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WISE Words is a podcast brought to you by the team behind the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Join the WISE Team as they talk to thought leaders, innovators, educators and artists from around the world about any and all things to do with education.

WISE Words is a podcast brought to you by the team behind the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Join the WISE Team as they talk to thought leaders, innovators, educators and artists from around the world about any and all things to do with education.


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WISE Words is a podcast brought to you by the team behind the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Join the WISE Team as they talk to thought leaders, innovators, educators and artists from around the world about any and all things to do with education.






55: Personalized Adaptive Learning Technologies with Claudio Sassaki

Co-Founder of Brazilian edtech startup, Geekie, Claudio Sassaki joins us to discuss how schools in Brazil have been utilizing personalized adaptive learning technologies in a bid to keep learners active from home. He has been recognized by Wired UK as one of the most important social innovators of the world and awarded by Schwab Foundation as social entrepreneur of the year in 2014. Since 2016, Geekie has had more than five million students taking advantage of the personalized adaptive...


54: China's Shift to Online Learning with Berlin Fang

Register for Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined Part II: bit.ly/3cA8uqY ------------------------------------------------- Education Columnist and Director of Instructional Design at Abilene Christian University, Berlin Fang joins us to discuss China’s shift to online learning and how it has evolved compared to other places that have made the jump around the world. Berlin’s major interests are faculty acceptance of educational technology, the diffusion of innovation, managed change,...


53: COVID-19 and the Third Sector with Nayla Al Fahed and Mike Dawson

Register for Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined Part II: https://bit.ly/3cA8uqY -------------------------------------------------- COVID-19 continues to affect many systems and societies around the world. Many charities and NGOs are facing challenges in providing their services through the global pandemic, yet many continue to persevere and bring aid and learning to those in need. We’re joined by Nayla Al Fahed from Lebanese Alternative Learning (LAL), and Mike Dawson from Ustad...


52: Augmented Learning with Dwayne Iserief

We’re joined by Dwayne Iserief, Co-founder and CEO of Uptale, an immersive learning platform that utilizes 360-degree technology and virtual reality to facilitate training and learning modules. It’s an e-learning and training platform that allows you to simulate real-world environments, and interact with objects in the virtual space. Together with host and CEO of WISE, Stavros Yiannouka, they’ll be discussing more about the implications of such technologies, and what augmented learning...


51: Preparing Students For Change with Kiran Bir Sethi

We’re joined by Kiran Bir Sethi, the founder of Design For Change which is the world’s largest movement for change of and by children, operating in 44 countries and impacting millions of students and teachers. She is also the Director of the celebrated Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India. Kiran is a designer who became a teacher, a principal who grew into an education reformer and subsequently morphed into a social entrepreneur. In this episode, together with host of the show and CEO of...


50: Edtech Frontlines - The Case of Latin America with Agustín Thienen

"This COVID-19, to make an analogy, would be like waking from a dream. The first 2 minutes, you remember it really vividly, but if you don't talk to someone or you don't write it down, then you forget it quite immediately. I won't ever choose to go through this, but as it is happening, we need to make the most of it. What does this mean?" Agustín Pardo Van Thienen, currently the CEO of OX Education, and someone who started his entrepreneurial journey in education from a very young age, joins...


49: How Schools Can Plan For The New Normal with William Zhou

We’re joined by William Zhou, CEO of Chalk, a versatile planning and analytics platform tailored to the K-12 curriculum and designed to help support teachers and schools stay online and on-track. Five years ago, William was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list in education. Back then, there were about 100,000 users using the curriculum planning platform. Fast forward to today, there are now more than 500,000 teachers have signed up to Chalk. Chalk was also part of the WISE Accelerator cohort of...


48: COVID-19 - An Education Response with Fernando Reimers and Andreas Schleicher

One of the key questions we’re still looking to answer is how we can best support education decision making to ensure an effective education response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A framework to guide and education response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is a new report that was recently released to help guide education leaders and promote global collaboration during the unprecedented crisis. Harvard Graduate Professor Fernando Reimers and Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills...


47: How Schools Can Adapt to Remote Learning with Aparna Ramanathan

"The one silver lining that has come out of the COVID19 pandemic in education is that there’s now a shift in truly considering the whole child." Aparna Ramanathan of AskMyClass joins WISE Words to discuss how schools can adapt to remote learning. As students continue learning from a distance, we must consider if too much screen time is conducive to learning? Aparna took AskMyClass an audio path for learning, by introducing a voice system to the classroom so that children are screen and...


46: Training Teachers From a Distance with Aldo de Pape

Like in many other industries, education practitioners and students around the world have been jumping into digital platforms as a means to continue operating amid the crisis. A remote-powered world draws many challenges into question. Issues concerning ease-of-use, accessibility, and privacy and security are some that teachers are continuing to grapple with. In an attempt to address these challenges, edtech solutions are stepping up to train teachers and education stakeholders how they can...


45: What Do Young People Want From Their Education?

WISE@Bogotá and Medellín postponed: https://bit.ly/3agViHe ----------------------------------------------------- Nine out of ten young adults feel that they have a responsibility to better the world - yet not even half of those 9 people feel equipped to take action towards this goal. This is according to some of the latest findings of an extensive research survey that was released by WISE recently for the International Day of Education on 24 January. Conducted by Ipsos, the WISE Global...


44: Scaling Innovation in Education with Ted Fujimoto

APPLY FOR THE 2020 WISE ACCELERATOR: https://bit.ly/2W13iaY ----------------------------------------------------- Innovation. You’ve probably seen the word being generously used across the media you consume. It’s the buzzword that many companies and organizations strive to achieve and specifically mention in their strategy (including ours!). In fact, a consulting firm, Board of Innovation, estimates that there are over 70,000 books written on innovation and the philosophies behind it....


43: AI for Education <-> Education for AI with Meia & Max Tegmark

There was a time when robots were so primitive they could only navigate on wheels, now not only do some have some the ability to walk, but they can even do backflips. That's not all - AI has become so advanced that it can already teach languages, like Botter, one of the WISE Accelerator cohorts, it can pick out the ripest raspberries in your supermarket by utilizing tactile sensors, or even generate deep fake videos of world leaders reciting controversial statements. Which begs the question:...


42: How Music Can Transform The Way We Learn with Stevie Van Zandt & David Roth

APPLY FOR THE 2020 WISE AWARDS: bit.ly/2t5Vqsw ----------------------------------------------------- "The success of what we do has to do with teaching kids HOW to think instead of WHAT to think, and that is something that the arts does best." It is impossible to deny the universal capacity of music to touch the souls of millions around the world. So why have we not used it as a gateway to learning in the classroom? This is exactly what world renowned musician and actor/producer, Steven Van...


41: Humanity's Capacity For Teaching with Nicholas Christakis

APPLY FOR THE 2020 WISE AWARDS: https://bit.ly/2t5Vqsw ----------------------------------------------------- Author of Connected and Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of A Good Society, Nicholas Christakis joins us to discuss the human being's innate ability to teach and learn from one another, how societies are inherently good, and the negative externalities of emerging tech. Nicholas is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University. His work is in the fields of...


40: Before High Tech High with Larry Rosenstock

Founding Principal of High Tech High and the seventh WISE Prize for Education laureate, Larry Rosenstock, reminisces previous experiences throughout his life and how those experiences inspired him to create an innovative network of American charter schools. Larry is recognized for his lifelong dedication to rethinking K-12 learning and tackling inequality through education. He has pioneered the concept of project-based education – the idea that students can and must learn crucial academic...


39: Can Tech Accelerate Early Learning? with Dimitri Christakis

"We found that the typical 2 year old spends, on average, 20-30 minutes a day with their favorite toy. And we know that children will happily spend way more time with an iPad than they would with any traditional toy. If we think of these things as toys, they are not functioning the way any other toy has for millennia." The introduction of technology as a tool for learning has always been a point of controversy among parents and researchers alike. Dr. Dimitri Christakis sits down with us to...


38: Thinking Exponentially with Jason Silva

"Technology is advancing exponentially - that is the reason why the smartphone in your pocket today is a million times cheaper, smaller, and a thousand times more powerful than what used to be a 60 million dollar supercomputer 40 years ago." World-renowned filmmaker and futurist, Jason Silva, joins us to discuss why human beings should unlearn linear thinking and relearn exponential thinking in the digital age. Jason is known for hosting the National Geographic Emmy-Nominated reality series,...


37: The Untapped Potential of The Refugee Workforce with Mursal Hedayat

Multi-award-winning entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Chatterbox, Mursal Hedayat, joins us to discuss why it has become essential to create better support systems for the refugee workforce. A former refugee to the UK from Afghanistan herself, Mursal was inspired to create a platform that could recruit individuals from the large pool of untapped potential from the refugee community. Chatterbox combines AI-powered self-study courses alongisde algorithmically matched native language coaches...


36: Empowering Refugee Youth with Omar Al-Tal

Head of Education in Emergency at Mercy Corps, Omar Al-Tal, joins this episode to discuss his experience working with displaced youth in Jordan, Greece, and Iraq. Following our previous episode with Louka Parry on Social Emotional Learning, Omar also incorporates Social and Emotional Learning into his work with refugees on the ground. Omar describes himself as a storyteller and during our conversation he painted a vivid picture explaining why refugees are so keen to prioritize education and...