Podcasts

EducationInnovation

Each month Zulama’s founder Nikki Navta participates on a live streamed panel discussion about innovating education.  The videos from these discussions can be found on our Hangouts page, and the audio is available here on our podcast channel!

You can find us on iTunes, or you can subscribe to our podcasts directly. Don’t forget to check back monthly to check out our newest segment on innovating education!

Growth Mindset

Janna Peskett (@jannapeskett) and Anthony Colannino (@AJCMindset) from Mindset Works joined Nikki Navta to discuss Growth Mindset in the classroom. Janna and Anthony provide ideas for how to integrate the language of growth into teacher-student communication. They discuss various methods for framing challenges and giving critical feedback.

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Game Design After Graduation

Albert Shih (@albertshihgames), owner of Pillow Castle Games, and Michael Lee, game designer at Schell Games, discuss the transition from student to Game Designer! Albert and Michael provide great insight on the Game Design field including the growing career paths and advice for graduating students, looking for a jobs.

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STEAM: Bringing the Arts to STEM

We’re joined by Don Marinelli, Dianna Stavros (@imaginationHA), Bob Yost, and Anthony Pezzelle (@impulsivejedi) to discuss the connection between the Arts and STEM. Listen in to hear our guests talk about STEAM connecting different content areas, keeping the excitement flowing in your classroom, and being a more inclusive approach to education.

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Deeper Learning: How to Achieve Deeper Learning in the Classroom!

Guests, Jennifer Kabaker (@JenCohKab), Ben Daley (@bendaley), and Stephanie Aragon discuss strategies teachers can use to deepen learning within their classrooms by developing student passions and focusing on required content!

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Reinventing Learning Using Games

Ryan Schaaf (@RyanLSchaaf), Jackie Gerstein (@jackiegerstein), and Jodi Asbell-Clarke (@Asbellcl) join in to discuss the shift towards using games in the classroom. We’ll cover the best ways to use games to redefine failure, work through the iterative process, and reignite student engagement!

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Games in the Classroom

Experts in games and education, Greg Toppo (@gtoppo), Seann Dikkers (@sdikkers), and Lee Sheldon, discuss the positives to utilizing games and game design in the classroom, including enhanced learning and increased student engagement. They also provide effective tips and approaches to help spark student interest in game design in your school!

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21st Century Skills and Project Based Learning

Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd) and Nick Provenzano (@TheNerdyTeacher) share tips and classroom examples for using Project Based Learning to increase student performance and growth of 21st Century Skills.

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The Global Video Game Industry

Members of the International Game Development Association and Cascade Game Foundry share their experiences with the global video game industry, including job searching, working, and collaborating internationally!

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The Gender Connection: Girls and Games

Kat Crawford (@DramaticKat) and Stephanie Carmichael (@DrackySnacks) share their insights into the video game industry from the female perspective.  The group offers suggestions for making games accessible to girls and encouraging girls to embrace STEM education!

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The Impact of Learning Space on Instruction

Guests Ben Gilpin, host of Classroom Cribs and Principal at Warner Elementary school, and Mary Wilson, teacher at Elizabeth Forward High School, speak from personal experience. Find out how a learning space can enhance student engagement and take away a few tips for designing your own creative learning space!

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Video Games and Violence

Lexi Ladd, Chris Ferguson, and Gregory Blackburn break down the implications of violence in video games. The group offers advice for talking with students about violent video games and choosing the right video games to use in the classroom.

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Game Design and Future Jobs

Game designers, artists, and project managers from Google, SimCoach Games, Perihelion Interactive, and Holovis International talk about what it takes to “make it” in the game design industry!

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Exploring the Maker Movement

Birdbrain Technologies owner and Chief Roboticist, Tom Lauers, and Centerburg High School Computer Technology Teacher, Brian Wetzel, join the crew this month to talk about how the Maker Movement is invading modern classrooms!

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STEM Video Game Challenge

Students from Elizabeth Forward School District show off their games and talk about their participation in the STEM Video Game Challenge!

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Project Based Learning using Media

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), and Melissa Benedict (Elizabeth Forward School District), and Dave Faulkner (StoryBots) discuss the best ways to use media for project based learning.

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Project Based Learning with Electronics and STEM

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), and Jordan Mroziak, and Alana Kulesa discuss the best methods for project based learning with STEM and Electronics.

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Motivating Struggling Students Through Games

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), and Michelle Riconscente (GlassLab) discuss the best methods for motivating struggling students through games.

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Optimizing Student Performance Through Project Based Learning

Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), Norton Gusky (Education Consultant), Trisha Craig (Director of Curriculum at Fort Cherry School District), and Justin Aglio (Co-Principal at Propel Braddock Hills High School) talk about how project based learning enhances student performance and discuss a few of the PBL initiates in action at local schools.

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Redefining Failure

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Heidi McDonald (Schell Games), and Anna Roberts (Working Examples) discuss how to use games to Redefine Failure!

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Modernizing School IT

Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), Mary Beth Wiseman (Elizabeth Forward School District), Eric Griffith (Mechanicsburg Exempted Village School District), and Ed McKaveney (Hampton Township School District) talk about modernizing their districts’ IT. From BYOD and 1:1 to tossing printers down hills!

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Game Jams!

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Gary Gardiner (Dream Flight Adventures), Susan Manning (University of Wisconsin) and Aileen Owens (South Fayette School District) discuss their experiences planning and attending Game Jams!

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Diving into Deeper Learning

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Matt Friedman (Mars Area School District), and Michael Loughead (South Fayette School District) discuss the place of deeper learning in a curriculum and share a few of the deeper learning initiatives taking place in their districts.

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SMALLab Learning

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Scott Stevens (Entertainment Technology Center), Cyndi Boyd (SMALLab Learning), and David Birchfield (SMALLab Learning) discuss how SMALLabs can create a learning and gaming ecosystem within your school.

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Personalized Learning

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), Scot Refsland (EdStart, ExitTicket), Maren McMullan (eSpark), and Michelle Acaley (eSpark) discuss the best tools and tech to help educators personalize learning in the classroom.

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K-12 1:1 iPad Initiatives

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), Dennis Villano (Burlington Public Schools) and Tim Calvin (Burlington Public Schools) discuss the best practices, strategies, and apps for launching a 1:1 iPad program in the K-12 learning environment.

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Engaging Girls in Computer Science

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), Lisa M. Abel-Palmieri (The Ellis School), Leigh Ann Sudol (Girls Who Code) and students and teachers from Elizabeth Forward Middle School discuss tactics and initiatives to get more girls hooked on computer science.

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Change Management – Part 2

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), Mary Wilson (Elizabeth Forward School District), and Aileen Owens (South Fayette School District) discuss how districts can introduce innovation into their schools without disrupting their vital work.

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Change Management – Embrace the Bleeding Edge

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), Matt Conner (Burrell School District), and Paul Gould (MAYA Design) discuss how districts can introduce innovation into their schools without disrupting their vital work.

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Energizing Education with Creative Physical Spaces in Schools

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), Jesse Schell (Carnegie Mellon University and Schell Games), and Sean McChesney (Electrosonic) discuss the power that creative physical spaces have to affect attitude and improve learning.  They also share practical tips on transforming mundane spaces into exciting environments without breaking the bank.

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Get Your Game On

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), Beverly Vailancourt (Zulama), Lucas Blair (Little Bird Games), and Mary Wilson (Elizabeth Forward High School) discuss fun ways to incorporate gaming and game-based learning in the classroom.

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Modernize Your High School Technology Courses

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), and Steve Whitehead (California University of Pennsylvania), Marianne Cibulas (Quaker Valley High School), Deborah Riccobelli (Quaker Valley High School), and Dave English (Sprout Fund)  discuss innovative and practical ways high schools can modernize their technology to be more relevant for today’s students.

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