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Teaching Matters

Teaching Matters

From WOUB Public Media

Teaching Matters is an audio series exploring the unique needs of students.

Most Recent Episodes

A Mobile App for Teaching WWI

Theo Mayer is a self-proclaimed history nerd who is also passionate about the relevance of technology for learning. Working as the Chief Technologist for the Doughboy Foundation, Tayo and a team of developers created a mobile app that employs AR/VR concepts and narrative to help students in middle and high school grade levels learn about WWI. In addition to discussing the app and other resources provided by the foundation, Theo also provides some of his thoughts on how technology will continue to progress as a teaching and learning resources. For more on the Doughboy Foundation and their mobile app, visit: https://doughboy.org/ Connect with Theo on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theomayer/

A School Safety Tool

Faculty, staff, and students' safety is of paramount concern for all educational systems. Although high-profile threats to safety capture national media attention, daily threats to safety such as altercations, vandalism, health incidents, and other issues must be part of a holistic safety strategy. Stacy Locke, Deputy Superintendent of Yakima (WA) Schools, discusses how personal safety buttons from CENTEGIX have been integrated into that district's safety plan—a strategy that had payoff only 24-hours after implementation. Fair warning, during our interview Stacey received an alert that one of the elementary schools was placed on lockdown—thankfully, that lockdown was a drill, though it provided us with immediate insight on how the system promotes rapid communication and reaction.

Using Teachergram for Sustained Professional Development

In special education, as well as the larger teaching field, there exists significant needs for ongoing professional development where teachers can orient with affinity groups that provide support and feedback that extends beyond local school districts. Dr. Jen Newton, an Associate Professor in the Patton College of Education at Ohio University and co-creator of Teaching is Intellectual, discusses how Teachergram, a specific use of Instagram by teachers, is fulfilling that need. Newton and co-author Mira Cole Williams recently published an article on this topic in the Journal of Special Education Technology: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/01626434211033596 https://teachingisintellectual.com

The Need for Computer Science Education

Since the time of Sputnik, national education reform initiatives have made the case for integrating science, technology, engineering, and math into education at greater levels. Dr. Whitney Dove, CEO of Ellipsis Education, suggests that even greater attention should be given to computer science instruction. Dr. Dove discuses the need for holistic computer science curriculum as well as intentional professional development for computer science teachers. Learn more at: https://ellipsiseducation.com/

Empowering Teachers and Students for Success

Randi Economou is a former educator and current CEO of Capstone, an educational technology and publishing company dedicated to equitable access to education. In this discussion, Randi narrates her journey from the classroom to being an industry leader and also explains her perspectives on the need for high quality educational resources to empower teaching and learning.

A case study of internships at the Ulster (NY) Board of Cooperative Educational Services

Internships are commonly identified as a high-impact learning opportunity for students attending higher education institutions. Less frequently are internships discussed as a valuable learning tool for high school students. In this episode, Peter Harris, an Assistant Superintendent at the Ulster County (NY) Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), discusses the benefits of the engaging students with industry leaders to promote community building, career preparation, and learning.

A case study of internships at the Ulster (NY) Board of Cooperative Educational Services

Global competence skills and Artificial Intelligence: A discussion with Dana Mortenson

Following the release of ChatGPT, artificial intelligence has rapidly become one of the most disruptive technology innovations in education. Though still early in adoption, the near-future impact of AI on teaching and learning is apparent. Dana Mortenson, CEO of the education non-profit World Savvy, discusses how AI technology can be facilitative in promoting global competence, inclusivity, and active learning approaches that help students develop assets as responsible global citizens.

Global competence skills and Artificial Intelligence: A discussion with Dana Mortenson

High-Dosage Online Tutoring

The use of online synchronous communication tools in education has dramatically increased because of ubiquitous access to technology as well as external pressures such as the Pandemic. Remind is an online platform that facilitates easy communication between teachers, students, and families. Recently, Remind expanded its services to include online Tutoring. In this episode, Remind President and CEO, Quenton Cook, discusses the potential for online tools to provide robust options for high-dosage tutoring to help students achieve at higher levels.

Authentic Pedagogy and Student Achievement

Don Berg is an education researcher and practitioner who has focused his career on understanding how to better enact authentic pedagogy that equitably serves students. He has authored multiple books, the most recent of which is the 2022 publication, Schooling for Holistic Equity: How to Manage the Hidden Curriculum for K-12. In this discussion, Don explains his perspective on authentic pedagogy as well as the fake achievement, resulting from an over-emphasis on standardized testing, that can hamper students' growth.

The Story of SEL at Jeanne Meadow Elementary

As we navigate to post-pandemic normalcy, schools are seeking ways to address achievement gaps heightened by the pandemic while also addressing the wellbeing of students, faculty, and families. Dr. JuDonn DeShields, Chief Program and Strategy Officer from the education nonprofit PowerMyLearning, discusses a case study of how Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) was integrated into Meadows Elementary in San Jose, CA. This case study narrates the power of distributed leadership, innovation, and empowerment stemming from an integrated rather than "another thing" approach to SEL.