10 Podcasts in Education All Teachers Should Subscribe To!

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In the fast paced world we live in, it is natural for us to rely on many forms of media to enhance our knowledge on certain topics. Podcasts are definitely a fantastic way to catch up on what’s going on in the educational sphere, particularly for busy teachers who may find themselves having to multi-task often. To make things a little easier on our beloved teachers, we’ve compiled ten of our favourite podcasts below (click each title to get more information!), based on their topics focused on math, technology in schools and tips for teachers. Besides being incredibly informative and entertaining, all ten featured podcasts can be downloaded/accessed for free!

1) Moving At The Speed of Creativity
Focus: Digital Media and Technology in Classrooms

The Low-Down: Moving at the Speed of Creativity is the brainchild of Dr. Wesley Fryer, who is credited as being a teacher, author and “digital storyteller”, among other skills of his. His efforts include a focus on digital literacy in the classroom particularly in terms of allowing students to exhibit “what they know with media”. Teachers will find his points on using digital media as an effective teaching tool to be engaging and helpful. Besides hosting workshops, webinars and podcasts, you can also read Dr. Fryer’s blog to find out more about how digitalization is bringing about an evolution in learning and teaching.

Important Links: iTunes Download Page

2) Teacher’s Aid

Focus: General Teaching Methods/Tips

The Low-Down: This podcast is hosted by Rae Pica, who herself is the co-founder of the world’s largest online education radio network – BAM Radio Network and an education consultant who specializes “in the development and education of the whole child”. Each podcast is focused on a particular topic related to teaching, but will usually feature a variety of guests who are well-versed in whatever is being discussed. The conversational nature is entertaining and captivating, while being extremely beneficial for teachers who may be facing challenges at work, and are looking for fresh ideas or resolutions.

Important Links: iTunes Download Page

3) The Math Dude

Focus : Math Tips

The Low-Down: Dr. Jason Marshall is The Math Dude, and his take on the subject is very much in line with ours at Team Zap Zap, in that it focuses on an element often forgotten in learning math – fun! Besides being a math whiz, he is also a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) with possibly the coolest job description ever – he gets to study “infrared light emitted by starbust galaxies and quasars”. Dr. Marshall’s podcasts are supplemented with his blogs, which go more in-depth. The Math Dude is perfect for teachers and students to explore creative ways of learning math concepts.

Important Links: Youtube Channel

4) House of EdTech

Focus: Digital Media and Technology in Classrooms

The Low-Down: Chris Nesi, a certified social studies teacher is extremely passionate about the part technology plays in schools, and this is the primary focus of his podcasts. Each episode explores how the dawn of digital media and technology changed the way teachers teach, and impacted the educational sphere. His podcasts feature teachers and innovators who share similar views that technology is a crucial tool to educators – and for students. His website also doubles as a resource center where teachers can access content (i.e.: presentations) pertaining to the integration of technology in the classrooms. Check Nesi’s engaging podcasts out if you want to find out different ways you can utilize technology to improve your experience as a teacher, and enhance the ways in which your students learn!

Important Links: iTunes Download Page

5) Angela Watson’s Truth For Teachers

Focus: General Teaching Methods/Tips

The Low-Down: Angela Watson is a teacher and educational consultant based in Brooklyn, NY, with 11 years of teaching experience. She is passionate about creating avenues to make teaching “more effective, efficient, and enjoyable.” Besides this, she has also conducted programs to help teachers make use of their time and achieve work/life balance. Her podcasts clock in at a brief ten minutes, making it perfect to squeeze in during your daily commute, or whenever you have some free time. And once you’re done listening to her podcast, check out her website to see her supplementary blog posts, amazing tips and printables that you can use in the classroom!

Important Links: iTunes Download Page

6) The Bedley Bros

Focus: General Teaching Methods/Tips

The Low-Down: Tim and Scott Bedley are a pair of brothers from California who are both teachers, “with a combined total of almost 45 years of classroom experience”! Their podcasts feature a variety of guests and topics, all pertaining to educators and how teachers can adapt best practices in the classroom. You’ll find topics on common core methods, diversity, social media in classrooms, personalized learning, the importance of play and creativity, as well as roundtable sessions with teachers. With a wealth of information, this is a great one-stop center for all your teaching needs!

Important Links: iTunes Download Page

7) Math Mutation

Focus: Math Tips

The Low-Down: Erik Seligman heads Math Mutation’s podcasts which are catered to people of all ages who love to find interesting angles in mathematics! These are not your typical math lessons, for sure. Teachers can use these podcasts to bring more interesting and unusual math concepts to their students, and even turn these into games/discussions/projects. Seligman’s podcasts focus on math, but somehow even manage to incorporate current affairs and pop culture into his musings, which makes for an interesting listening experience. For those who prefer text to audio, Seligman provides visual transcripts on his Math Mutation blog as well.

Important Links: iTunes Download Page

8) Classroom Questions

Focus: General Teaching Methods/Tips

The Low-Down: This podcast is headed by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani, and is presented in short format streams. They update quite frequently though, so there’s never a lack of content available to be consumed. Topics tend to focus on sharing ways for teachers to support students in the classroom, how to understand students who have distinctly different learning styles and how to create fresh material for classes to avoid the onset of boredom. If the podcasts aren’t enough, they also provide additional readings that teachers can source for to add to their knowledge base.

Important Links: iTunes Download Page

9) Math Ed Podcast

Focus: Math Tips

The Low-Down: These podcasts are hosted by Samuel Otten of the University of Missouri. Catered specifically to math education research, these episodes will be extremely helpful to teachers who need to find ways to make math enjoyable in the classroom, supported by expert tips and pointers. Math Ed’s podcasts are slightly more intensive, and have a longer format, but this allows for more in-depth discussions on Math, the different ways it can be taught, the challenges faced by students and teachers of today, and how teachers play a vital role in helping students excel in the subject.

Important Links: iTunes Download Page

10) TedTalks – Education

Focus: General Teaching Methods/Tips

The Low-Down: This list would be incomplete without featuring TedTalks. Besides their well-known video versions, audio format content is also available for ease of use. The topics here are all encompassing, with an emphasis on how teachers can be a force for positive change for the students they teach. Expect to hear inspiring anecdotes, true stories, poetry readings and even creatively worded comedic tales from educators and influencers alike – all related to the topic of teaching and education. This is truly a wonderful resource for teachers who want to be inspired to make a difference in their classrooms.

Important Links: iTunes Download Page

Even we are getting hooked to these podcasts, so we hope you’ll give them a listen too!

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