7/9/19

20: The Problem Solving Generation [interview with Google’s Jaime Casap]

Today on the show I have Jaime Casap, Google’s Chief Education Evangelist and lead advocate of the problem-solving generation. Jaime credits his less-than opportune upbringing and his luck in education for his current position. He wants to share his “luck” with other students just like him so that this generation of students are best prepared to lead and succeed.

Jaime and I chat about everything from teaching above the test and measuring abstract metrics, to finding ways to inspire educators and helping them realize the role of technology in today’s classroom. We both feel very passionately about giving students the opportunity to be measured on their ability to collaborate, problem-solve, and think critically rather than fill in bubbles on a test. 

One of his most important and personal goals is to teach educators how best to speak to children and young adults in situations of poverty. He’s co-written a book called Our First Talk About Poverty and has created a YouTube channel where he creates videos designed to inspire the next generation to action no matter their circumstances. 

This episode was chock-full of fantastic advice, passionate opinions, and actionable steps for creating a more collaborative classroom. Listen in and prepare to be inspired.. 

In This Episode:

[00:30] - Welcome back y’all! Kasey got to speak with Google’s Chief Education Evangelist for this episode of the show! You won’t want to miss it.

[01:49] - Shout out to all of the fabulous educators that I met last week at ISTE, especially to the educators who took the time out of their busy schedules to participate in the LIVE recording of the Shake Up Learning Show at the Flipgrid booth. (Stay tuned to episode 21 to see how it turned out.)

 

[02:52] - Kasey’s latest message on SpeakPipe was left by Wendy from Wyoming. Wendy left an amazing message about how the Shake Up Learning Podcast has helped her in her career.

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[03:44] - Have a question? Check out our SpeakPipe Button at www.shakeuplearning.com. You can leave a shoutout, a question, or share an idea by going to our show notes and looking for the microphone button to leave me a message.

[04:09] - Kasey welcomes her first Official Googler to the show Jaime Casap.

[05:08] - Jaime explains what a Chief Education Evangelist is, does, and how the title came about.

[07:21] - Kasey asks Jaime to share a bit about his background and how that has impacted his career. 

[09:23] - How can we leverage technology to bring education to life?

[11:56] - Kasey brings up her favorite quote of Jaime’s and how the sentiment changes the way educators should look at education. “Instead of asking students what they want to be when they grow up, ask them what problem they want to solve.”

[16:00] - Jaime shares the barriers the US classroom faces in creating the new generation of problem solvers. 

[18:19] - How can educators measure progress when the metrics are more abstract?

[20:32] - Jaime reflects on how educators can possibly teach for high test scores and strategic problem-solving.

[26:37] - Before sharing his current efforts in creating YouTube videos for educators and students, Jaime provides some very insightful statistics and stories about inspiring educators.

[33:02] - Connect with Jaime on Twitter @jcasap, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook, and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

[35:19] - Jaime leaves teachers with one piece of advice before the episode ends. 

Podcast Question of the Week

[36:36] - Kasey shares the podcast questions of the week: 

“What opportunities do you give students to solve real-world problems in your classroom?” 

Post your answer to your favorite social media platform using the hashtag #ShakeUpLearning, or share it in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook!

[37:27] - Join Kasey in the Shake Up Learning Summer Book Study from July 11th to August 8th, 2019.

Learn more at this link, then head to the special Facebook group where each week we will discuss 4 chapters from Kasey’s book.

Kasey will post discussion questions that tie into the reading and issue a challenge or choice of challenges related to that section of the book.

We will share #booksnaps, ideas, lessons, failures and successes, links, and a whole lotta ways to Shake Up Learning!

[38:57] - Thank you for tuning in! Please subscribe to the podcast, and leave a review on iTunes. (Bonus points if you use the word “y’all” in your review!)

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

The Shake Up Learning Show

The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook

Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study!

Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell

Shake Up Learning Summer Book Study Facebook group

Our First Talk About Poverty by Jaime Casap and Jillian Roberts

Jaime’s YouTube Channel - Jaime Casap

Phoenix Coding Academy

Arizona State University



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