092 – Multidisciplinary Projects with Zack Dowell

Multidisciplinary Projects with Zack Dowell [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Can a fish be trained like a dog? Can a school project be both art and science as well as entertainment and curiosity? How do we bring engagement back to the classroom? Today’s podcast will grab you by the ears and entertain them all the way through. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing Online Radio Show. Every week we interview successful individuals from across the career spectrum and share their stories. Continue reading →

085 – Young Makers with Peggy Healy Stearns

Young Makers with Peggy Healy Stearns [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Can you learn to write software without programming experience? How is educational software unique? How important is technical confidence for young learners? Join us for a look at technology through the lens of educational software. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing Online Radio Show.  Every week we interview successful individuals from across the career spectrum and share their stories.  Hearing the stories of others who have been down a tricky Continue reading →

083 – The Longterm View with Peter Skillen

The Longterm View with Peter Skillen [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Do kids really secretly enjoy hard problems? What happens when we let children control their own learning? What can US educators learn from Canadian educators? Join us for some perspectives from the other side of our northern border. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast. I’m going to begin today with an excerpt from Marvin Minsky’s book, The Society of Mind. “Why are processes so hard to classify? In earlier Continue reading →

081 – Project-Based Learning with Ben Owens

Project-Based Learning with Ben Owens [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Are there important innovators and inventors in public schools? Can being an engineer prepare you for the classroom? How can a public school bring project-based learning into every class? Join us as we speak with a true educational inventor from the mountains of western North Carolina. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast where we bring fresh perspectives at the intersection of innovation, education, and parenting. You have probably heard of Continue reading →

080 – Powerful Girls with Kiki Prottsman

Powerful Girls with Kiki Prottsman [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode When is the best time to introduce technology to your kids? Is there and advantage to introducing technical problem-solving early? How do we introduce coding in kindergarten? Today’s guest will fascinate you with the answers. I’m sure that at some point in our lives we have heard the words, “You’re just a girl.” Those four and a half words can be very dangerous. One of my favorite Youtube videos is the Continue reading →

078 – Math and Shop Class with Jonathan Schwartz

Math and Shop Class with Jonathan Schwartz [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Join us for the interesting plot twists in today’s podcast.Can shop class make kids better at math? What thinking skills are learned in a shop class? How exactly does a professional kayaker become a math teacher? Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast. We took a much needed one week break from the show last week, but we’re back at it this week with a power-packed show. Today we’re Continue reading →

075 – Innovators and the F-Word with Tony Wagner

Innovators and the F-Word with Tony Wagner [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode How can we get teens to discover their innovation potential? What is the secret of educating for innovation? How much will innovation matter over the next 20 years? Join us for a gripping look into the future economy and what students will need for success. Today’s guest is an expert in residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab and an extremely innovative educator. If you have been wrestling with how to bring Continue reading →

074 – Hands-On Education with Stephen Bralley

Hands-On Education with Stephen Bralley [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode What does it feel like to be a student with dyslexia? Do some forms of teaching create more powerful learning? What is the real meaning and purpose for letter grades? This thought-provoking episode holds the answers to these questions. Today’s episode is one of the most quotable episodes we’ve had. We have had a few like this one, Michael Wesch’s episode #25 for instance. You will want to listen closely because Continue reading →

073 – Googling with Eric Hennigan

Googling with Eric Hennigan [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Have you ever wanted to work at Google? Does Google really have a climbing wall at the office? How important is practical programming experience if you want to work at Google? Today on the Table Top Inventing podcast we are talking to a Googler*. If you are curious about some of the things you’ve read about Google, their employees, and the amenities at the office, stay tuned. On the interview, Eric Hennigan Continue reading →

067 – A Real Education with Dr. David Thornburg

Dr. Thornburg has worked in the field of educational technology since the early 1980's. His focus is on STEM education, and he is a strong proponent of tinkering as a pathway to helping children learn about engineering. He is the co-author of the book "The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom" which is aligned to both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Math standards. Listen in as Steve and David talk the advantages of inquiry-driven, project based learning and what education means in a modern world.

066 – Transformational Learning with Michael Wesch

What is digital ethnography? How difficult is it to learn to use a 3D game creation engine? How would Maker Schools change how we do education? Why are initiation rituals a critical right of passage into a society? Speaking of rituals, today's guest Michael Wesch advocates the adoption of some curious rituals. Keep your headphones in or your bluetooth synced up, because today's podcast has enough quotable ideas to really stir your noodles. I won't give any spoilers, so let's listen in to the conversation Michael and I had recently at the Bakersfield College Learning Technologies Conference.

065 – Taking Back Education with Linda Polin

In this episode, that originally aired on November 6, 2014, Steve and Dr. Linda Polin have a lively discussion about taking back education from the forces that have corrupted it, including the answers to questions such as: How can you learn secrets directly from a great inventor? How do we take back education from the dark forces of the universe? How can we help students become who they were meant to be? Stay tuned. Some of Linda's answers may surprise you!

063 – True Potential with Allison Jenson

Happy Thanksgiving! Welcome to the podcast where we discuss innovation and potential in teens. At this time of year, we explore gratitude and the effects of thankfulness on our lives. Today's episode is about "Hope"--specifically hope for parents and educators who may have a student with unrealized potential. If you need a shot in the arm or encouragement to stay the course, today is for you. Allison is a professionally certified educational therapist and the Program Development Manager at the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). As a young person facing chronic pain, she learned the value of hope and tenacity, and these experiences shaped her desire to see the full potential in students cultivated and bloom into beautiful things. Let's listen in for a hope-filled journey through the life of a passionate educator.

060 – Going to Mars with Sarah Marcotte

This is the podcast where we discuss curiosity and innovation for teenagers. I can't wait to introduce you to Sarah! Today she and I will be discussing the path we take to our ultimate career. Often when students finish college to enter the work force, there is a bit of a haze as they begin choosing where they will work. This confusion is normal if they've never taken the time to actually understand themselves. Sarah Marcotte is a science and engineering communicator. She began her career in museums with Art History but through a bizarre experience on a New York City sidewalk, she fell in love with science and engineering--subjects she'd never given a second glance in high school. Join me as we follow Sarah's path to an exciting career!

058 – A Good Life with Brent Gill

This is the podcast where we discuss the path to innovation and the good life. Over the last year, we have spoken with lawyers, CEOs, top-tier researchers, world-class educators, and other successful individuals. In today's episode, we are exploring a different facet of success: the ability to adapt. Today's guest shares the experiences of lifetime of different opportunities from performing weddings to being a radio personality and everything in between. Let's listen in to find out more about Brent Gill.