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Demystifying Edtech Research With Dr. Molly Zielezinski

In each episode of the Inside Our MIND podcast, we take a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.

In our latest episode, Brian welcomes Dr. Molly B. Zielezinski to the show for a discussion on demystifying edtech research. Molly is the founder and CEO of MBZ Labs, where she and her team work to bridge the gaps between edtech, academia, and educational practice.

Molly was the co-author of the excellent thought leadership piece “Debunking the Gold Standard Myths in Edtech Efficacy,” and MBZ Labs just published a great resource with NewSchools Venture Fund, “Optimizing Edtech for an Expanded Definition for Student Success.

Molly shares her origin story, and provides insights into the process of making research more usable for both edtech companies, as well as educators and administrators. 

You can listen to the episode in the player below:

Topics Covered in the Podcast:

0:45 Intro
3:00 Molly’s Teaching and learning journey
6:00 The disconnect between research and practitioners
7:00 Moving beyond the classroom and founding MBZ Labs
11:00 MBZ Labs mission to get better tools in the hands of students
13:00 Efficacy portfolios
16:00 Use of technology by underserved students
21:00 Translating research content for different audiences
25:00 Building a solid research foundation

27:30 Edtech and the Expanded Definition of Student Success (EDSS)
30:00 The process of translating and demystifying research

You can learn more about MBZ Labs on their website, and follow both Molly and MBZ Labs on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Additional Resources:

Optimizing Edtech for an Expanded Definition of Student Success
Promising Practices: A Literature Review of Technology Use by Underserved Students
What a Decade of Education Research Says About Technology for Underserved Students
Brian LeTendre

About the Author

Brian LeTendre was the Director of Impact Advancement at MIND Research Institute. In addition to building thought leadership and brand awareness for MIND, Brian worked cross-functionally internally and externally to amplify MIND's social impact and accelerate our mission. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.


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