Ask the FLN Podcast Episode 033 – Tom Driscoll

--Originally published at Ask the Flipped Learning Network

Show Notes

In this episode week Ken chats with Tom Driscoll, a pioneer and early leader in the Flipped Learning community.

When I first joined this #flipclass community (via Twitter and later attending FlipCon 2014, 2015 and 2016), Tom was so giving and helpful in his including me in that group. I appreciate that and hope to follow up on that graciousness in my interaction with the community.

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This episode was recorded on May 23, 2019.

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About our Guest

Note: taken from the bio on his website.
 

Tom Driscoll is the Digital Learning Director for the Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island. He has also joined the team at EdTechTeacher in 2017, providing schools, districts, and educational organizations a range of consulting and professional development services aimed at transforming teaching and learning with technology.

Previously, Tom taught high school social studies in Connecticut while also regularly speaking at conferences and consulting with school districts across the nation. He has also authored chapters for several books on instructional technology including “Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement” and “Flipping 2.0.”  Tom has a Master’s Degree in Computing in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and continues to research how innovative applications of emerging technologies can fundamentally transform teaching and personalize student learning.

Tom lives in Coventry, RI with his wife Michaela and two young children. He can be spotted across Rhode Island coaching the sport he loves (former Vassar College Basketball player) as well as every other rec and travel team his kids end up involved in. 

 You can contact him at thdriscoll@gmail.com or connect on Twitter @Mr_Driscoll.

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Transcript

I’ve been personally negligent in not pursuing an option to improve accessibility with transcripts of the show. I see the work that Bonni Stachowiak has done with her “Teaching in Higher Ed” podcast as well as the work of Deepak Shenoy on his podcast “Open Education Rising”. The trick here is cost and I don’t know the solution just yet. Producing about 90 minutes of podcasts per month would require about USD$100 per month. We would love to have a sponsor for that or perhaps link that as one of our goals on our Patreon Page.

Podcasters and Guests

We now have a stable crew of two podcast hosts with Matthew Moore and myself Ken Bauer alternating episodes. Lately Matthew has been busy with his own podcast “The Teachers Lounge” which is also hosted here at the Flipped Learning Network. You should check out that podcast as well. I hope to personally keep a bi-weekly schedule going forward.

If you would like to join us as a guest on the podcast or would like to suggest someone to be a guest, please contact either Matthew or myself via Twitter.

I would also like to remind everyone that anyone contributing to the community that is the Flipped Learning Network actually *is* part of the Flipped Learning Network. We are a community and grow together by pooling our resources. See how you can contribute to this community through contributing blog posts, joining us on this podcast as well as participating in our Slack community.

Ken’s Take

My choice of quotes from the conversation that particularly resonated with me.

On filter bubbles and personalized search on social media:

“The huge challenge that we face (particularly the last three to four years) is that that content that we are accessing is more and more designed to be exactly what we want to see.”

On “algorithmic literacy” (nod to Dr. Beth Holland):

“It’s amazing how many adults (even in the United States and other countries) don’t even realize that the information that they see in their feed is tailored specifically to what that company wants them to see.”

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Credits

Music Credit

The music (titled Aloft) clip at the start and end of the podcast is copyright by Kelly Walsh and used with permission.

Podcast Logo Credit

The image of a microphone used in the logo for our podcast is courtesy of Eric Harvey.

Featured Image Credit

Head shot of Tom Driscoll, all rights reserved by Tom Driscoll.

Head shot of Tom Driscoll, all rights reserved by Tom Driscoll.

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