Using tech in education has not always been the most accepted of ideas. Teachers once believed that if students had laptops or tablets in their hands those tools would be used for evil, rather than good. Now, education and technology have become fully integrated, with classrooms everywhere adopting technologies to further the educations of learners.
This progression and the continued improvement of education technology wouldn’t be possible without thinkers and creatives sharing their tips, failures, thoughts and findings with other educators. What better way to share such news than through a podcast that one can listen to anywhere? Podcasts are growing just as rapidly as the use of tech in schools is and we’re here to tell you the top ed tech podcasts to tune in to today.
Here are 4 of the best education technology podcasts out there right now:
#1 Moving at the Speed of Creativity
This particular show has been with podcasting from the beginning. Since starting in 2005, Wesley A. Fryer has been a strong voice on ed tech and digital literacy. He is a teacher, author, speaker, and the Director of Technology for Casady School in Oklahoma City.
Moving at the Speed of Creativity addresses everything from issues in ed tech to how to inspire student creativity with tech and even dives into topics like artificial intelligence. Wesley also hosts the EdTech Situation Room, a weekly podcast and live web show that analyzes current technology news through an educational lens.
Both podcasts can be found on iTunes and more on Wesley can be discovered at http://www.wesfryer.com/.
#2 House of #EdTech
Sometimes what makes a podcast is the host. For House of #EdTech, this is especially the case as host Chris Nesi not only is fascinated by education technologies, but he’s also committed to connecting educators and helping the world of ed tech progress. Chris is a high school social studies teacher by day and podcaster by night.
“I’m not in this to make money, you know, because I have my full-time job. I create it because I like the creative process and the goal of my show is to help teachers integrate technology,” Chris said.
According to the self trained host, the podcast which is coming up on its 100th episode, started when his wife told him he needed to stop rambling on about ed tech to her and instead find a new outlet to discuss his passion on. Now, the podcast gets upwards of 2,000 downloads and has had dozens of guests on the show.
“Every guest has been interesting to talk to and has taught me something that I hope to either bring into my classroom, into my life or give back to the profession,” he said.
Through his time as an educator and by creating this podcast, Chris has seen firsthand how great ed tech can be and he feels it will only continue to improve.
“There are so many companies. And they’re coming up with their products and they’re gonna change the classroom. I just think there’s gonna be more companies and products and services that will be truly innovative… I believe that there’s gonna be more of a shift towards bringing real life into the classroom,” he said.
The success of the podcast didn’t just arrive over night, though. For Chris, one of the biggest challenges he faced was finally believing he was the right guy to be putting this content out into the world.
“I take a lot of pride in the fact that I’m not NPR, but I work really hard to make my stuff sound as good as I can. And that was a challenge, to learn as I was doing it,” he said.
Now that he’s more familiar with the art of podcasting, Chris has a checklist of sorts for newbie podcasters to pay attention to. First and foremost, says new podcasters should find a reliable site to post their podcast on. House of #EdTech can be found on Libsyn. Then, he says to figure out which editing service you find to be the most usable, for him, it’s Audacity. Other things new podcasters should consider is if they want a website to accompany their podcast, whether they want to outsource graphics or create their own on a platform like Photoshop and how much money they want to spend on equipment.
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# 3 EdTech NOW
The creation of EdTech NOW is a bit different from that of other podcasts. First came an app, Stackup, which tracks all the reading students do online, and then came the idea to take all of the passion Stackup’s founders had for education technology and put it into a podcast. Boom, EdTech NOW was born!
“We strive to bring fascinating voices to the recording and offer listeners an insightful conversation,” said Noah Geisel, co-host of EdTech NOW and Education Director at Stackup.
The podcast’s goal is to “Identify the topics and people who are leading the way right now for work that will meaningfully impact the future of learning, and bring listeners a consistently high quality episode that is worthy of their valuable time. It’s important to us that EdTechNOW be a podcast that we’d want to listen to even if we weren’t making it” according to Noah.
There is a lot that goes into producing a podcast behind the scenes.
“The pre- and post-production that goes into making EdTech NOW makes it stand out in the world of education podcasts. In addition to preparing detailed show notes and giving guests access to questions ahead of time, there is significant editing that goes into making each episode. We shoot for 10 or so minutes per episode but record over 20 minutes, so listeners are truly getting the best of the audio we record. We are also trying to blog about each episode afterward so that people have an idea before listening what they are getting into with a given show,” Noah said.
When executed properly, the show is rewarding for viewers, guests and the hosts alike.
“We’ve had such stellar guests on the show, many of whom are thought leaders and personal heroes of mine so just getting to pick their brains and get them literally thinking out loud on the show has been a huge honor,” Noah said
Some of the guests that have stood out to him the most so far include Jamie Casap, “because of the mind grenades he drops on the episode”; Shelly Terrell because of her contagious passion, and Matt Miller because of the infectious energy he brings to the show.
As for the future of podcasting, Noah believes the medium offers a new way to connect producers and audiences.
“Part of this is about engagement, such as interacting with listeners on Twitter, and part of it is about going beyond the podcast and supplementing with content in other mediums.” he said.
At the same time that podcasting is becoming more widespread, ed tech is also expanding as well.
“We’ve seen EdTech advance from something shiny for early adopters to something essential for all learners. No longer viewed as a gimmick, EdTech takes on additional gravitas and I foresee a lot of power and responsibility coming with that. There’s an emerging notion of “Techquity” that hinges on the role technology plays (or fails to play) in helping us achieve a more equitable society. I believe educational technology is going to a place that critically examines all EdTech through the lens of Techquity: is this a technological device or is it a technological tool that can help make the world a better place for all people, especially those most underserved,” Noah said.
Makes sense why EdTech is becoming an increasing point of discussion for podcasters like EdTech NOW. To check out more on the podcast, visit iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher. EdTech NOW is produced by Red Cup Agency.
#4 TED Talks Education
TED Talks have become a trusted source of information on topics like education, business, science, tech and creativity and because of this, it’s no surprise that the education section of these talks should be at the top of your list for ed tech podcasts to listen to now.
The podcast compiles all TED Talks relating to education so that interested audiences can easily hear the wise words of hundreds of speakers like Bill Gates. The talks explore everything from what future schools should look like to how virtual labs are shaping science classrooms today. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers, thought leaders and revolutionaries lend their brains to the podcast, making it one that shouldn’t be missed.
To tune in, head to iTunes.