Stemiverse 0011 – Ariane Skapetis: Explain Everything 

 October 3, 2017

By  Peter

In this episode, Dr. Peter Dalmaris and Marcus Schappi talk with Ariane Skapetis.

Ariane is currently a Learning Technologist in Higher-Ed with qualifications and expertise in e-learning, blended learning, and K-12 Education. She has held numerous roles throughout her lengthy career in Education. Teacher, Computer Coordinator, ICT Consultant in Sydney region schools and now as a Learning Technologist at UTS. Ariane has seen it all: from the introduction of the Internet to schools in the early 1990s to modern game-based learning, “flipping” the classroom and using mobile phones to enhance educational outcomes.

This is Stemiverse episode 11.

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Show notes

[00:00] Introduction – Introducing Ariane Skapetis
[02:13] Ariane talks about her background in education
[07:39] How the new gadgets transformed the students’ learning experience
[09:17] The transition from using technology to making it: Explain Everything app, Microsoft Kodu visual programming language
[13:44] The initiative and effects of implementing open-ended creative technology in the classroom
[16:45] The transition of teacher to mentor
[17:30] Current application of the project
[18:25] The transition of the project to more schools
[19:39] Present-day people’s choice of devices for the classroom
[20:56] Ariane’s choice of technology
[21:36] The unification of apps
[22:22] Educational outcomes have changed
[23:31] Creativity as an important outcome in today’s schools
[23:48] Other outcomes: More choices of what to create
[24:21] Choice and recognition of student diversity as a result of introducing open-ended technology in the classroom
[25:30] Where should I start as a new STEM teacher: Scratch or Kodu
[26:19] What is Scratch
[27:58] What would your ideal classroom look like if you had an infinite budget?
[30:36] The teacher’s role inside the ideal classroom: The facilitator
[31:13] Advice for new facilitators: Think about your teaching style
[33:04] The open society as a marketplace of ideas
[33:50] Ariane’s work in UTS: Introducing new tools, moving away from powerpoint, incorporating google drive and kahoot!
[36:02] Flipping the classroom
[36:39] How do you get students to do the pre-work
[38:51] What do you do when students don’t have a smartphone
[40:49] Collaborative pods
[45:24] Rapid Fire Questions
[45:40] Who has been the most influential in shaping the way you teach
[46:31] Who do you look up to now
[48:42] Professional Development Conferences and Workshops: TeachMeet Website or Twitter: #TeachMeet
[50:23] Teachers are lifelong learners
[50:58] Advice to Educators just starting out
[52:52] Ariane’s Contact Information: Twitter: @ariadne09, Podcast: edtechlunch

Peter


Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.   As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.  Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers. A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.  His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations. Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers. 

Peter Dalmaris

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