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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.

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!

010 – Gene Sherman, Vocademy

Today's guest is Gene Sherman from Vocademy - the Makerspace in Riverside, CA. Gene and his tribe of makers mounted a successful crowd funding campaign on fundable.com, and last year opened their first makerspace in Riverside. Gene loves to make things, and today we'll find out why he's so passionate about makerspaces.

009 – Justin Lukasavige, Entrepreneur

How can you boost your creativity and innovative potential? How much of a difference is there between simple knowledge transfer and hands-on approaches to education in the real world? What criteria do business professionals use to seek out educational experiences? Listen in today to hear the answers to these burning questions. My guest today is Justin Lukasavige. Justin is an entrepreneur and internet marketing consultant. We asked Justin to discuss the entrepreneur's view of education, and some of his answers may surprise you.

008 – Linda Polin, Pepperdine University

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. On the podcast today, we're going to reveal the answers to these and other questions. Today, Linda Polin and I will talk about taking back education from the forces that have corrupted it. Some of her answers may surprise you.

007 – John Westrum, Afinia 3D Printing

John Westrum is the Vice President of Operations at Afinia, a division of Microboards Technology, LLC. John has been instrumental in introducing the Afinia 3D printer into the US market, and has a long-term view on products and sales with his 20+ year tenure as a VP at Microboards. John knows his business inside and out including the marketing and sales, the support and engineering, as well as the purchasing side. Over the last two years, John has seen the interest and demand for desktop 3D printers grow into education from what had predominantly been commercial and hobbyist applications. As education demands have increased, John’s interest involvement in the workshop focuses on working with individuals and organizations to develop curriculum to support STEM initiatives utilizing 3D printers. Although John does not have a background in Education/Academics, he is impassioned with a belief that STEM is a critical part to student learning.

006 – Dan Miller, 48 Days to the Work You Love

Our guest today is Dan Miller. Dan is the author of “Forty-eight Days to the Work You Love Preparing for the New Normal”. He regularly advises professionals who have lost their way on the road to career fulfillment. Dan is on my community of 48 days.net now has over 14,000 members and is innovate in “Coaching with Excellence” has been always sold out. His Forty-eight Days Podcast, which by the way I have listened to for over two years now, is listed in the top most popular business Podcasts on iTunes. Today we will be discussing the changing job market and how that impacts the education students will need to succeed in this new economy.

005 – Meg Backus & Geoff Millener, Chattanooga 4th Floor Makerspace

This summer, Table Top Inventing brought our Inventor's Bootcamp to Chattanooga, TN. We had to swing by the famous Chattanooga Library 4th Floor Makerspace, of course! Listen in as Steve chats with Meg and Geoff about the changing role of libraries, the impact of maker technology on education, and the SnoriCam, invented by two guys with the last name of Snori who weren't related to each other!

003 – Alex Huthmacher, Manager of Network Infrastructure, 21st Century Fox

Today on our podcast we will be talking with Alex Huthmacher. Alex is the Manager of Network Infrastructure at 21st Century Fox where he Manages projects, configures network devices, firewalls, switches, load balancers, etc. Before working at FOX Alex was network engineer at Sandia National Laboratories where he focused on security in network integration. Alex has also worked at the Xerox data center in San Diego where he helped them migrate the infrastructure to Texas. We like to tease Alex that he can't keep a job for longer than a year... but the reality is that with his skills, he is constantly in demand for increasingly complex positions requiring his level of expertise. With all this experience you might expect a much older man, but Alex's determination, hands-on experience, and insatiable curiosity have served him well at his young age.

002 – Dr. David Thornburg, The Thornburg Center

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.

001 – Eric Sheninger, International Center for Leadership in Education

My guest today is Eric Sheninger. Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). He began his career in education as a high school Science Teacher, but realizing that his true passion was leadership, he went on to the district level and ultimately became the principal of New Milford High School. He has distinguished himself as a thought leader in education and won many awards. As a writer, Eric has an award winning blog, a great new book called "Digital Leadership", and almost 70,000 followers on Twitter.

000 – Clark Barnett, Conejo Unified School Disctrict

We are excited to share the thoughts of a fantastic K-5 educator. Clark Barnett has been an educator for 13 years in grades K-5. During this tenure he has spent the majority of his time teaching 4th grade. Clark earned his Master’s of Education Technology from Pepperdine University in 2005, and in addition to teaching 4th grade, he has been an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University since 2006. Over the past 4 years he has been teaching with iPads in the classroom and is currently piloting the only 1-to-1 tablet classroom in the Conejo Valley USD.

Making Your Own FabLab: CUE-ing Up Momentum

Attending the annual CUE (Computer Using Educators) Conference is always an inspiration to me. I always walk away ready to try new things with my community.  This year’s conference was no exception. I connected with a lot of great people and came away refreshed and invigorated. “My favorite place to be is in a room full of smart people,” is a saying of Dr. Paul Sparks of Pepperdine University and a sentiment with which I have always agreed. CUE is such an experience, except that Continue reading →