Episodes

14 - Michael Soskil: flipping the system

Matthew Downing chats with Michael Soskil about his newest book and the pivotal role teachers play in transforming the education system and preserving democracy.

13 - Steven W. Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth: literacy and technology - the perfect pair.

What can we learn from this remote learning experience?  Matthew Downing chats with Steven W. Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth about broader theoretical insights as well as practical takeaways that can be easily applied.

12 - Scott McLeod: 4 shifts towards deeper learning

What can help lead to deeper learning when integrating technology?  Matthew Downing and Dr. Scott McLeod discuss this relevant and important question. Scott brings it with theory and examples galore that can be easily applied.

11 - Todd Nesloney: the power of relationships to transform education

Matthew Downing chats with Todd Nesloney about his biggest takeaways from education. Todd mentions relationships with staff, students, and families as some of the key ingredients towards success. Todd also shares stories of his creative endeavors to...

10 - Jon Smith: students as creators

What can foster an authentic learning experience?   Matthew Downing and Jon Smith discuss how to create these types of authentic learning experiences through students publishing their work.  Listen to hear practical examples and interesting stories.

9 - Monica Burns: tasks before apps to promote deeper learning

Teachers are on constant lookout to promote deeper learning with the use of technology. Matthew Downing and Monica Burns discuss many ways to accomplish deeper learning, such as creating authentic audiences, purpose, and open ended activities.

8 - Dom Traynor: literacy beyond the classroom

How can we make literature come alive for our students?  Literature is supposed to make us feel and imagine.  Stories were meant to entertain.  However, many of our students experience the opposite.

7 - Jennie Magiera: a courageous adventure to innovate

Innovation is lacking in schools across the country. Matthew Downing and Jennie Magiera talk about ways to foster greater innovation within schools, the importance of taking risks, lessons learned from remote learning, and the food scene in Chicago...

6 - Richard Byrne: helping teachers and students discover their passions

Matthew Downing chats with Richard Byrne about a multitude of topics.  They go from student agency to 200+ mile bike rides.  How do they fit together?  You will have to listen to find out.

5 - Jennie Kristoffersen: breaking down silos with Nearpod

Matthew Downing talks with Jennie Kristoffersen about classroom culture, transformative technology integration, importance of relationships, and the latest developments at .  Jennie shares from her experience as a classroom teacher and curriculum leader.

4 - Tony Vincent: Technology integration - from Palm Pilots to Shapegrams

Matthew Downing talks with Tony Vincent about the progress of technology integration, and how to effectively use it to engage students in learning. If you feel overwhelmed with technology integration, this conversation will provide a clear and simple path forward.

3 - Rachelle Dene Poth: Charting a New Course for Learning

Matthew Downing and Rachelle Dene Poth dive deep into charting a new course for learning.  Topics include AR/VR, Project Based Learning, and Genius Hour.  This conversation is filled with practical guidance that will be sure to inspire.

2 - Thomas C. Murray: Explore, Design, and Create with Technology

Technology is a great tool, but it is important to think about it in deeper terms. Matthew Downing talks with Thomas C. Murray about elevating the purpose of technology within the learning experience.

1 - Jamie Casap: What problem do you want to solve?

Education and society are changing at a rapid pace.  Instead of memorizing facts and dates, we should approach education and the work we are doing in terms of solving a problem.  Listen in as Matthew Downing and Jamie Casap discuss this and more.