Professional Development

Best Education Podcasts

These seven podcasts are the tip of the iceberg for hearing teachers discuss PLNs, school and teacher leadership, teaching strategies, STEM, PD, and more.
May 25, 2015
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As someone who spends a lot of time in my car, I get an awful lot of information via podcasts. Podcasts are a total sanity saver if you commute. Basically, they are serialized audio broadcasts that you can listen to whenever you want via a computer or mobile device. This post is a basic tutorial for listening to podcasts.

There are so many great podcasts by and for educators. Alas, I don't have time to research and include all of them. Fortunately there is a robust comment area below, and you can (and should!) add your suggestions there.

Here's a great list to get you started:

#edchat Radio

(Personal Learning Network, School Leadership, Teacher Leadership)
#edchat Radio is a ten-minute show that highlights conversations from the weekly #edchat Twitter chat topic. The weekly hosts invite a few powerful conversationalists from the week's chat to reflect and share. This is a great show for those building their personal learning network (PLN) or who don't have time to participate in the weekly chat.

Angela Watson's Truth for Teachers

(Teaching Strategies)
At a quick ten minutes per episode, posted every Sunday, Angela Watson's Truth for Teachers is designed to speak life, encouragement, and truth into the minds and hearts of educators -- and to get teachers and educators energized for the week ahead.

The Bedley Brothers

(Teaching Strategies)
The Bedley Brothers, Scott and Tim, are teacher-of-the-year brothers from California who live and breathe teaching and learning. They interview high-profile guests in 30-plus-minute shows, where they discuss a variety of topics, full of engaging anecdotes and practical info.

Every Classroom Matters

(Teacher Leadership)
Every Classroom Matters is a bi-weekly show that interviews teachers and professionals who have impactful practices for any classroom. Winner of Best Talk Show Host in Education, teacher and Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis leads a ten-minute conversation about a variety of best practices.

Science Underground

(STEM)
Science Underground is a two-minute weekly science podcast is hosted by scientist and Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez and journalist Bill Retherford. Short segments target students and adults as the hosts share lesson ideas that regularly align with NGSS standards.

Talks With Teachers

(Teaching Strategies)
On Talks With Teachers, Edutopia community facilitator Brian Sztabnik invites teachers to chat about their stories and challenges, their learning and loves. It's impossible to listen without getting a big shot of inspiration from the ideas offered by these positive teacher voices.

Moving at the Speed of Creativity

(Professional Development)
In one of the longest running podcasts, producer Wesley Fryer records ponderings, anecdotes, and sometimes whole presentations that he attends at conferences. Moving at the Speed of Creativity centers largely around edtech with podcasts that vary in length and release date. But when Wesley shares something, it's always worth a listen.

Those are seven of my favorite educational podcasts. What are your favorites? Please share them in the comments below so that we can bring even more awesomeness to our commutes!