takeaways:

“It starts by looking at what does good student learning look like? What does good instruction look like?” Thomas at 2:55 “It’s important to start small and test ideas out before you take them mainstream” Thomas at 3:37 “Why do you think Gooru is a useful tool ” listen at 7:47 “The key is to focus on what does good teaching and learning look like” Thomas at 12:40 “The key to making sure it goes well is not just technology for technology’s sake –  it’s technology to facilitate good instruction ” …

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10 Useful Mobile Apps for Tech-Savvy Students

Technology in education has revolutionized learning and is empowering students in ways that were unknown to prior generations. Students who belong to the digital generation are not only embracing the digital lifestyle, but they’re also making it their own.

Today, adapting to technology is not just about knowing how to use gadgets. It’s more about knowing how to leverage the benefits of technology and also about learning to explore the infinite possibilities technology has to offer.

Given the crucial role of edtech in education and its ability to engage students, an increasing number of educators today are encouraging the use of technology both inside and outside the classrooms. Consequently, many more students are becoming tech savvy while getting accustomed to cool new edtech tools.

With the growing demand for handheld devices like mobile phones and tablets, the popularity of apps has reached a new high. To fulfill multifarious requirements of students, several useful products have been rolled out – a few of which are listed below:

Mathway

If you’re stuck while working on your math assignment and are …

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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 (stackup.net.)

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. (http://stackup.net).

Stackup is a smart Chrome browser extension …

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Cult/Tech Podcast – Education Tech with Stackup

In this wide-ranging conversation about EdTech and digital learning, Lee Schneider speaks with Nick Garvin, founder of Stackup, and Noah Geisel, Stackup’s director of education, about the digital classroom, getting credit for online learning, and the similarities between learning and play. Stackup is a smart Chrome browser extension that teachers are using to track student reading online. It is also used by lifelong learners and job seekers to document their online reading.

The conversation touches on the complexities of marketing to educators, what teachers really want in an “app” and how students are using Stackup and other apps as part of the digital classroom. The podcast is produced by Red Cup. Lee Schneider is the communications director.

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Pokémon STOP

You can’t. Stop Pokémon GO, that is. People can’t stop walking around trying to capture Pokémon, even if it means stepping off the curb and walking into traffic. UPS drivers received a special alert this week to look out for kids not paying attention in the street because they were trying to capture imaginary creatures. A woman hunting Pokémon in Wyoming found a dead body instead. At Auschwitz, authorities asked Nintendo to keep Pokémon out of their death camp.  There was a story of a fool caught cheating on his girlfriend because the geo-locating nature of the game revealed that he was hanging out with a special friend, and hunting Pokémon. A man was fired in Singapore for ranting when he wasn’t allowed to play at work.

Look, I’m not a fan of games. I didn’t care about Pokémon when it came out in 1996, as part of the Nintendo Game Boy system, which I also fervently did not care about. But this crazy event presages the power of AR, or Augmented Reality. It is also a lesson in timing, with …

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Standing Out in a Crowded EdTech Market

We’ve convened an expert panel designed to help EDtech companies market their apps and products to educators.

As an edtech company, you have a dual market. You need to engage kids and you need to convince educators that your app, product and approach are worthwhile. Does it seem sometimes that there is an ever-widening chasm between developers and educators? Our GeniusLunch vidCast will get a dialogue going between EdTech developers, researchers and educators. You’ll learn what educators are looking for, what students want, and how to market your company to both groups.

We’re excited to host two expert panelists on this vidCast. Merve Lapus is the Western Regional Education Director for Common Sense Education. He manages school partnerships across the Western United States and collaborates with school networks, state level organizations, and community leaders to provide guidance around fostering a whole-community approach to digital citizenship and EdTech integration.

Abby Ross is the co-founder of ThinkCerca, a successful EdTech startup. ThinkCERCA is an online platform focused on literacy. The CERCA framework provides a common language for students, teachers, parents, and …

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The ABCs of Effective Marketing to Ed Tech Buyers

Ed Tech is Rich. Ed Tech is Hungry. Ed Tech is Hard to Penetrate.

Last year was a banner one for the education technology market. According to EdSurge.com, in 2015 the industry got $1.85 billion in funding. The industry has seen venture capital deals boom – and there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon. GSV Capital predicts that the education sector will go from being 9% of America’s GDP to 12%. Not too bad.

With so much attention focused on new education technology, all the “silicon” startups (Silicon Valley, Silicon Beach, Silicon Alley) are bustling to get their products in front of buyers. But how? That’s the question.

Getting to the Core of What Educators Want

Despite educators being eager for great solutions, there’s still a challenge in getting educators to try or even think about trying your product. That is, in part, due to many startups being unaware of how educators like to do business (word-of-mouth, great reviews, in-person communication) and what gets them to perk up as they pass hundreds of tables down convention aisles.

And what do …

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