Dr. Thornburg has worked in the field of educational technology since the early 1980’s. His focus is on STEM education, and he is a strong proponent of tinkering as a pathway to helping children learn about engineering. He is the co-author of the book “The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom” which is aligned to both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Math standards. Listen in as Steve and David talk the advantages of inquiry-driven, project based learning and what education means in a modern world.

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What is digital ethnography? How difficult is it to learn to use a 3D game creation engine? How would Maker Schools change how we do education? Why are initiation rituals a critical right of passage into a society? Speaking of rituals, today’s guest Michael Wesch advocates the adoption of some curious rituals. Keep your headphones in or your bluetooth synced up, because today’s podcast has enough quotable ideas to really stir your noodles. I won’t give any spoilers, so let’s listen in to the conversation Michael and I had recently at the Bakersfield College Learning Technologies Conference.

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In this episode, that originally aired on November 6, 2014, Steve and Dr. Linda Polin have a lively discussion about taking back education from the forces that have corrupted it, including the answers to questions such as:

How can you learn secrets directly from a great inventor?
How do we take back education from the dark forces of the universe?
How can we help students become who they were meant to be?

Stay tuned. Some of Linda’s answers may surprise you!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Welcome to the podcast where we discuss innovation and potential in teens. At this time of year, we explore gratitude and the effects of thankfulness on our lives. Today’s episode is about “Hope”–specifically hope for parents and educators who may have a student with unrealized potential. If you need a shot in the arm or encouragement to stay the course, today is for you.

Allison is a professionally certified educational therapist and the Program Development Manager at the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). As a young person facing chronic pain, she learned the value of hope and tenacity, and these experiences shaped her desire to see the full potential in students cultivated and bloom into beautiful things. Let’s listen in for a hope-filled journey through the life of a passionate educator.

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This is the podcast where we discuss curiosity and innovation for teenagers. I can’t wait to introduce you to Sarah! Today she and I will be discussing the path we take to our ultimate career. Often when students finish college to enter the work force, there is a bit of a haze as they begin choosing where they will work. This confusion is normal if they’ve never taken the time to actually understand themselves.

Sarah Marcotte is a science and engineering communicator. She began her career in museums with Art History but through a bizarre experience on a New York City sidewalk, she fell in love with science and engineering–subjects she’d never given a second glance in high school. Join me as we follow Sarah’s path to an exciting career!

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