I have read many articles discussing the continuing growth of podcasts, including a New York Times piece discussing the latest statistics about the rise of podcasting from the 2019 edition of The Infinite Dial. "Compared with 2018 figures, the number of people who have listened to at least one podcast in their lives increased by 20 million, and an additional 14 million people described themselves as weekly listeners." (New York Times)
There are obviously many reasons why people enjoy listening to podcasts but I find them enjoyable because I can personally curate my Professional Learning content. I love that I can easily download relevant and free material to my phone and personalise my Professional Development, all while on my daily train ride to and from school.
There really is a podcast out there for everyone! There are podcasts about classroom management, teaching practices, pedagogical innovations, curriculum, flipping the classroom, project based learning....the list is endless.
These are just a few of the amazing podcasts that are available to download right now!
The Talking Teaching podcast is produced by the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education. Each podcast features interviews and stories from practitioners and leading thinkers. Maxine McKew and Kerry Elliott lead discussions about teacher training, leadership, and educational philosophies. Click here for more information.
QUT Teacher Podclass
The Google Teacher Tribe podcast
This podcast is hosted by Kasey Bell and Matt Miller and is dedicated to all things Google Classroom. There are episodes about Google Docs, creating Sites templates in the new Google Sites, discussions about using video projects with G Suite, how to differentiate instruction in Google Classroom and there are many episodes dedicated to Google Docs tips and tricks. This podcast can be accessed via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and many other platforms. Learn more here.
The Shake Up Learning Show
Although many episodes from the TeacherToolKit podcast are dedicated to education in the UK I still find much of the content relevant and engaging. Episodes that I found useful were Podcast 44 – Is Education Representative of Diversity?, Podcast 30: How Common is Over-Marking?, and Podcast 15: How Can We Increase Children’s Vocabulary?
The TeacherCast Podcast
NCCD Professional Learning Podcast
This is a professional learning tool to provide support in implementing the NCCD model. Included is a series that highlights adjustments that can be made in the classroom to enable students with disabilities to access and participate in education on the same basis as their peers. One episode I found useful included a discussion between a student, parent, teacher and expert about potential adjustments that can be made in class to support students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). More details can be found here.
The Educhange Podcast
The Educhange podcast is full of content relevant to educators in Australia and New Zealand who want to innovate and make positive changes in Education. Episodes that I have found interesting include Demystifying Islam with students, an interview Dr Glenn Savage about Gonski 2.0 and other education policy reforms, and an interview with Peter Hutton, the co-principal of TC, Templestowe College, in Melbourne, Australia. You can download episodes by clicking here.
On Being with Krista Tippett
This isn't a podcast dedicated to education/teaching but I had to include it my list because I just love listening to it! Hosted by Krista Tippett, it examines what it calls the, "animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?" Topics covered include spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. You can learn more by clicking here.
My final selection is from a variety of teacher podcasters who have produced podcasts that have specifically assisted me and my students in their studies of VCE English texts. My students are actively listening to and discussing the content from the following AMAZING teachers:
Call Me Watkins
This is a podcast about English literature texts for senior high students. Ms Watkins series about 'The Crucible' and 'Year of Wonders', the two texts we are studying for our Comparative unit, are absolutely brilliant! She has also published material about 'Frankenstein', John Donne and Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'.
6 Ps Podcast
Again, this podcast is specifically for VCE English students. Episodes include Argument, Oral Presentations, and 'Year of Wonders' and 'The Crucible'. My students love this podcast as each episode features music from artists that appeal to the students (Kanye West anyone?). Episodes can be downloaded here.
Podcasts really are an incredible digital learning tool so if you haven't listened to any before or haven't listened to one for a while, why not download a podcast or two today! For a truly comprehensive list of podcasts for educators check out the Educational Podcast Directory.
Thanks for stopping by!