Education Podcasts: A List of My Favorites

April 12, 2018 No Comments

Education Podcasts: A List of My Favorites

April 12, 2018 No Comments

Up until a few months ago, I hated listening to podcasts.  I found it so hard to focus on what they were saying while I was distracted doing other things.  However, I started listening to them on my commute to and from school and I can’t get enough!  I don’t even like to listen to the radio now.  If I’m driving or walking, I’ve got a podcast going.

Podcasts are wonderful tools for professional learning.  Like most online media, they break down the barriers of time and space to allow for learning at your leisure.  However, unlike most online media, they also remove the barrier of visual learning.  You don’t need to watch a video with this online professional learning, as long as you’ve got speakers or a pair of headphones, you’re set.  In fact, with most smartphones these days, podcast apps are built right in so all you have to do is stream and go.

Favorite Education Podcasts by TeacherLadyKY

 

Podcasts are great ways to learn “on-the-go,” as there are literally thousands to choose from.  A few weeks ago, I put out a call on social media asking for your favorite podcasts.  After listening to ALL of them, I finally decided on a few of my favorites that I’d love to share with you!

The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

Hosts:  Matt Miller & Kasey Bell (Twitter: @jmattmiller & @shakeuplearning)
Category: Educational Technology
The Google Teacher Tribe podcast gives you all the tips and tricks for using G Suite for Education in your classroom and school.  On each episode, they share the newest releases and updates from Google, dive deep into a specific aspect of the G Suite, and share tips from listeners.  They’ve built an amazing online community called the Google Teacher Tribe, which you can follow on social media using #GTTribe.
My favorite episode so far is 41: The Google Infused Classroom which features special guest Holly Clark, who I got to meet in person at the EdTechTeam conference in Louisville!
Google Teacher Tribe podcast, TeacherLadyKY

Shifting Our Schools Podcast

Host:  Jeff Utecht (Twitter: @jutecht)
Category: Educational Technology
The SOS podcast, as it’s better known, is part of the Eduro Learning podcast network and is all about educational technology and innovation in the classroom.  Jeff and his guests chat about everything from 1:1 models, project-based learning, administrators in a tech-rich environment, and teaching your students how to be You-Tubers.
My favorite episode so far is 42: Highly Structured, Loosely Organized.  Jeff talks about how he uses a “highly structured, loosely organized” approach to using educational technology and what that looks like in a sixth-grade classroom.  He gives practical tips for using devices in the classroom while keeping engagement high and pedagogy intact.
Shifting Our Schools Podcast, TeacherLadyKY

Truth for Teachers Podcast

Host: Angela Watson (Twitter: @Angela_Watson)

Category:  Teacher Self-Care and General Education

On the Truth for Teachers podcast, Angela and her guests talk about general truth for educators.  Angela is a teacher self-help guru and she often shares ideas about making your teacher week more productive and fulfilling.  Angela is the queen at talking about the teacher guilt we all experience as teachers and gives suggestions to combat that guilt.

My favorite episode is 122: Your #1 job when you don’t feel motivated.  In this episode, she discusses how the most important thing to do when you’re lacking motivation is to find motivation.  Everything else on your to-do list can wait.

Cult of Pedagogy Podcast

Host: Jennifer Gonzalez (Twitter: @cultofpedagogy)

Category: General Education

The Cult of Pedagogy podcast seems to have a strong following within my own PLN and for good reason.  Jennifer talks about everything from instructional strategies to classroom management to professional development and everything in between.  She offers a variety of podcasts at different lengths as well so you can find just perfect one for your drive, no matter how far.

My favorite episode is 92: Frickin’ Packets where she talks about the dangers of worksheets in the classroom.  I’ll be completely honest and say that it took me almost a week before I listened to it when it came out because I was afraid I’d hear things I didn’t want to hear.  😓  We all use worksheets, whether we like to admit it or not.  But this episode is fantastic and starts with the audio of a frustrated student in a classroom, an authentic voice expressing a very real problem.  It’s definitely worth a listen!

Cult of Pedagogy podcast, TeacherLadyKY

Transformative Principal

Host: Jethro Jones (Twitter: @jethrojones)

Category: School Leadership

The Transformative Principal podcast is, of course, geared towards school leadership like principals and superintendents.  Jethro Jones is a school principal in Fairbanks, Alaska and he interviews others about their leadership styles and invites his guests to shares ideas and tips for becoming a transformative school leader.  Every episode is very conversational between Jethro and his guests.

There are so many wonderful episodes, but one of my favorites is The Principled Principal with Jeff Zoul and Anthony McConnell, where Jethro and his guests discuss setting up a school climate and culture conducive to collaboration and learning.

Transformative Principal podcast, TeacherLadyKY

These are just a few of the podcasts I’ve been listening to non-stop for the last few weeks.  Do you have a favorite?  Drop a link or title in the comments below… I’d love to learn from you and to give it a listen!

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