#EachOneTeachTen - An Amazing World Of STEM
By Namya Joshi
I believe that it doesn’t matter what subject or grade level is being taught, STEM can be incorporated into all classrooms and every home.
My wonderful guests also strongly believe that STEM can enable all the educators give their students opportunities to learn and take charge of their learning.
Let's Join The Bandwagon … #EACHONETEACHTEN - An Amazing World
#EachOneTeachTen - An Amazing World Of STEMOct 01, 2022
Ep 74 Dr. Gladson Vaghela, Top 50 Global Student Prize 2023, India
Dr. Gladson Vaghela is a medical doctor from India, currently serving as the Research Coordinator at The Training for Health Equity Network, USA, directing his efforts toward the attainment of social accountability in medical education through education, research, and service. He is a Policy Fellow of The Network: Towards Unity For Health, USA; a Country Representative at Healthcare Information for All, UK; and serves on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Youth Health Network, UK. During his medical training, for four consecutive years, he has served in different capacities on the Executive Committee of the Asian Medical Students’ Association International. This student-led organization has representation in more than 30 countries. Notably, he has served as a Youth Advisor for YuWaah (Generation Unlimited) at UNICEF India, specifically focusing on empowering and nurturing the well-being of young individuals. In 2023, he made it among the top 50 finalists for the prestigious Chegg.org Global Student Prize. Dr. Vaghela's ultimate goal is to achieve equity in accessing healthcare services, especially in low- and middle-income countries. For one of his attempts to address inequity in accessing suicide prevention services, Gladson was awarded the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Small Grant 2021 in partnership with the National Institute of Health Research UK, to conduct his study.
Ep 73 Mr. Adebayo Alomaja, Head of Research & Chief Learning Designer, Eazy-Digi, Nigeria
Adebayo Alomaja is the Head of Research and chief Learning Designer of Eazy-Digi. He leads an education research and consulting firm in Nigeria where he works with schools to shift to authentic and skill-based learning and this involves training educators every week. He is engaged in qualitative and quantitative research to build content and design learning experiences that empower educators. He also has to do a lot of blogging and content writing.
Ep 72 Dr. Geeta Dua, Post Graduate Teacher In Chemistry, India
With over eight years of dedicated service at Sat Paul Mittal School, Dr Geeta Dua had served as the Head Senior School and a Core Committee member from 2012 to 2020, She played a pivotal role in developing the school's systems and policies, overseeing various processes, and ensuring their effective implementation. In her role as an expert subject teacher in chemistry and a master trainer, she actively promoted innovative teaching practices and collaborated with fellow educators to enhance teaching quality and standards. She extended learning beyond the classroom through technology, utilizing platforms like Google Classroom and Khan Academy. Dr Dua’s commitment to professional development is evident through her involvement in the Microsoft Education Community, earning the title of Microsoft Innovative Educator for three consecutive years and completing numerous courses.
Ep 71 Ravinder Bishnoi, Top 10 Global Student Prize 2023, India
Ravinder Bishnoi, a 21-year-old inventor, is actively engaged in the fields of automobile and healthcare through his startup, KieKie Private Limited. With three patents to his name, he has also proudly represented India in numerous international competitions. Recently, he received the prestigious title of India's best student, as he represents the nation in the Chegg Global Student Prize. His primary objective is to create innovative solutions that can benefit our society.
Ep 70 Ms. Maarit Rossi, Top 10 Global Teacher Prize 2016, Finland
Ms. Maarit Rossi is the Founder & CEO of Paths to Math Ltd. Her broad experience in the education field is grounded based on her career and expertise in the world popular Finnish education system. She is a former Mathematics teacher and Principal. She is an author of nine Mathematics textbooks, several pedagogic articles and publications. Ms. Maarit has done an e-Learning Math material also for the grades 6 to 9. She has been running many international projects in co-operation with the Finnish industry and also in her school. She was one of the top 10 finalists in Global Teacher Prize 2016 and she was one of the judges of the Global Teacher Prize Academy 2017. She has contributed articles related to Mathematics in many national and international publications. Ms. Maarit is one of the Top Teacher Bloggers in The Global Search for Education authored by C M Rubin, which was reported in the famous Huffington Post news media. She is a seasoned keynote speaker in international conferences and conducted many successful teachers’ workshops globally.
Ep 69 Ms. Mary Jalland, Primary School Teacher, Scotland, UK
Mary Jalland is a primary school teacher from Scotland with a passion for teaching global and digital citizenship. She may be best known for her travelling toy elephants who teach her pupils about the world through social media. Mary believes that modelling responsible use of social media from a young age, is vital to nurturing positive digital citizens. Her elephant's travels have helped to teach her young pupils about big world events such as Climate Summits, Ebola and Conflict, and also about the world of work inspiring children to aspire to ambitious careers. At the heart of Mary's teaching style is listening to children and following their interests to keep them engaged in learning, and also sharing learning with parents and the community by communicating through tech such as social media, Seesaw or Google Classroom. Mary encourages her students to be peaceful activists, raising awareness on issues that matter to them using social media as a platform. Mary has spoken at many events and conferences on digital and global citizenship, on her research into engaging children as readers, and on play based pedagogy. She is currently writing a book about reaching the world outside the classroom without leaving the classroom.
Ep 68 Ms. Melisa Hayes, 2nd Grade Teacher, Hilliard Crossing, Ohio, USA
Melisa Hayes is a 2nd grade teacher and this is her 25th year in education. She is also an author. Her children's book titled: ABBS will be coming out this fall. She loves coaching Girls on the Run, presenting at educational conferences and share her passion for inclusion, STEM and making memorable learning experiences for her 2nd grade family.
Ep 67 Mr. Amit Kumar, National Awards to Teachers 2022, India
Mr. Amit Kumar, is an Educator, Researcher and
Trainer. He is working as a Faculty cum Trainer of
Computer Science with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti
(NVS), Ministry of Education (MoE), Govt. of India. He is
acting as a Resource Person of Spoken Tutorial Project
of IIT Bombay. He is serving as a Key Resource
Person (KRP) for implementation of ICT in Education
curriculum with CIET-NCERT, Ministry of Education
(MoE), Govt of India. He is a Mentor for National Mission
for Mentoring (NMM), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Ministry
of Education, Govt of India. He is a Fulbright DAI Fellow (USA), Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA.
He is a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert & Master Trainer,
Apple Teacher, Certified Adobe Creative Educator, Certified Wakelet
Trainer, Community leader & Ambassador, Flipgrid Certified Expert &
Student Voice Ambassador, Mote Certified Educator, Kami Certified
Educator, Nearpod Distance Learning Expert, HundrED Ambassador
and TeachSDGs Amabassador. He is a certified Cyber Safety and Security
Master Trainer by ISEA - A project of Ministry of Electronics and Information
technology, Govt of India.
Apart from authoring 2 Books on “Sustainability Issues of Wireless
Communication” and 75+ publications in national/international conference
proceedings and international journals, he is a reviewer for many reputed
international journals. He is Certified Mendeley Advisor (Elsevier) and
Publons Academy Supervisor (Web of Science).
He is a recipient of - National ICT Award 2015 from Hon'ble
President of India.
He is a recipient of - National Awards to Teachers 2022 from
Hon'ble President of India.
He has been conferred with the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in
Teaching Program for international teachers (Fulbright DAI) 2020-21,
by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of
Ep 66 Mr. Evo Hanan, Founder, Innovation X, UK
Evo Hannan is the founder of Innovation X, a big-thinking company that helps inspire a new way of thinking to move education forward. Before devoting his work to Innovation X, Evo served as a Head of Innovation at a number of schools in Dubai and has been teaching Design for 2 decades. Evo has been featured in several publications in the Middle East and the UK and has gone on to speak about his passion for innovation and change in education worldwide, as well as a 2 times TEDx speaker. Evo uses his passion for education to develop Fusion - a community brand to support teachers.
Ep 65 Ms. Haimantika Mitra, Developer Advocate, Appwrite, India
Haimantika Mitra is a Developer Advocate at Appwrite. She is passionate about technology, communities, and empowering more women to get started in tech. Website - https://haimantika.com/
Ep 64 Ms. Elizabeth Polo, Professional Development Growth Leader, Florida, USA
Educator| 2019 Teacher Of The Year Region Finalist| 2021 Cambridge University Press Dedicated Teacher Award| PD Presenter| 2022 MSA District Teacher Of The Year| Flip Flipsider| Wakelet Ambassador
Ep 63 Mr. Diogo da Silva, Educator specialized in EdTech, Portugal
Diogo da Silva is a Portuguese educator who is specialized in EdTech in the classroom. He led the elementary STEAM program at escolaglobal, a Microsoft Showcase School, and now oversees the pedagogical component of Visionarium, a non-profit organization that aims to empower teachers and students through the usage of STEAM. He has coordinated various projects using Minecraft Education, he's a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Minecraft Global Mentor, and has spent the past few months developing training content in Microsoft Tools. Currently, he is developing a Minecraft Education project to tackle soft skills. Besides that, he is also a new writer, having published his first children's book, translated "The Yarn Factory" which tackles gender equality issues. His book touring will begin with the next school year, starting in September.
Ep 62 Dr. Bron Stuckey, Creator, GameChanger Girls Esports Program, Sydney, Australia
Dr. Bron Stuckey is a global consultant specialist in gameplay, gamification, communities of practice, and learning communities. Bron has been engaged in the educational community and gameful practices in learning development for the past 16 years. She has worked to explore virtual worlds, games in learning, and how we can cultivate identity, agency, citizenship, leadership, and community. She is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Arizona State University Center for Games & Impact and is a global leader in gamification for community and identity cultivation. She is a global Minecraft mentor, is on the board of several educational game start-ups, and is the creator of the GameChanger Girls Esports Program. She has developed resources and supported educator communities for Microsoft, Departments of Education, commercial clients, and game development companies. Bron’s overriding drive is to understand how games can support learning and cultivate community for learners which is what brought her to research and adopt esports as a game changer for learning.
Ep 61 Mr. Frank Moody, Education Liaison, GameMaker, Pennsylvania, USA
Frank Moody currently serve as the Education Liaison in the USA for GameMaker, a 2D game engine, and has been using game design to support students and educators in the creation of engaging learning experiences for over 15 years, including working withGameMaker, Unreal, and Unity. As a teaching administrator for 25 years, he has always believed that his role was more environmental engineering than the controller of information. Having fallen into the position ofAs Director of Technology at a small private school in the summer of 1995, he was tasked with updating their network (token ring) of first gen Macs to a cross-platform ethernet network running i486 and power Mac computers to all classrooms and dormitory rooms. To accomplish this task he needed to use students as labor thus becoming an unintentional educator of technology.Confronting challenges, solving problems, and learning side by side with his students served as a powerful introduction to teaching and learning. So much so, that when the time came for students to switch from being consumers to producers of digital information he continued to build environments where he could learn alongside them. This included digital audio and video studios, performance art centers, and music buildingsand of course game design classrooms, robotics labs, and computer programming.Times have changed and now what used to take a dedicated room and expensive equipment can all take place on a laptop or smartphone. He is now on a learning journey to find ways to distill the design frameworks that happened in those specialized classrooms throughout the curriculum and my starting point is game design as he believes STEM skills can be taught outside of siloed courses and within the humanities.
Ep 60 Mr. Manny Curiel, Global Community At Edpuzzle, Houston, Texas, USA
Ep 59 Mr. Jed Stefanowicz, Digital Learning Coach, Massachusetts, USA
As a Digital Learning Coach in Walpole, Massachusetts, Jed Stefanowicz provides job-embedded professional development and instructional coaching for academic technology. Through conferences, workshops, and coaching, Jed aims to engage and build staff/student digital learning capacity, keeping the focus on practice over product. As a 25 year elementary educator, speaker, blogger, and current Massachusetts Teach Plus Policy Fellow, Jed shares his passion for effective tech integration to transform teaching and learning, creating engaging and equitable digital learning environments and experiences that activate, innovate, and motivate digital learning.
Ep 58 Ms. Aimee Bloom, Coordinator of Instructional Technologies, Buffalo, New York, USA
Aimee Bloom is a Coordinator of Instructional Technologies, working with educators, students, and administrators in Alternative Education, Special Education, and Career and Tech. Aimee brings to us over 16 years of experience in education. Her career began as a PreK-8th grade art and computer teacher.
Empowered with a strong desire to maximize her impact on students and adult learners, Aimee obtained her second Master's in Educational Leadership with a minor in Emerging Media and Educational Technology. She has served in various leadership roles, such as an Assistant Principal and Technology Director.
Aimee is an ISTE Certified Educator and a Google Certified Trainer. She has participated on committees and was a co-author for the New York State Computer Science Standards and the Diocese of Buffalo Computer Technology Curriculum.
Ep 57 Ms. Laurie Guyon, WSWHE BOCES Model Schools Coordinator, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Laurie Guyon is the Coordinator of Model Schools at Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES. Her role focuses on professional learning around technology integration for over 31 school districts across five counties. As well as this, Laurie is the Capital Region Director and a trainer for NYSCATE, The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education.
Ep 56 Mr. Brian Aspinall, Founder CodeBreaker EDU, Harrow, Ontario
Brian Aspinall is an educator and best-selling author and is considered one of the brightest STEM educational innovators. He is the founder of Code Breaker Inc., whose mission is to engage students and amplify the voices of passionate educators who believe that all students can achieve if given a fair chance. He travels the globe speaking and leading professional development programs that inspire educators to create curious seeking individuals in classrooms built on a community of trust, risk-taking, and a freedom to fail. His books, Code Breaker, Block Breaker, Risk Taker, When Passion Meets Project and Disrupt the Status Quo continue to top the charts in STEM education, focusing on rethinking assessment and evaluation. He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work with coding and computational thinking. His enthusiasm, thought leadership, and approach to building capacity within STEM education has made him a sought-after speaker across the globe.
Ep 55 Dr. Matthew X. Joseph, CEO XFactorEdu, Massachusetts, USA
Dr. Matthew X. Joseph has collected incredible insights on how best to support teaching and learning, and his work has led to nationally published articles and opportunities to speak at multiple state and national events. He has been a school and district leader in many capacities in public education over his twenty-seven years in the field, with experiences such as being the director of digital learning and innovation, an elementary school principal, a classroom teacher, and a district professional development specialist. Matt currently serves as the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in Leicester Public Schools. He earned a master's degree in special education and administration and has his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Boston College. Matt holds licenses in teaching, school administration, and MA superintendent. Matt is the author of Power of Us: Creating Collaborative Schools and co-author of Modern Mentoring, Reimagining Teacher Mentorship. His work focuses on inspiring and supporting educators to achieve personal goals to achieve excellence in schools. He is driven to support and empower others to reach their full potential. Empowering others is the foundation of his leadership, writing, and motivational speaking engagements. Matt works closely with Springfield College and Boston College as part of the alumni council. He also collaborates with human service agencies, such as the YMCA, to coach leaders to enhance culture in the workplace and leadership capacity. He has been featured in national publications for his work and stays active on social media encouraging others to believe in themselves, stay authentic, and turn potential into Power. Follow Matthew on Twitter @matthewxjoseph
Ep 54 Dr. Amitabh Sharma, CEO and Co-founder- STEM Academy of USA, Atlanta, USA
Extensive international experience as a seasoned educator, skill developer, master trainer, project implementer, thinker, go-to-market modeler, innovator, public relation expert, and avid philanthropist especially committed to women's empowerment. Versatile with the management of companies and institutions engaged in STEM education, training, skill development, oil & gas, consulting, project development, renewable energy, and consumer/IT/software, aside from service-oriented organizations. Adept in global business strategy and operations. Socially vibrant, astute public speaker and author. Ardent yoga enthusiast, tennis player, and spiritual seeker.
Ep 53 Mr. Jarvis Smith, Founder, My Green Pod, New Yorkshire, England
Jarvis has made it his life's mission to educate himself and others on how to live more sustainably. After studying with a female shaman indigenous to the UK for over a decade, in 2007 on Channel 4's TV show 'Dumped' his eyes were opened to the vast devastation human lifestyle waste was having on the planet. It was a realization that was to lead to a lifetime’s work protecting the Earth.
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Ep 52 Mr. Matt Miller, Head Textbook Ditcher, Ditch That Textbook, Indiana, USA
Matt Miller has spent more than a decade in the classroom, creating unique learning experiences for his students through technology and creative teaching. He has written the book Ditch That Textbook about innovative teaching ideas and rethinking education. He's a Google-Certified Innovator, a mark of distinction for cutting-edge use of G Suite tools in the classroom. He's been among the top 10 influencers in educational technology and e-learning worldwide. He provides practical, “use it in class tomorrow” solutions to teachers’ classroom needs. He also helps them focus on what’s most important to keep education relevant.
Ep 51 Mr. Jake Miller,#EduGIF Guy And #EduDuctTape Podcast Host, Kent, Ohio
Jake Miller is an edtech and learning enthusiast, author of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset, host of the EdTech News Brief and #EduDuctTape podcasts, speaker, and sharer of #EduGIFs at @JakeMillerTech and on JakeMiller.net. Jake’s day job is Personalized Learning Specialist and he previously spent 5 years as a technology integration specialist and an additional 14 years in the classroom teaching math, science & STEM at various grade levels. Jake’s favorite job, however, is his full-time position as a husband and father.
Ep 49 Ms. Nikki Jones, Instructional Technology Coach, Northern Virginia, United States Of America
Nikki Jones is an Instructional Technology Coach in Northern Virginia, United States just outside of Washington DC, the nation's capital. Prior to moving into her current role where she supports K-5 with meaningful tech integration, she taught 1st and 3rd grades. Nikki has a Master’s degree in education and 15 years of experience using technology to challenge students to think critically, problem solve and be creative. In an effort to educate future-ready students Nikki focuses on creativity, STEAM and computer science! She is passionate about helping, inspiring and training educators to integrate technology in ways that are innovative, highly engaging and promote student choice, voice and creation. She works closely with staff members to help them build their technology skills and become more confident while integrating technology that empowers student learning! Nikki is a Quizizz Game-Changer, Class Dojo Mentor, Flip Student Voice Ambassador, a SMART Ambassador, Novel Effect Ambassador, Ozobot Certified Educator, Adobe Level 2 Creative Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and an HP Fellow in Cohort 4.
Ep 48 Ms. Amanda Pickard, Primary School Teacher, #TeamsEduChat, Scotland
Amanda Pickard has been a primary school teacher in Scotland for about 15 years with experience of teaching children from 3-11 years old. She is currently on a secondment with her local authority as the Digital Development Officer, working with schools, teachers, and pupils to increase digital literacy and computing science skills. She is passionate about leveraging digital technologies to support, engage, challenge, and inspire. Her recent classroom experience has been with little learners, primary 1 in Scotland, who are around 5 years old. She has taught digital skills to this age group for a number of years and has seen first-hand the positive impact that this has on their confidence, independence, creativity, and communication. Teaching keyboard skills is absolutely crucial to opening up opportunities for using dictate to 'write' a descriptive story and for immersive readers to listen to their own stories. She's a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEExpert), MIE Master Trainer, and one of the MIE Fellows for Scotland. She believes play and games are the best ways children (and her) learn and loves using Making Thinking Visible thinking routines to help give learners a voice. A favorite digital tool of hers is ThingLink which allowed her wee class of little learners to become independent in their learning during the lockdown. Outside of teaching, She's a power-lifting, crocheting, pet-owning, lifelong learner who loves to read.
Ep 47 Dr. Tim Kitchen, Adobe’s Senior Education Specialist for Asia Pacific, Melbourne, Australia
Following 23 years of teaching Primary, Secondary & Higher Education, Dr. Tim Kitchen has been Adobe’s Senior Education Specialist for the Asia Pacific since 2013. He regularly liaises with schools & universities focusing on enhancing creativity in education. He also manages the Adobe Education leadership and active use programs throughout Australasia and helps lead the Adobe Education Exchange (https://edex.adobe.com) which now has over one million members. A passionate advocate for creativity in education, and a well-recognized education thought leader in Australia, Tim is a regular presenter for a wide range of national and international education events.
Adobe Express - https://www.adobe.com/express/
Adobe Express resource - https://adobe.ly/express-apac
The Adobe Education Exchange - https://edex.adobe.com/
Adobe Creative Educator program site - http://adobe.ly/ACE
Tim's Newsletter email list - https://adobe.ly/contact-edu-apac
Inject Creativity Live - https://adobe.ly/injectcreativitylive
Ep 46 Mr. Craig Kemp, CEO & Co-Founder EduSparkWorld, New Zealand
As a keynote speaker, workshop host, and global Education Consultant Craig works with Departments, Ministries, School Leadership, School Communities, and Educators to understand, design, and implement digital learning solutions and transformations to improve teaching practice and student learning outcomes.
Craig has supported schools and organizations all over the globe to establish practices, protocols, and guidelines to support the sustainable implementation of technology into the curriculum to add value to student learning. In addition, he works as an advisor with technology vendors adding value to their products for use in schools.
Craig is a New Zealand-born educator with over 14 years of experience both in the classroom, in leadership, and in consulting. He is an enthusiastic change agent that is passionate about every aspect of education and making a difference. Craig is currently based in Singapore and as a digital learning consultant, he supports schools in their digital learning transformation journey.
Craig is well known for his dedication to education through Social Media, with over 42,000 followers on Twitter. He is an Apple Professional Learning Specialist (one of only 20+ in Asia), Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator (Level 1&2), Google Certified Innovator, Common Sense Certified Educator, and SeeSaw Ambassador. He has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Administration. He was rewarded as one of only three teachers in New Zealand by being invited to the NZ Leadership Institution Young Leaders Programme. He is a leading change agent, involved in the makeover of several schools' ICT hardware and integration programs, with a particular focus on pedagogy to support curriculum integration of technology. His experience in leading and developing successful teams has seen him support the development of teams across the world to make changes positively. His work is highly sought after, with proven results.
Craig is the co-founder and moderator of trending Twitter ed-chats #whatisschool and #AsiaEd. His passion for sharing knowledge and connecting people to make a difference is clear.
Craig specializes in digital learning transformation, 1:1 device rollouts, global connections, formative assessment, developing schoolwide technology integration strategic plans, creating an enjoyable and engaging learning experience for students, social media in education, educational technology, inspiring and motivating staff, integrating technology and innovation in education and training parents in the application of technology and social media to support student learning. He is available for consulting, speaking engagements, workshops, and seminars both in person and via video conference – Please click here for more information.
Twitter - @mrkempnz
Ep 45 Ms. Jennifer Williams, founder of TeachSDG's, Florida, USA
Recognized as a transformational leader in education, Dr. Jennifer Williams has dedicated herself for 25 years to the field of education through her roles as an education activist, professor, school administrator, literacy specialist, and classroom teacher. She speaks, writes, and consults on practices that develop global perspectives and social good through creative uses of technology, and her research interests include innovations in teaching and learning, equity and diversity in education, and social action. As an educator and author of the ISTE book, Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good, she champions teachers to use educational technology purposefully for the planet and its people . She is a professor at Saint Leo University, the co-founder of TeachSDGs and the non-profit organization Take Action Global, and the President of the ISTE Education Leaders PLN Board of Directors. She is currently a consultant for Adobe for Education, Empatico, and the U.S. Department of State and is working with ISTE and Routledge on two new books. Notable recognitions include being named Top 30 for K12 IT Educators (2020), #8 for Top Academics in STEM (2018), and #9 Top Campaigners in Sustainability (2018). Connect with Jennifer on Twitter at @JenWilliamsEdu.
Ep 44 Ms. Aastha Sahni, founder of CyberPreserve & BBWIC Foundation, USA
Aastha is a competent CyberSecurity professional with 6+ years of experience in the industry. Her areas of expertise are Identity & Access Management (IAM), Application Security & Security Information Security Management (SIEM). Since the start of her career, she has donned many hats - from being a Consultant to Engineer and now a Security Training Specialist. She is a strong advocate of bringing Diversity & Inclusion to workplaces.To promote women professionals in the industry, she aims to help in provisioning a continuous Cybersecurity learning experience to women throughout their careers. She is the founder of CyberPreserve & BBWIC Foundation.
Ep 43 Ms. Rachelle Dené Poth, ISTE Certified Educator, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Rachelle Dené Poth is an ed-tech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology at Riverview Junior-Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle has a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. Rachelle is an ISTE Certified Educator and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. She is a past president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and served on the leadership team of the Mobile Learning Network for five years. She received the ISTE Making IT Happen Award and several Presidential Gold Awards for volunteer service to education. Gold Awards are given for more than 500 hours of volunteer service in a year. Rachelle received two gold, three silver, and one bronze award. She was named one of 30 K-12 IT Influencers for 2021.
Since 2019, Rachelle has written seven books. "In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking", "Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU", "The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead”, “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World", "True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us", "Your World Language Classroom: Strategies for Digital and In-Person Instruction", and her newest book "Things I Wish [...] Knew" which includes the voices of 50 educators from around the world.
Rachelle is a columnist for Getting Smart and a blogger for Defined Learning and NEO LMS. She has a podcast named, ThriveinEDU and is the host of a PBL Podcast by Defined Learning on BAM Radio Network. She has a ThriveinEDU Community and does a weekly live show with guests who speak about education.
Ep 42 Ms. Akansha Arora Educator Innovation Lead in Flip at Microsoft India
Akanksha Arora is a passionate educationist with an experience of 26 years. She has served in the capacities of educator, Academic Head, Principal, School Mentor, and Head- Training. As a Curriculum Manager, she rigorously worked on the Experiential Learning methodology for 6 years. She has trained more than 12000 educators and 300 school leaders. Akanksha is an MIEE and School Mentor for 11 Microsoft Showcase Incubator schools. She is also impaneled as a Trainer with CBSE Centre of Excellence and leads professional development on pedagogy, classroom management, technology in education, life skills and value education, subject capacity building, and NEP 2020. She has been a Master Trainer for Cambridge English Assessment. Akanksha is an Educator Innovation Lead in Flip at Microsoft and is on a mission to empower every person on the planet to share their voice. Her focus lies in transforming teaching-learning to make it outcome-oriented, effective, and joyful. Akanksha loves to travel and is an avid reader.
Ep 41 Aarav Garg , Founder and CEO of Tech Nuttiez, India
Aarav Garg is a 16-year-old innovator, entrepreneur, and TEDx speaker. He has been into technology since a very young age and has built many robots and other projects. His work has been published in various international magazines and media houses. He is the Founder and CEO of Tech Nuttiez.
Tech Nuttiez is a startup that aims to educate the global youth on technology and has built a mobile app for tech enthusiasts where users can learn how to build various projects, explore various STEM-related topics and also win exciting prizes for their contributions and efforts. The app has been downloaded in 80+ countries and Tech Nuttiez has reached 1,000,000+ young minds across social media through their exciting content that revolves around technology.
Ep 40 Claudio Zavala Jr. , Adobe Education Evangelist, Burleson, Texas, USA
Claudio Zavala Jr. is an Adobe Education Evangelist based out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area with over 25 years in the education world. He has served in capacities as an educator, mentor teacher, educational technology trainer, and digital designer. He has a passion for helping students and educators share their stories with digital tools. In 2017, Claudio founded I Am Claudius LLC, a creative media consulting company providing workshops and webinars on subjects like innovation, video creation, and storytelling. Claudio has presented at various national and regional conferences including ISTE, SXSWEdu, FETC, and TCEA. Claudio has also been featured in various magazines including Toggle and EdTech Magazine. He was a part of the Adobe Spark Ambassador program for the past two years. Claudio has spent the last 4 years creating tutorials for his YouTube channel. Claudio is an accomplished photographer, avid cinematographer, mountain biker, and professional musician. You can find him on all social media platforms at @ClaudioZavalaJr and can learn more about him at claudiozavalajr.com
Ep 39 Mr. Michael Harvey, Science Educator, Marlborough Boy's College, NZ
Dr. Harvey is a science educator and E-sport director based at Marlborough Boy's College in sunny Blenheim on the top of the South Island of New Zealand. He is also a MIEExpert, Minecraft Global Mentor, Flipgrid Global ambassador, Wakelet Ambassador, Apple Teacher, and Level 2 Google Educator. He is also involved in both the Tanzanian Root and Shoots SDG Laboratory Schools. His educational research interests include the use of digital animations to enhance student understanding of complex abstract scientific concepts and linking this to cognitive psychology. He is also passionate about global collaborations to enhance educational outcomes worldwide.
Ep 38 Mr. Alex Isaacs, 8th Grade Math Teacher & EdTech Enthusiast, Red Bank, NJ USA
Mr. Alex Isaacs is an 8th Grade Math Teacher & EdTech Enthusiast at Red Bank Middle School | Red Bank, NJ. He is certified in a variety of EdTech platforms, and passionate about creating engaging material for students and teachers alike.
Ep 37 Mr. Michael Drezek, District Technology Integrator for Lake Shore CSD Angola, New York, USA
Michael serves as the District Technology Integrator for Lake Shore CSD in Angola, New York. This is his 18th year in education. He is a member of the Lake Shore District Technology Committee, the District Teacher Mentorship Committee and is on the Western New York Technology Integrators Forum Advisory Panel. He is also a member of the Western New York Consortium for Student Empowerment through Innovation. Outside of Lake Shore, Michael helps lead the #GlobalEdSsChat and #GlobalMakerDay teams. Michael was a winner Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from NYSCATE. He has published the forward to the book, The Journey to the Y in You, and also chapters in the DigCitKids book and 100 No-Nonsense Things All Teachers Should STOP Doing. Michael has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally and is a 2x Ignite Speaker. He is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, a Google Educator Group Leader for Western New York, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, Adobe Creative Educator: Creativity Crew member, and Apple Teacher. Connect with Michael at michaeldrezek.com or on Twitter @m_drez.
Ep 36 Ms. Jamie Donally, Founder ARVRinEDU, East Texas, USA
A former PK-8 math teacher turned technology integration specialist, Jaime Donally has spent more than a decade at the classroom and district levels thinking about how educators can practically use augmented, virtual and mixed realities. In her current role as an independent education consultant, she provides professional development on immersive technology to districts and at conferences.
Ep 35 Ms. Kecia McDonald, EL ResourceTeacher West Hawaii, USA
Kecia McDonald is an educator, mother, and traveler. She lives and works in Hawai'i, USA. She believes in the power of global education to build connection, understanding, empathy, and compassion which will lead to a better world.
Twitter - @mcdonald_kecia
Ep 34 Mr. Jeff Remington, Top 50 Global Teacher Prize Finalist 2020, Pennsylvania, United States
Jeff has recently retired from 35 years of teaching secondary STEM in the Palmyra School District in Pennsylvania. He has taught for 25 years as an adjunct professor for Lebanon Valley College's graduate STEM program as well. His educational career has been focused on developing STEM uptake and achievement, both in his school and throughout Pennsylvania – during a period when computers have gone from being rare in the classroom to ubiquitous. His teaching perspective focuses on growth mindset and project-based learning to turn students into divergent, collaborative innovators who are expert problem solvers yet also understand the human impact on their environment.
In addition to his teaching at home, Jeff has promoted science teaching in a number of other countries, including Haiti, India, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. As well as becoming a United States National STEM Teacher Ambassador, Jeff received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in 2002 based on his innovative teaching, performance in the classroom, and leadership in the field. This came with an award of several thousand dollars, which he used to kick-start the development of science and technology classrooms as well as teacher training at schools in Haiti. He also helped set up Internet connections, Skype collaboration, and a wiki project between students in Haiti and Palmyra, a step that he considers the most significant project of his career. These trips were initially focused on the development and delivery of STEM infrastructure and teaching, but in the end, they grew to be much more than that: they became an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of other cultures too. Most recently, Jeff was a 2020 top 50 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize. Jeff looks forward to a post-retirement career of elevating STEM, innovation, and workforce development where ever he can.
Ep 33 Ms. Neeru Mittal, STEM Educator, SRDAV Public School, New Delhi, India
Ms. Neeru Mittal ICT Co- Coordinator, STEM Educator at SRDAV Public School, Dayanand Vihar, Delhi, India. I am very proud to share Winner National ICT Award for innovation in the field of Education Technology with numerous accolades added to her name.Ms. Neeru Mittal ICT Co- Coordinator, STEM Educator at SRDAV Public School, Dayanand Vihar, Delhi, India. I am very proud to share Winner National ICT Award for innovation in the field of Education Technology with numerous accolades added to her name.
Ep 32 Ms. Sonia Wadhwa, Head of Technology Integration, Nirmal Bhartia School, New Delhi, India
Ms. Sonia Wadhwa is a Technology Integration Specialist, academic leader, and a passionate Computer Science Facilitator with 24 years of experience in educational technologies. She has the experience of teaching diverse curriculums – CBSE, CISCE, Cambridge, and State Board. She has been an examiner with CISCE and Cambridge. An IB-trained teacher to teach information technology in a global society. She is a curriculum and content design specialist for ICT and Computer Science. As a passionate SDG advocate and SDG 4 ambassador, during the Pandemic, she has trained 5000+ students and 15000+ educators across pan India to empower them in Educational Technologies, digital pedagogies, office 365 ecosystem for education, Creating opportunities for Gamifying Learning, Digital Citizenship Cyber Safety, use of AR/VR in classroom and Artificial Intelligence. She is a Microsoft Trainer, Fellow and Innovative Educator Expert, Wakelet Leader and ambassador, Flipgrid & Nearpod Certified, Adobe Education Leader & Ambassador, National Geographic Certified Educator, and an active member of CSTA. She has won various awards and accolades in the field of education: To name a few: the most innovative educator by Indian Education Award, British Council International School Award, Hall of fame by Cyberlearning for guiding the country topper, Global Teacher Award by AKS, Inspirational Teacher of the year award by IEA, IT Guru Award by EduNext and most Active Academic Leader during the Pandemic by Asian Education Award. She sees her success in the success of her students. She takes great pride in the fact that she can help and guide her students to pursue higher studies in Computer Science from the best universities in the world. Her students have completed their graduation from Cornell, Georgia Tech, Purdue, University of Wisconsin, Stanford, and The University of British Columbia, to name a few. She believes that teachers are gifted with magical powers to help children identify their unique hidden potentials and can empower them to become confident individuals.
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Twitter - @soniawadhwa26
Ep 31 Ms. Sara Abou Afach, Minecraft Global Mentor, Beirut, Lebanon
Sara Abou Afach, Palestinian from Lebanon. Ph.D. in Education specialized in Curriculum Computational thinking in education. Currently working at Tablet Academy MENA as Senior Education Lead. Interested in skilling (educators and students) in future skills. She is Microsoft Certified Trainer, Minecraft Global Mentor, MIEE, MIE fellow
Ep 29 Mr. Scott Titmas, Member of the Flipgrid/Microsoft Team, New Jersey, USA
Scott is a former classroom teacher now proudly serving the educator community as a member of the Flipgrid team. He is passionate about supporting Microsoft’s mission to empower others to achieve more. As an elementary teacher turned technology coach, Scott strongly believes that technology plays an integral part in fostering learning and building community. When not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, Dana, and 1-year-old daughter, Brycelynn.
Ep 28 Mr. Stephen Hurley, Founder And Chief Catalyst Of voicEd Radio, Canada
Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years working in Canada’s public education space: as a classroom teacher, curriculum consultant, teacher educator, facilitator, and, most recently, the founder and chief catalyst of voicEd Radio. Stephen believes that now is the time to leverage the energy and the insights that have emerged as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. voicEd Radio is committed to developing a model of knowledge mobilization in education that connects research, practice, and policy in powerful ways.
Ep 27 Ms. Jennifer Casa-Todd, Master in Education and Digital Technologies, Ontario, Canada
Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian, and a former Literacy Consultant. Jennifer holds a Masters in Education and Digital Technologies from Ontario Tech University with a specialization in social media, digital citizenship, and education. She is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, an Ontario Google Educator group leader, an executive member of the International Society Technology and Education (ISTE) Librarian PLN, a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, and the co-founder of the Global Education Student Chat. She is the 2020 recipient of the ISTE Digital Citizenship PLN Award. Jennifer is also the author of the book Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership, Raising Digital Leaders: Practical Advice for Families Navigating Today’s Technology, and co-author of the Children’s book, Aubrey Bright in the Stories that Connect Us. Jennifer is an international keynote speaker who is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place.
Ep 26 Mr. Sean Arnold, Special Educator and STEM Coach, New York, USA
As a special educator and STEM Coach in NYC’s District 75, citywide special education, Sean works with a broad range of students and educators. He is committed to reaching all students through innovative technology and practices. He shares his expertise at making learning personally meaningful, intrinsically motivating, and made for everyone. You can also find evidence of his work at BraveInTheAttempt.com. He has received the ISTE Outstanding Teacher Award, ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator Award, NYCDOE Excellence in School Technology Award, the EDxEDNYC Excellence in Technology Award, along with many other accolades and certifications.
Ep 25 Ms. Neha Sehgal, Head Junior School, Sat Paul Mittal School, India
Ms. Neha Sehgal, Head Junior School is a post graduate in English with CELTA certification from the University of Cambridge. She has a rich experience of teaching and administration. She is a voracious reader and Animal rights activist. She has made innumerable contributions in the field of education. Emotional, passion-driven, and full of ideas, her greatest gift is the ability to see the spark of potential in every student and to inspire the teachers to see it, too. Her true power lies in learning to take consistent daily action to create the future she envisions.
Ep 24 Ms. Vineeta Garg, Top 50 Global Teacher prize Finalist 2020, India
Vineeta Garg is a passionate educator working in SRDAV Public School, Delhi for the last 25 years as IT Head. She is a resource person for prestigious Indian government organizations like NCERT, SCERT, NIOS, DIET and has written many books, research articles, research papers and has developed a lot of e-content which is benefitting thousands of students across the globe. Her “Robotics For All “campaign helped her to plant the seed of STEM in young workforce including students with special needs and underprivileged students. She is meticulously working towards sensitizing young generation towards cyber threats. Her Android app on Cyber Awareness won the Global Cyber Challenge, 2017 and she was awarded by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi ji.
Passionate for music she has written and composed many songs on social issues and on coding. Her outstanding contribution in the field of education bagged her many national and international awards- National. Teachers Award 2019, top 50 Global Teacher prize finalist 2020 and Dedicated Teacher Award 2020 by Cambridge University Press UK to name a few.
Twitter - @vineetagarg123
LinkedIn - https://in.linkedin.com/in/vineeta-garg-70b15066
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/people/Vineeta-Garg/100010308970814/
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Ep 23 Becky Keene, Director Of Operations For Insight2execution, United States Of America
Becky Keene works as Director of Operations for insight2execution, an education consultancy company. She oversees the team of managers and professional learning specialists developing content for worldwide edtech companies as well delivering training engagements and implementation planning for systemic change with major school systems around the United States. She has traveled to work with teachers and school leaders on four continents as a speaker, consultant, and professional developer. Her role as board member at Phygital Labs, a game-based learning non-profit, has led her to explore the immersive environments of games in education. Becky is the co-author of Sail the 7 Cs with Microsoft Education. Previous to her current role, she spent 15 years teaching, coaching, and managing programs for Kent School District, Washington. She holds a MS Ed degree in early literacy, is a National Board Certified Teacher in ELA for early adolescence, and is an ISTE Certified Educator.
Follow her on Twitter @beckykeene.