Education Talk Radio Podcast: Twig Science Next Gen

Twig Education senior curriculum specialist Lisa Larsgaard recently spoke to Larry Jacobs for another episode of the Education Talk Radio podcast. In this episode, Lisa talks about our Twig Science Next Gen program for middle school and the different ways it incorporates the NGSS/3-D science standards, plus how inclusivity and representation are represented in the program.

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Twig Science Next Gen for Grades 6–8 is a phenomena-based, multimedia adventure that taps into every student’s natural instincts to try to make sense of the world. Through a range of STEAM career roles, students understand problems in context, develop understanding of scientific concepts, and apply learning to design solutions.

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Podcast Episode 5: Twig Education on… The Gift of Reading


Featuring Wiley Blevins, Reading Specialist

In episode 5 of Twig Education On…, we talk to acclaimed author and reading specialist Wiley Blevins about why literacy is so important, what it feels like to be a language learner, and which of his 90 books is his favorite.

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Meet the Twig Team: Introducing Jack Coghill

Tell us a bit about your role and how you became a part of the team at Twig.

I’m the Sound Manager/Senior Dubbing Mixer. I spend most of my workdays editing, designing, and mixing the soundtracks to our films. Every bleep, whoosh, explosion, squelch, rumble, ding, snort, etc needs to be considered and added to the soundtrack, which is then balanced alongside the voice-over and music to create a cohesive (and hopefully engaging) soundtrack. There are just two of us in the sound department, Emily and myself. We take care of all the audio work here at Twig, which also includes recording voice-overs, editing and mixing podcasts, and providing sound for the interactives. There is a lot to do but it’s something we love and it can be a lot of fun. I joined Twig as a Dubbing Mixer 7 years ago! I previously worked as a freelance Sound Mixer in TV, film & digital media.

In 3 words, how would you best describe Twig Education to our followers?

Educational, engaging, and fun.

What is your favorite thing about your role at Twig?

I feel really privileged to work as a Sound Mixer/Designer, and I’m in great company at Twig.

What helps motivate you on those days when you need a little push?

Deadlines and focusing on specific creative tasks.

If you weren’t working at Twig Education, what would you be doing?

I would be doing the same work somewhere else which would be less fun.

If you could go back in time and give advice to your 16-year-old self, what would it be?

Try and focus a little on something.

Could you share an interesting fact about yourself? Something that we don’t already know about you?

I’ve played guitar in lots of unsuccessful bands.

Meet the Twig Team: Introducing Christopher Borjas

Tell us a bit about your role and how you became a part of the team at Twig.

I am a consultant but I also help with many different things for the company. I help run the Facebook page, conduct training, helped write the distance learning lessons, and am in the model lesson videos. I got introduced to Twig by a sales consultant who asked me to join the team. At that time, I was teaching full-time (10 years) and was looking for something fun and new in education. My first big Twig experience was going to Las Vegas for our first sales meeting where I was in awe because I got to meet the team who wrote the curriculum and meet our CEO, Cathrine.

In 3 words, how would you best describe Twig Education to our followers?

Innovative, engaging, and student-centered.

What is your favorite thing about your role at Twig?

Meeting teachers from all over! I love being able to share my own experience of teaching Twig with others who are new to it. It’s fun to pass on that “spark” for Twig to others.

What helps motivate you on those days when you need a little push?

The students and teachers! If I give a dull presentation then teachers won’t be excited to use Twig, which will affect the students. I always think about how great this program is and how it can influence future scientists and engineers in the world, so I always try my best to make sure teachers see how easy it is to use and implement.

If you weren’t working at Twig Education, what would you be doing?

Teaching. Or my dream job right now would be a Peloton instructor.

If you could go back in time and give advice to your 16-year-old self, what would it be?

Trust yourself and have fun! It is a big world out there!

Could you share an interesting fact about yourself for our followers? Something that we don’t already know about you?

I use to be a portray character at Disneyland and even met one of my students during my student teaching as Buzz Lightyear. I am addicted to my Peloton. I have 2 kids under 4.