Learning Dust

Recent Episodes

Episode 3.17 - David Morgan- Replit’s a wonderful world

Hall of Fame: Silicon Valley Startup Culture

Cupboard of Shame: GreenFoot (old 90’s Java)

Fantasy EdTech Product: AR Data glasses for schools (we really must get these made)!

David is a passionate and talented educator and self confessed pedagogy nerd. He joins us to take us through his progression in education and speaks with relish about his new role with Replit who aim to bring the next billion software developers online.

Replit's EdFest is over for 2022, but the recordings of keynotes and amazing sessions (including one by our very own Andy Colley) are available on their YouTube playlist.

Episode 3.16 - Louise Campton - Achieving Your (Primary) Goals

Hall of Fame: The Digital Ecosystem by Philippa Wraithmell

Cupboard of Shame: LEA’s who restrict schools from choosing their own apprenticeship providers

Louise Campton is a careers adviser and entrepreneur, an unusual mix to say the least, but she has taken the lemons that life threw at her and made lemonade in the form of Primary Goals, a company providing digital apprentices with opportunities to develop their schools’ use of edtech in the classroom.

Episode 3.15 - Anna & Harry Wake - Mission Encodeable

Hall of Fame: Harry - well thought out brand guideline documents; Anna - the Information is beautiful website

Cupboard of Shame: Harry - pulling & pushing directly to the master branch on GitHub; Anna - badly designed PowerPoints

Fantasy EdTech Product: Harry - More Mission Encodeable; Anna - AI Teachers

Harry & Anna Wake share their remarkable tale of how at 15 years old they created Mission Encodeable, a website designed to teach people to code. They discuss the benefits of brand guidelines and even manage to dissuade Andy from joining TikTok!

Episode 3.14 - David Morris - Trust in me

Hall of Fame: CPOMS

Cupboard of Shame: The National Tutoring System

Fantasy EdTech Product: Acronym Translator / Revision Support App

CEO of Heart Academies Trust David Morris shares his experience of joining a Trust lacking in trust and how his military background helped him to break down barriers and develop the culture of his schools.

Episode 3.13 - Ian Stockbridge - Average Familiarity

Hall of Fame: Phil “Wizzy” Wisdom

Cupboard of Shame: Keyboard Error, Press F1 to Resume

Fantasy EdTech Product: Mind Meld Communication

Concord College IT Manager Ian Stockbridge shares the benefit of his expertise and experience in cyber-security, bemoans the lack of SLA’s in education and champions the importance of making connections with human beings.

Episode 3.12 - Michael Bodekaer - Rock LAbster

Hall of Fame: Canvas

Cupboard of Shame: The LTI 1.1 Protocol

Fantasy EdTech Product: 3D Mind Domes

We are delighted to be joined by Michael Bodekaer, CEO of $100 million edtech company Labster. Michael discusses how his product can benefit teachers and students, the implications of the Metaverse on education and how failure can be productive.

Episode 3.11 - Ryan Evans - Aspiring 2 Be Inclusive

Hall of Fame: IncludEdu Ambassadors

Cupboard of Shame: Lack of fonts in Google Forms

Fantasy EdTech Product: Edit button on Twitter (this episode was recorded BEFORE Elon Musk stole Ryan's idea)!

Ryan shares his experiences of moving from the classroom to learning tech company Aspire2Be. He also shares details of his Google Innovator project, IncludEdu which provides a framework of tools for supporting learners' needs when using technology.

Episode 3.10 - Simon Antwis - Keeping people out of the river

Hall of Fame: All the hard working, sometimes unrecognised pastoral leaders making a difference to young people's lives

Cupboard of Shame: Student surveys - in particular the question "Do you feel safe?"

Fantasy EdTech Product: Student state of mind emoji cloud

Simon Antwis, a consultant for STEER education explains how a student voice tool has transformed his schools’ approach to student wellbeing. He also discusses the results of a recent survey focusing on the mental health of young people.

Episode 3.09 - CLAY SMITH - Fall in love with the problem

Hall of Fame: Screen casting

Cupboard of Shame: Teaching from the front of the room

Fantasy EdTech Product: E-wallpaper with AR (in conjunction with Andy)

We are thrilled to be joined by Google’s Clay Smith, who talks with us about his journey from talent agent through computing teacher, coding superstar and breaker of things, to Solutions Engineer for Google. He also exclusively reveals the game that is taking the corridors of Google by storm...

Episode 3.08 - Andy Murden - Coaching the holy trinity

Hall of Fame: South West Grid for Learning

Cupboard of Shame: Fujitsu EDAs

Fantasy EdTech Product: True SSO Logins

Andy Murden, Head of Learning and Development at Go Live Services joins us in this episode to discuss his career progression through teaching and school leadership to his current role delivering a course for EdTech Leaders. He also discusses the importance of coaching in schools and how the coaching model is used in his course.

Episode 3.07 - Sky Caves - Engage Learning Mode

Hall of Fame: Twitter

Cupboard of Shame: Visualisers (or bad visualiser software, at least)

Fantasy EdTech Product: The Edu-Wellbeing Fitbit

LearningDust kicks off the new year with a look at how we can support learners from both a curriculum and digital wellbeing perspective using edtech. The expertise is provided by Sky Caves, Senior Learning Technologist at BCOT.

Episode 3.06 - Simon Howe - Spinning Plates

Hall of Fame: Chris Hadfield's An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Cupboard of Shame: GameMaker Studio

Fantasy EdTech Product: Automatic Marking

LearningDust draws 2021 to a close with a guest who was so good that we recorded him twice. Simon joins us to talk about innovation, how to visit BETT effectively, and the benefits of public speaking for both the individual and the school.

Episode 3.05 - Ed Fairfield - Do you Want A Flake With That?

Hall of Fame: The visualiser (again)

Cupboard of Shame: Paper based homework

Fantasy EdTech Product: Power user implants

In this episode we hear from marketing guru, parent governor, vice-chair of NAACE and erstwhile ice-cream salesman Ed about the importance of relationships, digital strategies and how to be a better buyer.

Episode 3.04 - Alan Harrison - Find your Alan

Hall of Fame: Quizlet

Cupboard of Shame: Teachers who proclaim to be technophobes

Fantasy EdTech Product: Brainwave Scanner

Alan fulfils his lifelong ambition in appearing on a podcast that he describes as “not terrible”. In the episode we discuss the usual wide range of topics, introduce our first listener giveaway and exclusively reveal the winners of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Episode 3.03 - Jonathan Coy - The Power of the Chocolate Biscuit

Hall of Fame: The HeadteacherChat planner

Cupboard of Shame: The Banda Machine

Fantasy EdTech Product: Teacher Rewind Button

Jonathan’s company HeadteacherChat provides information and support for school leaders across the UK and now he is sharing his experience and insight with LearningDust listeners. Join us to learn about support models, using tech to improve staff wellbeing and whether there is a place for technical staff on a school’s leadership team.

Episode 3.02 - Adam Robbins - You've only got so much RAM

Hall of Fame: The visualiser

Cupboard of Shame: The false promises of IT consultants

Managing editor of CogSciSci and author of Middle Leadership Mastery, Adam Robbins joins us to talk about how we can use cognitive science to empathise with our colleagues, the curse of knowledge, and much more that your brain probably doesn't have room for after reading this far!

Episode 3.01 - James Garnett - Talk to the Duck

Hall of Fame: Professor Sonia Livingstone

Cupboard of Shame: Erm... the Cupboard of Shame!

LearningDust is back for season three and for our first episode we are joined by James Garnett of United Learning. James talks about the importance of strategic thinking, how to translate between network managers and senior leaders and much more.