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28 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
New Answers to Systemic Inequity of Language Learning
Age-old instructional methods for language learning have had structures that predispose them to English-language only delivery models. New digital delivery mechanisms make way for learning scaffolding that is culturally responsive to empower educators to lead bi-lingual learners in systems without built-in prejudices. Listen in to find out exactly what it means to have learning built digitally to improve outcomes in language learning and empower educators to address individual needs in less time.
30 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Getting Real about What Blended Learning Is and Isn't in the Classroom
The pandemic has taught us many things, one being there is a lot of confusion around what effective blended learning really looks like. What are some actionable strategies for integrating technology in the classroom and supporting blended learning? Listen as LeiLani talks with two pros, Alexis Treat, Sr. Director of Literacy Curriculum and Meg Van Voorhis, Director of Professional Learning from Lexia who share stories and tips. As definitions of blended learning, simultaneous teaching, synchronous teaching, hybrid learning, flipped learning and more of the latest trends get discussed by schools, it all comes down to what’s real and what isn’t for teachers’ workload and workflow.
33 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Testing at a Crossroads: Assessment for Personalization vs Normalization
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of innovation in how testing and assessment is used to provide students and schools with starting places to identify and address unfinished learning. The most critical aspect is to go beyond trying to normalize all students for a teaching reset and use assessments to support recovery from learning loss as well as flag unfinished learning. The application of assessment is now set to provide personalization insights like never before. Listen in to guests Dr. Cheryl Taliaferro, the District Liaison for ASPIRE Academy for Highly Gifted Learners from Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District in Texas and Mary Michael Pontzer, PhD, Vice President, Portfolio Management at Scantron discussing with LeiLani this new crossroads for testing.
44 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
A Conversation about Hybrid Logistics
Longtime friend and great intellect Drew Hinds, Executive Director of Technology Services from Huntington Beach City School District in California, discusses with LeiLani the idea of Hybrid Logistics as an answer to the huge disruption of how schools currently use time and space. The student requirement for significant flexibility is here, and what does that mean for schools? What does personalization really mean now, since the pandemic? LeiLani mentions the “real definition” of personalization comes from the consumer world. Drew goes further and indicates he believes a digital wrap-around of A.I.-driven resources unique to students, while still having a need for human interface, is on the horizon. “Teachers would say they can differentiate,” says Drew, “it involves trying to shoot towards the middle,” for students. “But it’s always to the middle…”
23 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Four Surprises Post-Pandemic for Schools
LeiLani Cauthen discusses what EduJedi are seeing for changes in expectations and what schools will need to do to overcome “hidden” frictions. She also brings up “infinity scale logic” versus binary logic and why it is important to be familiar with it to address cultural shifts in schools. Listen to also find out the “two modes” of communications patterns for students today.
33 minutes | May 17, 2021
Becoming Human Using Assessment Data
What if testing was more human centric and not so scary and indiscriminate? Listen to this discussion about bringing back meaning to assessments through new skills in data and logic that work even in distance learning scenarios. EduJedi LeiLani Cauthen interviews CEO Laura Slover and Joey Web, Director of Academic Services, of CenterPoint Education Solutions.
29 minutes | May 12, 2021
Lights, Camera, Action! What about on-camera Simultaneous Teaching
EduJedi LeiLani Cauthen and Fred King from Cisco discuss the “why” of simultaneous teaching in a live classroom plus via video online feels a lot like going on stage. Behavior tends to change when cameras are panning, tilting, zooming, so a new Cisco solution modifies all that with a stationary “quad-cam” and audio detection that auto-creates a split-screen and software manages everything. Plus comments about how it all mitigates cyberbullying, does auto-translations and closed captioning, plus helps with data privacy and averting data loss. New tech is so cool! Guest: Fred King, Business Solution Architect – Global Education Team, Cisco
24 minutes | May 12, 2021
Learning Recovery Starts with Seeing and Hearing A.I.
Schools now have a big worry about lack of learning because students just can’t see or hear well, either because of masks and plexiglass everywhere on site or from a distance over video feeds. Guest Daniel Kleman and EduJedi LeiLani Cauthen discuss things like invisible sound bubbles that block background noise, artificial intelligence managing audio beams so the teacher is heard by all and students don’t get left behind. Guest: Daniel Kleman, Senior Field Engineer, Yamaha Click here for more information on Yamaha and their products/services
33 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Access and Engaging the Student
Dr. Lance Ford, Chief Technology Officer from Howe County Schools in Oklahoma shares their journey pivoting to digital, battling poor connectivity, and grappling with the reality of a new normal of expectations by students and parents. Innovative thinking from this smallish district shows what’s non-negotiable in delivering learning and how a new formula is taking center stage. A fun and fast conversation.
23 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Secure your Investment, Manage Risk
Let’s hear from a technical expert on K12 school security about the big picture on information security. LeiLani interviews Doug Walsten from Cisco who mentions both data-at-rest and data-in-motion with regards to school data, which most school and district leaders know is “everywhere” in their systems, in the cloud, or on some teacher’s desktop. All of it has encompassing laws that need to be considered by leaders since schools are using thousands of Apps and many major systems that hold personal information of students. Listen to this podcast for an excellent sketch of concerns accompanied by various stories about what goes on in schools and some trends.
28 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Become a Hybrid Learning Pro: Tips & Resources to Keep Students Engaged Anywhere
The transformation of learning where suddenly students and teachers are not physically together has driven widespread use of video conferencing. Screen fatigue complaints and disengagement were center stage early on, but certain folks like Suzanne Phillips rode in to show how to do it right. LeiLani interviews Suzanne Phillips from Cisco Webex who has focused on creating tips and resources for teachers, by learning from successful educators worldwide. Teaching virtually can still be human with real connection, provided simple workflows and special tricks are used to create a learning ambiance. Who would have predicted that since the pandemic, over one million views of educator video conferencing tips would have happened in just a few months? Check out top resources for hybrid learning: https://www.webex.com/webexremoteedu.html Join the Community for teachers: https://community.cisco.com/t5/webex-for-education/bd-p/disc-education Attend a live, free training made just for teachers: https://help.webex.com/landing/onlineclasses/upcomingClass/Education
46 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
New Digital Personalized Approaches to Equity
Schools are bringing on professional grade digital curriculum and aiming at true personalization. LeiLani hosts Liz Brooke and Michele Eaton, Director of Virtual And Blended Learning from the M.S.D. of Wayne Township. This discussion about what software can do in schools reveals how leaders are trying to balance human teaching within a new context of real personalization because of more sophisticated software so that they can rid themselves of systemic inequities.
38 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Esports Driving All Academic Achievement
Esports is the new “hook” to keep students working in other subjects despite being remote or partially physically attending schools in some sort of hybrid schedule. LeiLani discusses the emerging ultra-significance of esports and gaming in K12 education with Dr. Miles Harvey, 8th Grade Video Game-Based Learning and Esports Coach, Albuquerque Public Schools and Luke Stebick, Account Executive at TIG. Hear them talk about the real-life workings of student attendance and engagement because of esports, getting started as a school, and what sort of life-long opportunities are out there for students.
52 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Data Driven Return to Learning
Given the ongoing pandemic, schools, districts and whole States have been grappling with awkward school schedules, hybrid style environments, and mismatched achievement because student online attendance during the later part of Spring was so unpredictable. States have stepped in to measure both academics and social-emotional learning to get achievement back on track. This podcast discusses what that looks like and hosts Anita Qonja Collins-Executive Director of Elementary Instruction/Dr. Christine Russell-MTSS Coordinator/Gary A. van Staveren, Ph.D.-Assessment, Grants and School Improvement Supervisor
26 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Paying for the Giant Leap in K12
The nation made a giant leap forward into technology for K12 in 2020 and that transition continues, with some new twists. LeiLani hosts Renee Patton, Global Director of Education and Healthcare from Cisco’s Industry Solutions Group. With “so many newbies,” the new schools and districts since the pandemic started, all rolling out massive numbers of computing devices to students, they discuss what that means for networks, achievement and student equity. New address to small schools and districts with innovations in equipment, pricing and help for funding questions have been part of the Cisco pivot to help – detailed by Patton. Interesting new ideas about what’s next up with schools having to be “extra-limital” are also discussed.
27 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Pushed into 1-to-1? What’s next for successful programs?
LeiLani discusses with Justin Reilly, the CEO of Impero, a missing ingredient for managing the sudden mass deployments of devices by K12 schools. Student safety, but more importantly, the well-being of students socially and emotionally, has a new guardian with advanced mobile device management software. Reilly’s comments about what’s imperative now that schools are still mostly hybrid or remote learning are particularly timely. It’s not enough to create a connection to learning, vigilance by schools about student well-being means they retain those students while driving achievement.
23 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Science Learning from Anywhere
Do you want to be thoroughly impressed about cross-curricular STEM learning remotely? Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old, won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2020. She found a molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an attempt to find a cure for the pandemic. Programs for schools from Discovery Education combine these sorts of challenges with world-class STEM learning. Hear the discussion with Beth Meyer, VP of Growth and Partner Activation from Discovery Education; Mahfuza B. Ali, Ph.D., Corporate Scientist, 3M Materials Resource Division and 3M Young Scientist Challenge Mentor; and Anika.
38 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Recovery from a Lost Year of Reading Achievement
Tens of thousands of school leaders are realizing they may have lost a year of progress with students. LeiLani discusses with Dr. Liz Brooke, Chief Learning Officer at Lexia and Felecia Evans, Principal at Lander Elementary School, Mayfield Heights, OH, what to do about realigning student learning amidst ongoing alternate schedules including on-campus, remote and hybrid learning. As educators come out of the fog of issuing millions of devices and making sure students have connectivity, they are finding a professional world of digital curriculum to help them play catch-up. This discussion focuses on practical leadership from the front lines by a Principal and new software qualities that result in leaps upward in achievement in shorter time – a critical discussion right now for K12 schools who hope to recover in language literacy.
26 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Now is the Future of Teaching
LeiLani discusses with guest, Marty Reed of RANDA Solutions, the mass attrition of teachers during this historic perfect storm of Covid-19. Educator frustrations with remote teaching, and a lack of elevation of the profession up to the digiverse has magnified the already crisis level issue of teacher retention. Marty’s take on teacher free agentry changes the entire dynamics of teaching. By creating an ecosystem around teacher licensure, intellectual property, professional learning and community, context can be established around credentials and portfolios of work. Teachers can present to the world the complete picture of themselves as a professional educator. When schools can’t get the teachers they need, a turn to the wide world of professionals across the internet could be the only solution for thousands of administrators. The “Lifelong Learning Project, powered by teachers” with a digital identity solution in Teacher Wallet is on the horizon.
24 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Avatar A.I. Helping Hybrid Learning
LeiLani and Lewis Johnson of Alelo discuss avatars used with artificial intelligence for asynchronous teaching and professional development. A technology that has been around for awhile in the corporate sector and military is now coming to the rescue in education to create engagement and efficiencies. This technology is set to help teachers teach with more engagement and an iterative process where they can update an avatars response based on how students are learning, perfecting trainings over time. Teacher’s may soon be able to have dimensional libraries for addressing interactive learning on various topics so that they get a return of precious time to focus on direct instruction.
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