World Cup 2018 - Mystic Animal versus AI Predictions and the Beautiful Game - Trending in Education - Episode 97

June 19, 2018

Mike, Brandon, and Dan jump onto the pitch with this look at the 2018 World Cup. We talk predictions from mystical animals as well as artifical intillegence. Does Mystic Marcus the Pig have the final four teams locked up or do AI's 100,000 simulations prove Spain and Germany will be the last teams standing? We touch on Random Forest simulations and Poisson distributions as we explore the various ways in which humans make predictions. Ane we wrap it all up with a quick dive into a great set of resources from TheirWorld.Org which breaks down the teams and their respective countries based on relevant educational statistics. All that and more on the latest Trending In Education.


Sleep and Learning with Dr. Kimberly Fenn, from the Sleep and Learning Lab at Michigan State - Trending In Education - Extra

June 15, 2018

Following up on recent episode on Sleep and Learning, Mike and Dan talk to Dr. Kimberly Fenn, Associate Professor and Lead Researcher for The Sleep and Learning Lab, Michigan State University. Dr. Fenn provides more insight and detail regarding chronotypes, circadian nadirs, napping, and insomnia. We explore her research into the important role sleep plays in memory consolidation as we track the growing awakening (see what we did there) to the importance of sleep to health and cognitive performance. In all, it was an especially impressive team performance considering it was recorded during the siesta hour. Enjoy!


To Sleep, Perchance to Learn - Sleep, Memory, and Learning - Trending in Education - Episode 96

June 12, 2018

Mike, Dan, and Brandon take a look at how sleep influences our learning. The myth of learning while you sleep (hypnopaedia) may have been debunked long ago, but sleep greatly influences being ready to learn. According to recent studies, sleep is also a time your brain works to consolidate long term memories. Our trio digs into that and much, much more.


Halo Effect - eSports Deep Dive with Sean Swidersky - Trending In Education Extra

June 8, 2018

Dan and Mike spend some quality time with Sean Swidersky, a former professional Halo (video game) player who has since retired and is now producing gaming content for Microsoft and Halo. Sean shares his story of becoming a professional gamer at age 13 in the early days of eSports . We explore how the world is changing with more and more young folks spending time, generating income, and building careers in the growing gaming industry. We examine the challenges both kids and parents are facing in a rapidly changing world of streamers, gaming, and new media.


Starbucks - Implicit Bias Training in The Third Place - Trending in Education - Episode 95

June 5, 2018

Mike, Dan, and Brandon take a look back at the Starbucks nationwide implicit bias training that took place across over 8000 stores and reached more than 175-thousand employees in last week. We explore the approach Starbucks took to design their trainings and provide feedback and insight into what was included. We dig into the policy changes that are taking effect and explore how this ties to a long history of limiting access to public space and Starbucks' mission of providing a Third Place.


Meeker Report 2018 with Melissa Griffith - Trending In Education - Extra

June 1, 2018

Mike and Dan sit down with Melissa Griffith, Vice President of Analytics and Strategy at Kaplan Test Prep, to discuss the newly released 2018 Meeker Report on Internet Trends. We dive into the growth of the internet, expansion of mobile access, the importance of data privacy and more. How does China's population view the sharing of their data in comparsion to that of the United States? What does the report have to say about life-long learning and the future workforce? How do Fortnite and Slack relate to all of this?

Tune in to find out.


Generations and Workforce Readiness with Tarlin Ray, Kaplan Labs - Trending in Education - Episode 94

May 29, 2018

This week, Mike, Dan, and Brandon welcome Tarlin Ray, co-founder of Kaplan Labs and former president of Dev Bootcamp. We talk generational learning and the future of work. What's the biggest issue facing managers and new workers? What does GenZ need to succeed in the work place? How important is open communication and feedback?

Listen in to find out. 


The Art of the Spoil - The Psychology of Cliffhangers, Infinity War, and more - Trending In Education - Episode 93

May 22, 2018

This week we explore the Laurel v Yanni phenomenon before diving into the psychology of spoiling and how it relates to the Zeigarnik effect, a pyschological phenomenon describing a tendency to remember interrupted or incomplete tasks more easily than tasks that have been completed.

We talk about the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster The Avengers: Infinity War. Mike and Brandon gradually expose some spoilage potential for the movie for Dan. The first part of the show is spoiler-free. By the end of the show, however, let the listener beware.

Caveat audiens, lest ye be spoilt!


Debunking the Learning Style Myth - Trending In Education - Episode 92

May 15, 2018

Have you ever had a student say "I can't learn by reading?" Have you ever opined "This would be a lot easier if I could listen to it?" Do you consider yourself a kinesthetic or visual learner? This week on the show we explore the myths of learning styles, teaching styles, VARKO the AARPVARK, and much much more.


Teacher Appreciation Week - National Teacher Day Extra - Kaplan Teacher of the Year, Craig Harman - Trending in Education

May 11, 2018

We close out our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day (on Tuesday) by interviewing Kaplan's Teacher of the Year, Craig Harman. Mike and Dan talk with Craig about his path to teaching, engaging with students in an online classroom, the diversity of an online classroom, and more.