by Hope Morley
Everyone knows professional development and continuing education are important. It’s essential to stay up-to-date on new trends and best practices. There are a thousand great blogs and articles full of new information to use in your classroom… but let’s face facts. Teachers are busy people and it takes a lot of time you don’t have to catch up on all that reading. The solution? Podcasts! Podcasts are great to listen to while you commute, go for a run, or make dinner.
Add the following edtech podcasts to your phone or iPod and start learning!
Jennifer Gonzalez’s podcast covers more than edtech. Some of her best episodes focus on classroom management and strategies. A former teacher and college instructor, Gonzalez is engaging and conversational. You’ll want to spend an hour with her when a new episode is released.
In every episode, educator and host Christopher Nesi interviews an interesting person, gives some tips, and shares resources. One of the best features of the podcast, if you listen on Nesi’s website, is the collection of links mentioned in each podcast listed underneath the audio.
If you listen for this podcast for nothing else, listen to the hilarious theme song. Tim and Scott Bedley bring on great guests, such as Jose Vilson and Alice Keeler. The Bedleys ask useful questions and get their interviewees to share best practices that will help give you ideas to use tomorrow.
Ok, this one is a technology podcast, not an education podcast. It covers technology and how it affects our daily lives. It’s included because many episodes, such as one about the difference between reading on a screen and on paper, can be directly translated to the classroom. The mixture of brain science and trends will be interesting to any teacher using devices in the classroom.
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Hope Morley is a consultant and social media coordinator for Green Light Professional Development. She writes about social media, conferences, and anything else on the web that helps both students and teachers learn. Follow her @GreenlightLT.