One way I keep up with the trendsI frequently am asked how I learn about all the things I cover in PD. There are a couple of things I do on a regular basis, that help me continue my learning. The one activity that I do most frequently is listening to Podcasts.
It's amazing to listen to educators from around the world. They inspire with stories of how they help their students and teachers learn everyday. I get ideas for ways to integrate technology in meaningful ways.
You may be asking yourself, what's a podcast?
A podcast is a pre-recorded audio file. There are podcasts in many different forms. Some are like radio shows where they have guests and interviews. Some are the thoughts of one or two people shared with the world. There are even dramatic podcasts, that remind me of the old-fashioned serial radio dramas.
How do I listen to a podcast?
There are apps that help you download and stay updated with the latest podcast episodes. Ryan O'Donnell created an awesome infographic to help you get started.
I use the Podcast app on my iPhone to listen to Podcasts. Most Podcasters post their podcasts in iTunes, so it is easy to search for my favorite shows. There is also a great featured section, so I can see podcasts that other people love and new podcasts.
Ok, you convinced me, what should I start with?
Here are some Podcasts I listen to:
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House of EdTech
TOSAs Talking Tech
Every Classroom Matters
Google Teacher Tribe Podcast