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At the intersection of education, technology, comedy, and pop culture, you'll find Trending in Education. We discuss the latest in education, edtech, & so much more.

At the intersection of education, technology, comedy, and pop culture, you'll find Trending in Education. We discuss the latest in education, edtech, & so much more.
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At the intersection of education, technology, comedy, and pop culture, you'll find Trending in Education. We discuss the latest in education, edtech, & so much more.






Sleep and Learning with Dr. Kimberly Fenn, from the Sleep and Learning Lab at Michigan State - Trending In Education - Extra

Following up on recent episode on Sleep and Learning, Mike and Dan talk to Dr. Kimberly Fenn, Associate Professor and Lead Researcher for The Sleep and Learning Lab, Michigan State University. Dr. Fenn provides more insight and detail regarding chronotypes, circadian nadirs, napping, and insomnia. We explore her research into the important role sleep plays in memory consolidation as we track the growing awakening (see what we did there) to the importance of sleep to health and cognitive...


To Sleep, Perchance to Learn? - Sleep, Cognition, Memory, and Learning - Trending in Education - Episode 95

Mike, Dan, and Brandon take a look at how sleep influences our learning. The myth of learning while you sleep may have been debunked long ago, but sleep greatly influences being ready to learn. According to recent studies, sleep is also a time your brain works to store long term memories. Our trio discuss that and much, much more.


Halo Effect - eSports Deep Dive with Sean Swidersky - Trending In Education Extra

Dan and Mike spend some quality time with Sean Swidersky, a former professional Halo (video game) player who has since retired and is now producing gaming content for Microsoft and Halo. Sean shares his story of becoming a professional gamer at age 13 in the early days of eSports . We explore how the world is changing with more and more young folks spending time, generating income, and building careers in the growing gaming industry. We examine the challenges both kids and parents are...


Starbucks - Implicit Bias Training in The Third Place - Trending in Education - Episode 94

Mike, Dan, and Brandon take a look back at the Starbucks nationwide implicit bias training that took place across over 8000 stores and reached more than 175-thousand employees in last week. We explore the approach Starbucks took to design their trainings and provide feedback and insight into what was included. We dig into the policy changes that are taking effect and explore how this ties to a long history of limiting access to public space and Starbucks’ mission of providing a Third Place.


Meeker Report 2018 with Melissa Griffith - Trending In Education - Extra

Mike and Dan sit down with Melissa Griffith, Vice President of Analytics and Strategy at Kaplan Test Prep, to discuss the newly released 2018 Meeker Report on Internet Trends. We dive into the growth of the internet, expansion fo mobile access, the importance of data privacy and more. How does China’s population view the sharing of their data in comparsion to the United States? What does the report have to say about life-long learning and the future workforce? Tune in to find out.


Generations and Workforce Readiness with Tarlin Ray, Kaplan Labs - Trending in Education - Episode 94

This week, Mike, Dan, and Brandon welcome Tarlin Ray, co-founder of Kaplan Labs and former president of Dev Bootcamp. We talk generational learning and the future of work. What’s the biggest issue facing managers and new workers? What does GenZ need to succeed in the work place? How important is open communication and feedback? Listen in to find out.


The Art of the Spoil - The Psychology of Cliffhangers, Infinity Wars, and more - Trending In Education - Episode 93

This week we explore the Laurel v Yanni phenomenon before diving into the psychology of spoiling and how it relates to the Zeigarnik effect, a pyschological phenomenon describing a tendency to remeber interrupted or incomplete tasks more easily than tasks that have been completed. We talk about the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster The Avengers: Infinity War. Mike and Brandon gradually expose some spoilage potential for the movie for Dan. The first part of the show is...


Debunking the Learning Style Myth - Trending In Education - Episode 92

Have you ever had a student say “I can’t learn by reading”? Have you ever opined “This would be a lot easier if I could listen to it”? There are many myths about how we can and cannot learn. We often find the ways we are most comfortable and start to believe it’s the only way we’ll ever learn. On this episode, we use recent studies and articles to help debunk the myths of learning styles and reinforce the idea of a growth mindset.


Teacher Appreciation Week - National Teacher Day Extra - Craig Harman - Trending in Education

We close out our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day (on Tuesday) by interviewing Kaplan’s Teacher of the Year, Craig Harman. Mike and Dan talk with Craig about his path to teaching, engaging with students in an online classroom, the diversity of an online classroom, and more.


Teacher Appreciation Week - National Teacher Day Extra - Mark Sanders - Trending in Education

We continue our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day by talking to a friend of the podcast. Mark Sanders is a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Mike and Dan sit down to chat with Mark about a wide range of topics in higher education and the larger learning field. Mark discusses some of the challenges of teaching philosophy, digital and anaolog citzenship, the generation/class of students, difficulties with reaching certain...


Teacher Appreciation Week - National Teacher Day Extra - Allison McDonald - Early Childhood Education - Trending in Education

We continue our Teacher Appreciation Week celebration by talking to Allison McDonald, an early childhood educator. We dive into the early education space, her focus on thematic lesson planning, and how to handle screen time with the pre-k population.


National Teacher Day 2018 - Trending In Education - Episode 91

Happy National Teacher Day and Teachers Appreciation Week. Today’s episode kicks off our week of interviews and spotlights on teachers from all across the learning spectrum. At the top, Mike, Dan, and Brandon discuss teachers who were influential on their lives and then our co-hosts talk with Steven Anderson, education technologist, lecturer, and innovator. They discuss a variety of topics with Steven, including the creation of the hashtag EdChat, growth of innovation in the classroom,...


The Crisis of Trust - A discussion with Lev Kaye of - Trending In Education Extra

Mike sits down to chat with Lev Kaye, Founder and CEO of They talk through a variety of topics including the crisis of trust, ACT’s SEL venture, unbundling learning opportunities, and much, much more.


The EdTech Venture Scene - Trending In Education - Episode 90

This week, we focus on what’s trending in the EdTech Venture space. Brandon recaps his trip to ASU-GSV, a conference that focuses on “elevating dialogue and driving action around raising learning and career outcomes through scaled innovation.” The crew explores the current state of disruption in higher education and K12 and grapples with how to understand how Workforce Readiness fits into EdTech innovation and investment.


Starbucks, Unconcious Bias Training, and Workplace Learning - Trending In Education - Episode 90

Dan, Brandon, and Mike take a look at Starbuck’s plans to shut down over 8,000 stores and train over 175,000 employees on unconcious-bias training on May 29th. They discuss the arrests that led to a social media outcry as well as how Starbucks is going about putting this training together. Has Starbucks planned on how to assess whether or not this training works? Will this focus be part of their new employee training moving forward? Is this anything more than a PR move by the coffee chain?...


Data Privacy and the Tip of the Zuckerberg - Trending In Education - Episode 88

This week, Mike, Dan, and Brandon dive into the Congressional hearings held on the recent Facebook data privacy issues stemming from the 2016 Presidential Election, Cambridge Analytica, and more. They discuss Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, appearing before committees from both the House and Senate, as well as their own usage of the platform. What sort of influence can Facebook usage and data have on education and edtech platforms like Quizlet? Tune in to find out.


Black Panthter, STEM, and more - Trending In Education - Episode 87

Mike and Brandon dive into the smash hit film Black Panther to discuss the amazing education material and cultural implications. They talk about the vibrant portrayal of STEM education platforms and more.


Lessons Learned on Trend Spotting and Predictions in 2018 March Madness - Trending In Education - Episode 86

Michael and Brandon put a bow on the 2018 March Madness bracket. They take the opportunity to look back at the topics, lessons learned, and to assess some of Trending In Education’s own ability to spot trends and shine a light on important changes in education.


SXSWEdu - South by Southwest Edu - Trending in Education - Episode 84

We dive into this year’s gathering at SXSWEdu in Austin, Texas. Brandon, Mike and Dan break down two of the keynotes and some high level takeaways. The first topic is Michael Sorrell’s keynote, discussing Paul Quinn College’s focus on real-world problems in the classroom and experiential education on urban campuses. Next, they discuss Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ panel discussion focused on innovation in education and learning. Finally, we hear from Mari Kent and Walker Williams on...


Learning March Madness 2018 - Trending In Education - Episode 83

Let the madness begin. Brandon, Mike, and Dan discuss 21 topics from the past year of Trending In Education. Brandon and Mike then draft their own eight topic teams to go up against one another in our Sweet Sixteen March Madness bracket. Who will come out on top? Stay tuned for our final four episode later this March.