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The Real Life Learning Podcast: Ep. 0 – What is NuSkool?

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Welcome to the Real Life Learning Podcast. Join our founder and host Abran Maldonado (@EdTechAbe) and special guests as we discuss the lessons featured on the site and the latest trending topics in education and pop culture.

Ep. 0 What is NuSkool? Where it all started and why a podcast was necessary

How and why was NuSkool created? We explain how we merged our experience in education and entertainment to create a platform for relevant learning.

If you’re interested in being a guest or cohost on the show, please reach out to us at info@nuskool.com.

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The RLL Podcast: Ep. 1 – Jessica Jones, Star Wars and 5 Ways to Make your Classroom Student-Centered

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In this episode, Abe sits down with Tharaha Richards to discuss the latest lessons exploring the true scary science in Jessica Jones and the newest additions to our ‘Teaching Star Wars’ series. Our special guest for this week is EdTech expert Kristine Scharaldi, who is best known for her work as a dynamic workshop presenter with over 20 years of experience providing customized professional development and training for educators. Abe and Kristine break down the 5 ways to make a classroom more student-centered.

Ep. 1 – Show Notes:

Featured lessons discussed on this episode:

Jessica Jones and the Very Real Power of Suggestion

The Physics of the Star Wars BB-8 Droid: How Does it Work?

Star Wars: The Science of Star Killing

Here’s the article written by Marcia Powell that inspired the discussion we had on this podcast.
Click here

Here is also the YouTube channel for the amazing teacher Mr. DeMaio and his collection of educational videos. A great example of blended learning!
Welcome to Mr. DeMaio’s YouTube

You can also find out more about Kristine’s amazing work at www.KristineScharaldi.com

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The RLL Podcast: Ep. 3 – Student Leadership, Black Genius and how Drake Redefined Masculinity



How do we encourage young people to become leaders in the age of cyberbullying and social media bashing? How do Beyonce, Kendrick and Kanye walk the thin line between Black Genius and madness? And how has Drake redefined young men’s idea of masculinity? We tackle all of these difficult questions with our amazing guests – motivational speaker, poet and educator MrJeffDess (@MrJeffDess), Founder of TrillorNotTrill.com and Lakisha Odlum (@MzUrbanEducator), 7th grade English Teacher at Eagle Academy Queens and pre-service instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Ep. 3 – Show Notes:

Check out all of the great work mentioned in this episode:

Trill or Not Trill

Adam Goodes

Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows by Amandla Stenberg

Noisey: Bompton

Black Genius by Fader Magazine


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The RLL Podcast: Ep. 4 – Learning Prince and Deconstructing Genius with Jason King and Terrance Thomas



This was the definitive music episode of the RLL Podcast. We nerd out with music experts Jason King and Terrance Thomas to discuss Prince and what students can learn from his legacy. Prince’s genius is deconstructed and we explore whether Kanye, Bieber or Hamilton’s Lin Manuel fit the mold. Beyonce got us slow sippin’ Lemonade and we look for hints of vulnerability and self-expression or plain old marketing genius. And what has Hamilton taught us about history, theatre culture and masculinity? Jason King is a musician, journalist, radio host and professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. Terrance Thomas provides creative direction and artist development for many recording artists today and lived a former life performing on Broadway and in theatres around the country.

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Ep. 4 – Show Notes:

Check out all of the great work mentioned in this episode:

Prince Was a Genius No Matter How you Define It – Vice Magazine by Jason King

Jason King organizes panel on Prince at NYU featuring Questlove, Spike Lee, Kimbra, Anthony Hamilton and others.

NuSkool x HOT 97 Summer Jam Essay Contest

Examining Beyonce Compared to the most Powerful Women in History

Terrance Thomas – @ITerryTommy

Jason King – @JasonKingSays

Jason King’s band – The Company Freak

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The RLL Podcast: Ep. 6 – Curiosity, Hustle and Fear of Failure with Bilal Zaidi from CreatorLab.fm

Our mission here is to help you find the path to your goals by sharing the journey others have taken. I sit down with Bilal Zaidi, the host of one of the best new podcasts out there today CreatorLab.fm. We learn his amazing life story from hustling as a kid in London, to working at Google and now getting a chance to interview with entrepreneurs at the top of their game from Brian Wong to the Young Turks. I do my best to try and identify the life skills he’s learned along the way and we discover how curiosity, hustle, self-teaching and even the fear of failure can all serve as stepping stones to success.

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Ep. 6 – Show Notes:

Be sure to check out CreatorLab.fm or subscribe to the show on iTunes here.

You can find Bilal on Twitter @BZaidi

Creator Lab is @Creatorlabfm on Twitter, Instagram and FB

Some cool guests mentioned to appear on his show are:
Nico Perez of MixCloud
Scott Harrison of charity:water
Brian Wong – Forbes 30 under 30, youngest person to raise VC money, founder of Kiip and author of the Cheat Code
Esther Tricoche – Forbes 30 under 30, Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund
The Young Turks – Online news icons

Also, gotta give my fam a shoutout, here’s the student leadership organization I mentioned I was a part of along with J. Cole. Haraya, always doing big things and turning students into game-changing leaders.

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The RLL Podcast: Ep. 5 – Sixth Grade Student Breaks Down the Comic Book Phenomenon, Easter Eggs and More…

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It’s been our goal to have more youth involved with the show and this episode got us off to a great start. I brought in 12 year old comic book expert Jojo to talk all things superheroes. How do the movies connect to the canon of their comic book sources and how do you define and identify easter eggs on screen? And what better place to talk comics than the home of Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men on AMC, also known as Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, NJ. This is also our first video podcast as well, the video version will be up on our Youtube channel youtube.com/nuskoolofficial. Check it out, he’s a cutie and you might notice a resemblance. (Hint, Hint)

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Ep. 5 – Show Notes:

Check out all of the great work mentioned in this episode:

Comic Book Men on AMC

Amazing Spider-Man

Ms. Marvel

Black Panther

The best in the business at finding comic book movie easter eggs:
Mr. Sunday Movies YouTube Channel

Watch the video version of this podcast episode here.