Tis the season! Dan, Mike, and Brandon discuss some potential gifts for the young learner in your life. What are some of the more popular STEM focused gifts this holiday season? What gift combines the best digital and real world applications? Brandon also discusses a product very popular at his daughter's pre-school.
On today's show we talked a lot about TechCrunch's 17 gifts for learners.
Why was six afraid of seven? On this week's episode, Mike, Brandon, and Dan tackle the use of humor in the classroom. Can a good joke help students feel more at ease? How about a timely or topic-driven pun or funny turn of phrase? Can too many jokes makes students feel uneasy? Tune in for our thoughts on laughing and learning.
This week, we look at disruption in edtech and education. We talk about the Innovator's Dilemma and look to see where the much discussed education disruption may come to fruition. We also grade a recent list of "10 disruptions that will revolutionize education" from Peter Cookson Jr at Edweek. Where did our trio fall in grading out the predictions? Which did Brandon see as incomplete? And which did Mike give an A for aspirational?
On this week's Trending In Education, Brandon, Mike, and Dan discuss creativity and brain chemistry. Mike introduces ScienceDaily.com as an excellent resource to the discussion. What does it mean to be in a rut and how can creative thinking help push your way out of it? We also find out how to properly pronounce the word macaque.