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EdTech Podcast: creating independent learners in Japan

This week's EdTech Podcast is with Global Teacher Prize nominee Kazuya Takahashi - on creating independent learners in Japan

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | November 15, 2016 | People

This week, EdTech Podcast's Sophie Bailey interviews Kazuya Takahashi.

Takahashi was recently nominated for the prestigious Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, often referred as the Nobel Prize in education, for his work in the classroom and contributions to society. 

This episode - the first featuring speakers from Bett 2017 - covers Takahashi's work with his students at Kogakuin University Senior High-school, Japan and insights into his work and teaching methods. 

Subjects covered:

•   Takahashi’s journey from PHD studies to teacher and his aspiration to ‘pay it forward’
•   Thoughts on creating more independent learners in a system devoted to ‘cramming’
•   Which theorists in cognitive science and learning design does Takahashi follow
•   The difference in conditions and opportunities for teachers in independent and state schools in Japan
•   Working with Lego to promote project based learning and launching his own edtech incubator
•   Challenging a system of education built on teacher sacrifice to create something more sustainable
•   An inspirational message to all educators at the end of his interview 

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