EP 195: Learning about Robotics and Programming with Sphero

A lot has changed since Adam Wilson, co-founder of Sphero, first became interested in Robotics. Inspired by the movie Short Circuit, Adam attempted to build his own robotics at the young age of 10, but it would take another decade, plus finding co-founder Ian Bernstein, before the two joined up to make the world of robotics, coding and programming both fun and accessible to everyone.  

Tune in to hear Huzefa and Adam discuss the endless learning opportunities Sphero offers. Their STEAM based tools are a hit in classrooms, where students can partake in a number of programming exercises, spanning topics from history to math. Rather than learning the Pythagorean Theorem on paper for example, Sphero teaches students in a more physically engaging way. By programming the math formula into their robot using code, students can watch in real-time as their robot drives itself to three points, forming a right triangle.

Robots range from the $49 Sphero Mini to the newest and most advanced, RVR priced at $249. Over the last few years, Sphero also launched a Computer Science curriculum so that coders and creators can take their robotics skills to the next level. It includes 24 lessons on computer science which can be applied to almost any type of automation one can imagine. The open API means that creators are only limited by their own coding skills and imagination. 

Adam and the team at Sphero receive an endless stream of feedback, from happy customers who never knew they were so tech-savvy until trying robotics and programming with Sphero. Learners of every age are using Sphero and anyone can get involved. Check out their community page, or join in the next Hackathon competition for a truly exciting learning experience!

Website:

https://www.sphero.com/

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5EJptL-l6f4tY6lRdLm_Sw

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/sphero

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GoSphero/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Sphero


EP 194: How Kids Gain Typing Mastery with TypeTastic

Typing is one of the fundamental education skills, and something that hasn't always been fun to learn. As typing is being taught to younger ages, the approach needed an update so students would stay engaged and find the lessons fun. 

TypeTastic zoned in on exactly how to make typing fun, and has "unleashed the joy of typing" on over 2 million students to date! Huzefa speaks with Sini Taskinen from Marketing at TypeTastic about how the software got its start, over 30 years ago on DOS, and what we can expect to see in the future. 

The Ed-Tech Digest Cool Tools Award Finalist offers over 700 free activities on their website. TypeTastic is primarily used in schools, but all materials can be accessed free of charge at the website listed below. 

Website:

https://typetastic.com/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/typetastic

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/typetastic_com

 


EP 193: Math Mastery for Kids with Learning Differences using ModMath

Josh and Dawn Denberg, the creators of the incredible free app ModMath, don't consider themselves education technology gurus, teachers or even mathematicians. Nevertheless, they recognized the glaring need for a technology that assists students who are struggling with writing difficulties. Their son has dysgraphia -- a learning disability that affects written expression -- making it a challenge to use handwriting to solve math problems. While students can easily understand the concepts behind the math, if they can't write the formula down legibly, it's pretty hard to solve it! 

ModMath was created to address this very real problem, as dysgraphia affects many students with autism, ADHD and other learning difficulties. The app serves as a tool and resource for students, not as a calculator. The app won't solve a math problem for you. It will however assist in the set-up of the problem, in a digital-grid like format, that works for any student struggling with writing. 

Fine motor skills, like writing, greatly impact a student's ability to learn math. When it comes to math, keeping numbers in the right columns, staying in-line during long division, dealing with decimals and carrying the numbers over all present challenges. With ModMath, that handwriting roadblock has been completely eliminated, and kids can focus on the real task at hand - learning math. 

ModMath is currently being used in 99 countries and has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times on iTunes. Just this year, ModMath saw a 90% increase year-over-year in users. At the request of teachers, parents and districts, ModMath will soon be making some upgrades and launching a new version. The app will become available on iOS, Android and Chromebook. Students will be able to integrate ModMath with Dropbox for easy collaboration on assignments with their teachers. They even plan to add a feature enabling students to upload a photo of a math problem directly into ModMath. 

Listen now as Josh shares with Huzefa the story behind this amazing app, the overwhelmingly positive feedback received to date, and plans for continually improving ModMath. 

Website:

https://www.modmath.com/

ModMath App:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/modmath/id821892964?ls=1&mt=8

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/modmathapp?ref=hl

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/ModMath


EP 192: Leading the Charge in Digital Resources with Shmoop

Andy Rahden is the new CEO of Shmoop, an award-winning digital publisher and provider of test-prep resources. No stranger to the EdTech industry, Rahden's most recent success was with Pluralsight. His experience in teaching, however, goes back much further, and began when he was a mechanical engineer... solving problems and teaching others how to solve them as well.   

As the new CEO, Andy has already implemented user experience changes to the website aimed at increasing the speed at which students progress. The meaning of the word "shmoop" is to gain progress, and that's exactly what the revamped user experience sets out to accomplish. The team at Shmoop has been analyzing the learning journey and how people digest content in order to customize each learner’s path to progress.

Listen as Andy and Huzefa discus test-prep, content creation, and the importance of humor in connecting with learners. Find out what else is in store for the digital education powerhouse, which is already being used by over 16 million students and teachers monthly!  

Website:

https://www.shmoop.com/

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6HHbfDEuS5Ir2Xh39B-ePg

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/shmoopuniversity/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/shmoop/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Shmoop

 


EP 191: Teaching Math via YouTube with MathMeeting

Chris Seber, a civil engineering graduate, found his calling teaching math to the world via his YouTube channel, Math Meeting. He is the founder of MathMeeting.com and creator of brain teasers, Rubik’s cube videos, and over 400 math tutorials that range from basic math through calculus. Chris chats with Huzefa about how he amassed over 400,000 subscribers on YouTube and what's in store next for MathMeeting. He's currently studying the technical side of Data Science and has plans to bridge the learning gap between studying math and applying it to real-world scenarios. Listen in as Chris gives us some examples of how applicable math really is to our lives, and stay tuned for his brand new content in the Data Science realm where he will answer the question math educators hear so often... "When am I going to use math after I graduate highschool?"  

Website:

http://www.mathmeeting.com/

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/MathMeeting/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MathMeeting

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/mathmeeting


EP 190: Inspiring Creativity and Problem Solving with First Lego League Jr.

Alisha MacIntyre is the Head of Program Development and Lego Education at FIRST, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring kids through STEAM. Huzefa talks with Alisha about the origins of the FIRST Lego League Jr. Discovery program, which started over 20 years ago. Hosted in over 140 countries, the program has students as young as 4 years-old using Lego education to collaborate with others and build real world solutions for real world problems. She deconstructs the programs and explains the ideas of why and how students ‘playing’ with Legos and engineering helps not only embedding of math concepts but literacy, too.  

Website:

https://www.firstinspires.org/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/FIRSTOfficial/

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/FIRSTWorldTube

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/first_official_/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/firstweets


EP 189: Becoming a Super Learner Jonathan Levi

Jonathan Levi of SuperHuman Academy is a serial "entreprenewer”, life hacker, and author of The Only Skill That Matters and Super Learner.  Jonathan sits down with Huzefa to talk about his journey from being a kid being diagnosed with a learning disorder to graduating Berkley college by locking himself in his room and out studying his peers. After getting into a prestigious MBA program, Jonathan realizes he needs another way to succeed and luckily discovers accelerated learning right before he begins the program. In this chat, he introduces listeners to the concept of accelerated learning, memory banks and other tricks of how to become a super learner. 

Super Learner is out September 3rd!  http://superhumanacademy.com/book 

Personal website & Portfolio: 

http://jle.vi

 

Business Website:

http://superhumanacademy.com

 

YouTube:

http://jle.vi/youtube

 

Instagram:

http://instagram.com/entreprenewer/

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/jonathanleviofficial/

 

Twitter:

http://superhumanacademy.com/book

 

LinkedIn:

http://linkedin.com/in/jonathanlevi


EP 188: How to Alleviate Math Anxiety with Robert Adhoot of YayMath.Org

Robert Adhoot an author, TEDx speaker, and math educator. He is the founder of the YayMath.org which is a collection of engaging math video lessons. Huzefa sits down with Robert to bond on their love for math and explain why math can be street performance art.  Robert defines "math anxiety" and the effects it has on people of all ages. Robert gives in-depth tips on how the math fear can be alleviated and explains why teachers must forge the bond to get students to learn.

Website:

https://courses.yaymath.org/

YouTube:

http://www.yaymath.org/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/yaymath.pics/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/yaymath

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/yaymath

 

 


EP 187: Chetna Vasishth of ChetChat on How to Effectively Increase Focus and Concentration

Chetna Vasishth is the Founder of ChetChat, the largest online chat show in the ed-tech arena. Based in Mumbai, India, ChetChat provides career guidance, entrepreneurial success stories and video chats with professionals. Huzefa speaks with Chetna about how she went from a career in banking to working in the exciting online education space. She shares her steps on how to find the right career, how she created the best study techniques and how anyone can effectively increase focus and concentration.

Website:

https://chetchat.in/

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/chetchat101

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/chetchat101/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/chetchat101

Whatsapp:

+91 70459 63730

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/chetchat101

 


EP 186: Addiction Education for Children + Teens in 2019

Phillip Markoff (aka CGKid) is an Addiction Education YouTuber and blogger based out of Dallas, Texas. Phillip sits down with Huzefa to share his experience with addiction, recovery and his path to educating the public in illicit substances through his YouTube channel. Phillip explains why stories offer addicts recovery and gives them hope that sobriety is possible. In this discussion, Phillip gives insight into what he would currently change about drug education in schools and what he thinks is effective for making a difference for kids struggling with addiction.

Website:

https://www.shamelessprotocol.com/

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/cgkid

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/cg_kid/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/559342184435501/

Reddit:

https://www.reddit.com/r/ShamelessProtocol/

Spotify Podcast:

https://open.spotify.com/show/3RZCL541xNJ9JfVs6sodxZ?si=g6IuDqGwRyCcOpniPkB-WQ