Neuroscience, Whole Child and Teacher Development with Dr. Bror Saxberg & Glenn Whitman - Trending in Education - Extra

December 20, 2018

Mike and Dan welcome two great guests, Bror Saxberg and Glenn Whitman, to discuss the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, neuroscience and learning, and how a holistic approach to education applies to teaching and teacher development. Phew!

Bror, Vice President, Learning Science at CZI, discusses the mission of the organization and how it recently invested in CTTL. Glenn describes the work that's been done on a local level at the St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Maryland and how that work is being scaled across the US and globally through CZI.

Can training teachers on how the brain works make them more effective in the classroom? We talk often about teaching the whole student, but can we miss out on reaching the whole teacher? CTTL has done some great work in the field and have partnered with CZI to build NeuroTeach, which is set to launch broadly in January. Tune in for a wide-ranging discussion on neuroscience, learning engineering, growth mindset, microlearninf, and much more. We may even debunk a few neuromyths before we’re done.



Is Learning Math Still Relevant? - Trending In Education - Episode 123

December 18, 2018

On this week’s episode, Mike, Brandon and Dan tackle the importance of math! How does learning math benefit a student? Has science isolated the parts of the brain most used when learning and applying math? Math, in all its forms, has long caused anxiety and fear amongst students and life-long learners. Why does math cause so many issues for some learners and how can they learn to adopt a growth mindset when it comes to math rather than a self-defeating one?

Tune in for a wide ranging discussion on math and learning! Join in the conversation by leaving a comment wherever you listen to podcasts or on Twitter by following us @TrendingInEd.


The Healthcare Landscape and Nursing Education with Dr. Susan Sanders - Trending in Education - Episode 122

December 11, 2018

Mike and Dan sit down with Dr. Susan Sanders, Vice President of Nursing at Kaplan Test Prep, to discuss health and nursing education and what’s new and emerging in the space. Susan brings a wealth of experience in the nursing field and recent work with the healthcare simulations like Kaplan iHuman product to the discussion. How do nurse educators tackle topics like the importance of self-care and burnout / compassion fatigue? Can students get as much out of simulations as they can real life interactions? Where can this sort of technology bring us in the future? Join us as we cover these and other important questions.



Debunking the 10% Brain Myth - Trending in Education - Episode 121

December 4, 2018

You've probably heard that we only use 10% of our brain. And 64% of us believe that's true, at least according to a 2014 study. Where did this myth begin and why are people so likely to believe it? How do pop culture references and science fiction movies help to perpetuate this false statement? Join us as we debunk this myth once and for all.


Screen Time and the Socioeconomic Divide - Trending In Education - Episode 120

November 27, 2018

Mike, Brandon, and Dan discuss a recent New York Times article that points out that the digital gap between high and low socioeconomic status is not what we expected it to be. How have the leaders of Silicon Valley changed the way their children interact with screens and devices? How is the use of screen time inverting traditional expectations about use of digital products? Is screen time the learning equivalent of easy access to fast food? We explore our own personal experiences and awareness of time with screens, discuss how screens might influence empathy and social emotional learning, and look ahead to what might be next in the evolving landscape of parenting, education, and time on screens.


The Best Gifts for Kids and Life Long Learners this Holiday Season - Trending in Education Episode 119

November 20, 2018

On this week's episode, we turn our attention to the top learning gifts to give to kids and life long learners. As the holiday gift-giving season nears, we take a look back at our discussion last year on Magna-Tiles and explore some other great ideas for the young learners in your life. For lifelong learners, our trio of hosts discuss the idea of gifting a subscription to a service like Audible or Blinkist. 

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday on the horizon, here's to an amazing holiday season where we all explore how the gift of learning can bring joy to those you love.


Music, Synesthesia, and Flow States with Ken Florence - Trending in Education - Extra

November 16, 2018

Following up on our music and learning episode, Mike and Dan sit down with Ken Florence to discuss his own personal experiences with music and learning. As a performer, a composer, and a musical educator, Ken brings multiple perspectives to the conversation. Ken shares his experiences of synesthesia and how that impacts how he interacts with words, numbers, and music. We also discuss the use of music as a study and recall aid and reference the work of Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi as it relates to music, performance, and learning. Dan shares a story of how he used vocal lessons to overcome being monotone when speaking.

We hope you enjoy listening and we look forward to hearing more sound from Ken as a he continues to contribute to the show in the future. 


Music and Learning, with Ken Florence - Trending in Education - episode 118

November 13, 2018

On this week's episode, we explore the complex and multifaceted relationships between music and learning. Mike and Brandon kick off the conversation talking about their own experiences with music and learning while exploring some common myths and misconceptions relating to this topic.

Then we introduce a new contributor to the pod, Ken Florence. Ken's a composer, musician, and music teacher from NYC who will be adding new sound to our pods beginning with this episode. Ken talks briefly about how learning music changed the way he learned other subjects. We'll dig in further with Ken during an extra later this week.

As we add new music and sound over the course of this week and in upcoming episodes, we'd love to hear more from our listeners regarding what you like about the sound and what you'd like us to continue to improve on in future shows.

With that, we'd like to welcome Ken to our crew and hope you continue to enjoy listening.


Non-Obvious Trends and Predicting the Future with Rohit Bhargava - Trending In Education - Episode 117

November 6, 2018

Mike and Brandon welcome Rohit Bhargava, founder of the Non-Obvious company, back to the podcast to discuss trend curation, predicting the future, and the challenge of being Non-Obvious. Rohit grades himself on his 2018 prediction by reviewing how he did with Lightspeed Learning and Data Pollution in particular. He shares some initial thoughts about new trends that are emerging for 2019 and pays special attention to how this all relates to learning and education.

Listen in to get an early read on a few surprising trends that are on the horizon as we prepare to head into the new year.


Science Vs host, Wendy Zukerman, Live from NAB New York Part 2 - Trending In Education - Extra

November 2, 2018

More from NAB with Mike, Brandon, and Wendy Zukerman of Science Vs, a Gimlet podcast, talking Binge Learning, the Lightning Round, and more. Wendy continues to be awesome. Mike is stumped about Serial Killers (beyond the obvious) but rebounds a bit about Vegans. Maybe he learned something after all. Brandon opens us up for some audience participation. We wrap up an amazing live experience at the NAB New York Conference at the Javits Center. 

Thanks to Wendy, Gimlet, NAB, Tim O'Shaughnessy, Podcast Movement, and Andy Rosen for their support getting this together!