Episode 020 Talking Teacher Tool Making with @MrDeltaMath, Zach Korzyk

Show Notes

This week Matthew Moore talks with education tool creator Zach Korzyk This podcast focuses on Zach Korzyk, the creator of an amazing free learning tool called DeltaMath, but the focus is NOT math but the story and philosophy of an educator trying to meet the needs of his students. DeltaMath is a great tool but what I found most engaging is the educational philosophies of the educator that have shaped this tool.  We talk about what it takes to make a top shelf education tool and provided to students and teachers for free.  We talk about how his students have helped shape a tool that is actively being used by 25000 student right now.  Finally, we talk about the impact that one teacher in New York can have from his classroom and his apartment on so many teachers and student.  This is a great tool for flipped classrooms, but is an even more powerful story of making a better tool because it is good for students.  Enjoy the show and we welcome feedback via comments, tweets to hosts and/or the AskTheFLN Twitter account or as a comment via iTunes. If you would like to support The Flipped Learning Network, please visit our page where you can consider how to support your not-for-profit community.

Guest Bio

Zach Korzyk is the creator of DeltaMath, a free online resource used by thousands of teachers and nearly a million students. He is in his 12th year as a public school math teacher at Manhattan Village Academy and also a Math for America Master Teacher. 

The Questions

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Matt’s Take

When I contacted Zach about the possibility of doing a podcast the thing I was excited about was getting a glimpse of a guy that has created this amazing thing that so clearly bears all the hallmarks of a good educator.  I had a few specific questions about DeltaMath I wanted to ask but what I really wanted to hear was the philosophy of the educator behind the curtain. What I found was one of the few times that my hope in education is actually restored rather than subverted.  Zach really does create this amazing thing for the benefit of students, he really does it at his own cost of time and money, and he really does seek and respond to feedback to improve a product that nobody pays for. Much like Quim Sabria at EdPuzzle, I am hopelessly bought-in to a product because I have meet (briefly at least) the great educators behind the product.  I think “passion” describes this podcast conversation best as I spoke with Zach about the passion he has for helping his students and anyone else that wishes to benefit from his work.

Your Turn

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Music Credit

The music (titled Aloft) clip at the start and end of the podcast is copyright by Kelly Walsh and used with permission.

Podcast Logo Credit

The image of a microphone used in the logo for our podcast is courtesy of Eric Harvey.

Featured Image Credit

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