Atomi Brainwaves is a podcast on education for educators where we look at key issues in the world of pedagogy and speak with a variety of teaching experts and influencers from all over the world. The previous 4 seasons of Atomi Brainwaves featured some incredible guests including well-known principals, educational psychologists and best-selling authors.
We are excited to announce that Atomi Brainwaves is back for Season 5 and we’ve got a great line-up of guests who are ready to face the key issues in education today!
All 5 seasons are available now on the Atomi Staffroom as well as all your favourite podcast apps!
Here's what you can look forward to this season:
Tyler Park specialises in issues around children's and student privacy and is a Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF). His work focuses on tracking and analysing emerging state and federal legislation in the USA to understand its impacts on children and students. Tyler also works with diverse groups of education stakeholders to administer FPF's K-12 Privacy Working Group and the Student Privacy Pledge. While at FPF, Tyler has written and spoken on a wide range of topics from the California Consumer Privacy Act, COPPA, FERPA, and private company policies.
Tyler Park on Student Privacy
Future of Privacy Forum policy counsel, Tyler Park, joins us to discuss the vital importance of student privacy as an issue in 2021, the steps that can be taken to protect students by teachers, parents, and students themselves, and the work he does on a policy level to implement the right privacy legislation in the US.
Scott McLeod J.D., PHD,. is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver and is widely recognised as one of the leading experts on P-12 school leadership, technology, and innovation. He is the founding director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only university center in the USA dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators. Dr McLeod has worked with hundreds of schools, districts, universities, and other organisations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 1026 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). He is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at both national and international conferences, and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States, having written or edited 4 books and over 170 articles and publications.
Scott McLeod on CASTLE
Associate professor and educational innovator, Scott McLeod tells us the story of CASTLE, the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, and the work it undertakes in training the next generation of tech savvy school leaders in the US.
Todd Nesloney is the Director of Culture and Strategic leadership for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TESPA) and has previous experience as the Principal/Lead Lerner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is an award winning author for his books Kids Deserve It!, Stories from Webb, Sparks in the Dark, and his newest book When Kids Lead. Todd has been recognised for a number of distinguished awards, including as a Top 10 Finalist for the 2018 Transformational Leadership Award, by the White House as a Connected Educator "Champion of Change". He is passionate about education and innovation and travels around the world to speak about his innovative practices, classroom culture and leadership, and has spoken twice at TEDx.
Todd Nesloney on Classroom Culture and Leadership
Award winning educator and author Todd Nesloney joins us to discuss the value of building the right classroom culture, and the different ways that both teacher and student leadership alike help us get there.
For three decades, Homa Tavangar’s work has bridged topics from global competitiveness to global citizenship; economic development to story-telling; fostering empathy, collaboration, inclusion, leadership and creative problem-solving. She connects timely topics of the moment with the timeless desire to work with purpose and make a difference – whatever one’s circumstances. Homa has written a number of widely-acclaimed pieces including Growing Up Global: Raising Children to be at Home in the World and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners. Growing Up Global has been a best-seller in Parenting, Education, and Globalisation categories, introducing a wide audience to the possibilities of raising and education global citizens. Homa is the co-founder of the Big Questions Institute, helping leaders design the future through industry, and the Oneness Lab, working with individuals and organisations to go deeper than diversity.
Passionate around issues of opportunity and equality for women and girls, she has worked on these issues for private companies and the World Bank, and served on various non-profit Boards, including, currently on the Board and Executive Committee of the Tahirih Justice Center, a national leader protecting women and girls fleeing violence.
Homa Tavangar on Globalising and Racial Equity in Education
Big Questions Institute and Oneness Lab co-founder, Homa Tavangar join us to discuss bringing a globalised approach to education into modern schools and her involvement in racial justice and equity initiatives in the education world.
Steven W Anderson is a learner, blogger, speaker, educational evangelist and author. As a former teacher and Director of Instructional Technology, he is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integration and using social media for learning. He presents at a wide range of education conferences internationally and is also responsible in helping create #edchat, the most popular educational hashtag on Twitter. Steven has been recognised won the 2009 and 2011 Edublogs Twitterer of the Year Award, A Microsoft Heroes of Education awards and a 2013 Bammy Award, recognised worldwide as the Educational Emmy. As a former teacher, Anderson regularly travels the country talking to schools and districts about the use of highly effective technology in the classroom and how they can better serve students through high-impact instructional strategies.
Steven Anderson on Social Media and Education
Educator, author and social media presence, Steven Anderson joins us to discuss his own journey as a prominent teacher on social media, as well as how social media can be used as a positive force in the world of education.
Terry Heick is a former teacher and founder of TeachThought, he is a self-described "education dreamer" with a vision to push education forward and make a difference. Since leaving the teaching profession, Heick has focussed on evolving the TeachThought website and brand, and has balanced efforts between "utopic opining" through blog posts and other creative efforts, and maturing some of his many ideas into practical services and tools that educators can use to make a difference in their classrooms. Terry believes that learning should result in personal and social change and is interested in the ongoing exploration of modern learning demands.
Terry Heick on TeachThought
Terry Heick, founder and director of online teacher resource TeachThought, joins us to discuss how his experiences as a teacher led to the creation of TeachThought, the learning model frameworks and content it offers to teachers, and where the platform may fit into a post-covid education landscape.
Jenny Webb, Assistant Principal: Teaching, Learning and Staff Development at Co-op Academy, is a teacher as well as author, blogger and speaker. She has worked in a number of schools in the UK and is the author of the best selling book, How to Teach English Literature: Overcoming Cultural Poverty and Teach Like a Writer. She regularly delivers online CPD to hundreds of teachers every month and raises funds for a number of charities through ticket sales.
Jenny Webb on Funky Pedagogy
Author, teacher, and speaker Jenny Webb joins us to discuss her journey in education, overcoming biases as an educational leader, and balancing her many responsibilities as a prominent educational figure with being a mother.
Gwyneth Jones is the Future Ready Teacher Librarian and Ed Tech Leader at Murray Hill Middle School in Howard County, Maryland in the United States. She is a successful blogger, International Keynote speaker, creator of content and has a wide reaching social media presence. Gwyneth is a Google Certified Innovator, Teacher of the Year and author of the award winning blog called The Daring Librarian. In recognition of being an agent of change in her field, Gwyneth was named an innovator and one of 50 international Movers and Shakers 2011 by Library Journal Magazine and one of 15 Librarians to Follow on Instagram by Scholastic. Her work and writings have been featured in New York Times, The Washington Post and the Huffington Post and has been elected twice to the ISTE Board of Directors representing all PK-12 educators and school librarians.
Gwyneth Jones on the Daring Librarian
Blogger, edtech speaker, and social media presence, Gwyneth Jones discusses her online persona of "The Daring Librarian", how she balances her work in edtech alongside teaching responsibilities, and discusses the value edtech resources can bring in keeping school communities alive remotely.