Podcasts: About Education & Technology

Now we know what Podcasts are (see What is Podcasting?). Are there any decent podcasts about using technology in education? Funny you should ask 🙂

Worldbridges is a collection of people from all over the world who regularly meet online and discuss various topics related to education and technology. Perhaps the most cohesive of their efforts is the Ed Tech Talk show. They also have two weekly "brainstorming" sessions that are distributed as podcasts, too. Best of all, you can join in the discussions as they’re recording the show. It’s kind of like a global call-in radio show about education and technology.

I really good place to start with all of this is episode 27 of Ed Tech Talk. They actually start from the beginning, and explain a lot about what this technology is, how it works, and how it can be used.

Then, there’s Bob Sprankle. Bob’s an elementary teacher in Wells, Maine. He teaches a combined 3rd and 4th grade class. A few years ago, his students started a classroom blog. Since then, they’ve added podcasting to their activities. They write stories and news items about what they’re learning, edit the stories, post content on the blog, and record the items for the podcast. They’re supposed to have a new podcast each week, but sometimes other things get in the way. Typically, they have 2-3 podcasts per month. You can sample their work at Room 208.

Bob also started a podcast about the process of using technology with students. Called Bit by Bit, he goes into many of the challenges he faces with the intention of helping others do similar things with their sudents.

There’s more — lots more — but this is a good place to start.