Podcasts. I love them. I am a good five years behind the rest of the world when it comes to recognizing just how wonderful podcasts really are. A podcast is:
A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. Link
You can listen to podcasts when you are driving, cleaning around the house, doing yardwork, or during a break at work. They can be background noise or the focal point of your attention. You can pause it, rewind it, or fast forward it. You get to listen to it at your pace and on your time. The best part is most podcasts are free! (if you know me I love free!)
The reasons that podcasts work so well is that the only prerequisite for them is passion. Anyone with who can record audio can upload it to the interwebs and create a podcast. I even have a podcast I participate in! (really Jorge Rodriguez does all the work) Any time passionate people get a chance to speak about their passion you can’t help but be mesmerized.
My passions run far and wide so it only makes sense that the podcasts I listen to are all over the place. There are lots of education podcasts out there. The ones that I love to listen to are the Voxcast, The Bedley Bros. EdChat, #dcstransforms, the House of Edtech, the PE Geek, Pushing the Edge with Greg Curran and Learning Lab Education Radio. There are a million more I could name that are worth listening to.
The best part about podcasts are the ones outside of education. You get to listen to experts in an array of subjects that you would never be exposed to before. The Tim Ferris Show is the first podcast that really grabbed my attention outside of education. His podcast,
‘…deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics and tools you can use.”
Is there anything better than listening to the most interesting people in the world who have done the wildest things and finding out what I can take from them to make myself better?
A couple of podcasts that I would recommend outside of education are the Hidden Brain, Curious Minds, Question of the Day, and Radio lab. If you have any hobbies or interests I guarantee there is a podcast out there waiting for you! Come join me on @Voxer and tell me all about your podcast experience by clicking on this link!! If you are new to @Voxer click this link. I look forward to continuing this conversation in person, on Twitter, and on Voxer.
Q1. What are your favorite podcasts that deal with education? #slowchatpe
Q2. What are your favorite podcasts outside of education? #slowchatpe
Q3. What is your go to podcast for social justice? #slowchatpe
Q4. Share the greatest thing you learned from a podcast. #slowchatpe
Q5. What podcast should others listen to? #slowchatpe