Principles of predicting the future, with the Jetsons!

Principles of predicting the future, with the Jetsons!

 
 
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WHERE’S MY HOVERBOARD?!
This episode, Mike, Clare and Mark kick off a 3 part miniseries on predicting the future of ed-tech, by looking at the kooky predictions of the Jetsons!

We’ll be nailing down our future prediction principles in this episode, which we’ll then be taking forwards to episode 2, where we look at the futures of ed-tech that were and weren’t, and finally give them a good kicking with the Innovating Pedagogy report in episode 3

The list we refer to in this episode was handily curated by ScreenRant, and can be found here: https://screenrant.com/times-the-jetsons-predicted-the-future/

Oh yeah, and as this was episode 13 we got struck by the combined horrid curses of full memory cards, production incompetence (meeee!) and of course, the move to WFH thanks to COVID-19. On behalf of both this podcast, and the human race in general – I would like to encourage Coronavirus to sod off.

If you’ve got a bit of CPU or Graphics Card capacity you’re not using on your PC, then why not get involved with Folding@Home? Those clever boffins can put your unused computing grunt in to running simulations that help them fight smelly diseases. Also there’s so many people doing it that it now has more combined computing power than the world’s top supercomputers, which is pretty flash.

How could Ashton Kutcher have used Systems Thinking to avoid getting bitten in the Butt(erfly Effect)?

How could Ashton Kutcher have used Systems Thinking to avoid getting bitten in the Butt(erfly Effect)?

 
 
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This episode we answer the bloody stupid question, how could Ashton Kutcher have used Systems Thinking to avoid getting bitten in the Butt(erfly Effect)? You’ll notice a hilarious pun here, and that’s because the pop culture nugget is the nearly well known critical flop and movie, the Butterfly Effect, and systems thinking is the thingy we’re looking at it with innit.

Is it pedagogy? Or is it a way of considering all aspects of life? Who can say? Well Jitse probably can.

Features a surprise appearance from Mark, who forgot we were recording and bursts in halfway through in a whirlwind of quantum mechanics.

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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Does Neo really experience Experiential Learning in the Matrix?

Does Neo really experience Experiential Learning in the Matrix?

 
 
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This episode we take a look at the Experiential Learning model, through the lens of The Matrix.

It’s my new favorite learning model (simple, helix, practical) combined with one of the best films ever made (because Keanu Reeves), and to really ice the cake we finally sorted out the show format. Break down the question, answer it, bosh.

If you enjoy it, or want to tell us how wrong we are about everything, you can get in touch @pedagodzilla on the twitters.

How do you fight off Dementors using Constructive Alignment?

How do you fight off Dementors using Constructive Alignment?

 
 
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This week, Mike and Mark look at constructive alignment through the lens of Professor Remus Lupin’s marvelous defense against the dark arts curriculum. We also accidentally look at Meerkats, as it turns out they’re amazing teachers as well as being properly rock and roll.

This is going to be a bit of a trunk episode, so if you’d like to hear more about the main components then fret ye not! Smaller episodes on the individual bits are heading your way you lucky people.

Enjoy!