Mailbox Magic – How do Ontology and Epistomology help you kill JarJar Binks with headcannons?

A photograph of much beloved Jar Jar Binks

Mailbox Magic – How do Ontology and Epistomology help you kill JarJar Binks with headcannons?

 
 
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This is a special mailbox episode, at the request of Scott R. Cowan who asked us to demystify Ontology, Epistomology, Positivism and Interpretivism. Not only will we lift the veil on the terms and show you how they fit together, but we’ll also give you the mental equipment you need to erase poorly written CG monsters from your sci-fi canon of choice.

‘Another Star Wars episode?!’ I hear you cry over the internet. Well pish and pertiddle I say, there’s so much learning and teaching in those movies (and they’re so ubiquitous that they make a great accessible schema to frame things against) that we could genuinely smash it against a pedagogy every single episode. We go against that base instinct for your sake though listeners, because we love you.

And because as geeks we’re at the buffet table of nerdism, as opposed to the set menu.

On that subject, we were infiltrated by a non-geek in this episode! We’re joined by Olivia who has a special interest in the subject, but has only ever seen one Star Wars movie. And it was one of the prequels. Egad.

Mark wrote a smashing blog on the subject of this episode. You can find it on his site here.

If you’ve got something you’re particularly interested in us covering in the old pedagogical world, then do let us know. You can hit us up via the twitters @pedagodzilla.

Don’t Pivot, Swivel – Episode 3

Don’t Pivot, Swivel – Episode 3

 
 
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Mark’s third dip into pandemic pedagogy is with Professor Peter Hartley. This came about because Mark and Peter are invited every year to do a presentation at the SOLSTICE conference at Edge Hill University. Because of lockdown they were asked to do a video or narrated PowerPoint on the impact of Covid-19 instead. This looked at the tendency of many people who did the pivot to online to behave as if online learning wasn’t just new to them, but new to everyone.

There’s speculation about what mechanisms could have led to this lack of awareness, and why online pedagogy principles hadn’t previously permeated practice. Though without the alliteration. They also took apart the number of bad takes on online learning in newspapers, including those that are for the teaching profession. And they did all these discussions about the pandemic and what happened after as if looking back on it from 2045.

The narrated PowerPoint is at https://figshare.edgehill.ac.uk/articles/presentation/Looking_back_at_the_2020_pandemic/12416009  The audio is a bit shorter but there’s pictures!

Dave Lister, Modern Day Socrates? Can we smash the 2020 Innovating Pedagogy report in to Red Dwarf?

Dave Lister, Modern Day Socrates? Can we smash the 2020 Innovating Pedagogy report in to Red Dwarf?

 
 
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In the third and final part of our lockdown schedule ruining miniseries, ‘WHERE’S MY HOVERBOARD?!’, we pick through some of our favourite articles from the 2020 Innovating Pedagogy Report , exploring Posthumanism, Esports in education – and most importantly how gosh darned much we love Red Dwarf.

I’m not kidding. I easily trimmed twenty straight minutes of us chatting about our favourite bits, and there’s still so much there.

Mark mentions a Foxdrop in the family near the end of the show. You can find the video he’s referring to here.

We’re back to our semi-normal output after this, but if you’ve enjoyed it – or have a particular bit of pointy pedagogy you want us to poke, then do let us know via the twitters.

My (Mike’s) audio went a bit funny in this episode, and I had to revert to the backup – so apologies to those with particularly keen ears who notice the extra compression.

School’s out forever! How does Problem based learning help Buffy the Vampire Slayer? (Ft.Computational thinking)

School’s out forever! How does Problem based learning help Buffy the Vampire Slayer? (Ft.Computational thinking)

 
 
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Now here’s a Brucie bonus for you – it’s a pedagogy 2 for the price of 1 special!

We’ve got Rebecca Ferguson, innovator of pedagogy and watcher of Buffy joining us to figure out the classroom conundrum of problem based learning, and the metacognitive monster of computational thinking.

We mention the Innovating Pedagogy report in here, which is great (the report more so than the mention)! You can access it here, as well as some handy dandy resources for the hip and trendy educator in a hurry.

Trying something a little different in the shownotes by the way, here’s a cheeky cheat sheet on the bones of one of the episode’s pedagogies:

As ever – if you want to get in touch or call us out on our nonsense then do let us know via the twitters @pedagodzilla.

PopCulture Pedagogy Collision! Blade Runner smashes in to Montessori method

PopCulture Pedagogy Collision! Blade Runner smashes in to Montessori method

 
 
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This week Mike surprises Mark with a cheeky question he didn’t see coming – How do Blade Runner’s replicants rebel using the Montessori Method?

Will his powerful edu-brain be able to process this, and a cult classic sci-fi thriller all at once? Will Mike be a bit skeptical, and then ultimately come to regret it? Tune in, find out!

If you’re a Montessori teacher, or have studied at one of their schools – get in touch with us! We’d love to hear from you – holla at us via twitter @pedagodzilla and @markchilds

Why does Obi-Wan Kenobi lie to children?

Why does Obi-Wan Kenobi lie to children?

 
 
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This episode we answer the bloody stupid question – Why does Obi-Wan Kenobi lie to children?

To answer that we’ll be looking in to some cool behind the scenes Star Wars guff, and Ian Stewart’s fabulous label for the technical porkers used in teaching. Is Star Wars a bottomless pedagogic analogy well? You betcha.

If you’d like to lift our X-Wings out of a pond then feel free to let us know via twitter @pedagodzilla and @markchilds

Lois Lane destroys Superman with Web Writing Principles

Lois Lane destroys Superman with Web Writing Principles

 
 
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This week we answer the question: ‘How can Lois Lane use good web writing principles to teach Metropolis Superman’s secret identity?’

To answer these we’ve called in hard bitten, soft voiced, mercenary for hire Paul Hoffman – who’ll be deploying the kryptonite of years of editorial experience to the fragile kryptonian flesh of Mike and Mark’s ignorance. Also big thanks to Katharine Reedy for stepping in at the last minute to do the opening article for the episode!

If you fancy blackmailing us before exposing our secret identities to the world then feel free to get in touch via twitter @pedagodzilla and @markchilds

Ghost in the TEL

Ghost in the TEL

 
 
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This week we answer the bloody stupid question, ‘What is Ghost in the Shell’s Major problem with Technology Enhanced Learning?’.

And boy oh boy do we try and answer it. Our sleep deprived brains use Sian Bayne’s excellent paper ‘What the matter with Technology Enhanced Learning’ to try and hamfistedly smash these two seemingly disparate entities in to one another. Did we just want to talk about Ghost in the Shell? Did we come up with the pun before the actual question? We may never know.

If you’d like to give us the abuse we may or may not richly deserve for misinterpreting humanism, post humanism, post structuralism or post boxershorts then feel free to get in touch via twitter @pedagodzilla and @markchilds

How does the Critical Digital Pedagogy help Starfleet boldly go where no one has gone before?

How does the Critical Digital Pedagogy help Starfleet boldly go where no one has gone before?

 
 
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This week Mike is joined by Liz Ellis as we look at Critical Digital Pedagogy through the lens of Starfleet, the Prime Directive, and the best (insert hate mail here) series of Star Trek.

Is Critical pedagogy a massive subject in itself? Would it have been more sensible to do a separate episode on that first and then the ‘digital’ bit as a followup? Did we forget to actually be critical of critical digital pedagogy? Yes, yes and yes.

Apols if the audio is a bit weird for this one. Editing software changed halfway through the edit on this, and still getting the hang of the new one!

If you enjoy it, or want to tell us how wrong we are about everything, you can get in touch @pedagodzilla on the twitters. Or send a subspace communication using space magic.

How does Arnie keep his skin attached using Situated Learning in Predator?

How does Arnie keep his skin attached using Situated Learning in Predator?

 
 
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This week we take a look at the continent (yes continent, I swear it will all make sense eventually) of Situated Learning, through the lens of 1987’s best film about aliens hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger – Predator.

We also discover that the studio is on fire, and that Mark’s caffeine tolerance is impressive but not unlimited.

This is another one of our trunk episodes sans branches, as it turns out there’s a whole heck of a lot going on in it! We’ll fill in those branches in time with stick and leaves and other wobbly metaphors.

If you enjoy it, or want to tell us how wrong we are about everything, you can get in touch @pedagodzilla on the twitters. We haven’t bitten anyone for days.

You can pick up Mark’s book, Making Sense of Space: The Design and Experience of Virtual Spaces as a Tool for Communication at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Sense-Space-Communication-Professional-ebook/dp/B00M3Z1GMG/ 

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