The Pedagodzilla Pedagogic Poetry Slam

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The Pedagodzilla Pedagogic Poetry Slam
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Boy oh boy do we have a treat for you. Join Mike, Mark, Clare, Dot, Olivia, Mark number 2 and Chris in a multi university Pedagogic Poetry Slam mashup.

  • Beat Poet Mark Childs gives lectures the gentle treatment.
  • Piratical buccaneer Clare Hill shanties our ship about the benefits of ICEBERGs.
  • Ghost of a Victorian music hall performer Mark Williams relates an alphabet of design principles.
  • Iambic Pentameter Polymath Olivia Rowland laments information abundance.
  • Renaissance raconteur Chris Cox Suess’s narrative and in learning design.
  • Merited master of creative writing Dot ‘The Doz’ Coley gives us a piece on personal development planning.
  • And ‘on your bike’ Mike Collins tries to summarise 2 years of pedagogic podcasting in a limerick that spirals out of control.

Turns out poems are a pretty good way of summarising something for quick reference. If you’d like to download any of these to help with your own practice you can get the individual clips here:

(Oh yeah, there’s a bit where Mark C and Mark W talk about playing golf together. What they forgot to mention was that this was in VR using their Oculus Quest headsets, instead of flaunting lockdown rules by breaking in to a real life golf course like a pair of lunatics.)

References

How can you make constructivism amount to more than a hill of beans?

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How can you make constructivism amount to more than a hill of beans?
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Welcome to the *cough* January Episode! Absolutely not published late. It’s pretty topical, but topical if you remember January 2021 – and that might as well have been last century at this point.

In this episode we’ll be looking at the Beandad twitterstorm in a teacup, and using it to think about constructivism, our own childhood ineptitude, and why on balance – it’s probably better to feed kids than not.

Oh yeah, if you’re not a fan of people starving to death, the ‘decent human being of the year’ award winning Marcus Rashford supports the charity FareShare. Maybe check it out.

Here’s some references by the way:

The transcript of the tweets themselves has vanished, but The Independent did a good summary of the story, one of the few articles that isn’t gnashing teeth in its coverage.

The Kirschner article we referred to, Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching, Educational Psychologist, 41:2, 75-86,
DOI: 10.1207/s15326985ep4102_1

And Mark’s reference to actual learning vs the feeling of learning, was covered in this article Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom.

I’m guiltily aware our references are spotty at the moment. New years resolution is to clean these up a bit by the summer!

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

A photograph of much beloved Jar Jar Binks
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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

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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?

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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)

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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