Trending in Education - Episode 69 - Gifts For Life Long Learners

December 5, 2017

What sorts of gifts do you give to the lifelong learners in your life? We explore several options and stumble onto insights about the power of teaching, listening, and learning from others.


Trending in Education - Episode 68 - Educational Gifts for Kids

November 28, 2017

Tis the season! Dan, Mike, and Brandon discuss some potential gifts for the young learner in your life. What are some of the more popular STEM focused gifts this holiday season? What gift combines the best digital and real world applications? Brandon also discusses a product very popular at his daughter's pre-school.


Trending in Education - Episode 67 - Laughing and Learning - Using humor in the classroom

November 21, 2017

Why was six afraid of seven? On this week's episode, Mike, Brandon, and Dan tackle the use of humor in the classroom. Can a good joke help students feel more at ease? How about a timely or topic-driven pun or funny turn of phrase? Can too many jokes makes students feel uneasy? Tune in for our thoughts on laughing and learning.


Trending in Education - Episode 66 - DuoLingo, Blue Canoe And You - An Inside Look at Language Learning

November 14, 2017

Mike, Brandon, and Dan take a look at different approaches to language learning and education. Are apps like Duolingo and Blue Canoe making foreign language learning easier through gamification? Can language education be harder when binge learn? How important is the language used in a podcast title to get you to listen? All that and more on our latest Trending In Education.


Trending in Education - Extra - The Upside Down -Stranger Things 2 Breakdown

November 10, 2017

We take a trip to Hawkins, Ind and The Upside Down to dig into Season 2 of Stranger Things. Be forewarned, Thar Be Spoilers! The squad begins by going deep on binging patterns and the way media consumption has changed. Brandon theorizes about themes involving science, the gap between childhood and adulthood. A good time is had by all.


Trending in Education - Episode 65 - Disruption and the Innovator’s Dilemma in Education

November 7, 2017

This week, we look at disruption in edtech and education. We talk about the Innovator's Dilemma and look to see where the much discussed education disruption may come to fruition. We also grade a recent list of "10 disruptions that will revolutionize education" from Peter Cookson Jr at Edweek. Where did our trio fall in grading out the predictions? Which did Brandon see as incomplete? And which did Mike give an A for aspirational?


Trending in Education - Episode 64 - Creativity and the Brain

October 31, 2017

On this week's Trending In Education, Brandon, Mike, and Dan discuss creativity and brain chemistry. Mike introduces as an excellent resource to the discussion. What does it mean to be in a rut and how can creative thinking help push your way out of it? We also find out how to properly pronounce the word macaque.


Trending in Education - Episode 63 - College Transfers and Access, Diversity, and Inclusion

October 24, 2017

This week we welcome special guest Nancy Sanchez, author of the just released book Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer. Nancy provides insight into the transfer process and how access to premium institutions don't always take the same path. What do you need to know about transferring for your children or students? How can you plan the way forward in education that best suits you? For more on the guide, visit


Trending in Education - Episode 62 - Sports & Learning

October 17, 2017

Mike, Brandon, and Dan discuss the intersection of sports and education. What can lessons can be learned in how and why we play sports that could be beneficial in the classroom? Does learning a new sport later in life help you as much mentally as it does physically? We also look at the latest venture from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and how he's discussing the total athlete preparation.


Trending in Education - Extra - Fake News and the Classroom in the Bronx with Kisha Henry

October 14, 2017

Following up on our Fake News episode, Mike Palmer and Esther Lee sit down to chat with Kisha Henry. Kisha is a teacher from the Bronx who engaged students on fake news and media literacy via a chat bot they were already using in the classroom. Listen to how Kisha integrated the new lessons and challenged her students to question what they read online.