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Education is at a crossroads, and it’s becoming more and more clear that a full reimagination of school is now needed to best prepare our children for a fast-changing, globally-networked world of learning, work, and life. We discuss how these principles can provide a framework for educational change in your school.
||CleanModern Learners Podcast #27: A Pluralistic School||"We've moved from an experience rich, information poor world to an experience poor, information rich world." And that, according to Joel Pelcyger, is a cause for some deep thinking about the role and value of schools in the modern world. - Pelcyger,||11/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanModern Learners Podcast #26: Alternatives to Assessment||With all of the problems associated with standardized testing and school assessments in general, is it finally time to start a different conversation about how we assess learning in schools? That's the question that Will and Bruce discuss on this our 2.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanModern Learners Podcast #25: Students Saving the World||In this podcast Bruce has a conversation with Michael Furdyk, Director of Innovation at Taking It Global which he co-founded with his wife Jennifer Corriero seventeen years ago. TiG is a truly global organization,||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Culture of Change – Modern Learners Podcast #24||If you can change the culture of a huge business that has over 124,000 employees, does that mean you can change the culture of schools that in many cases have only a few hundred, or in some cases a few dozen employees? -||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOf Hurricanes and Agency – Modern Learners Podcast #23||It's been a while since our last podcast, partly by design and partly due to travels to islands during hurricane season. (Smart move.) But regardless, we're back with our 23rd episode! - If you haven't noticed,||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Quitter Economy-Modern Learners Podcast #22||So, what does work look like for our kids: A career means a string of jobs at different companies. So workers respond in kind, thinking about how to shape their career in a world where you can expect so little from employers.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs College a Risk? The Modern Learners Podcast #21||Is it now riskier for some people to go to college right out of high school than instead to take some time off, do apprenticeships, or create a unique path to expertise? That's the question that Seth Godin asked in a recent podcast,||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanModern Learners Podcast #20: Norms for Learning – An Interview With Brett Jacobsen||What norms do you have in your school, not just for behavior, but for learning? In most schools, norms exist, but they are not as clearly articulated as these five at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School outside of Atlanta, Ga.: -||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Cheatin’ Tech||First, some context for the 19th episode of the Modern Learners Podcast: Kids cheat in school. In high school. In college. Do a quick Google search and you'll find all sorts of research that bears this out. Ask a kid,||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanISTE a Wrap!||Last week, one of the premier edtech events in the world took place in San Antonio, and it was our good fortune (Bruce, Missy, and I) to all be in attendance at the ISTE 2017 conference with about 16,000 others. In this podcast,||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAR, VR, AI, and BS: The Modern Learners Podcast, ISTE17 Edition||Greeting from San Antonio, where Bruce, Missy, and I are gathering for our second Change School retreat, our first Change School Social, and, of course, the mammoth #ISTE17 conference where something like 17K educators from around the world are getting.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanModern Learners Podcast #16: Helping Students Build a Presence Online||To what extent should we give students the opportunity to create their own presence and, dare we say it, brand online? - On the college level, that's being done with the project "Domain of One's Own" which was started at Mary Washington University a f..||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre Your Schools Tracking These “Trends” on the Internet?||What are the "Internet Trends" that educators need to wrap their brains around? That's the question Will and Bruce kick around as they take a deep dive into Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report released last week.||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Leaders Leave Can Change be Sustained?||What needs to be in place for high-bar change initiatives in schools to sustain when the leader of that change initiative retires or moves to another school or district? That's the question Bruce and Will discuss in Episode #14 of the Modern Learners P.||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOvercoming Obstacles||In this new podcast episode, Will and Bruce discuss the barriers to making change happen in schools. - First, they reflect on the work they have done with school leaders recently. They often begin work with school leaders by asking the leaders to iden..||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat’s Changed? Recap of 200 Shifting Conversations||In today's episode, Will and Bruce reflect on six of their two hundred Shifting Conversations posts that they have written over the last three years. Some things have changed, and some have not. - Often times,||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting Parents Ready for New Context of School||Bruce and Will talk about the challenge of helping parents understand the new context for school and work. After debating for a bit about how much responsibility the school should take for this work, they agree that school's must play a role in educati.||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVoice, Choice and Mastery with Rodney Bowler||In this episode, Will Richardson talks with Rodney Bowler and Aaryn Schmuhl from Henry County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Rodney is District Superintendent for Henry County Schools, while Aaryn is Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Realities of Deep Change with Lawrence DeMaeyer||In this episode, Will Richardson talks with Lawrence DeMaeyer about the realities of deep change at Peel School Board outside of Toronto, Ontario. - Lawrence received his Masters in Education from the University of Toronto,||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChange.School is Ready for You. Are You Ready for Change.School?||In our newest podcast, Will and Bruce discuss the new Change.School learning community, and they talk about the history of Modern Learners and how it's led to this new push to raise the bar on reimagining schools. It's a little bit of backstory,||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Community Voice Can Drive Change in Schools with John Jungmann||How often have you thought of your school community as a driver for change? And if you have, how do you manage that? - How can we establish better connections between what happens inside our schools and the everyday experiences of people in the wider ..||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiversity in a Complex World with Rafranz Davis||What’s required to build support for change in a diverse community? How do you tackle the big issues around change, when so many small ones are gathering momentum? - What does it take to ensure that the day-to-day distractions that every school leader||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConfirmation Bias and Literacy – The ML Podcast||This week Will and Bruce dive into a deep conversation about literacy and confirmation bias. The conversation was triggered by the New Yorker article Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds by Elizabeth Kolbert. What Should Schools Be Doing?||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeveloping a Culture of Yes with Pam Moran||What does it take for a vision to become a reality, when you are able to build a change culture across a school or District? Specifically, what does it take for that culture to reflect a move away from the teaching toward learning and away from consumi.||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning is Personal not Personalized||Personal learning Will and Bruce talk deeply about one of the biggest buzz words in education: Personalized Learning. They riff on this article from Wired. Will is a long time advocate for personal learning and not personalized learning.||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Transparency Can Lead Change||Dr. Art Fessler on How Transparency Can Lead Change What's one of the hardest moving targets for leaders to hit when it comes to change? - Why would you want to create a branding guide for your district? Why is the common language so important when .||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanModern Learners Podcast||Modern Learners Podcast Welcome to the Modern Learners podcast. We are excited to be launching this podcast as a way of connecting with our community. We'll use this medium to give you a glimpse into the discussions we have at Modern Learners with eac..||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Deep Thoughts with Will and Bruce
Will and Bruce provide wit and wisdom around the topic of modern learning. Themes revolve around the question, "What is Learning?". In this age where kids have access to billions of pages of knowledge at their fingertips, school leaders need to consider how to hlep young people navigate their networks. Worth a listen for all educators.
Forward thinking, relevant, entertaining
I just can't get enough of these guys. Interviews are thoughtful and interesting. I'm always impressed with the follow up comments and questions. Please continue to rev-up our thinking!
Since I found this podcast, Facebook group and blog I have been inspired to continue my efforts at reforming my classroom practice as well as be part of big changes in my district to meet the challenge of preparing our students to be learning how to use the knowledge available at their fingertips for their role in society now and in the future.