K20 Innovates Collaboration: An NPR of Education

by Seth Fleischauer

At Banyan Global Learning, we work to create positive change through our live virtual field trips. There is no better way to do this than through meaningful collaboration.

 

It was with these two ideas in mind that BGL’s founder, Seth Fleischauer, first began collaborating with K20 Innovate’s visionary founder, Vriti Saraf.

 

Vriti runs the largest educational Clubhouse in the world with over 50k members. That’s why when Twitter launched it’s own audio-only space – Twitter Spaces – they reached out to Vriti to run their first-ever conference.

Headliners to that conference included such educational heavyweights as Sal Khan of Khan Academy and Elizabeth Corcoran, founder of Edsurge.

Squeaking in there was our very own Seth Fleischauer, who collaborated with Komal Shah and Lauren Pinto on the topic of Bringing Consciousness to Education.

Now, Seth joins Vriti again as she launches K20 Innovates. Billed as an “NPR for education,” it’s an ecosystem of live shows by trusted educators on various topics in education, hosted by Twitter Spaces.

                                                        

Seth, Komal and Lauren’s show will commence every fourth Thursday of the month at 5pm Pacific (add it to your Calendar here). They will discuss the practice of bringing consciousness to our own learning practices as a way to inform our educational lives and the lives of young learners.

The best part about this audio-only presentation format is the ability of audience members to contribute to the conversation. It’s a truly interactive experience built for the modern age even as the topic – consciousness – is as old as life itself.

 

Also be sure to check out all the other great programs throughout the month including re-learning wonder, teaching through the Metaverse, STEM innovation and blockchain in education.

Have you ever been to BRAZIL?

Next Stop, Brazil!

You’re invited to a one-of-a-kind live virtual field trip experience in Itacaré, Brazil.

  

 

Join Banyan’s Brazil-based host, Teacher Jill!
9/21/21
12:00pm PT

Explore culture through local sculptures, street murals, and indigenous art.

Walk through examples of unique, colorful Brazilian architecture.

Sample fruit from carts at the beach that overlooks countless fishing boats on the horizon.

Summary: Itacaré is a small surf and fishing town in Bahia, Brazil. Teacher Jill takes us on a tour of the main street in the town as we see evidence of a cultural history that includes Brazilian, Hawaiian, African, Rasta, Portuguese, Israeli and Japanese cultures. How do you define a cultural identity that is so very diverse? How is this idea connected to your own culture?

Let’s explore together, meet new people,

and see just how different other places are from our own hometowns.

Fall Fun for Everyone!

Greetings, Banyan Family!

As we begin a new school year, we think to the future. What dreams do these new learners have? How much will they grow this year? When is lunch?

And we wonder how we can make learning fun – to really engage our learners. How can we make what we’re learning come to life?

 

Connect to exciting places, new people and fresh ideas.

 

Build a culture of sustainability.

There are so many benefits to live virtual field trips.

Here are just a few:

Immersive Cultural Experiences
How do you define culture?

“I could almost smell the arepas cooking. It felt like we were right there!”

Michael, Grade 2 Student

Expand the Scope of Learning
Where does nature meet industry?

“We are studying the UN Sustainable Development Goals and this was a great trip to supplement that.”

Wendy, Grade 8 Teacher

Create Global Equity
What have you never seen before?

“When we study Asian history, I’ve always wished we could travel to some of the countries. Now we can!”

Blake, Homeschool parent

For more exciting online adventures, CLICK HERE!

Back to School with Banyan: Tips to Transition to the New School Year

 

It’s that magical time of year again… 

Back to school!

Banyan is excited to jump start this new school year with fun, so we want to share some tips collected from teachers and parents in the Banyan family. They are sure to start your school year off the best it can be!

Adjusting to the new school year might be a little exciting and a little stressful for everyone involved. Add some new tools to your kit to cope.

Back to School Toolkit

  • Create an after-school playlist
  • Wear a soothing scent
  • Try the fun self-care game below:

Banyan wishes everyone out there a safe and magnificent school year!
We hope you find these tips helpful. 

Check out more tips for teaching and learning online on our blog.

For more exciting online adventures, CLICK HERE!

FaceTime Is Not Screen Time

By Seth Fleischauer

Convince me I’m wrong:

FaceTime is not screen time.

When we talk about the need to limit screen time for kids (and for ourselves!), we should not count toward the tally our minutes spent building connections with the colleagues, friends and loved ones who are not in our physical presence.

The moments of authenticity we share using this ubiquitous technology are much more IRL than URL. It can be seen as the perfect marriage of technology and humanity, borrowing the best characteristics of each.

Think, for example, how much more tolerable it has made the past year.

Zoom fatigue is real, but fatigue relents.

This technology is here to stay, and our lives are better for it.