Last month, we launched Upgraded by Hobsons, a free monthly podcast, accessible through iTunes, featuring stories and interviews with students, educators, and thought leaders exploring innovative topics in K-12 and higher education.

Upgraded continues to be featured in “New & Noteworthy” under the Education, K-12 and Higher Education podcast categories on iTunes, and ranks in the top 25 of all iTunes education podcasts. Thank you to all of our listeners and subscribers!

Today, we introduce our second 30-minute episode featuring another set of realists and dreamers alike who are working to help students prepare for their futures and access educational opportunities in order to reach their full potential.

Here’s what you’ll find in our second episode:

  • How Mindfulness Transformed School: Educators note that kids are more stressed out now than ever before. We take a look at a school in California that says students are arguing less and accomplishing more since teachers introduced meditation and mindfulness practices at school.
  • The Meaning of Critical Thinking: Teaching students to be critical thinkers is a growing focus in schools from elementary through college, especially as students struggle to evaluate and process information from every direction. Which source is the best source? How can we trust what we’re reading or seeing? In this story, we hear from cognitive neuroscientist Daniel Levitin on the meaning, and meaningfulness, of critical thinking.    
  • What Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse Can Teach You: In a new segment, “Weird 101,” we hear the story behind inventive college courses like “Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse.”
  • Questions on College Admissions Forms: College admission forms are chock-a-block full of questions, but what happens if any of those questions get too personal? How much should your university know about you? This a story that explores that very question, and we hear compelling arguments from both sides of the debate.

To listen to Episode 2, subscribe to Upgraded today.

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