In October 2022, led by Branksome’s Head, Innovation and Strategic Projects Michael Ianni-Palarchio, The Garage launched a new podcast series on innovation, The GarageCast. This weekly podcast touches on innovation themes, includes guests from the Branksome Hall community and sparks conversations around the future of education. The idea was to reach Branksome’s internal adult community in a less formal way, to encourage “conversations instead of presentations for professional development,” according to Ianni-Palarchio. But in the months since its launch, The GarageCast has garnered interest worldwide, now reaching over 15,000 weekly listeners in more than 14 countries!
In the 21 episodes that have aired so far, Ianni-Palarchio dives into such wide-ranging topics as artificial intelligence, student agency, Branksome’s business-accelerator program Noodle, algorithms, GPT Chatbot, school robotics programs and Deep Work. He has also interviewed the Chandaria Research Centre’s Associate Director Natasha Koustova and hosted a Grade 9 student takeover featuring reflections on learning during a wind turbine interdisciplinary unit. He calls the student takeover episode one of his favourites so far, sharing how excited the students were to participate in and contribute to a real podcast. “It was an authentic educational assignment,” he shared, “and it pushed the boundaries of what the school is doing in terms of new channels, as well as getting students and teachers directly involved.”
When asked what types of topics listeners can expect in future episodes, Ianni-Palarchio mentions a deeper dive on leadership with Branksome’s Head, Centre for Strategic Leadership, Karrie Weinstock, more exploration around AI and its impact on education, episodes on student agency, and a look at Re:Solved
, the online public speaking competition partnership between Munk Debates and Branksome. Next year he also hopes to expand with more guests external to Branksome Hall, which will continue to raise the profile of the school as a thought leader in innovation, while generating ongoing engagement and dialogue within our immediate community.
He hopes that The GarageCast
, as it continues to grow, can build capacity as part of Branksome’s commitment to innovation
as a strategic priority, encouraging our community to be curious, take risks and build an innovator’s mindset. Although students were not a primary audience for The GarageCast
originally, he is aware they are now tuning in, and believes that the best way to encourage such a mindset is for adults to model it themselves. “Branksome Hall’s adults are talking and thinking about these topics, and care deeply about their impacts on education and our school.”
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