Education Podcasts

Sure, in June it might seem like you have all the time in the world to dive into that professional reading and curriculum development you’ve been planning all year. Then add a few family gatherings, a couple of glorious sandy weeks at the beach, a remodel here, an unexpected crisis there, and it’s mid-August! Where did the time go?

Sometimes learning happens in the nooks and crannies of a packed life. That’s where podcasts come in. Whether you’re up to your elbows in dishwater, sweating up a storm on a mountain trail, or wandering through the grocery store with your earbuds in, podcasts can take you to your next level as a teacher without consuming any of your free time. 

When my life is really busy, I turn to podcasts to continue learning. And lately, it seems like it's ALWAY really busy. Yet lately I've had the chance to dive deeper into flipped learning, teaching tolerance, using hyperdocs, and more during my morning runs, household cleanup sessions, and drives to and from errands. 

I wanted to share some of them with you (including my own podcast, which I've been working on all spring), so I decided to make a fun quiz to help introduce you to some of my recent favorites and see if there's a good fit for you. 

First, let’s meet the candidates.

The HarvardEdcast offers a look at some of the big picture issues in education. If you're interested in topics like activism, teaching tolerance, immigration reform and education, bullying, and the role of homework in class, the Harvard EdCast is for you.

Raring to turn your lectures into creative video content students can consume at home? Wondering how to organize your classroom, empower your students to master your subject, and assess their work in the flipped classroom? Check out the Flipped Learning Worldwide podcast.

If you're ever on the lookout for creative strategies for engaging your students, you've found a new show. The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast explores topics like teacher collaboration, creative professional development, and easy strategies for differentiation.

Jennifer Gonzalez features thought leaders in education as well as wonderfully researched shows with teaching strategies you can implement immediately. If you like a mix of big picture and specific strategies that can be applied across disciplines, check out the Cult of Pedagogy podcast. 

If you're looking for inspirational talks about education through a variety of lenses, TEDTalks Education  is a great fit for you. You'll find food for thought and stimulation in these episodes (which also feature video), though not necessarily immediately applicable lesson ideas.

With awesome episode titles like "Is Your Lesson Plan a Blueprint, Burden, or Boondoggle?", how can you go wrong? The K-12 Greatest Hits: The Best Ideas in Education podcast features varied ideas in education, many of which apply across disciplines. Whether it's a conversation about the purpose of homework in our schools or the role of movement in the classroom, these short podcast episodes have a lot to offer.

Now, take the quiz to discover which one is right for you. Or just go listen to them all, like me. 

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