Episode 37 Talking Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students with Dr. Yong Zhao

June 11, 2015

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In this episode, I interview Dr. Yong Zhao who currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University. He was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, one being World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, which is the topic of the interview.

The interview begins with Dr. Zhao discussing how he became involved in educational technology.  Following this discussion, Dr. Zhao discusses what he believes are the greatest challenges to the effective use of educational technology in K-12. We then move into a discussion of his book World Class Learners. He discusses why is the “entrepreneurial mindset” missing in our society in general and among our k-12 population in particular. Dr. Zhao discusses ways in which educational technology can help foster the entrepreneurial mindset with students.The interview ends with Dr. Zhao providing advice for educators about integrating educational technology into teaching and learning.

Dr. Zhao has a new book coming out by Corwin Press titled: Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting the Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes.

To read more about Dr. Zhao’s work, visit http://zhaolearning.com/

Episode 26: Talking AECT’s Definition of Educational Technology with Dr. Michael Molenda

May 28, 2014

In this episode, I interview Dr. Michael Molenda. He is an Emeritus Associate professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. Dr. Molenda has been in the field of educational technology for over 40 years. I have been fortunate to have known Dr. Molenda since the mid-90s when I was a graduate student (along with having him as my dissertation chair) at Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology.

The focus of the interview is on the book Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary, which he co-edited with Dr. Al Januszewski. Dr. Molenda discusses a variety of ideas and issues related to the book: how he became involved with the book, the process behind how the book developed, and the how the definition of educational technology presented in the book was developed and how it has changed over the years. Dr. Molenda provides many personal insights about educational technology that are enlightening. The interview ends with advice for those starting out in the field.

This has been one of my favorite interviews to conduct. My apologies for indulging  in a few trips down memory lane in the interview with Dr. Molenda.