Episode 38 - Heather Welch from Edx Education today we will be in conversation with Amanda Archer, Mum, Teacher, Researcher, Education Expert

Amanda has worked in education for 25+years as a teacher, consultant and currently researching digital language and communication.

Today we are chatting with Amanda about her current research, love of learning and communication and digital language.


Here are the highlights:

{2:45} Every child counts
{5:34} Education always changes, but some consistency is good
{9:20} Teaching social media responsibility
{14:51} We need to move away from band aid fixes 
{15:43} A more LGBTQ+ inclusion curriculum
{20:06} Girls are more negatively affected from social media than boys
{24:04} Changes to school policies around online use


#edxeducation #learningthroughplay #teacher #educationexperts #parents #communication

Episode 38: Heather Welch from Edx Education today we will be in conversation with Cyril Dowling, Author, Play expert, Sales Director Polydron,

Cyril is an accomplished author and travelled the world talking about play and learning with polydron.

Today we are chatting with about his book, Polydron which is one of our favourite educational toys , hands on &  play based learning.

Here are the highlights:

{1:23} I was encouraged to follow my dreams
{6:30} Getting into a rich vein of creative thinking
{9:53} Playing with Polydron inspired me to become an engineer
{15:37} Amazing open-ended play
{19:11} The best product ideas come from its users
{24:29} Once you unlock the secret of Polydron, you can do anything


#learningthroughplay #polydron #edxeducation #handsonlearning 


Episode 37 - Heather Welch, Edx Education we will be In Conversation with Dr Maryhan Baker Psychologist and Parenting Expert 

Dr Maryhan focuses on helping parents raise confident, resilient, happy children developing  abespoke toolkit of practical tools and strategies. She has developed many online workshops for parents, caregivers to tackle challenges like helping children manage those big emotions, supporting children who worry a lot (anxious), managing the use of technology, and boosting your children’s confidence.

Today we are chatting with Dr Maryhan about her research, an assessment tool (cognitive development questionnaire which is being used internationally, play therapy, learning through play and so much more what have you been up to?

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Here are the highlights:

{4:34} Taking the research out of the lab
{7:10} Separating chronological from developmental age
{12:04} Home schooling puts a strain on adults too
{15:40} Applying the toolkit to help children understand their emotions
{20:04} The value of learning through play
{22:19} Never undervalue the importance of engaging in play with our children
{26:54} We need to meet our children at their needs


#parentingexpert #edxeducation #play #cognitiveassessment #drmaryhanbaker


Episode 36 - Heather Welch, Edx Education we will be in conversation with Drew Vernon, Marketing Director at Tonies

Drew is making learning fun and exciting through storytelling empowering children to use their imagination.

Today we are chatting with Drew about early years education, importance of storytelling, hands-on learning in the early years and so much more.

Welcome Drew it is wonderful you could join us today and talk about a subject I love which is about Play and learning or as we like to say ‘Learning through play’


Here are the highlights:

{1:24} Seeing the impact of play at LEGO
{3:40} We can give our kids tool to learn how to learn better
{4:31} The Tonies
{8:27} Being creative within set boundaries
{11:05} Starting with the vision
{14:47} Helping kids become better thinkers and better problem solvers
{18:45} Taking more active roles as parents
{21:13} Processing one piece at a time
{23:55} We get in our kids' way more than we want to admit


#edxeducation #learningthroughplay #creativekids #tonies 

Episode 35 Heather Welch from Edx Education and today we will be in conversation with Dr. Aditya Nagrath,

Dr Aditya Nagrath is the CEO and Co-Founder at Elephant Learning Math Academy. Elephant Learning was founded by two university mathematicians and based on hundreds of years of research. Which we look forward to hearing about…

Today we are chatting to Dr Aditya Nagrath about education technology, trends and what’s happening in education around the world.


Here are the highlights:

{1:47} A love of mathematics
{4:45} How Elephant Learning began
{7:40} Bridging the understanding gap
{10:02} Maths is a language
{15:42} Empowering people with maths
{19:48} Finding a method that works
{22:38} It's about understanding
{25:39} Learning through gamification


#math #elephantlearning #edxeducation #maths

Episode 34- Heather Welch Edx Education  will be in conversation with Anna Yudina, Senior Director of Marketing at the Toy Association. 

Anna is one of the driving forces behind the Genius of Play initiative an award winning program that promotes children, families well just about everyone to play. The Genius of Play movement to raise awareness of play as a crucial part of child development and encourage families to make time for play in their daily lives. The Genius of PlayTM has generated over 18 million engagements and over 2 billion impressions among its target audience.

Today we are chatting to Anna about, play based learning, value of play, the Genius of Play initiative and trends in the USA on play.


Here are the highlights: 

{1:37} About The Genius of Play 

{4:50} Bringing play back to families 

{8:15} Rediscovering the fun of unstructured play 

{11:52} Changing play habits during lockdown 

{15:12} What to look for in a good quality toy 

{20:02} The trends in 2021-2022 

{22:09} Play for adults 


#edxeducation #geniusofplay #learningthroughplay 

Episode 33: Heather Welch from Edx Education and today we will be in conversation with Cori Josias


Cori, Mum, Teacher of the deaf &  entrenpreneur she arrived in the UK 40 years ago, and stepped into the magical world of pop singing then, reinventing herself as a Teacher of the Deaf in her early 40s.

Her most recent career finds her running a thriving health and beauty business alongside her coaching business Cori Loves Life

Today we are chatting to Cori about Teacher of the deaf – Signs, importance of seeking help, impact in language development in the early years being an Entrepreneur

The highlights from this episode are: 

{2:37} From waitress to national TV 

{7:27} What triggered the career change from music to teaching the deaf? 

{12:24} Distinctions in sign language 

{15:37} Sign language vs 'iconic signs' 

{17:13} How to identify signs of hearing loss 

{21:49} Cori Loves Life 

{22:50} What is an energetic breakthrough practitioner? 

Episode 32- Heather Welch from Edx Education and today we will be in conversation with  Eric Gibbs

 Eric Gibbs  President for Ouriginal, safeguarding their academic integrity initiatives. Before joining Ouriginal, Eric high-growth educational technology leadership roles

 Eric is an accomplished business executive with over 20 years of experience in the education technology industry. He has helped provide text originality assessment services to over 7,700 organizations in over 80 countries. Which we will chat about today…

Today we are chatting to Eric about Ouriginal, technology, trends and whats happening in education around the world.

Here are the highlights from this episode:

{1:25} Introduction to Eric
{2:29} How Ouriginal began
{5:38} How the language detection works when a language doesn't fully translate into English
{7:03} How Ouriginal helps schools, colleges, universities as well as Corporations
{9:45} The surge in plagiarism
{11:42} How Ouriginal is different from other academic integrity tools on the market
{19:13} The threshold for an article to be considered to be plagiarised
{25:54} The biggest changes Eric has seen in the world of technology in his 20 year career

#educationforall #education #edxeducation 

Episode 31- Heather Welch from Edx Education and today we will be in conversation with Dr. Fu Qiang

Dr. Fu Qiang Deputy Director, School of Business & Services at ITE (based in Singapore) which has a holistic approach to education  Hands-on, Minds-on, Hearts-on™  Dr. Fu Qiang is  A passionate and seasoned leader in education and business, having completed his Doctor of Business administration at university of Canberra he has an inquisitive mind and strong desire to create value through innovation and effective management.

Today we are chatting to Dr. Fu Qiang about, the importance of education, ITE model, Courses offered, Trends in education for Singapore and so much more.


Here are the highlights from the episode:

{3:26} The ethos of ITE
{5:58} How teaching at ITE has been affected in the last 12 months
{10:15} How ITE have used AI and been innovative with students at home
{17:15} The 6 different schools at ITE
{23:11} Lifelong learning 
{25:50} How the jobs we see now won't be available when our children enter the workforce
{34:43} How ITE are supporting those who are  retraining
{36:40} Success stories from ITE
{44:26} How organizations are continuing to combine physical and digital events together to bring us closer together.


#ite #handsonlearning #singapore #educationtrends #edxedeucation

Episode 30 - Heather Welch, Edx Education in conversation with Dr Amanda Gummer 

Dr Amanda Gummer, Author, Research psychologist specialising in child development, Entrepreneur, Founder of 3 organisations:

Helping the world be more playful!

Today we are chatting to Dr Amanda Gummer Good Play Guide, Importance of play and toys for early years development , Safety and Trends in Toys for 2021-22.


Here are the highlights for the episode:


{2:42} Amanda's inspiration for the good play guide

{5:33} Parental pressure when it comes to play

{9:50} Where to find the Play Pyramid Framework

{12:39} The impact of the pandemic on children

{15:23} How to find good quality toys

{22:22} Gender-neutral toys

{24:49} Toy trends for 2021/2022

{27:07} Amanda's favourite game


#goodplayguide #educationtoys #homelearning #toys #expertadvice

Espisode - 29 - Heather Welch from Edx Education in conversation with Cecile . 

Cécile Blaireau, The Frenchie Mummy is a mum to the cheeky Baba, Ex-teacher, she has been blogging about her life as a French ex-pat in the UK. She is on a mission to empower and inspire mums to be amazing. She loves presenting you with family-friendly places in Kent and London and French fashion through her award winning blog!

Today we are chatting to Cecile,  about home learning, importance of skills learnt in the last 12 months for children, being bi lingual & where to next with “The Frenchie Mummy”…

Here are the highlights from the episode:

{2:00} How Cecile started her blog
{4:05} Tips for Mums who want to start their own blog
{8:30} Maternity leave in lockdown
{12:25} Ceciles approach to home learning during the last year as an ex-Teacher
{16:21} Cecile's career before The Frenchie Mummy
{24:50} Cecile's most memorable moment in lockdown
{27:40} The worry about our children's academic losses, social skills, and imagination

#frenchiemummy #parentblogger #educationtoys #edxeducation 

Heather Welch, Edx Education, and today we will be in conversation with Joy Marchese.  Joy, Author, Teacher, Founder, Joy Consultancy, teaching children social-emotional learning ( SEL )

Today we are chatting to Joy about trends a guide “How Not to Lose Your SH*T With Your Kids.” Talking about self-regulation, managing BIG emotions, taking a “time-in”, and overall being a more present and mindful parent.

Very relevant to the current trends and what's happening with children going back to school forming new social friendships and feeling unsure about what's next and your inspiration for starting the company…


Here are the highlights from the episode:

{1:23} Introduction to Joy Marchese
{2:43} How Jot started teaching teenage felony criminals
{5:48} A misbehaving child is a discouraged child
{8:06} Joy's thoughts about children going back to school now and the challenges that teachers will face
{10:21} the four R's of Recovery - Recognise, Reconnect, Reconcile, Resolve.
{19:32} Experiential exercise to understand what your child may be feeling
{24:22} Using positive language
{25:32} The author Daniel Siegel - 'name it to tame it'
{27:42} Emotions flashcards
{29:18} How attitudes to social and emotional development have changed in the last few years

#mindfulness #edxeducation #learningthroughplay #positivediscipline

Episode - 27-  Heather Welch, Edx Education, today we will be in conversation with Clare Willetts.

Clare, Mum, Founder of Not Only Pink and Blue is passionate about making the world more neutral for colours, boys and girls.

Today we are chatting to Clare about trends in children’s toys, books and clothing, how it benefits a child’s development and your inspiration for starting the company…

Here are the highlights from this episode:

{1:09} Clare's passion for creating a more colourful and gender-neutral  world
{3:43} What makes Clare wake up and smile each day
{6:00} What makes a toy gender-biased
{12:22} How society's views on girls and boys toys, books, and clothes have changed over the last few years
{20:11} How boys and girls are split in most schools for sport
{24:06} Claire's most memorable parenting moment of  the last year

#genderneutral #boystoys #girlstoys #genderbias

Episode - 26- Heather Welch, Edx Education In Conversation with John Adams, Dad Blogger, Journalist, Entrepreneur In Conversation with Edx Education.

John is founder Dad Blog UK, Communications specialist and most important a father.  @dadpoduk

Today we are chatting with John on working from home, parenting and family life from balancing home learning to how the last 12 months has affected your family.


Here are the highlights from the episode:

{1:18} Why John is passionate about changing the stereotypes of men and women
{5:17} How stereotypes have changed over the last 10 years
{7:00} If you want to change men's behaviour you have to include them in the conversations
{8:51} What John did before founding Dad Blog Uk
{17:07} How John survived home learning during the last 12 months
{20:50} How the school curriculum may not be setting our children up for the jobs that will be available when they leave education
{24:27} John's parenting tip to share duties from a male perspective

#parenting #dadbloguk #edxeducation #john adams

Episode - 25- Edx Education in Conversation, Susie Lodge Founder Wikiplacesforkids in Conversation with Edx Education

Susie. Mum, Founder, Wikiplacesforkids with plenty of tips, advice for everyone for a great family day out in UK wide.. Or as Susie explains as A TripAdvisor for parents looking for things to do all across the UK where everything has been added and recommended by parents

Today we are chatting to Susie about, founding Wiki places for kids, trends in kids entertainment, how it benefits families, your inspiration for starting the company…


Here are the highlights from this episode:

{2:30} Susie's journey to launching her app
{8:59} How to lockdown has affected kids activities
{13:10} How what parents are looking for has changed  over the last three years
{17:41} Susie's top 3 tips for the Easter and Summer holidays
{22:23} How to upload your own business to the Wiki places for kids app 


#family #edxeducation #letsplay #learningthroughplay #wikiforkids

Episode - 24-  Heather Welch from Edx Education and today we will be in conversation with Elina Skripochnik PT, DPT, CSCS

Elina is a mom Dr specialising in Prenatal & Postpartum Women's Health,  Pediatric Physical Therapy.  Elina is an active mom based in New York where she helps women stay active also specialises in paediatrics getting children active.

Today we are chatting to Elina, about, trends in children being active in the USA, the importance of children being active, your business and how it benefits families and children, also ways to stay active with children whilst home learning.


Here are the highlights from this episode:

{3:18} What inspired Dr. Elina to become a peadiatric physical therapist.
{7:05} The importance of children being active in their early years
{8:58} The importance of Tummy Time
{13:54} Dr. Elina's private practice and the benefits for parents and children
{19:13} Tips to keep your children active 


#activekids #paediatrics #edxeducation #play #womenshealth

Episode - 23-  Heather Welch, Edx Education, today we will be in conversation with Kelsey Komorowski

Kelsey  founder Komo Consulting . Which transforms struggling students into thriving learners. With Strategies to drive academic achievement, well being and a general love of learning for a child.  

Today we are chatting trends in education Founding  Komo,  home learning and so much more.


Here are the highlights from this episode:

{1:06} Introduction to Kelsey
{2:22} Two areas of the education system that Kelsey would like to see improved
{6:42} How Komo education works
{8:58} Working with children who have had an ADHD diagnosis or are on the autism spectrum
{12:01} If kids don't feel confident they're less likely to try new things
{18:36} Kelsey's inspiration to start Komo education
{20:57} Getting the framework for academic management approved
{24:33} The importance of a daily routine for children
{27:19} How COVID has impacted education and children's engagement levels
{29:00} How it's hard to be motivated to do something that you don't know how to do.


#komoconsulting #educationmatters #edxeducation #learningthroughplay 

Episode - 22-  Heather Welch, Edx Education is in conversation with Louise Goss Mum, Journalist, Photographer, Editor & Founder, Homeworker magazine.

Which was Shortlisted for Launch of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors with plenty of tips, advice for everyone.  With the majority of the UK working from home this is a hot topic. Louise will also share a project she worked on in Sydney developing a memoir....

Today we are chatting to Louise about, founding Homeworker magazine, goals and trends for working from home.


Here are the highlights from this episode:

{6:07} How this last year is not an accurate reflection of what WFH is really like

{9:38} How the advice parents are looking for has evolved in the last 12 months

{13:17} Prioritising the main things you need to achieve each day  and the importance of communication

{15:45} The mental health of our children during lockdown

{22:36} What if you don't enjoy WFH?

{29:09} How Louise helped a former refugee write his story from growing up in the former Yugoslavia to arriving in Sydney.

#homeworker #freelancer #homelearning #edxeducation #workingfromhome 

Episode - 21 - Edx Education in Conversation with Larissa Maloney, Mom, Founder of Active Kids 2.0

Larissa is a  super mom, PE Teacher, Former Professional Beach Volleyball Athlete, Personal Fitness Trainer, Coach & Founder of Active Kids 2.0. She has been mentoring and coaching kids for over 15 years has a passion for helping youth become more active, happier and healthier.

Today we are chatting to Larissa about, founding Active Kids2.0, goals and trends in children being active..

To learn more about Active Kids and for discount use the code 'edx10' for a 10% discount on all memberships with Active Kids 2.0 

#activekids2.0 #teacherschangelives #makingtheworldactove #learningthroughplay 


Episode - 20 - Heather Welch, Edx Education, today we will be in conversation Jacinth Liew, Mum, Teacher, Parenting Coach, Founder Our Little Play Nest 

Jacinth is a mum, Teacher, Parenting coach, Founder our little play nest. Currently teaches a positive parent learning series and workshops for parents she has a wonderful line


Today we are chatting with Jacinth , about  her journey of being a parenting coach being creative, teaching, so much more.

#positiveparenting #learningthrougplay #parents #teachers #singapore

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