Saturday, 2 September 2017

10 Great Podcasts for Educators

Since recently making the move from the 'burbs to the inner city, I've been spending a lot more time on public transport to get to and from school. Not only has this allowed me to look after the environment by keeping my car off the road, it has also provided me with opportunities to engage in valuable PD time.

I have found that by listening to podcasts I can stay up to date with news about education from global specialists, learn about new pedagogical trends, and find new on-line resources and connections to add to my Personal Learning Network (PLN). Ross Monaghan, Lecturer in Communications at Deakin University, asserts that "Podcasting allows people to time shift. Just as Netflix has revolutionised TV, podcasts have done the same for radio. You can listen to it when it suits you instead of when it’s broadcast.’ (7 Podcasts to Stimulate Your Brain

I subscribe to quite a few different podcasts so I thought it would be worth sharing a few of my favourites. So, in no particular order, here are 10 excellent education podcasts!

10 Great Podcasts for Educators
10 Great Podcasts for Educators

10-Minute Teacher Podcast 

The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast is designed by teacher and Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis, who leads a ten-minute conversation about a variety of best practices. Each show is around 10 minutes long and the show notes contain links to resources referenced in each episode. Vicki was one of the first people I followed on Twitter and I am forever grateful for the wealth of information and advice she so freely shares with her online network. You can follow Vicki AKA the Cool Cat Teacher over at Twitter and her website is here.

#EdChat Radio

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Hosted By Tom Whitby and Nancy Blair and members of the EdChat team of moderators, #EdChat Radio highlights Twitter discussions using the tag #EdChat. I first found this podcast when I was trying to build my PLN and I have since found the weekly Twitter chat and podcast immeasurably helpful. Some of the issues recently discussed were

1. Moving from Compliance to Meaningful Student Engagement

2. We Are Missing the Soft Skills, How Can We Teach Them?

3. The Pros and Cons of Teacher Coaches. 

You can subscribe to this podcast via iTunes and the website for the show is here.

Teacher Podcast 

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Teacher podcast is produced by Teacher Magazine, an initiative of theAustralian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Podcasts cover a variety of themes such as Teaching Methods, Behaviour Management, Global Education, The Research Files, and School Improvement. The podcast can be downloaded via iTunes or accessed at the Teacher Magazine site.

The Cult of Pedagogy


The Cult of Pedagogy site and podcast is an incredible resource for teachers. Jennifer Gonzalez interviews educators and administrators about the psychological and social dynamics of school and I have found that much of her content has informed my teaching. Some of the recent podacsts have focused on why it’s hard for teachers to practice self-care,  ideas on using hyper-docs to transform teaching, and ways to support English Learners in the mainstream classroom. Jennifer Gonzalez is also at Twitter (@cultofpedagogy) where she tweets about being an educational coach, time management skills,student engagement and educational technology.

ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. A recent episode was dedicated to ways of differentiating academically diverse classrooms and included excellent advice from Carol Tomlinson, an academic and educator I have previously referenced because of  her work with techniques of differentiation in education. Another episode about the issues surrounding homework included an interview with Flipped Learning expert Jon Bergmann.

EdSurge On Air

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EdSurge Podcasts are produced by EdSurge, an excellent resource on how and when to use technology in K-12 and Higher Ed. These podacsts focus on education technology include weekly news updates, interviews, and debates. Some of the episodes that really interested me include:
  • ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’: A Data Scientist’s Warning About Impacts of Big Data
  • ‘The Humanities are in Crisis’: Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad Talks Creativity, Diversity and the Arts
  • What New Zealand Schools Have Accomplished with Autonomy and Community-Building

EdSurge podcasts be downloaded via SoundCloud and iTunes and EdSurge can also be found on Twitter (@EdSurge)

Truth for Teachers


If I can't convince you to see the benefits of listening to podcasts as a valid and excellent form of PD then I bet Angela Watson can! She encourages her audience to listen to podcasts rather than read transcripts for a variety of reasons but her main reason relates to the way the brain processes information. She asserts that when we listen to something rather than simply read something, we tend to remember and recall more content.

Here's some episodes that I found particularly interesting:

1. Your classroom does not have to be Pinterest-worthy: Stay reflective on the WHY & avoid comparison

2. How to be a connected educator & still find balance with social media

3. Re-imagining classroom spaces and schedules for personalized learning

You can subscribe to Truth for Teachers via iTunes or access the podcast archive at Angela Watson's site here.

Teachers’ Education Review

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Teachers’ Education Review is hosted by teachers from primary and secondary schools and examines educational issues in Australia and around the world. Regular topics include summaries of the major news stories in education from around Australia, thoughts on current issues in education with Dan Haesler, an education writer and consultant, and segments providing practical ideas and strategies that teachers can implement in their classrooms. The podcast can be downloaded via iTunes or accessed via SoundCloud.

Talks with Teachers

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Talks with Teachers is produced by Brian Sztabnik, a high school English teacher from the USA. The podcast features interviews with teachers who reveal their professional successes and failures in the classroom, along with practical tips to apply to your own career. This is a great resource for K-12 English, Literacy, and ELA teachers but all educators would find this podcast relevant and useful. You can subscribe to this podcast via iTunes or listen to them at the Talks With Teachers website.

Teaching Learning Leading K-12

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Teaching Learning Leading is produced by Dr. Steven Miletto and features content from notable educators such as Suzie Pepper Rollins, Vicki Davis, Kasey Bell, Brian Cohen, and Dr. Mark Wilson. Podcasts include interviews and solo shows focused on providing ideas and resources for K-12 teachers and school-based administrators. Some episodes that I found engaging are:

1. Rethinking Classroom Space 

2. Expanding Your Network

3. Classroom Management - De-escalation

You can subscribe to this podcast via iTunes and the website for the show is here.

If you have any suggestions for new podcasts to add to my list please leave a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Best wishes,

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Always Learning!

Now my reporting is done and dusted I'm going to focus on the next step towards becoming a #googleeducator.

If you have any advice please let me know!

Best wishes,

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Getting Passionate about Passion Projects!

I'm thinking of trying Genius Hour, Passion Projects or 20% time again with one of my classes again this year and am finding such great material on Twitter about this great inquiry based learning concept.

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What is Inquiry Based Learning?

Inquiry based learning is a pedagogical approach that places equal emphasis on process and content. Communicating, reflecting, collaborating, analysing, creating, making, questioning, experiencing, researching, and processing are all important elements of the inquiry method.

Along with the obvious pedagogical benefits associated with the inquiry process, Inquiry Based Learning is an excellent method of igniting and nurturing student passions and talents. It is also an excellent way to empower students by giving them a voice and choice. By giving the students some added authority over their learning engages them more and gives them the skills they will need in the Brave New World they will soon be entering!

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As is always the case, Twitter has become my go-to resource to learn all about Inquiry based learning, Genius Hour and Passion Projects.  I have been able to learn SO MUCH from local and international educators by engaging in twitter chats, reading shared materials and following a few educational hashtags like #aussieED and #edchat.

If you want to broaden your professional learning network, meet educators from all over the globe and find amazing teaching and learning resources, then you need to get onto Twitter ASAP and join in with a Twitter chat or Two!

Here's one of my favourite chats about #geniushour condensed into one page via Storify.

How cool is this?!


If you want to learn more about this brilliant concept then check out this post by education author A.J. Juliani. A.J. Juliani currently works as the Director of Technology and Innovation at Centennial School District, Pennsylvania. He is a passionate advocate of the “inquiry-driven” education movement and began the “20% Project” in his own class in January of 2012. The project gives "students the opportunity to learn what they (are) passionate about, and make a difference."

If you are a 21st Century educator, this is definitely something worth being passionate about!

Best wishes and happy tweeting,


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