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On this week's programme I welcome back a guest who was on the programme before, Brendan Culligan. Brendan was a keynote speaker at the 2017 annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. His presentation was titled “More than one hundred and twenty five years of Crushing ‘Garlic’!" - in which he honours the memory of an educator who had insightful ideas about teaching spelling.

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My guest on this week's programme is Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch, who is also an award-winning illustrator and author. I spoke to him on the occasion of his giving the keynote address at the 41st Annual Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland, which held its conference in Marino Institute of Education on October 5 and 6 this year.

During the interview Pj Lynch referred to many children's illustrators and authors, including:Louise O'Neill, Derek Landy, Eoin Colfer, E.R. Murray, Matt Griffin, Nicola Pierce, Mo Willems, Lisbeth Zwerger, Sandy Turner, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Haughton, Niamh Sharkey and Marie Louise Fitzpatrick. He also mentioned the book, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

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This week I speak to education consultant and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts, Dr. Katie Novak, on the topic of Universal Design for Learning. She was in Ireland to give the keynote presentation at the 2017 Conference of AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability in Dublin. Among the topics we discuss are:

 

What is universal design for learning?

How might universal design for learning be applied in teaching English?

What is the difference between differentiated instruction and universal design for learning?

Why students need to fail in the short-term to find long term success.

What skills taught in school do we need to hold onto and what can be safely let go?

 

Katie refers to the book, The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey.

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This week I bring you the second part of my interview with Professor Janette Bobis from the University of Sydney where she is Professor of Mathematics Education and Research Director for the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. The topics discussed on the programme include the following:

  • How student feedback influences her work
  • A practice based approach to teacher education
  • Her role as Director of Research
  • Using writing retreats to promote academic writing
  • Incentives for doing research
  • A specialist qualification in mathematics for primary teachers
  • Who inspires her
  • Her favourite writer on education
  • Research Excellence Framework
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This week I speak to Professor Janette Bobis from the University of Sydney where she is Professor of Mathematics Education and Research Director for the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. During the interview we discuss the following topics:

  • Student engagement in mathematics
  • Motivating children to be interested in mathematics
  • How she became interested in mathematics education
  • What research teaches us about how children learn mathematics
  • Her approach to educating future teachers

In the course of the interview she referred to videos about teaching that are available from the University of Washington's website. Here is a link to those videos: http://tedd.org/mathematics/  (and not the ones I initially thought: https://www.youtube.com/user/uwcoe/videos).

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On this week's programme my guest is Professor Leigh Graves Wolf who is the assistant director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University. She was in Ireland to deliver a keynote address at the 2016 annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) in February last.

Among the sites mentioned on the programme are
make.msu.edu and edutech.msu.edu.



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On this week's programme I speak to Dr. Conor Galvin from the School of Education in University College Dublin. I met him at the annual Computers in Education Society of Ireland, CESI conference 2016, when he spoke about his presentation and about the role of technology in education more generally.

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On this week's programme I speak to Maynooth University Emeritus Professor John Coolahan about the inaugural Arts in Education Portal National Day. The portal was one of the outcomes of the Arts in Education Charter. Professor Coolahan chairs the Charter implementation group.

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On this second part of my interview with Stanford University's Professor Emeritus, Lee Shulman, Professor Shulman reflects on the idea of pedagogical content knowledge which was an idea he introduced to the world of education in 1985. Our discussion took place 30 years later at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

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On this week's programme I speak to Derek Breen, author of Scratch for Kids and an ambassador for Code Week. He was a keynote speaker at the 2016 conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland. He spoke a lot about the computer programming language Scratch and mentioned Trinity's Bridge 21 initiative.


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