Stemiverse 0038 - Seven Vinton

April 19, 2018

Welcome to Stemiversee Podcast episode 38!

In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Seven Vinton!

Seven is Co-inventor of the ARD2-INNOV8 shield for Arduino. He has dedicated the past 6 years to providing support for students and teachers with Digital technologies, and creating solutions which make coding easier for students. He presents annually at the DATTA Vic and DLTV conferences, co-authored the Digital Technologies text book for Nelson Cengage, and is currently designing work units for the new Geelong Technical School.

In this episode, Seven, who is a victim of mechanical typewriters from the previous century, talks STEM curricula and their attributes, increasing literacy performance, using data analysis tools to help with planning in the school environment, best-use cases for end-of-year reports, educating parents, writing a STEM book for a large publisher, being a Youtuber, and much more!

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 38.

Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

 

The show notes and other information are available in the episode page on the Tech Explorations blog.

 

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Stemiverse 0037 - Dr Marc Noakes

April 10, 2018

Welcome to Stemiversese Podcast episode 37!

In this episode, Peter talks with Dr Marc Noakes!

Marc earned his PhD in Science on scholarship with the CSIRO, which provided an apprenticeship in research, management, professional communication, and a solid background in the understanding of science. He then undertook a four year postdoctoral fellowship at Washington State University which enabled him to develop professional communication skills in addition to leadership, management and ICT skills.

Upon returning to Australia, Marc undertook postgraduate studies in education and gained employment as a high school science teacher. His high school teaching career enabled him to develop quality teaching skills, develop a sound understanding of the 7-10 science curriculum, HSC Biology, HSC Earth and Environmental Science and HSC Senior Science syllabi, and contribute to science curriculum leadership.

As a STEM Specialist Educator and NESA-endorsed professional development provider, Marc works with schools and STEM-related organisations to develop and deliver high quality teaching and learning programs and resources through curriculum leadership, professional development, mentoring and classroom support.

In our conversation, Marc talks about disengagement from science of students as they grow into adulthood, re-engagement, helping teachers gain confidence in their ability to teach science, misunderstandings around STEM, hands-on learning and collaboration, why being a polymath helps in being a better teacher, and much more.

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 37.

Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

 

The show notes and other information are available in the episode page on the Tech Explorations blog.

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Stemiverse 0036 - Dr Jennifer Yu

April 2, 2018

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 36!

In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Dr Jennifer Yu!

Jennifer is a Principal Scientist and Director of the Disabilities Research Program at SRI International. She specializes in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services that improve learning and quality of life for people with autism, learning disabilities, and mental/behavioral health issues.

She has led experimental and quasi-experimental studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation to evaluate school-related interventions aimed at improving engagement, motivation, and academic performance among elementary to postsecondary students with disabilities.

Dr. Yu received her master's degree in education and a doctorate in public health from Harvard University.

In our discussion, Jennifer talks about her research and covers a multitude of topics. These include the importance of managing the transition of children with autism into adulthood, the predisposition of people with autism to engage with science and technology, relevant technologies and interventions, including SNUDLE, common misconceptions around educational outcomes in people with autism, and so much more.

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 36.

Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

 

The show notes and other information are available in the episode page on the Tech Explorations blog.

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Stemiverse 0035 - Dr Jason Zagami

March 26, 2018

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 35!

In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Dr Jason Zagami!

Dr Jason Zagami is an academic in the School of Education and Professional Studies of Griffith University on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia where he teaches and conducts research in educational technologies and Computer Science Education (K12).

In his work in innovations in educational technologies, Jason focuses on the identification of emerging trends, educational gaming (including VR, AR and VWs), student co-creation of secondary worlds, and neural / cognitive activity measurement.

In the field of Computer Science Education (K12) Jason focuses on curriculum implementation approaches involving higher order thinking skill development, concept development through visualisation and manipulation (including visual programming), concept development through use of manipulables (such as Robotics, Drones and IOT), and challenges for female participation in Computer Science education.

Jason has many years' of experience in K-12 computer education and teacher education. He has been the recipient of the Outstanding National Achievement by a Teacher and the Queensland Computer Educator of the Year awards. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Innovator, a past president of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), a past president of the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE), an editor of the Australian Educational Computing (AEC) journal, and president of the Australian College of Educators (Gold Coast region). Way to go Jason!

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 35.

Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

 

The show notes and other information are available in the episode page on the Tech Explorations blog.

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Stemiverse 0034 - Dr Jane Hunter

March 20, 2018

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 34!

In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Dr Jane Hunter!

Jane is a former primary and high school teacher. She is currently leading a series of postdoctoral research studies in Australia to build teacher capacity in STEM and STEAM in schools. Her work reinforces the importance of pedagogy and ongoing teacher professional learning through action learning in school-university partnerships.

The pedagogical framework featured in her recent book: "Technology integration and High Possibility Classrooms: Building from TPACK" is leading education change and new thinking in schools. Jane also teaches pre-service teachers in the Master of Teaching Program (Secondary) in the School of Education at the University of Technology Sydney.

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 34.

Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

 

The show notes and other information are available in the episode page on the Tech Explorations blog.

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Stemiverse 0033 - Tim Mendham

March 7, 2018

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 33!

In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Tim Mendham!

Tim is a Freelance journalist, editor, and executive officer for Australian Skeptics Inc.

In 2000, he was joint winner of the Australian Business Publishers “Bell” Award for Best Analytical Writing of the Year. In 2006 Fast Thinking was named Best B2B publication in the same awards.

He has written extensively on IT, technology, R&D, business finance, management and marketing issues. During his career he has edited a number of publications, including Lab News, a technical journal for the R&D community; CFO, the then premier professional magazine for senior finance executives; Fast Thinking, a quarterly publication devoted to innovation issues; and most recently CIO, Australia’s leading magazine for senior IT management.

In this interview, Tim talks about skepticism, critical thinking and how we can help our students and children develop life skills that will help them navigate their way through a confusing and often deceiving world.

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 33.

Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

 

The show notes and other information are available in the episode page on the Tech Explorations blog.

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Stemiverse 0032 - Shanti Korporaal and Skeeve Stevens

March 2, 2018

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 32!

In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Shanti Korporaal and Skeeve Stevens!

Skeeve and Shanti are serial entrepreneurs, with multiple technology businesses and startups already in the market and many more planned. Their mission is to build businesses whose purposes is directly or indirectly linked to personal empowerment. The exist to enable people to build a business, provide a service that they would not otherwise be able to, and to stay in business during the disruptopocolypse.

Skeeve and Shanti believe that there is no time like the present to utilise all the global resources to empower dreams and independence, and that the next generation of disruptors will come from the hungry developing world.

Skeeve is the dreamer, visionary, productiser and disruptor. Shanti is the doer, level-headed one that makes every happen. In their capacity as futurists and advisors to organisations and governments, they share their view of the future, what that means for education and how we can prepare our children for it (and why we, the parents and teachers are more in need for such preparation).

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 32.

Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

 

Show Notes

  • [00:00] Introduction - Introducing Shanti Korporaal and Skeeve Stevens
  • [04:17] Shanti and Skeeve talk about who they are and what they do
  • [07:31] What is a Futurist?
  • [10:13] Age groups and their relationship with technology - Ethical and moral concerns
  • [13:05] E for Ethics
  • [14:08] Programming in the future
  • [15:09] Growing pains in STEM Education and the need to use technology as a tool
  • [19:04] The speed of technological progress is making it hard for teachers to keep up
  • [20:07] Other parts of the world
  • [21:22] A Wild West situation in STEM Education and how to be on the winner's side
  • [23:41] The independent mindset and teaching people about themselves
  • [25:24] The importance of Self-Awareness and the good side of competition
  • [27:00] STEM's place in all this: fleshing out passions, making money with platforms like Patreon
  • [29:17] STEM provides doors
  • [32:09] Experiencing the technology and potential addiction problems
  • [34:45] How VR, AR and MR (Mixed Reality) will change Education in the next 5 years
  • [38:31] AR in a traditional classroom situation - Microsoft HoloLens
  • [40:04] Apple's ARKit and Google's ARCore
  • [40:54] Where does all this leave teachers?
  • [45:05] Superhumanology
  • [45:25] About Modafinil
  • [46:51] About Smart Drugs (Nootropics)
  • [49:00] Implants as keys and RFIDs
  • [53:47] Application of implant technology in education
  • [54:26] RFID Technology
  • [57:27] Should we tag all students?
  • [58:59] Wearable technologies: Jacquard by Google + Levi's Collaboration
  • [01:03:50] How does a teacher prepare kids today for the new technology?
  • [01:05:05] What's happening now that most techies haven't heard about: The Brain and Transcranial Stimulation
  • [01:07:28] https://www.foc.us/
  • [01:10:34] Changeables that scare Skeeve
  • [01:11:16] How can VR be weaponized?
  • [01:12:49] Rapid Fire Questions
  • [01:12:56] The next 10 years
  • [01:13:23] Advice to 10-15 year old students and to teachers
  • [01:14:05] If you're a student today should you worry about a career?
  • [01:14:19] Book recommendations: Simon Sinek books
  • [01:15:06] Parting thoughts
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Stemiverse 0031 - Joy Suliman and community-engaged libraries

February 12, 2018

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 31!

In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Joy Suliman!

Joy is the Learning Space Coordinator at Library Services for the City of Canada Bay, one of Sydney's most multicultural suburbs.

Joy brings together her diverse experience in learning, technology, workshop facilitation, research, professional development training, regional outreach, and community engagement in her role with City of Canada Bay Libraries.

She leads a multi-disciplinary team that works alongside the community at The Learning Space, The Connection, Rhodes, providing access to online resources and a wide range of programs focusing on digital and emerging technology such as 3D printing, augmented reality, robots, and electronic making.

In her previous roles as the digital media facilitator for Save the Children NSW, as Senior Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, and before that Thinkspace Manager at the Powerhouse Museum, Joy has researched, developed and implemented innovative STEAM workshop programs and resources for community, school groups, teachers , and cultural organisation professionals.

She has also worked at the University of Western Sydney, Arab Council Australia, ABC local radio, and the University of Wollongong.

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 31.

Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

 

Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction - Introducing Joy Suliman
[02:40] Greetings and talking about birds that make fire!
[05:16] Joy current occupation as Learning Space Coordinator at Library Services for the City of Canada Bay
[06:38] Joy talks about her background as a media artist
[08:18] How Joy's background connects to her current role in the Canada Bay Library
[10:11] How Joy set up the learning space in the Library
[12:47] What differentiates the Canada Bay Library Learning Space from a makerspace
[14:01] The hurdles to get to the point of being a makerspace
[15:58] Starting the club and reaching the community: Community engagement strategy
[18:38] How people go through the facility
[20:02] Proximity to the Sydney 2000 Olympics' sites
[20:52] The people in the library and their roles
[24:59] A typical scenario of a visitor to the library
[29:03] The worldwide trend for libraries to become more freestyled, away from the traditional book towards more activities
[30:45] Chattanooga Public Library, US
[31:31] Identifying need in communities…
[32:28] ...and developing programs
[33:57] Surprising data or insights: Census 2016: Sydney's best educated suburbs
[35:59] AR and VR in the Canada Bay Library
[37:44] Aurasma
[38:10] How can we see education being affected by AR and VR technologies?
[42:20] Rapid Fire Questions
[42:41] Who has been the most influential in shaping the way you teach? The education manager at the Powerhouse Museum, Peter Mahony
[43:12] Advice to Educators just starting out
[44:35] Professional Development suggestions: the book Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity Through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play, by Mitchel Resnick
[45:32] Mitchel Resnick's TED talk
[45:45] Programming Language of choice: Python for BBC micro:bit and NAO humanoid robots
[46:49] Joy's contact information: email: joy.suliman@canadabay.nsw.gov.au

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Stemiverse 0030 - Stephen Hohm - Being a learner that teaches

January 31, 2018

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 30!

In this episode, Peter and Marcus talk with Stephen Hohm!

Steve is the Associate Pastor of LIFE Foursquare Church in Decatur, Illinois, USA.

He also teaches part-time at Decatur Christian School in Forsyth, Illinois. Steve has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mission Education from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1984). He has over 30 years of teaching experience in various settings, including teaching various math and computer related subjects.

Since 2012, Steve has operated a light and sound Christmas display with over 40,000 lights on more than 300 networked circuits syncopated with Christmas music and broadcast on a low-power transmitter for people to enjoy. The show runs every night in December, and is a special holiday event for hundreds of families in the community.

The private school where Steve teaches is expanding its curriculum to include STEM subjects, including Micro-controllers, Robotics and Programming. Steve is creating the curriculum for the “Arduino Masters” class by gleaning from various sources and materials.

Steve is a teacher who loves to learn.

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 30.

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Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

 

Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction - Introducing Stephen Hohm
[03:43] Stephen talks about his family and their connection to teaching
[05:26] Stephen talks about his background and his first steps in education
[10:00] What is Arduino?
[11:00] How did Stephen learn Arduino: Breaking down learning into tiny steps
[11:55] Stephen's first Arduino kit
[12:37] From a light show Christmas gadget to teaching Arduino
[13:53] Curriculum setup at the school where Stephen teaches (US)
[16:21] Why is it important to invest time and effort into teaching electronics, even in a totally bound-free curriculum?
[17:38] How colleges assess students of a free curriculum
[20:25] The profile of the student in Stephen's classes
[23:44] Kits Stephen uses for teaching: Elegoo
[25:42] Arduino Step-by-Step
[28:02] Arduino Step-by-Step latest updates
[29:27] Other Arduino resources: kit manuals
[31:28] What a student can learn from a burning chip
[34:39] The students become teachers - C3 B4 ME
[35:39] Why Stephen chose Arduino and is building resilience through trial and error worth it?
[37:40] SparkFun Electronics, SparkFun Inventor's Kit Guidebook - CanaKit
[39:35] Stephen's teaching philosophy and principles of education: Seeing the student as an individual and being a learner that teaches
[42:45] Every teacher should be a lifelong learner: Thinking Better, by David Lewis & James Greene
[44:50] Book recommendations by Stephen: The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence, by Josh Waitzkin
[48:31] STEM education's strength: to combine different disciplines
[48:53] Why US uses 120 volts
[50:15] People who have influenced Stephen: Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek's Captain Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard, and his father
[54:04] Stephen's contact information: Email: shohm61@gmail.com
[54:38] Christmas light show: https://vimeo.com/57493968

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Stemiverse 0029 - James Zaki - Ozberry meetup, Blockhain, and Education

January 26, 2018

Welcome to Stemiverse Podcast episode 29!

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In this episode, Peter talks with James Zaki!

James is a Graduate of Mechatronic Engineering and Computer Science with honours and 14 years of industry experience.

He started in industrial automation and then transitioning to application development.

Outside of development James worked as engineering team lead and management in small-medium sized companies. He worked predominantly with start-ups and small companies, and has spent considerable time abroad (France, China, India), and always connected to the EduTech space. James is skilled in programming for various devices: mobile, linux, and microcontrollers. He is experienced at turning product ideas into reality and managing mixed developer teams.

James can speak fluent French, which he has taught himself.

He is also one of the organisers of Ozberry, perhaps Australia's largest Raspberry Pi and Maker-related meetup.

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 29.

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Stemiverse podcast is brought to you by Tech Explorations, a leading provider of educational resources for Makers, STEM students, and teachers. Go to txplore.com to see a complete list of our books and courses covering the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and electronics.

Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction - Introducing James Zaki
[04:41] James talks about his background
[05:01] GW-BASIC programming language
[06:38] Learning how to program before Google
[07:17] Are we going too far today and disadvantaging learners by trying hard to create top notch learning materials?
[11:03] The amount of time and effort one had to go through in order to produce results on their own is a big part of the learning experience - Alain de Botton on meritocracy
[12:53] Diverse students called upon to produce similar results
[14:03] James' current projects: freelancing on various projects such as Blockchain and Smart Contract Development
[14:52] James' definition of the Blockchain
[17:26] Ethereum's Light Sync Mode
[17:59] James' experience in applying Blockchain and Smart Contracts to teaching: the concept of Wallets
[19:07] The Blockchain Private Key
[20:41] Examples of how the concept of a Wallet or Blockchain can be used in education
[21:46] Test Networks and Internal Economies
[22:54] Educational outcomes of such setups: Economics, Entrepreneurship, Bookkeeping Accounting, Distributed Networks, Consensus and more
[24:22] OzBerryPi: The monthly Raspberry Pi Meetup in Australia
[26:04] What happens during an OzBerryPi Meetup
[28:00] OzBerryPi Themes
[29:54] Typical backgrounds of meetup participants
[30:43] A robot to solve a rubik's cube puzzle
[32:20] Why teachers come to OzBerryPi and what do they do there?
[34:20] Top 3 technologies teachers use in the classroom to teach STEM topics
[35:58] James' position on how to begin using low-level technologies that don't work out of the box such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi for educational purposes
[44:58] The Cyclearn project
[48:09] James' future plans
[50:24] Rapid Fire Questions
[50:34] Applications James can't live without: Sourcetree
[53:45] James' programming language of choice: C++
[55:26] Parting thoughts
[57:21] James' Contact Information: Twitter: @james_zaki

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