Reinventing School and Learning from Kids on Earth with Howard Blumenthal

Reinventing School and Learning from Kids on Earth with Howard Blumenthal

IMPACT LEARNING · 2020-07-30

Production team:

Host : Maria Xenidou

Producer: Julie-Roxane Krikorian

Introduction Voice: David Bourne

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Music credits:

Like Lee performed by The Mini Vandals

Transition sounds: Swamp Walks performed by Jingle Punks

Where to find more about Howard Blumenthal and his projects:


Reinventing School

Kids on Earth

Mentioned in this episode:

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Dorothy Tecklenburg

Faces Looking Up by Mina Lewiton

Greta Thunberg

Steve Hargadon

Positive Psychology

Listen to this episode and explore:

Howard’s early-childhood interest in media and production through a self-directed learning path (4:51)

The creation of ‘Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?’ show for PBS (11:15)

What impact Howard wanted to create with his television game show for kids (15:34)

The Kids on Earth project: the origin of the idea and how Howard brought it to life (18:42)

Which topics 21-century kids are interested in learning and talking about (26:36)

How students, parents and teachers can use the Kids on Earth video library to learn from home (29:36)

Reinventing School: creating social change in learning and education (34:16)

How kids want to reinvent schools (37:12)

The evolving role of the teacher as a mentor and guide (40:52)

What Howard sees in the future of education (44:50)

What Howard wants to leave his mark on during his lifetime (48:44)


Can learning transform your life? Welcome to Impact Learning with Maria Xenidou. On this shared journey, Maria reveals the future of learning and work through the stories of people who are disrupting how we learn, work, and live today and in the future. Together with her guests, she teaches you how to design your learning journey and create the life you want. The podcast puts full ownership of learning in the hands of students and professionals determined to build a better future for themselves and society. We can talk about learning, we can design it, or we can do both. This is Impact Learning!

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