Learning Innovation: The Teaching & Learning Podcast
E28: K-12 STEM Collaboration - Supporting Authentic Learning Experiences through the Trades

E28: K-12 STEM Collaboration - Supporting Authentic Learning Experiences through the Trades

May 13, 2022

Tune in, hit play and get inspired as we learn all about the unique and promising K-12 STEM Collaboration project between Lethbridge College (LC) and Westwind School Division. Guests Kevin Wiber (the college's Associate Dean of Trades), Joelle Reynolds (learning experience designer from LC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation (CTLI), Brianne Hutchinson (instructional designer from CTLI at LC), and Warren Anderson (educator at Magrath Elementary School from the Westwind School Division) expand on their roles in the project, and how this collab is providing educators with resources to support authentic learning experiences through the Trades in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

During the podcast, the group mentions: 

If you have questions, comments, or are interested in knowing more about experiential learning, reach out to Kevin (k.wiber@lethbridgecollege.ca) or Joelle (joelle.reynolds@lethbridgecollege.ca)

E27: Tech Tips with Tyler: Digitizing Reality (Extended Edition)

E27: Tech Tips with Tyler: Digitizing Reality (Extended Edition)

April 29, 2022

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired in this extended Tech Talks episode as Tyler Wall and Jordana Gagnon banter about Tech tools that you can use today. Today’s tech focus is on tools that take our reality and digitize it. During the podcast, Tyler shows Jordana tools that are currently in the marketplace.

Video games have been getting more and more realistic. In the span of 25 years, we have gone from starting to use polygons in video games (triangles) that looked like origami to graphics that are almost indistinguishable from reality.  

The acceleration of this is truly mind-boggling, and it is due in part to the ability of creators to leverage reality to create a digital world. The way this has been done has evolved greatly over the past 10-15 years and although video games are definitely a use case, we are not focusing on the video game aspect. Instead, we are focusing on the process of digitizing the world. 

We will be going through a few demos of stuff we have created and could create for instructors, stuff that exists but we haven’t dabbled in yet, and also some tools and pipelines that instructors could use if they are willing to “get their hands dirty”. 

Here is a list of the tools covered in the podcast: 

Desktop application: 

https://colmap.github.io/index.html  colmap Free 

https://alicevision.org/#  Meshroom  Free 

https://www.3dflow.net/ Zepher Free’ish 

https://www.capturingreality.com/realitycapture Reality capture Cost for each render- showreel 

https://www.pix4d.com/product/pix4dmapper-photogrammetry-software Costs and great for drone footage – elevation, heat maps,  

 

Object examples: 

https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/writing-on-stone-9441287ae86b41b6b7e13f875fcd7e10  

https://skfb.ly/orJCW 

https://skfb.ly/6V7RE   

 

Topology: https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/topology-drone-test-cdf15020f0fd4d39b2a5836367991ace 

 

Lidar scanning  

Drones https://www.skydio.com/skydio-2-plus 

 

Phone apps for scanning reality: 

Canvas https://canvas.io/ 

Qlone – no fancy new phone needed 

https://www.qlone.pro/ 

3D scanner app - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/3d-scanner-app/id1419913995  My app of choice 

Polycam - https://poly.cam/ 

Record3D - https://record3d.app/ more volume-based video but cool nonetheless 

Modelfied - https://modelified.com/ 

 

ARkit / realitykit- https://developer.apple.com/augmented-reality/realitykit/ 

 

Low cost gear  

Structure scanner - https://structure.io/ 

Revpoint pop - https://www.revopoint3d.com/products/pop-portable-3d-scanner-for-3d-printing-revopoint/ 

 
Examples  
https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/gavin-textured-8bce0be7eba14787a9d079019cbcf3a5https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/bison-skull-3e13ba67039d42189ff732a1d6f07e36 

 

NeRF 

https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2022/03/25/instant-nerf-research-3d-ai/ 

E26: Tech Tips with Tyler, Special guest Jordana Gagnon

E26: Tech Tips with Tyler, Special guest Jordana Gagnon

April 19, 2022

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Tyler Wall and Jordana Gagnon banter about Tech tools that you can use today. Today’s tech focus is on news tech tools for sanity, balance and wellness. 

During the podcast, Tyler shows Jordana tools that are currently in the marketplace. Here is a list of those tools: 

1440: FREE 
All your news in a single email. We scour 100+ sources so you don't have to. Culture, science, sports, politics, business, and more - all packaged in a 5-minute read. Only comes on weekday mornings 

It has multiple sections Sports, Entertainment & Culture; Science & Tech; Business ; & Politics

https://join1440.com/  

ALLSIDES – Balanced News: FREE  
Don’t be fooled by media bias, fake news and misinformation. Allsides provides balanced news and media bias ratings. 

Compare headlines side by side to get the full story.  

Transparency in how they create their bias ratings and an option to vote if you think they are wrong. 

https://www.allsides.com/media-bias  

https://www.allsides.com/unbiased-balanced-news  

Ground news: FREE & Premium 

Compare the news and judge the truth for yourself! 

To combat misinformation and media bias, Ground News Pro lets users easily compare how outlets from across the political spectrum and around the world are covering the same news event. 

Quote from the creator: 

“Being a former NASA engineer I believe that understanding news should not be harder than rocket science.” 

https://ground.news/  

https://ground.news/my-news-bias-platinum  

https://ground.news/blindspotter/twitter  

Charlie: Free 

Charlie is an AI that talks you through the news in a calm, measured way. 

Charlie helps you to save time and stay informed with a healthy balance of news from home and around the world. 

https://charlie.news/about

SocialBubble: FREE 

SocialBubble shows how Twitter feeds can alter your perception of reality depending on where you are on the political spectrum. It encourages you to step outside of your own echo chamber and understand how people are influenced by their use of social media. 

Socialbubble tries to break the danger of confirmation bias by showing you what a typical Twitter feed looks like from all sides of the political spectrum. It encourages you to step outside of your own echo chamber and – even if you do not agree with the things you are reading – try to understand how other people might be influenced by their use of social media 

https://socialbubble.so/

E25: Paula’s Exit Interview

E25: Paula’s Exit Interview

April 1, 2022

Tune in, hit play and get inspired as we hear from Dr. Paula Burns, President & CEO of Lethbridge College in this very special podcast episode. Prompted by questions and comments from staff, students and faculty, Paula speaks about her experiences at Lethbridge College over the past nine years. She talks about the importance of creating capacity for change, the beauty of perspective (especially in viewing challenges as opportunities), and the characteristics of good leadership. 

During the podcast, Paula mentions:

E24: An Exploration of Immersive Technology Inspiring Lifelong Movement

E24: An Exploration of Immersive Technology Inspiring Lifelong Movement

March 18, 2022

Tune in, hit play and get inspired as Simon Schaerz (instructor in the Centre for Business, Arts and Science) and Amanda Mohamed (a student researcher in the Exercise Science program) talk about their passion for movement! Through research and work-integrated learning, Simon and Amanda are exploring how immersive technology can inspire lasting and accessible fitness – especially in youth.

During the podcast, Simon and Amanda mention: 

  • Simon has submitted a CARIF proposal for a research project In partnership with Lethbridge College's Be Fit for Life 
  • Oculus  
  • NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) 
E23: The Role of Education in Reconciliation and Revitalization

E23: The Role of Education in Reconciliation and Revitalization

March 4, 2022

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Kirby England (Environmental Sciences instructor) and Lowell Yellowhorn (Indigenous Services interim manager) share their efforts in braiding Indigenous knowledge and western science into Lethbridge College’s Environmental Science curriculum. Kirby and Lowell talk about the rich history of traditional ecological knowledge, the power of language in preserving local culture, and how relationship-building is key to traditional ways of learning and knowing.

During the recording, Kirby and Lowell mention:

E22: Enhancing the Nursing Student Experience Through Foundational Social Practices

E22: Enhancing the Nursing Student Experience Through Foundational Social Practices

February 18, 2022

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Benjamin Northcott — faculty member and practice coordinator for the NESA Bachelor of Nursing Programs at Lethbridge College — talks about new curriculum developments. Drawing from a variety of social theories and practices, he touches on the challenge of distilling and designing information into deliverable, accessible and measurable methods. Benjamin's passion for improving the student experience shines through, and it's his mission to help learners master foundational skills and practices to influence long and happy careers in the nursing field.

During the podcast, Benjamin mentions:

  • Praxis
  • SPHERE – Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education 
  • CASN – The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing 
    • They also provide professional development courses, one of which Benjamin is currently taking, called Canadian Certified Nurse Educator
  • Lethbridge College's Instructor Certification Program (ICP)

Benjamin also encourages anyone interested in nursing to enroll in the Bachelor of Nursing Program

E21: Critical Race Theory — Challenging Narratives and Validating Stories of Marginalized People and People of Colour

E21: Critical Race Theory — Challenging Narratives and Validating Stories of Marginalized People and People of Colour

February 4, 2022

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Ibrahim Turay, instructor in the School of Justice Studies at Lethbridge College explains how Critical Race Theory (CRT) methodology objectively values and validates the stories of marginalized people and people of colour. Ibrahim gets frank about how it's vital to practice a CRT approach to help not only expand current learning pathways but to help us rewrite harmful narratives that can trap our thinking. 

During the podcast, Ibrahim mentions: 

E20: Tech Tips with Tyler & Artificial Intelligence

E20: Tech Tips with Tyler & Artificial Intelligence

January 25, 2022

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Tyler Wall and Jude Bialik banter about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and its explosion into our lives through the consumer market.

During the podcast, Tyler shows Jude A.I. tools that are currently in the marketplace. Here is a list of those tools:

Writesonic: AI powered content writing tool that automatically generates unique, high-quality, SEO-friendly articles and blogs from scratch within seconds. 

https://writesonic.com/ai-article-writer-generator 

Use the world's most advanced AI copywriter to generate your marketing copy in seconds! Create high-performing Blogs, Product Descriptions, Ads, and landing pages. 

https://writesonic.com/ 

Personal AI: Personal AI is an AI that’s trained on the memories that move you. Our mission is to empower every individual to own their intelligence and be their own thought 

https://www.personal.ai/ 

Delve AI: AI-Based Information Condenser and Knowledge Graph Builder

https://www.delv.ai/ 

Krisp AI: Use Krisp to remove distracting background noise and echo during online meetings and podcasts and maintain your mic's HD audio quality. 

https://krisp.ai/ 

Browse AI: Monitor any webpage for changes. Download any data on the web as a spreadsheet. Turn any website into an API. 

https://www.browse.ai/ 

Botify: Create and chat with a bot, a game but you can create a person you have conversations with. 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/botify-ai-create-chat-bot/id1566710178?ref=producthunt 

HUENIT:  has AI vision, 3D printer, laser engraving and drawing modules. All your ideas become reality with HUENIT!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/huenit/huenit-ai-camera-and-modular-robot-arm

How Higher Ed is handling A.I. ethics: https://edscoop.com/list/how-higher-ed-is-handling-ai-ethics/ 

Tyler also mentions an A.I. that animates old photos: https://www.myheritage.com/deep-nostalgia/

E19: How the Trades Fosters Critical Thinking and Lifelong Learning in the Community

E19: How the Trades Fosters Critical Thinking and Lifelong Learning in the Community

December 17, 2021

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Sheldon Anderson (Dean for the Centre for Trades) and Joshua Hill (an instructor for electrical apprenticeship) discuss the connection between the trades and lifelong learning. This warm and honest conversation reveals how practical, hands-on learning and skills-building develop critical thinking, which leads to connection, innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship and opportunities galore!

 

During the podcast, Donna mentions a news article about a recent collaboration between LC Extension and Blood Tribe Employment and Skills Training (BTEST) focused on equipping youth with real-world skills.

 

During the recording, Joshua mentions the following:

  • A “garbage-can-looking item” that’s actually a residential wind turbine! A Utah-based company called Halcium is currently prototyping this revolutionary product

  • The wind turbine company, Vestas

  • He’s learning about health, fitness – and what his personal Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is

 

During the podcast, Sheldon touches on the following:

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