James Willis – Ethics in Education

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with James Willis. Willis is a PhD and (learning) technology ethicist, with an interest in open badges, learning analytics, comp religion & philosophy.

  • How would you define ethics?
  • In what possible ways do we see ethics (or elements of ethics) rearing their head in education?
  • What are some of the challenges that you see in the use/inclusion of ethics in technology, educational technologies specifically?
  • What considerations should “we” (educators/researchers/developers) have as we develop and utilize technologies with learners?


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Stephanie Bryan – Blockchain & the Future of Education

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

1. How do you define/frame the blockchain?
2. How do you see these technologies potentially interacting/modifying education?
3. Do you see blockchain related technologies possibly modifying everyday classroom interactions including teaching, learning, and assessment?
4. From an educational context, how do you see these distributed databases and the blockchain changing/modifying accreditation and learning credentials?

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Lawrence Lundy – Blockchain and Education

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Lawrence Lundy about the blockchain and the future of education. Lawrence is the Head of Research and Partnerships at Outlier Ventures.

  • How do you define the blockchain and these related technologies? How do you see it relating to AI, IoT, and other technologies?
  • You indicated in your Medium post that you believe blockchain technologies present “the most significant democratizing force in history.” What do you see about the current and future trends in blockchain and related technologies has you this excited?
  • What challenges and opportunities do you see in blockchains as they relate to the field of education?
  • What elements of the work that we’re doing in badgechain excites you?

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Patrick Mockridge – Future of Credentials

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Patrick Mockridge about the blockchain, credentials, and the future of education. Patrick is the founder and CEO of Engzig.

  • How do you define and envision the blockchain?
  • Why is this important? What opportunities/affordances do you see for these technologies?
  • In an earlier call you discussed the power of these technologies in the educational and training spaces…especially in terms of future debt. Can you speak more about that?
  • How do you see these technologies revolutionizing the interaction between employers, hiring, and credentials?


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Jennifer Rowsell – Digital Literacy & Education

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Jennifer Rowsell. Rowsell is a professor & the Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies at Brock University.

  • If we were to develop a classroom in which students could be empowered to read and write online text…what would it look like?
  • In the column I use the word remix, or mashup…what are the ramifications of having students not only read, but teaching youth and young adults they can respond, re-write, or reconstruct information they read online?
  • How do we change policy and pedagogy to speak more to adolescents, teenagers, and adults?
  • People say the only constant is change in technology and literacy. Is there any way teachers can prepare their learning space for these changes based on the principles of multiliteracies, multimodality, and design?


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Donna Alvermann – Digital Literacy & Education

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Donna Alvermann. Donna is the Omer Clyde & Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia.

  1. You’ve been interested in critical media literacies for a long time. Could you share what the term CML means to you?
  2. What have you observed lately that excites you in the realm of critical media literacies?
  3. Critical media literacy is alive and well in 2014, but what’s missing?
  4. How would you suggest teachers and teacher educators address these omissions?

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Margaret Hagood & Emily Skinner – Digital Literacy & Education

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a short interview with Margaret Hagood and Emily Skinner. Margaret and Emily are Associate Professors in the Department of Teacher Education at the College of Charleston.

  • If we were to develop a classroom in which students could be empowered to read and write online text…what would it look like?
  • How do we support pre-service and veteran teachers so they can prepare their learning space for these changes in literacy and technology.
  • In the column I discuss this intersection that I see between critical literacy and the use of the Internet. From your perspective, what are the ramifications of having students remix, re-write, or reconstruct information they read online?
  • What should teachers and students know about identity construction and production on the internet?

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Donald Leu – Digital literacy & education

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Don Leu. Don is the John and Maria Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology at the University of Connecticut. Don is also the director of the New Literacies Research Lab.

  • What are the advantages of providing opportunities for students to read and write online texts in the classroom?
  • From your experience and research how effectively are schools providing children with opportunities to authentically and effectively use the Internet in the classroom?
  • Many people speak of a digital divide. Do you see differences in achievement for students using the Internet in schools based on social, cultural, or economic groups?
  • Your piece on “Literacy as deixis on the Internet” motivated my career as an academic. As things change in literacy and technology, how do we prepare and support teachers?


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Welcome to Four Questions For

In this episode I explain the format and genesis of the Four Questions For (4Q4) podcast.