Season 2: Episode 16 – Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job – Interview with Dr. Yong Zhao [Podcast]

514BMXuHuaL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_In this episode, we are excited for you to hear from Yong Zhao author of Never Send A Human to Do A Machine’s Job: Correcting the Top 5 EdTech Mistakes. Dr. Zhao currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy and Leadership. He is also a professional fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books on these topics, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. Dr. Zhao is recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of 2012’s 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine.

Here are some of the topics we discussed.

  1. What is the beautiful question behind your book: Never Send A Human to Do A Machine’s Job?
  2. In your book, you present the top 5 edtech mistakes, the first being the wrong relationship between technology and teachers.What can we do as school leaders to correct these mistakes you talk about? How can we reimagine education?
  3. What does the niche look like for teachers and technology in the ecosystem paradigm?
  4. You advocate for technology to be used more for content creation and production. How can learners best use technology to create and produce new content and products?
  5. Using technology to raise test scores is limited. What are more effective expectations for the use of technology?
  6. Can a school’s high test scores create a false sense of accomplishment and low urgency for shifting classrooms and using technology in more robust ways?
  7. You write about technology as curriculum vs. competence. Could you talk about your digital citizenship framework, sharing why it’s important for today’s learners?
  8. Explain the two models of tech implementation: before 3:00 PM and after 3:00 PM. and what makes one more impactful than the other.
  9. What “beautiful questions” are you currently thinking about?

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Each episode we leave you with a couple of questions to think about…with the idea of provoking conversation. This episode’s questions:

  1. Which of the edtech mistakes have you proactively addressed with your technology implementation?
  2. Which of the 5 edtech mistakes do you need to work to turn around?

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