Tag Archives: education

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 →

084 – Succeeding at Education with Ted Dintersmith

Succeeding at Education with Ted Dintersmith [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Why would an entrepreneur and noted venture capitalist zoom in on education? How serious are the educational challenges we face in the US? Is there a simple path forward to creating a better education for every student? My guest today is Ted Dintersmith, noted venture capitalist, author, and executive producer of the Sundance-acclaimed education documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed.”  Ted believes that with the best of intentions, we’re ruining the 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 →

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 →

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 →

068 – Calculated Risk with Troy Hartman

How does someone who hates the idea of sky diving end up in a career as an aerial stuntman? What exactly do you have to do to lose your pilot's license three times? What is the value of risk? In the arena of life, is it more dangerous to play it safe? Our guest today is Troy Hartman, the man with a JetPack! Troy has an amazing story, and it's peppered with little choices that involved risks. Definitely check out the show notes today to see Troy's JetPack videos. We showed one particular video in all of our Inventor's Bootcamp summer camps in 2014 because he did such a great job describing the emotions and responses to risks. Let's tune in to hear what this engineer and pilot turned stuntman has to say about risk.

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!

050 – More Input with Rachel Winston

How can a math deficiency be a roadblock to your dreams? What does one do with 12 different college degrees? How can a college education prepare you for the new career landscape? With this focus, it should not surprise you that we seek out friends and colleagues such as Dr. Rachel Winston, a math-teacher with a passion to see high school students get into whatever college most fires their imagination. Rachel believes that education should ignite the brain's excitement for learning. Her passion for students, though, is very practical as anyone could observe by visiting her in the classroom. I hope every student can discover the passion for learning Rachel has found.

041 – Inspiring Independence with Yong Zhao

How do we create young adults that do NOT come back to live in our basements? What is role of parents in creating opportunities for their children? How important is it to hold children accountable for their decisions? Our guest today is an expert on this subject of independent thinking and student choices in education. Dr. Yong Zhao started his educational career in the unlikeliest of places: the Sichuan province in China in the home of a poor peasant farmer. Let's follow his journey to independent thinking to find clues for our own children.

031 – Maker Learning with Pepperdine MALT

How can 3D printers be used to enhance learning? What is the role of a teacher? What doors does our digital world open to us? Today on the show we have a panel of 4 students from the Pepperdine Master of Arts in Learning Technologies or MALT as the insiders call it. We take a deep dive on the role of a teacher and the power of maker technologies in the learning environment. Listen in!

029 – Around the World With Henrique Guerreiro

How does a teacher in a rural US school end up in an International School in Thailand? What is it like to feel the blast of a terrorist bombing? How does a teacher navigate learning during an Ebola Crisis in Nigeria? Today's guest started his teaching career in a rural school with only 63 students and ended up teaching in the primary grades of 3 other countries across the globe. Henrique "Rico" Guerreiro shares insights into education in Americanized schools around the world has some interesting twists. Listen in to today's podcast for the curious answers to the questions above and a great conversation about education abroad!

028 – Science and Creativity with Chris Schaffer

Could recent research be a breakthrough in Alzheimer's treatment? Is science more than equations and logical pursuits? Could it be that science is more about creativity than logic? Listen in to today's podcast for the surprising answers! Today's interview may bring some surprises. My discussion with Chris Schaffer, a professor at Cornell University, unearths some common myths and dusts off the truth about science. The perspectives in today's podcast are not for the faint of heart, so prepare for a massive unveiling.

025 – Digital Ethnography 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.