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The first in a series of "best of" Down the Hall episodes, this week we bring laughter and play into your life.

We revisit the concept of comedy and creativity in the classroom with some excellent excerpts from previous episodes. We all love to laugh (as regular listeners of Down the Hall already know), and laughter can actually be a great way to engage students in learning. Allowing students to be creative can also help them learn.


We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.


Episode 73 (31:19)

Time Stamps

00:12 | Introduction
3:50 | Creativity in Education - Dave Roy & Jenny van Enckevort discussion
13:24 | Comedy in the Classroom - Elaine Decker interview
20:44 | Playfulness & Creativity in Education - Carl Leggo interview
29:27 | Summary
Credits

Down the Hall theme music | "Chased by a Cow" by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | “Red Dragon Jazz” by Artem Vasylchenko
Bumper Music | “Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod
Bumper Music | “Cool Walk” by Delano

Direct download: DTH---Ep-73---Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 10:09am PST
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The holiday season is a joyous time of year, filled with laughter and love and also great stories!

In this week's episode, Fiona talks to Kathryn Shoemaker, noted children's book illustrator and author, about the evolution of picture books in Education, trends in the industry, and her love of teaching. Of course, there are certainly more topics covered than that, but you'll have to listen to find out.

Your hosts also indulge in a bit of holiday cheer, with a Christmas story mash-up that has to be heard to be believed! We think you'll like it.

Change is coming to Down the Hall in the new year, so keep an eye out for some new stuff. Renewal is always a good thing, and change can be invigorating. Thank you to all of our listeners who have been with us over the last three years, and we hope you enjoy the new things happening in 2014.

We hope you have a joyous holiday season.

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see the episode blog post.

Episode 72 (50:11)

Time Stamps

00:38 | Introduction
15:17 | Kathryn Shoemaker interview
46:19 | What's happening at PDCE
Credits

Down the Hall theme music | "Chased by a Cow" by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | “Children Fun Joyful Holiday” by Plastic3

Sound Effects - SoundBible
Elf Launcher - Freesound
Christmas Background - Freesound
Jingle Bells - Freesound

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_72_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 10:26am PST
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Mental health is a very important, yet sometimes neglected part of education. While students’ physical needs are taken care of, what can be done to help with their mental ones?

In this episode, Fiona talks to Steve Cairns. Steve talks about his work with the Village of Attachment and other organizations that help students, promoting good mental health in their schools and encouraging them to get involved with their communities. It’s a wonderful interview, and thanks so much to Steve for taking part.

In addition, your hosts talk about the work of Dr. Sugata Mitra, and the “School in the Cloud” concept that won him a TED prize. He’s also best-known for the “Hole in the Wall” project. Be sure to check it out!

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our podcast blog post.

Episode 71 (40:57)

Time Stamps

00:19 | Introduction
8:31 | Steve Cairns interview
37:27 | What’s happening at PDCE
Credits

Down the Hall theme music | “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | “Nothing Reacted” by Sweet Play
Sleigh Bell sound effect – SoundBible

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_71_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:16am PST
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Back on Episode 24, Happy Anniversary, Dave asked Carl Leggo about the importance of creativity in Education. This time around, Carl elaborates on his commitment to creativity and shares his thoughts about teaching creatively and teaching creativity. Carl recommends a selection of books to inspire creative approaches in the classroom for varying curricular disciplines, including music and theatre, but also physics, science, and social studies! See below for links. 

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned on this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 70 (46:44)

Time Stamps

0:20 | Introduction
6:27 | Interview with Carl Leggo
42:52 | What's happening at PDCE 

Credits

Down the hall theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | "Want It All" by Misfilter

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_70_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:45am PST
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It's Halloween! This week, your hosts examine what is sometimes a creepy subject, especially when it involves possible zombies. They explore the science of ethnobotany and how it's been portrayed in popular culture. Complete with Sean Connery impersonation!

The interview this week is with Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin, who talks about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Education, how it's risen to prominence over the last few years, and the upcoming STEM conference being held here at UBC next Summer. The Call for Proposals deadline is December 9 for those of you who would like to take part!

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 69 (35:15)

Time Stamps

00:57 | Introduction
11:39 | Marina Milner-Bolotin Interview
31:45 | What's happening at PDCE
Credits

Down the Hall theme music | "Chased by a Cow" by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | “Spooky” by A.L.K. DJ

All sound effects courtesy of Soundbible.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_69_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:29am PST
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In the western world, we sometimes take education for granted. That isn't the case in less-developed areas of the world. How can education in these areas be improved and teachers trained so that kids growing up without easy access to education can still succeed?

In this week's episode, Dave talks to Noble Kelly about just this subject. Noble is the founder of Education Beyond Borders, an organization that is designed to "devoted to closing the global education divide through teacher professional development and community education." Noble talks about the work of the organization in South Africa as well as other initiatives they are taking on. Most importantly, how they are helping to meet one of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals to achieve universal primary education around the world.

Your hosts are both sick with colds, so they let Noble do most of talking. Though Dave does give a brief update of what he saw at V-Con this year.

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our episode blog post.

Episode 68 (34:33)

Time Stamps

00:22 | Introduction
7:38 | Noble Kelly Interview
32:31 | What's happening at PDCE
Credits

Down the Hall theme music | "Chased by a Cow" by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | “Check Your Math” by D.J. Spooky

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_68_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:01am PST
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Teachers are often seen as the drivers in the classroom. The teachers teach, the students learn. But not every student is identical or learns in the same way, or even at the same pace.

On this week's episode, Dave talks to Dr. Deborah Butler about her work in Self-Regulated Learning (SRL). What role does the teacher play in engaging his/her students to help them with their learning practices? Why is this a growing field of research and how is it changing our schools? What is the impact of SRL on students, ranging from childhood through their adult lives? Deb talks about all of this and more and highlights the work being done by her and her colleagues both here at UBC and across Canada.

In addition, your hosts discuss social media and college engagement: how are post-secondary institutions using social media to attract students and help them through their college lives?


We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned on this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 67 (41:25)

Time Stamps

0:27 | Introduction
9:52 | Interview with Deborah Butler
36:11 | What's happening at PDCE 

Credits

Down the hall theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | "DJ Spooky - Of Water and Ice (Laowei & Gweilo remix)" by Laowai & Gweilo

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_67_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:36am PST
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This week has had a somber tone for us here at Down the Hall.  Along with other PDCE and ETS colleagues we have been openly talking about the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) and sharing readings, thoughts and feelings surrounding these themes.  As UBC suspended classes on the 18th to allow faculty and students to attend the Truth and Reconciliation Commission events in Vancouver, staff were invited to participate in on-campus events, engage in self-guided study and reflection.

We are joined by Sharon Thira, Director of Kloshe Tillicum, a network of aboriginal health researchers who are doing some wonderful work with communities across Canada.  We scratch the surface of some of the issues surrounding the TRC and Sharon shares glimpses of her work with Residential School Survivors, talks openly about the problems with the inception of the TRC and shares her perspectives on helping and healing.

Down the Hall and PDCE honour all Survivors of the Residential School System.  We bear witness to Survivor stories recounting the damage that the Residential School System has done to individuals, communities, our province and our nation and recognize their tremendous courage in sharing these.  We reflect on the children who lost their lives as a result of these schools.  They are all part of Canada's history that we acknowledge. We hope that through this sharing we can achieve a better understanding and contribute, in whatever small way, towards healing.

This podcast may contain subject matter that is disturbing to some listeners, particularly Survivors of the Residential School System, and may not be suitable for all audiences. An Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her residential school experience.  You can also call the Crisis Line to get information on other health supports provided by the Health Canada Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program.

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see the episode blog post.

Episode 66 (57:42)

Time Stamps

0:35 | Introduction
2:25 | Interview with Sharon Thira
54:26 | What's happening at PDCE

Credits

Down the hall theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | "Searching" by Scabeater

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_66_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:05am PST
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All over the UBC Vancouver campus, festivities ignite to kickoff the new academic year, and within the Faculty of Education, we have an additional reason to celebrate: the Year of Teacher Education. To highlight the good work of educators, Dave interviews Dr. Wendy Carr, the new director of the Teacher Education Office (TEO), to find out what's in store for the 2013-2014 Year of... initiative. In her interview, Wendy discusses how teachers are a powerful influence in our lives and how the Bachelor of Education program offers an exceptional education, helping teachers develop a personalized approach in the classroom and beyond. Guided by the TEO tagline "inspiring educators, inquiring into teacher education, imagining new possibilities," the Year of Teacher Education will feature interactive panels, the Inspiring Educators Series, hashtag photo contest, lip dub video competition, and many more. 

Stay tuned on the YTE website for ways that you can join the celebration!


We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned on this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 65 (30:54)

Time Stamps

0:22 | Introduction
11:22 | Interview with Wendy Carr
25:33 | What's happening at PDCE 

Credits

Down the hall theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | "Don't Lose Your Way" by Olga Zhilkova

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_65_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:59am PST
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If you are interested in taking a professional development program, how do you hear about it? How did that program get its information out to you, the student?

This week, Fiona’s away. Instead, PDCE Marketing Manager Heather McGregor joins Dave as they talk about the challenges of marketing educational programs, getting the word out so that the maximum number of people are aware of them. They give some insights into how you can keep up to date with PDCE programs, as well as some ideas for those of you who may be creating and marketing your own programs.

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned on this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 64 (22:07)

Time Stamps

00:24 | Introduction
18:44 | What’s Happening in PDCE
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Dreams Come True” by Spatial Unity

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_64_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:15am PST
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This week, your hosts talk British royalty (both old and new), and Dr. David Vogt talks about mobile learning and the new course he is developing for the MET program. We welcome Britain's latest prince (inconveniently only named after we recorded) and have more Richard III news.

(Note: in the interview, David says in the interview that there will be one section of the new course. There are actually two sections now)

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are also on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 63 (40:26)

Time Stamps

00:20 | Introduction
9:22 | Interview – Mobile Learning & ETEC 565M
35:09 | What’s Happening in PDCE
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“That Mambo Beat” by Ray Guntrip & Tina May

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_63_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:23am PST
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This week on Down the Hall, Dave goes on vacation, and Fiona and Alpha kick off the episode with a lively discussion about a study featured in the Globe and Mail on how random acts of kindness have affected a group of Canadian children. Dave "returns" in an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Jordan to discuss the spectrum of special education, how it has changed over the last decade, and how the UBC Diploma in Special Education can support a teacher in this field.

Just a reminder to our regular listeners that we are taking a summer break and will not be posting a show on July 12th, but we'll be back on July 26th, ready for more Down the Hall!

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are also on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our episode blog post.

Episode 62 (39:07)

Time Stamps

00:18 | Introduction
8:52 | Interview – Diploma in Special Education
36:31 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Martin Oakson- Neverland (Original Mix)” by dMartin

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_62_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 7:47am PST
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This week, we have a two-pronged episode for you, something for everyone.

Dave interviews Dr. Harry Hubball about the SOTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) certificate program here at UBC.

Your hosts also take on the subject of heart and mind education, as Fiona talks about a truly enriching opportunity she took part in and Dave gets philosophical.

Finally, they talk about sharing photographs on the internet. Do you do that? If so, what are your thoughts on how you do it? How careful are you? We want to know, and your hosts tell you their thoughts as well.

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show.  Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are also on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our episode blog post.

Episode 61 (42:20)

Time Stamps

00:23 | Introduction
12:58 | Interview – SOTL Certificate Program
34:59 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Exit Question: What Are Your Thoughts About Posting Photographs Online?
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Place Where I Belong” by Skabrot

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_61_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:00am PST
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In some areas of Africa, there is a shortage of teachers and good quality education. Thankfully, there are many initiatives to help address this shortfall.

On this week’s episode, Fiona talks to Dr. Samson Nashon about the Faculty of Education’s work in a joint educational program at Dadaab. They highlight the diploma in Teacher Education that is being offered as part of a collaborative education program with various other institutions and with help from CIDA funding. Samson talks about his work in the project and discusses issues of culture, international development and awareness, and a lot more as well. It’s a fascinating interview.

Before that, your hosts talk about mobile devices in the classroom. Are they a force for good or evil? Or both?

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show.  Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are also on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our episode blog post.

Episode 60 (45:38)

Time Stamps

00:18 | Introduction

08:43 | Interview – The Future of Learning at Dadaab

Interview with Dr. Samson Nashon

40:27 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Exit Question: How much time per day or per week do you spend on social media?
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Clutching Hand” by Thoola

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_60_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:43am PST
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Many of us live in a visually-driven world.  We gain so much information through sight that we take it for granted. We see a document, a television program, a work of art, the sun casting a shadow on the pavement.  Have you ever stopped to think what it might be like if you could not see?  How would you do everything you do now without sight?

This week we catch up with Dr. Kim Zebehazy, orientation and mobility specialist here at UBC.  Kim talks about considerations for visually impaired people both in a classroom and out in the world and how they are able to participate in some of the things we take for granted.  She even talks about how visually impaired people enjoy art, proving that there is more to art appreciation than meets the eye!

To experience orientation and mobility issues first hand, your hosts don a blindfold and use a long cane to navigate their way around the Scarfe Building under Kim’s supervision.  We have photographic evidence that there were no calamities or broken anything along the way.  Not even a bruise!  (Thanks to Kim!)  We talk about this in the show and reflect on what we learned from the experience.

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show.  Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are also on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see the blog post for this episode.

Episode 59 (41:19)

Time Stamps

00:35 | Introduction
03:42 | Interview – Seeing Things in a Different Light

Interview with Dr. Kim Zebehazy

25:32 | O&M Exercise Discussion
33:23 | UBC Bike Kitchen
39:07 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Epic Medieval Battle” by Akashic Records

“The Violin” by Tristan Blaskowitz

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_59_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:01am PST
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With the end of the term and many people finishing up all of their courses, MOOCs, or other educational opportunities, we thought we’d give you a light-hearted episode this time around.

Dave spoke to Marie-France Hetu, a Master of Educational Technology student who is graduating from the program in three weeks. They spoke about her experiences in the program and what drove  her to take the program, but they also spend a lot of time talking about her experiences at the India-Canada Conference at SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai, India. What was it like, both the travel and the conference itself?

Before that, your hosts talk about language and animals, especially animals that can mimic or understand human speech. Whales that make human-like sounds, dogs that love Tim Horton’s, and monkeys who keep the entryways to 7-11 stores clear of those who just like to hang out. (That last one may just be a fantasy)

We also introduce a new segment to the show, The Exit Question. We want your opinions on a hot topic of the day. Send us an email and let us know what you think! Or leave a comment on the post itself.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see the blog post for this episode.

Episode 58 (35:45)

Time Stamps

00:20 | Introduction
09:56 | Interview – India Conference & MET Program

Interview with Marie-France Hetu

28:54 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

Exit Question: Would you give up social media on your vacation in exchange for a 25% discount on your hotel bill?

Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“One Way Road” by Grant Siedle

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_58_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:45am PST
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This week’s episode has a cornucopia of indigenous content, with two great interviews as well as a look at what has been going on in the Faculty of Education’s “Year of Indigenous Education.”

First, Fiona talks to Dr. Candace Galla about language revitalization, the different means of storytelling, her recent research grant, and her preparation for the Aboriginal Language & Literacy summer institute. At the time of their conversation, Candace was getting ready for the Living Our Indigenous Languages Through Multimedia Technology event that took place on April 13. It’s a fascinating interview that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

After that, Fiona talks to Dr. Jessica Dunkley, a indigenous student who is graduating from UBC in May. They discuss Jessica’s experiences here at UBC as an indigenous student as well as the recently completed Walkabout (which you may have heard your hosts talk about once or twice recently). Walkabout was a virtual tour of over seventy indigenous communities, territories, and organizations in British Columbia.

There’s lots of fun in this episode, so we hope you enjoy it.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see the episode's blog post.

Episode 57 (46:05)

Time Stamps

00:23 | Introduction
09:11 | Interview – Language Revitalization

Interview with Candace Galla

31:26 | Interview – Indigenous Student Experiences

Interview with Jessica Dunkley

42:33 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Spirit of India” by Dr. Red

“Ha, I Hope You Can Follow” by Cliffhanger

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_57_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:01am PST
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It’s Easter weekend, and we’re giving you an early Easter treat since we won’t be able to post next week.

Do you have any Easter traditions? Your hosts share their traditions, past and present, as well as their chocolate addiction. Fiona talks about scary movies (alternative title to this episode: Ea Ooa, and you’ll have to listen to find out why) and animal baking with Bunny Buns. We’re also celebrating the coming of Spring! And finally seeing some sun.

Also, congratulations to those of you who completed Walkabout 2013!

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see the episode blog post.

Episode 56 (12:58)

No time stamps this week, since there's just the one segment.

Plug: Meetup.com

Credits

Our theme  music | “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Next episode: Friday, April 19

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_56_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:29am PST
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If you’re not hungry before listening to this episode, then you will be afterward!

This week’s episode is devoted totally to food. Fiona interviews Barb Finley, the creator of Project CHEF (which stands for Cook Healthy Edible Food), which is a program designed to teach students in the K-7th grade range about healthy food: where it comes from, how to prepare it, and how to enjoy it. Fiona and Alpha (our producer) spent an afternoon at Bayview Elementary School where that week’s program was being held.

They got to see it in action, talk to some of the kids, take some great pictures, and also get Barb to talk about the program and how valuable it is. It’s very successful, and judging by their experience, it’s a lot of fun, both for the kids as well as for the adults who are helping them. They even got pizza, made by the kids in the class! It’s a fun interview with some really great guest appearances as well.

Back in the studio, your hosts discuss their cooking history (or lack thereof, in Dave’s case) and Fiona has a great cooking suggestion for our listeners as well.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links in this episode mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 55 (42:07)

Time Stamps

01:14 | Introduction
11:17 | Interview – Project CHEF

Interview with Barb Finley

36:56 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

Plug:

Rouxbe - Learn to cook, online!

Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Pirates” by Dancing Fox

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_55_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:37am PST
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One area of study that some prospective teachers ignore in their studies is science. Some fear it, and some just aren’t interested in it. Is that still the case? Has the teaching of science improved in recent years?

This week’s episode brings you an interview with Dr. Sandra Scott, Faculty Advisor in the Teacher Education program and a strong advocate of science education. She talks about that status of science-teaching in schools, how we can get past the phobias that teachers have about the subject, and how the teaching of science is incorporated into the Teacher Education program here at UBC.

In addition to Sandra, your hosts talk about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course). We are both taking one to see what they’re all about. What are some of the potential problems with MOOCs and how can we get past them? We don’t get into any platform-specific issues, but issues with the MOOC concept in general.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 54 (43:53)

Time Stamps

00:23 | Introduction

12:56 | Interview – Teaching Science - Dr. Sandra Scott

38:15 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

Plug:

Pocket

Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Mirando Al Frente” by Erizo

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_54_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:24pm PST
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Two of the major aspects of Education that are becoming more prominent in recent times are internationalization and technology.

It’s also usually quite sunny in Vancouver in July.

So why not have a conference in Vancouver in July?

This week’s episode is almost entirely devoted to the upcoming IPTEL conference (International Perspectives on Technology-Enhanced Learning) conference, being held on the UBC campus July 11-13, 2013. First, Dave interviews Dr. Tom Sork about how the conference came about, what kinds of presentations there will be, and what organizers are looking for.

Also, please note that the Call for Proposal deadline has been extended to March 30 since the episode was recorded (Tom and your hosts both say March 15 on the episode).

Then, Dave interviews Connie Baird and Belva Collins from the University of Kentucky, who were heavily involved in the idea for doing the IPTEL conference. They provide information on how it came about from their perspective, as well as some insight into the Online Distance Education graduate certificate program being offered by the university. A cohort of students from the program will be attending IPTEL, so welcome to them!

Meanwhile, your hosts are pining for Spring, and talking about a busy February.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 53 (38:17)

Time Stamps

00:23 | Introduction
08:26 | Interview #1
14:21 | Interview #2
32:56 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

Plug:

Evernote

Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Bumper #1 – “Dance It, Dance All” by the Easton Ellises

Bumper #2 – “Endorphin” by the Easton Ellises

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_53_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:16am PST
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This week we take a bit of a spiritual turn in part two of our interview with Dr. Michael Marker. We continue our discussion of ETEC 521 (Indigeneity, Technology, and Education) and talk about the difficulties in bringing good education to remote indigenous communities. We also address life and death in these communities and the clash of cultures when traditional teachers are brought into native communities.

It’s also the last episode before Valentine’s Day, so your hosts have something special for you. Why just have love in your heart when you can have it in your DNA? Shakespeare’s sonnets have been encoded onto DNA strings, bridging the gap between emotion and genetics in his own unique way.

Newly discovered English royalty and strange parallels round out the episode.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 52 (35:10)

Time Stamps

00:21 | Introduction
07:21 | Interview – School as a Springboard for Transformation (Part 2)
30:08 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

Plugs:

Tweetping

AllTwitter

Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Hymn of the Sky” by Celestial Aeon Project

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_52_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:51am PST
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It’s the Year of Indigenous Education here at UBC, and we thought we’d add to the celebration by having an in-depth interview with Dr. Michael Marker, in a return engagement (he was interviewed in Episode 37). There was just so much stuff to talk about that we’ve had to split the interview into two parts!

In this week’s episode, Michael talks about Indigenous knowledge and engagement (especially in schools), how Education is seen within the Inuit Studies community (and how that affects conferences related to the field), how schools are a springboard for transformation, and the great work that ETEC 521 (Indigeneity, Technology, and Education) students have been doing since the course’s inception in the MET program. Be with us next time as well for part 2 of this fascinating interview.

And of course there’s music!

Your hosts also discuss culturally responsive education. How students respond to their teachers and instruction in the classroom is often affected by their cultural backgrounds, and it’s important for teachers to be aware of these issues.  How can teachers adapt their curriculum to take this into account?

All of that, some things that are going on in PDCE, and a podcast recommendation that’s a bit ratty, but also very interesting.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 51 (34:41)

Time Stamps

00:19 | Introduction
08:24 | Interview – School as a Springboard for Transformation
28:42 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

Plug:

Radiolab

Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Graciously provided by Dr. Marker

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_51_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:55am PST
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Welcome to 2013!

It’s a time of renewal, but also for reflection, and this episode is chock full of reflection. It’s our fiftieth episode (no gifts, please send cash) and we’re celebrating that fact by looking to the past before we go into the future.

Fiona interviews Dr. Marv Westwood, head of the Veterans Transition Program, a wonderful program that helps veterans in their transition back to civilian life. It helps those who have been traumatized by their experiences to get back to a healthy life once they have returned home. It’s a valuable service and has been very helpful to those veterans who have gone through the program. Marv talks about how the program came about, the goals of it, and how it has helped so many veterans as they return. The Royal Canadian Legion has helped fund the project.

Speaking of the Legion, your hosts talk about this Canadian institution, it’s history, what it does in the community both in service of veterans, their families, and even currently servicing men and women.

All of that and what our holidays were like (the movie experience Dave tries to talk about is actually called UltraAVX).

And mime! No audio recording is complete without mime.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Episode 50 (35:28)

Time Stamps

00:31 | Introduction
08:53 | Interview – The Veterans Transition Program
29:36 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

Plug:

Google+ Communities are here!

Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Vanguard Extendida” – by Luis Zunel

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_50_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:26am PST
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For the last episode of 2012, we bring you an episode full of holiday cheer. There’s a lot of great stuff in this week’s episode to tide you over through the cold, dark month of December.

Dave speaks to Leanna Johnson, a teacher in Missouri who is spearheading her school’s move to a paperless classroom. E-textbooks, assignments submitted online, using tablet and laptop computers, it can be tremendously effective for both students and teachers. She talks about the implementation of the project, how well it’s working, and whether it’s something that larger schools can use as well.  Plus, she discusses her class’s participation in the Global Virtual Classroom project.

On top of the interview, your hosts discuss all of the December holidays that you may be celebrating this year, as well as our favourite Christmas traditions and carols. We even provide you with a bit of a carol ourselves (Alpha Lam, producer extraordinaire, heard the mirth and merriment from the studio and decided to join in on our singing). We’d love to hear about your holiday traditions and songs as well.

Hopefully this will be enough to fill your brain until we come back on January 11th. From all of us at Down the Hall and PDCE, we wish you the happiest of holidays, no matter which one you celebrate (even Festivus).

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 49 (40:22)

Time Stamps

00:19 | Introduction
12:40 | Interview – The Paperless Classroom
37:17 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Silhouette of Tibet” – by Snowflake and ccMixter

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_49_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:55am PST
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The importance of literacy cannot be overstated. While we can learn in many ways, reading can play a fundamental part of that learning. This can be difficult in areas of the world where literacy rates are very low. That’s why many organizations and educational institutions are working to improve conditions in these places.

In this week’s episode, Fiona interviews Dr. Marlene Asselin, Associate Professor and Teacher Librarianship Coordinator in the department of Language & Literacy Education here at UBC. Marlene has been deeply involved in efforts by CODE (Canadian Organization for Development through Education) Canada and CODE Ethiopia to train teacher-librarians in Ethiopia. She discusses the challenges involved, the successes they’ve had, and future plans for the program. It’s a wide-ranging interview with lots of great information on the project.

In addition to Marlene, it’s the Year of Indigenous Education here in the Faculty of Education, and there are some great ways to celebrate it.  Finally, on a more cosmic scale, just where were you when you heard the news that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise? Is this a good or a bad thing?

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our episode blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 48 (42:22)

Time Stamps

00:21 | Introduction
7:55 | Interview – Training librarians in Africa

Interview with Dr. Marlene Asselin

39:26 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selections from “Memoirs of a World Traveller” – by Satya

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_48_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:44am PST
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We’re into November now, and it’s getting mighty cold out there! And in here, too, as your hosts Fiona & Dave have both been suffering from the dreaded virus. But as they say, the show must go on! It does make for some interesting moments, though.

However, that doesn’t stop us from having a great interview. Fiona spoke to John Yamamoto, Program Coordinator: Secondary Practicum in the Teacher Education Office. He is also a member of the REA3 Master of Education cohort, an M.Ed in Educational Administration and Leadership. He’s close to finishing his degree, and he has a lot of experience to pass on to others who may be considering entering a Master’s cohort program. If you’re looking for a student’s perspective, John’s your man. It’s a great interview packed full of great information.

In addition, Fiona and Dave talk about teachers and blogging, and just how blogging can help a teacher’s professional development.

We promise: all coughs have been edited out. This is a virus-free podcast.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all the links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 47 (31:42)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
7:34 | Interview – The Cohort Experience
28:46 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Poppeggiando” – by Roberto Diana

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_47_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 10:07am PST
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Halloween is coming up, and we have a frightfully good episode for our loyal listeners. (Yes, despite what Dave says in the episode, we do know that Halloween is on Wednesday. Fiona was right).

Dave speaks to two graduates from the MET program who live in Jamaica. Denise Stoney-James and Keisha Edwards-Hamilton give their insights into what the program was like for them as international students, how the coming together of different cultures in the program enriched their experiences, and what they have taken from the program to further their teaching careers.

In addition, your hosts discuss some Halloween history and traditions and try to avoid waking the creatures of the night that haunt this holiday.

They are marginally successful.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all the links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 46 (38:40)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
10:47 | Interview – Being International in the MET Program

Interview with Denise Stoney-James and Keisha Edwards-Hamilton

35:42 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Credits

Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Monster Song (A Dark & Stormy Night)” – by Raccoon Funk

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Sound Effects (all courtesy of Sound Bible)

Bell Toll
Door Creek (Long)
Door Creaks
Sinister Street
Spirits in the Attic
Angel of Death

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_46_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:54am PST
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It’s Thanksgiving, and in the spirit of giving, we’re giving you an early episode! Not a full episode, with interview and everything, but a micro-episode (did we just come up with a word?) We just wanted to thank you, our listeners, for all of your support over the last two years. Rather than miss next week’s episode because of the holiday, we decided to give you a little something this week.

Even though there’s no interview, that doesn’t mean there isn’t good stuff this week. We talk about Thanksgiving traditions, V-Con last weekend (spoiler alert: Dave had a blast), as well as some upcoming courses and programs brought to you through Professional Development & Community Engagement.

We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! And  from all of us here at Down the Hall, thank you.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode (and there are a lot!), please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 45 (9:35)

No time stamps this week, since there's only one segment!

Credits

Our theme  music | “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_45_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:37am PST
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Education doesn’t just start when a child enters Kindergarten. There are a variety of educational opportunities available to parents and caregivers even before “official” schooling starts. Educators of all sorts are developing their practice and striving to ensure that children make the most of these options available.

In this week’s episode, Dave speaks to Dr. Mari Pighini, Graduate Advisor to two current and one upcoming Master of Education programs in Early Childhood Education. Mari talks about what the Master’s degree can do for students who take it as well as discussing how the field of Early Childhood Education has changed in the many years she’s been involved in it.  They also chat about the new ECO3 online MED cohort which is currently taking applications, as well as the two cohorts that have just started.

In addition to Mari, Fiona and Dave talk about their Art Education experiences, both formal and informal, including a rather unique and colorful example.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 44 (40:08)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
11:18 | Interview – A Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and what you can do with it.

Interview with Dr. Mari Pighini

33:56 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Victory” by Alexander Blu

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_44_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:27am PST
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Big changes are in store for the entity formerly known as External Programs & Learning Technologies. We’re changing our name and adjusting our role in the Faculty of Education to meet the faculty’s strategic plan and goals. We are now Professional Development & Community Engagement (PDCE).

In this week’s episode, the faculty’s new Assistant Dean, Dr. Mark Edwards, explains what changes are in store for our unit, enhancing our engagement with communities local, provincial, and even global. We will be offering the same great service we always have, but now even more so. Mark  also talks about his new role as Assistant Dean (he was formerly Director of EPLT) and how that will facilitate all of these changes. Great things are in store for the unit, so take a listen and see just how you can be part of this new direction.

In addition to the interview, your hosts talk about the recently completed Paralympic Games, as well as educational games. Just how can Angry Birds be a metaphor for learning methods? We’ve got you covered.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for PDCE or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for PDCE or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all the links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 43 (42:01)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
13:37 | Interview – A new direction and a new name

Interview with Dr. Mark Edwards

38:07 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Shedneryn” by Roger Subirana Mata

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_43_-_FINAL.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:49am PST
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“Online learning” can mean a lot of things nowadays. While before it mainly consisted of course web sites that contained the entire course, it is now expanding down many different avenues.

In this week’s episode, Dave talks to Dr. Laura Gibbs, who has taught online at the University of Oklahoma for over ten years. Laura talks about the strengths of online learning, how she runs her courses (hint: it’s not in the former way), and they discuss just what online learning can bring to a student’s ability to learn. In addition, they discuss MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), the new wave in online learning. Open to thousands of people, are they the next big thing in university learning? Or a flash in the pan? As usual, it’s in between both extremes. Finally, they extol the virtues of Google+, a social media platform that has not been discussed on Down the Hall before. They rectify that problem.

In addition to Laura, your hosts (Fiona and Dave this week) discuss great things to see at UBC, briefly touch on campus mythology, and much more.

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 42 (42:58)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
9:28 | Interview – Google+, Online Learning, and MOOCs

Interview with Dr. Laura Gibbs. You can find her here and on Google+

40:13 | What’s Happening in EPLT?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Mystic Forest” by Oursvince

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_42_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:28am PST
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Education in urban settings has its own unique challenges. What does that mean for teachers who teach in city schools? What situations do they have to be ready for, and how do they learn how to make the school environment rich for students who may bring many personal, cultural, or other issues to the school with them? What skills do these teachers need?

This week, Fiona talks with Dr. Karen Meyer, who has been involved with the Urban Learn Master of Education cohorts (officially titled an M.Ed in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education) since their inception more than ten years ago. Karen talks about her own experiences both as graduate advisor and coordinator for these programs, including what she has learned from her students. She talks about the history of the program and just what those who are interested in Urban Learner 10 (the 10th iteration of this cohort) can expect.

Karen also talks about one of the Faculty of Education’s initiatives in Dadaab, Africa. She touches on the importance of the project as well as some of her own observations from her visits there.

In addition to Karen, your hosts (Fiona and Dave this week) talk about the recently-concluded Summer Olympics as well as Summer reading suggestions! Though the books will be good at any time, of course.

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

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Down the Hall - Episode 41 (41:01)

00:11 | Introduction
11:34 | Interview – Urban education and the Urban Learner M.Ed cohorts
37:28 | What’s Happening in EPLT?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Commence” by Paul Lisak & After the Ice

Selection 2 | “Crazy Driver” by Peergynt Lobogris

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_41_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:33am PST
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Agriculture, and the food we eat, is a very important part of our lives. How much do we think about what we put in our bodies? Do we think about where our food comes from?

The Agriculture in the Classroom foundation (AitC) has been providing educators and students with resources and programs to help them understand the role of agriculture (especially local agriculture) in both our lives and our economy. We suggest going to their site to explore just what they can offer you as a teacher, or even as a student, who is interested in what you eat and how it gets there, as well as your nutritional choices.

Each Summer, the foundation offers a summer institute (administered by EPLT) where teachers can get together and get some hands-on experience in the agricultural world. In this week’s episode, your hosts (Dave and Heather McGregor, who graciously stepped in while our other two hosts are on vacation) discuss the foundation and the summer institute, which Heather visited on the third day. Heather also interviews the executive director of the foundation, Lindsay Babineau, in our first “in the field” interview. So be prepared for background noise.

Heather and Lindsay cover the purpose of the foundation, as well as the summer institute itself. It’s a wide-ranging interview, with a wide-ranging discussion of the foundation before that. Though they do manage to bring in Dave’s old cooking class, and hula hoops!

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 40 (35:36)

00:11 | Introduction
17:03 | Interview – Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and summer institute

Interview with Lindsay Babineau, Executive Director of AitC Foundation

31:47 | What’s Happening in EPLT?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Foggy Dew” by Dancing Willow

Selection 2 | “Cape Clear – The Greenfields of Rossbeigh” by Aislinn

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_40_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:20am PST
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Learning a language can be a difficult thing, whether it’s children learning their native language for the first time, or somebody learning their second (or even more) language. Learning technologies can greatly aid this process and there are many new methods available to do this. In addition, university exchange programs allow students who are learning English as a second language, or who want to teach it, wonderful opportunities to broaden both linguistic and cultural awareness.

In this week’s episode, Dave talks to Dr. Ken Reeder from the Language & Literacy Education (LLED) department in the Faculty of Education. Ken talks about language learning technologies as well as the academic exchange agreement between UBC and Ritsumeikan University in Japan, that allows students from that country to come to UBC to study. It’s a wide-ranging interview that we’re sure you’ll love.

In addition, your hosts (Jenny & Dave this week) talk about exploration, quiet space, and solar phenomena, as well as the massive amounts of construction going on right now.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our episode blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 39 (36:06)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
11:01 | Interview – English as a Second Language Education and International Outreach

Interview with Dr. Ken Reeder

32:14 | What’s Happening in EPLT?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Fooled by Love” by Tymphony

Selection 2 | “Unicorn” by Johannes Hopfner

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_39_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:43am PST
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Museums are fascinating places, even more so when seen through a child’s eyes. Field trips to museums always carry some special memories that take us back to our childhood. What many of us didn’t realize back then is that museums and museum education programs can play a vital role in our educational background. How do those in charge of these programs get trained, though?

This week, Dave talks to Dr. David Anderson about the new Master of Museum Education program here in the Faculty of Education. David addresses the difference between this program and a typical Master of Education, and how important it is to have teachers who are trained in this field. He also talks about the ever-growing state of museum education, both in Canada and internationally. It’s a wide-ranging discussion that you won’t want to miss.

In addition, your hosts (Dave & Fiona this week) talk about their favourite educational field trips, and we officially welcome Summer and wonder why it has just peeked its head through the door and refuses to come in.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all the links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 38 (28:21)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
08:44 | Interview – Museum Education
25:36 | What’s Happening in EPLT?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Buzzard’s Breath Nothing Doing” by Thumbscrew

Selection 2 | “Orbiting a Distant Planet” by Quantum Jazz

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_38_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:58am PST
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What effect has the increasing use of technology had on Indigenous education and the passing on of knowledge from one generation to the next? Technological advances in education can often cut both ways, especially when we move beyond pedagogical issues and think about the cultural issues that they bring up.

In this week’s episode, Dave talks to Dr. Michael Marker about this subject. Michael talks about exploring the ethnohistory of Aboriginal Education, his long path toward helping to bring these issues forward and address them, as well as the importance of media engagement for Indigenous peoples. He also discusses his course in the MET program, ETEC 521 (Indigeneity, Technology, and Education) and the importance of cross-cultural inquiry. It’s a fascinating interview that we hope you’ll enjoy. We know you’ll get a lot out of it.

In addition to that, your hosts discuss this week’s death of noted science fiction author Ray Bradbury and the deep meaning of his classic novel, Fahrenheit 451.

Plus a musical treat!

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all the links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 37 (38:08)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
05:28 | Interview – Indigeneity and Technology
35:12 | What’s Happening in EPLT?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Graciously provided to us by Dr. Marker

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_37_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:55pm PST
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With the increased prominence of social media and technology, professional development for teachers has become even more important in order to stay on the right side of the curve. It used to be that we improved our practice by commiserating with our immediate colleagues and maybe went to a conference or a seminar. Now it’s vastly different, where “colleagues” can live half-way around the world and can contribute ideas to our own development.

In this week’s episode, Dave talks to Sandy Kendell, who helps teachers in her school district with their own professional development. She talks about the role social media has played in her work and in her own development as well. She also talks about how the use of more varied educational technologies over the last 10-20 years has enabled teachers to enhance their teaching practices. She’s a wonderful person to follow on Twitter if you’re interested in keeping up with all of this.

In addition to Sandy, there are many other great things to listen for. We explain our host rotation, talk about what “learning apps” meant to us when we were in school, and so much more.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for EPLT or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all the links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 36 (36:34)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
06:22 | Interview – Social media, technology, and development

Interview with Sandy Kendell

31:25 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

To access all the links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Road to Lisdoonvarna Set Jig” by Brigan Ensemble

Selection 2 | “Jigger (Traditional Goes Rock)” by vvmusic

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_36_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:18pm PST
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Virtual learning commons are one way that we can facilitate student learning by giving them the tools that they need to succeed in their studies. Many of them are set up by teachers for students in their classrooms, but why can’t an institute set one up to help all of its students?

That’s a question that Michele Brannon-Hamilton, a graduate of the Master of Educational Technology program, asked herself as she worked her way through it. Using what she learned in the program, she is now working on developing just such a commons for her college. Michele joins us this week to give some insight into what she’s doing, as well as to give a student’s perspective to life in the MET program. What should you expect going into it? What can you do with it? And just how much time you should plan to spend on your studies. While the deadline for September applications may be almost past, this will be very useful for those of you who are thinking of applying to the program in the future and just not sure what your experience will be like.

In other business, you’ll hear the results of our theme song contest! Which host will have their hopes crushed? And which one will be elated? Listen and find out.

All of this, and Clickers! What are clickers? You’ll have to listen to find that out too. We can’t make it too easy for you, can we?

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 35 (22:58)

Time Stamps

00:12 | Introduction
06:01 | Interview – a Virtual Learning Commons and the MET program

Interview with Michele Brannon-Hamilton

20:44 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Crazy Train” by Dickey F

Selection 2 | “Stomping Around the Corner” by Persson

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_35_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:10pm PST
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We live in a culture saturated by media and technology. Living in that culture, it becomes imperative to learn to how to critically examine various media and technologies to decide which is proper and useful for each individual. It’s imperative that children learn this skill quickly before they become overrun.

In this week’s episode of Down the Hall, Dave interviews Dr. Stuart Poyntz, Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at Simon Fraser University. Stuart talks about the importance of media literacy in children and how to integrate critical media literacy into their lives at a young age. He also talks about the interaction between youth and technology and what they need to learn in order to be able to discern what’s important for them and what’s not. Stuart will be addressing these subjects in his portion of the Recurring Questions of Technology summer institute being held here at UBC July 9-13.

In addition to Stuart’s interview, we welcome Fiona Czeschel to Down the Hall! Fiona is one of EPLT’s Senior Program Assistants for MED Off-Campus Cohort programs.

The most important thing in the episode, at least as far as the podcast itself goes, is that we’re changing our theme music! We’ve decided that it’s time for a change, and we want to let you help us decide. During the episode, you’ll hear each host’s choice. After you’ve heard them all, we want your vote.

If you need a refresher, you can check out all three on the EPLT blog. After listening, just click on the “Vote Now” link underneath the music and you’ll be taken to our handy voting page.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 34 (27:59)

Time Stamps


00:11 | Introduction


04:54 | Interview – Youth, Technology, and Media Literacy

Interview with Dr. Stuart Poyntz


23:52 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Credits

Our theme  music | “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Theme music ideas

Selection 1 | “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent

Selection 2 | “Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club

Selection 3 | “Microinfinity” by Birds of Avalon

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_34_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 12:11pm PST
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E-Learning is more than just online learning at a distance. It can also involve the varied uses of educational technologies to enhance face-to-face courses as well. UBC’s Faculty of Education is making great strides toward enhancing all aspects of e-learning.

In this week’s episode, Jenny talks to Norman Daoust, Director, Academic & Information Technologies here in the Faculty of Education. They discuss the future of e-learning in education at UBC and how the faculty plans to be a leader in that area, both at UBC and across Canada. Norm gives his insights into the importance of producing teachers who are skilled in the uses of technology and how the faculty can meet the technological  needs of all students and professors to create a rich learning environment. They also discuss the faculty’s strategic plan for implementing these technologies, including the new Ponderosa Commons facility that will house great opportunities for these initiatives.

Prior to that, there’s a buzz going around Vancouver that’s hard to ignore, so we don’t. It’s the NHL Playoffs! We talk about the Vancouver Canucks briefly (though sadly they had to go on and lose Wednesday night in Game One against the Los Angeles Kings, after we recorded) and the hope that things will end much differently than last year, in more ways than one.

All of that and your hosts’ educational goals for the future (Dave will not be singing on the broadcast) and the potentially bad omen of posting this episode on Friday the 13th. At least it’s not episode #13!

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 33 (29:32)

Time Stamps

00:18 | Introduction
10:55 | Interview – The Future of E-Learning in Education at UBC

Interview with Norman Daoust.

24:25 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Credits

Our theme  music | “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Capricious Lady” by Dance of the Wind

Selection 2 | “23 by 9 and 3” by Everstoned

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_33_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 2:03pm PST
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There are unique challenges involved in educating students in rural areas. This is something that the Faculty of Education at UBC is working hard to address, to help teachers in rural communities enhance their curriculum choices by using local resources and landscapes to broaden their students’ experiences.

This week, Jenny talks to Dr. Linda Farr Darling about the opportunities her position as Eleanor Rix Professor of Rural Teacher Education has offered  her in supporting rural teachers as they face these challenges. The Faculty has a number of initiatives in Rural Education currently ongoing, and Linda gives us some good examples of these projects (more information on these projects can be found on the Rural Teachers site). She also talks about her philosophy regarding the importance of rural education and informing  more urban communities about what’s happening.

Finally, Linda talks about the Restorative Justice summer institute taking place at the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College, July 9-13.

Before that, your hosts discuss some great Twitter hashtags to follow in order to keep up with the Education conversation on that social networking site. Hashtags are a great way to not only follow conversations, but also find interesting people who share that same interest. Just make sure you check out the hashtags you discover for yourself before you use them!

In addition, there’s why we want to go to Education conferences (it’s not what you think), Dave’s budding writing career, and aliens (since there are no zombies this week).

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned on this episode, please go to our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 32 (32:24)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
11:48 | Interview – Rural Education and Transformative Justice 

Interview with Dr. Linda Farr Darling

29:22 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

To access all links mentioned on this episode, please go to our blog page.

Credits

Our theme  music | “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Red River” by Jackie & the Cedrics

Selection 2 | “Emergency Exit” by Dr. Frankenstein

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_32_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:13pm PST
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This week we are in an art frame of mind, as well as taking a trip to the museum.

Ok, we don’t take an actual trip (though perhaps we could do a remote podcast from one soon?), but we do discuss the importance of art and museums  and how they can play a vital role not only in a child’s education, but also in our lives in general. Dave interviews Dr. Kit Grauer and she talks about just how much museums have become a part of the educational process, as opposed to just holding the relics for us to look at. In addition, she addresses the importance of art in all of our lives as we live in such a visual culture in modern society. Finally, we talk about the 10th Museum/Gallery Teachers Summer Institute taking place at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and Emily Carr University.

Before that, your hosts discuss their favourite school topics that you may not have heard us talk about before (so Dave doesn’t get to spend ten minutes going on about History), more newly found love of Twitter, and snow! The sun’s occasionally peeking out as this post is being written, but it was snowing the day of recording. That is not cool.

Speaking of bad weather, apologies for the audio quality in Kit’s interview. There was a major windstorm that day and the internet connection was spotty. However, we feel that the interview was fantastic and well worth listening to despite the audio problems. Thanks to Kit for that.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all the links mentioned on this podcast, please go to our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 31 (35:12)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
09:20 | Interview – The Importance of Art and Museum Education in our Culture

Interview with Dr. Kit Grauer regarding the Museum/Gallery Teachers Summer Institute

32:05 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

To access all the links mentioned on this podcast, please go to our blog page.

Credits

Our theme  music | “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Canzone” by LiberaMusica Libereldee

Selection 2 | “Alone in a Room” by Steve Dunston

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_31_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 3:05pm PST
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This week, we hope to broaden minds with discussions of both history and intellectual property as it pertains to educational technology and learning.

We open the episode, however, by discussing our top three Physical Education experiences from our childhood, which may come as a surprise to our PE teachers. We all have experiences that shape us as children, and many of them happened in our PE classes. We’d love to hear about your own experiences that you might remember and take with you even to this day.

After that, Dave talks with Dr. John Willinsky, one of the organizers of the “Recurring Questions in Technology: A Brief History of Consciousness & Learning” summer institute being offered here on the UBC campus. John is teaching on the first day of this five-day institute, running this Summer from July 9-13. His topic is intellectual property and how it pertains to learning and technology, and he discusses how it can become an issue as more and more teachers and students collaborate online. He also discusses how the Recurring Questions institute came about and exactly how it will work for students.

Jenny then talks to Dr. Peter Seixas, the Program Director for the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness here in the Faculty of Education. Peter discusses historiography:  how history is taught, what stories are told, by whom, and how. Especially, why history is important to teach. Peter also talks about the Historical Thinking Project summer institute that’s being offered through EPLT in Toronto this Summer, July 9-14. Peter offers hope to those of us who truly value the study of history and how it is taught in schools.

All of that and a lot more, including a little Home Improvement and welcoming Jenny to the Dark Side.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all of the links mentioned on this podcast, please go to our blog page.

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction

Restorative Justice summer institute

14:13 | Interview – Intellectual Property in Learning & Technology

Interview with Dr. John Willinsky regarding the Recurring Questions in Technology summer institute

32:30 | Interview – Historiography and How We Teach History

Interview with Dr. Peter Seixas, Program Director for the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness, regarding the Historical Thinking summer institute

52:27 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

To access all of the links mentioned on this podcast, please go to our blog page.

Credits

Our theme  music | “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Wish” by Nobody.

Selection 2 | “Dream Catcher” by Daedalus’ Right Eye.

Selection 3 | “Popcorn” by Tenpenny Joke.

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

The next episode will be posted on Friday, March 16.



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This week's episode has a little something for everyone.  Are you interested in Indigenous cultures and education? How about drama? Cool movies? We've got them all.

We open the episode with five of our favourite educational films, giving you an overview of them and just why we love them so much. We can guarantee that you wouldn't have guessed them when we teased you last episode. If you did, then we're suitably impressed, and we wish we had a prize to give you.

After that, Dave talks to Dr. George Belliveau about the use of Drama in Education, as well as EPLT's summer institute, "Drama, Literacy, and Diverse Learning."  George discusses how using drama as a teaching technique can help engage students in their learning on many subjects, as well as making it more fun for them in the process. It's not just for teachers in a classroom, but anybody who is involved in some sort of educational practice.  Drama can also be good as a research tool for pedagogies and teaching techniques too. George has written many articles on this topic.

He also discusses the institute itself, what sorts of students may be interested in it (not just teachers), how it works, and what students will take from it once they have completed it. Many of the questions prospective students in the institute may have are answered in this interview.

Jenny then interviews Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Associate Dean of Indigenous Education. They discuss the value Indigenous Education brings to all members of UBC's community, and Jo-ann highlights some upcoming opportunities at the First Nations House of Learning.

There is, however, a noticeable dearth of zombie references in this episode. We will have to work on that.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all of the links mentioned in the podcast, please go to our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 29 (54:45)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
10:38 | Interview - Drama, Literacy, and the Diverse Classroom

Interview with Dr. George Belliveau

29:44 | Interview - Indigenous Education

Interview with Dr. Jo-ann Archibald

52:27 | What's Happening in EPLT?

To access all of the links mentioned in the podcast, please go to our blog page.

Credits

Our theme  music | “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music

Selection 1 | "Zombie Nation" by Jose Travieso.

Selection 2 | "I cannot describe my happiness" by Paneye.

Selection 3 | "60s French Pop" by Cocolixe.

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

The next episode will be posted March 2, 2012.

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This week’s episode is a reflective one, where we talk about the importance of teacher inquiry and the examination of teaching practices. In fact, it’s not a bad thing in any profession to reflect on the way you do things, see how others do them, and seek to improve your own practices.

Dave talks to Dr. Tony Clarke, a professor in the Curriculum & Pedagogy department here in the Faculty of Education. Dave and Tony touch on self-inquiry among educators as the central principle of Investigating Our Practices(IOP), a conference held here each May.

Tony demystifies the academic conference experience, discussing how IOP makes newcomers feel comfortable, how it’s more collaborative than traditional conferences, and what makes it fun. Listeners can also gain some insight into developing their presentation proposals (accepted until Feb. 24, 2012, despite Dave saying February 20 in the episode itself).

In addition to that, we give you a heads-up on some new off-campus Master of Education cohorts, tease you with some summer activities that you may want to consider, and tell you about an opportunity to win a $50 gift card from the UBC Bookstore!

Finally, what would a reflective episode be without a brief discussion of Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, play-off beards, and zombies? A not very reflective one, that’s what!

We’d love your feedback on anything. Period. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even read it on the air. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Down the Hall – Episode 28 (27:14) - February 3, 2012

Segments:

00:11 – Introduction

04:49 – Interview – The Importance of Teacher Inquiry

Interview with Dr. Tony Clarke

22:13 – What’s Happening in EPLT

To access all of the links mentioned in the podcast, please go to our blog page.

Credits:

Our theme  music: “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music:

Selection 1: “Rich Man’s Money” by The Rhythm Hounds

Selection 2: ”Snake Skin Blues” by Dickey F

Next episode will be posted on Friday, February 17, 2012

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This week’s episode is an online learning extravaganza! This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Master of Educational Technology (MET) program, so we have to mark the special occasion. Jenny’s back, Dave gives some 10-year statistics for the MET program (did you know that basically everybody on the planet has at least asked about taking the program at some point? Is that too much hyperbole?), and Jenny gives some great information about the Faculty of Education Walkabout fitness challenge that starts at the end of the month.

In addition to all of that, we have two great interviews for you.

First, Dave speaks with Yael Tagerud (Linnaeus University in Sweden) and Leah Macfadyen (UBC Faculty of Arts),  who are designing an elective course called “Culture and Communication in Virtual Learning Environments” for the MET program.

Leah and Yael each express their own experiences in multicultural settings through their personal and educational backgrounds.
Leah provides a glimpse into her research and practice around ways in which culturally diverse students interact with online learning environments, and Yael shares how she has become a pioneer in delivering online learning.
The two describe their friendship and academic collaborations, and what they’ve both brought to this new online course about culture, communication and web-based learning in a global society.

Next on the show, Dave reconnects with Tony Bates, a founder of the Master in Educational Technology (MET) program, and a respected advocate for online learning in Canada. Their discussion provides a retrospective look at the MET program’s origins and evolution through its ten years of existence. Tony offers insight into the process of developing online and international academic programs, and considers the growth of online learning over the next several years.

All of this and not a zombie reference to be heard. But the year is still young.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Period. Who knows? Maybe it will even get read on the air. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Down the Hall – Episode 27  (50:39) – January 20, 2012

Segments:

00:11 – Introduction

07:17 - Interview 1 - Culture & Communication in Virtual Learning Environments

Interview with Yael Tagerud & Leah Macfadyen

24:59 - Interview 2 – MET and the Future of Online Learning

Interview with Tony Bates

46:44 – What’s Happening in EPLT

To access all of the links mentioned in the podcast, please go to our blog page.

Credits:

Our theme  music: “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music:

Selection 1: “Another World” by Butterfly Tea

Selection 2: “Spanish Samba 2″ by Oursvince

Selection 3: “Coconut Speculation” by Briovere Buffentis

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Next episode will be posted on February 3, 2012

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Welcome to 2012! It’s the first episode of the new year, and Dave’s flying solo because Jenny’s unavoidably absent. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a great show for you, though.

Dr. Blye Frank, Dean of the Faculty of Education, has some great and inspiring thoughts on what role the Faculty will play in the UBC Strategic Plan, Place & Promise. In an extended interview recorded back in October (so the upcoming travel he mentions has actually now occurred), Dr. Frank shares with us his views on where the Faculty is going and what priorities the Faculty is pursuing in implementing the plan. We cover everything from diversity in the Faculty to indigenous education, global outreach, youth at risk, and much more. We really enjoyed sitting down and chatting with him; his passion for Education really came through.

Before you listen, we did want to apologize for some of the audio issues during the interview. One of the headsets that have worked so well for us suddenly stopped working right at the beginning of the interview. We weren’t recording in our office, so we couldn’t just grab another one. We alternated headsets so that Dr. Frank could have his own. The sound you hear is when we were making the switch. We tried doing it as quietly as possible, but it unfortunately did make noise.

We also apologize for the lateness!

We’d love your feedback on anything brought up on the episode, or just the podcast in general. Who knows? Maybe it will even get read on the air. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Down the Hall – Episode 26  (38:26) – January 9, 2012

Segments:

00:11 – Introduction

03:37 - Interview – Education, Place, and Promise

Interview with Dr. Blye Frank, Dean of the Faculty of Education at UBC

35:02 - What’s Happening in EPLT

To access all the links mentioned in the podcast, go to our blog post.

Credits:

Our theme  music: “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music:

Selection 1: “Cocktail” by Nicoco

Selection 2: “Midnight Blue” by Slikk Tim

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Next episode will be posted on January 20, 2012

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It’s the holidays, and this is the final episode of Down the Hall for 2011. We hope you join us for more great stuff in 2012, but first, listen to this episode! We have lots of great stuff.

First, Dave talks to Denise Lauritano, Co-Chair of the UBC Community United Way campaign. Denise tells us all about how the United Way gets the entire UBC community involved in helping fund and promote programs that benefit the entire Lower Mainland, including many educational programs. Even better, she tells us how you can get involved.

After that, your intrepid hosts discuss the future of course materials in post-secondary education, and ask that necessary question: are e-textbooks the answer?

All of this, and plenty of fun tangents too. There is much laughter in this episode, which is pretty good for a holiday episode.

We’d love your feedback on anything brought up on the episode, or just the podcast in general. Who knows? Maybe it will even get read on the air. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Down the Hall – Episode 25  (48:37) – December 16, 2011

Segments:

00:11 – Introduction

05:41 - Interview – The UBC Community United Way Campaign

Interview with Denise Lauritano

21:42 - Discussion – The Future of Course Materials : Are E-Textbooks the Answer?

42:26 - What’s Happening in EPLT

To access all the links mentioned in the podcast, go to our blog page.

Credits:

Our theme  music: “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music:

Selection 1: “Frosty the Snowman” by Anthony Viscounte & the Merry Gentlemen

Selection 2: “Riding Through the Snow” by Stefano Giardiniere

Selection 3: “Blue Shore” by Régis V. Gronoff 

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Next episode will be posted on January 6, 2012

Happy New Year!!!!


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Down the Hall is one year old today! And what a year it’s been. It’s been a year of turnover (though thankfully that turnover happened right at the beginning), but we think we’ve really hit our stride and will continue to share with you interesting guests and engaging topics in Education.

So how are we celebrating? First, we have a gift for both you, the listener, as well as ourselves. Dave interviews Dr. Carl Leggo, a professor in the Language & Literacy Education department here at UBC. He’s also a noted poet, writer, researcher, and all-around fascinating guy. We think that all comes out in the interview as we talk about the importance of creativity and play in the Education field. This is a topic we’ve covered before on Down the Hall, but perhaps not quite to the extent that Carl does. This was a real treat for Dave, and we think it will be for you too.

After the interview, we discuss the podcast itself, taking you behind the scenes a bit. We also bring back former co-host Sharon Hu to talk about what she’s been up to since stepping down from her hosting duties. We talk about EPLT’s Instructional Design & Support Team (IDST) and the services that they offer to those in the Faculty of Education.

First, though, a bit of housekeeping. We’ve changed hosting services for Down the Hall, from Podbean to Libsyn. If you subscribe on iTunes, you’re free and clear. If you weren’t iTunes subscribers but instead were using other readers/podcast players, make sure you update the subscription to our new feed.


We’d love your feedback on anything brought up on the episode, or just the podcast in general. Who knows? Maybe it will even get read on the air. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Down the Hall – Episode 24  (55:51) – December 2, 2011

Segments:

00:11 – Introduction

03:06 – Interview – Playfulness & Creativity in Education

Interview with Dr. Carl Leggo.


30:05 – Discussion – Down the Hall: A Year in the Making


52:27 – What’s Happening in EPLT


To access all the links mentioned in the podcast, go to our blog page.


Credits:

Our theme  music: “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music:

Selection 1: “Cool Walk” by Delano

Selection 2: “Fun” by Chriss Onac

Selection 3: “A Taste of Berlin” by Alexander Frost

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Next episode will be posted on December 16, 2011

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Down the Hall has now changed hosts. Those of you who use iTunes should be unaffected, as the feed is being redirected to the new one. Those of you who subscribe using other methods, however, will need to resubscribe to our new feed, as Podbean does not support the HTTP 301 redirect request. Therefore, if you don't [...]
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You’ve probably seen them around on flyers, posters, even TV shows! Those interesting-looking square designs with squiggly lines and all of that. You may have wondered what they are? Those are QR codes, codes that are becoming more popular by the day as a new way to interact digitally with print media. In this episode, we [...]
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We all like movies, right? As a society, we immerse ourselves in many forms of media, so much so that it’s only natural that we begin to study it, and its effect on us. Film studies has been a mainstay on college campuses for years, but what about studying media in the K-12 classroom? That’s [...]
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Does school kill creativity? This week’s episode is inspired by a TED talk by Ken Robinson asking that same question. Jenny’s back, and we get into a very good discussion of just how important creativity is to us as adults, and what we can do to foster that sense of creativity and play that adults seem [...]
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We’ve got a different show this week, as Jenny is away and we have a wonderful fill-in performance from EPLT’s own Heather McGregor! While we don’t have a discussion this week, you do get to hear Jenny as she interviews Vanessa Lapointe of The Wishing Star. Vanessa taught for EPLT at an Early Childhood Education summer [...]
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It’s always good to keep kids active, whether it’s through Physical Education or taking them out to experience the world outside the classroom. This week, we cover both of those avenues. First, Jenny interviews Joy Butler, who is the coordinator of the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program in the department of Curriculum and Pedagogy here [...]
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This week, we talk shop. Shop class, that is, and how vocational training in Education is falling by the wayside. Many kids today don’t have any “hands-on” skills with tools and basic home maintenance, much less more sophisticated trades skills. We look at how both parents and teachers can help get children more involved in [...]
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We always have fun when we’re recording the podcast, but this week was even more so. We have an interview with Elaine Decker, former director of EPLT (back before it was EPLT), where we discuss one of her favourite subjects: humour in the classroom. Humour can be a very important [...]
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In this episode, we dive down the rabbit hole of media literacy, examining how media studies can require careful examination before taking them at face value. The sexy headline of an article based on a study may not actually reflect what the study says. Awareness is the key, and we encourage you to investigate yourselves when [...]
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and we're not talking alien invasions. We're back! After a month-long absence (where we're sure you've missed us terribly), Down the Hall is back on the air. Dave is back from vacation and out from under all the work that was waiting for him when he came back (though not as much there could have been, thanks [...]
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EPLT is now accepting applications for a number of our M.Ed cohorts that are beginning in 2012. Since one of them is an online cohort (Early Childhood Education), thus potentially reaching an international audience, Jenny and I thought that this would be a perfect time to give you all advice on just what is required [...]
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Recorded early due to one of the hosts going on vacation. Hopefully no calamity that needs discussing happens between recording and posting! Last episode, we discussed Summer learning loss and ways to help reduce it. This week, we offer up some fun and low-cost Summer activities (many of them free) around the [...]
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(segment time stamps are below) Education doesn’t stop, even for a dejected city, fresh off of a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 loss. The show must go on! This week we muddle through, discussing the Canucks’ disappointing loss and the horrible aftermath. But this isn’t a sports podcast, so we move on from there. While we don’t have an interview [...]
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(segment time stamps are below) The Vancouver Canucks are in the Stanley Cup Finals! Since we’re in Vancouver, of course we have to talk about it a little bit. Especially with all of the gardening talk around the office. But this isn’t a sports podcast, and thus there’s much more to talk about. In honour of the Canucks, [...]
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(Segment time stamps are below) We're back on our bi-weekly schedule now, but sadly, we are interview-free this week. We cover that, though, by doing a bit longer than usual discussion about last weekend's Northern Voice social media and blogging conference. Jenny and I talk about some of the things I learned from the conference, just how [...]
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(Segment time stamps are below) Yes, we have reached double digits! It's been a month since our last episode, since there were technical difficulties with our original Episode 10 that prevented us from meeting our normal posting date around Easter time. In this episode, we tell you about a new program from Skype called Skype in the Classroom, [...]
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(Segment time stamps are below) In this episode, we have a good overview of some of the benefits and precautions about having classroom pets. The right pet can add just the right touch to a classroom, and we'll show you how. In addition to that, we interview Jeff Miller, who has been instrumental in maintaining the quality [...]
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(Segment time stamps are below) In this episode, we cover everything from NCAA March Madness to Social Media in the Post-Secondary world. So we’re both sporty and educational! First, we have an interview with David Vogt, instructor for ETEC 522: Ventures in Learning Technologies. He gives the listeners a lot of good information about the course. Secondly, in [...]
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(Segment time stamps are below) In this episode, Jenny and I talk about how nutrition can affect educational outcomes for kids. Healthy eating has now been shown to be very beneficial for kids in school, leading to much better learning results over children who do not have a healthy diet. We mention a few initiatives in [...]
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(Segment time stamps are below) In this episode, we have an interview with Mary Leah de Zwart & Gale Smith regarding the HEEL Home Economics M.Ed program that we are administering. Jenny and I also discuss video games and educational outcomes, which is always a fun treat. We explore the myths and the negativity, as well [...]
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Radio EPLT Episode 5 is now live! In this week's episode, we have an interview with Namsook Jahng, the instructor of a really neat course for science teachers. Jenny and I also discuss the perils and potential minefield of teachers on Facebook. What are the dos and don'ts if you're a teacher and you want to have [...]
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In this edition, fatigue has set in, but both co-host Jenny Williams and I soldier onward. Jenny is fatigued from trying to walk to Haiti in this year's Faculty of Education Walkabout, and I am from a long day culminating in a great information session for the MVR4 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling M.Ed cohort. Which is a [...]
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Radio EPLT - Episode 3 (54:24) Radio EPLT: January 15, 2010 Episode 3 Segments: 1) Introduction 2) Interview:  Erin Gillespie (MET Graduate): (06:40) 3) Open Educational Resources (OERs): (21:30) Links mentioned in this segment: Eric Pallant's article about his year of teaching without a textbook. MIT Open Courseware Connexions Healthy Minds - a UBC blog OER Commons Google Scholar 4) What's Happening in EPLT & Plugs: (49:30) Deadlines for M.Ed [...]
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Radio EPLT: December 11, 2010 Episode 2 (47:45) Segments: 1) Intro a) Welcome to Jenny Williams! b) Breakdown of what’s coming up on the show 2) Interview – Karen Armstrong (3:35) I interview Karen Armstrong, where we talk about her history with EPLT, teaching online versus face-to-face, and the status of literacy education in schools. Karen’s passion for the subject of both literacy [...]
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Radio EPLT - November 26, 2010 Episode 1 (1:11:00) Segments: 1) Intro a) Lessons learned from our Beta Podcast b) Breakdown of what’s coming in the show c) What’s been happening in EPLT since the last podcast 2) Interview – Brian Lamb (9:15) I interview Brian Lamb, Teaching and Learning Strategist for The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology [...]
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