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Al Kingsley is the CEO of NetSupport Limited, an EdTech Company. He’s also the Chair of Hampton Academes Trust in the UK. Al joins Mike Palmer on this episode to talk about his new book, My Secret EdTech Diary where he shares his experiences and provides tips to instructors, aspiring EdTech Professionals, and anyone curious about where the world of learning is heading. We dig into a wide range of topics, including privacy and data security, AI and machine learning, the importance of mental health and well-being in learning design and more. It’s an insightful perspective on the world of…

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Tony Wan joins Mike Palmer to share his origin story beginning as an educator and entrepreneur before shifting to educational journalism as the Cofounder and Managing Editor of EdSurge. Tony has recently moved to a new role as Head of Investor Content at EdTech Venture Capital Firm Reach Capital. In addition to insights into trends in education and EdTech entrepreneurship and investment, we talk about being raised by wolves, reflect on Kanye’s recent work, and look to the comedy of Conan O’Brien for inspiration outside the world of education. In all, it makes for an engaging and entertaining conversation about…

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Mike Palmer is once again joined by our virtual cohost, Nancy, to talk about new and emerging trends in the conference experience as a new wave of in-person and blended learning conferences pick up in August. We reflect on what it must have been like at Podcast Movement, which just concluded while contemplating what’s on the horizon for the blended EdTech ASU-GSV Summit that kicks off this week in San Diego. What role can and should virtual experiences play in conference planning and how does this dovetail with some of the origins of Trending in Education and SXSW EDU? We…

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Mike Merrill joins Mike Palmer to talk about his experience at the ASU GSV Summit in San Diego. While Mike Merrill attended in person, Mike Palmer attended online. We reflect on the different experiences and how it connects to issues of access and equity as we muse about the future of conferencing in these challenging times. Then Mike Merrill digs into his reflections on what’s emerging in artificial intelligence and machine learning, the areas where he focused during his ASU GSV experience. Are we in an AI Summer for EdTech? How should we think about ethics and inclusive design when…

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Continuing our exploration of the New Normal for conferences in the Summer of 2021, Jenna Spinelle returns to the show to join host Mike Palmer to recount her experience attending Podcast Movement in Tennessee earlier this month. Jenna is one of the hosts of the Democracy Works podcast and the Founder of the Democracy Group network of civically-minded podcasts. Jenna shares what the experience was like traveling to the conference and attending it live before we dig into her takeaways from the experience. What are some new and emerging trends in podcasting to keep an eye on as we lean…

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In this special episode of Trending in Ed, Mike Palmer interviews Corey Dolgon from a conference room in Freedom Tower while the Annual Conference for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is taking place virtually. Corey is the outgoing President of SSSP. We explore the themes of the conference while getting into what it is like to shift from designing an in-person conference to doing one online. Corey shares his perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of the revolutionary moment we’re living through and argues for a deeper awareness of the history of social research and its…

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Joanna Smith is the CEO and founder of AllHere, an edtech company improving attendance and student success with mobile messaging powered by AI. Before founding AllHere, she taught middle school mathematics and served as Director of Family Engagement at a charter school in Boston. Joanna joins Mike Palmer to talk about the problem of low student attendance in K12 and how she and team are building AllHere to create a scalable way to begin to address it. What’s the best way to design an ecosystem that is available 24/7 and allows its teachers to focus on the highest-yield human activities?…

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Justin Serrano is the Founder and CEO of Littera Education, a platform that enables K12 school districts to provide high-quality 1-on-1 and small group tutoring for every student that needs it. In this episode, Justin joins host Mike Palmer to dive into new and emerging trends in tutoring. Justin begins by describing what led him to found Littera and why the timing is right to leverage technology to enable a scalable solution to provide high dosage, effective tutoring particularly for students who traditionally have been unable to access it. He sites Brown’s Annenberg Tutoring Initiative as a foundation for how…

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As we kick off our 6th season of Trending in Ed, host Mike Palmer is joined once again by Nancy, our virtual cohost to a get sense of where our heads are heading into the Back to School season that is upon us now in the Fall of 2021. Mike shares his perspective as the parent of a toddler who is just starting in Universal 3K in New York City before we dive into the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technology 2021 getting Nancy’s takes throughout. What is emerging under the broader themes of Engineering Trust, Accelerating Growth, and Sculpting…

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Alicia Levi is the President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. She has an impressive background in educational media with stints at Discovery Communications and PBS Education prior to assuming her current role at RIF in 2016. Alicia joins host Mike Palmer to talk about the challenge of getting every child to read and we hear the latest about the Rally to Read 100 Books by March 2nd. In a wide-ranging conversation on literacy and literacy education, we talk about the critical importance of reading as a foundation to educational success. While it may not be as sexy as STEM…

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