Great Podcasts compiled from various resources and websites
This list of some wonderful podcasts that is recommend to you to take the opportunity to explore and listen. Most offer short, yet really interesting looks at a variety of topics and might offer you something to provoke a blog entry. Podcasts are a fantastic way to gain new information from the Internet quickly and efficiently. With a huge variety of topics available, podcasts offer something for everybody.
The Education Podcast Network: This site attempts to bring together a wide variety of podcasts helpful to teachers—including podcasts by students and classes as well as subject-specific podcasts in such diverse areas as mathematics, music education, English language arts, dance education, and computer/technology skills. A huge amount of information is contained on the site, making it sometimes difficult to sort through, but the categories are clearly delineated and the site easy to maneuver.
Learning Matters: This podcast, hosted by John Merrow, includes episodes that are generally 5 to 10 minutes long and address current events in education. Evaluating teachers, challenges in New Orleans, Race to the Top funds, and global competence among American teachers and students are regular topics of discussion.
New Teacher Hotline: Presented by Dr. Glen Moulton and Michael Kelley, this podcast is designed to help new teachers learn from the experiences of others. Typically 20 to 30 minutes long, the episodes address questions sent in by teachers as well as more general topics. Past episodes have included discussions of teacher evaluations, maternity leave, and new technology.
NPR Education: NPR podcasts on education provide information on current events in education around the world. Casts often include reporting on computer literacy, grants, school district budget issues, and legislation that affects schools.
Speaking of History: Eric Langhorst, an 8th grade history teacher in Missouri, maintains this podcast (interspersed with written blog posts) to describe the activities undertaken by his students and to discuss which projects work well and which might need adjustment. Also included in the episodes are book reviews, suggestions on incorporating technology into the classroom, and postings of opportunities for teachers, such as conferences and events.
Teacher Created Materials: Teacher Created Materials exists to create research and standards-based resources for K-12 classrooms. Their podcasts address topics such as building vocabulary, applying differentiation strategies, and fluency comprehension. The site also includes webinars, sample handouts, and other resources.
Teachers Network – Podcasts on Education: This podcast focuses mostly on posting recordings of keynote speeches on education. It includes speeches from curriculum conferences and others, with topics such as incorporating business strategies into teaching and presentations of research regarding students in the first year of high school.
The Teachers’ Podcast: Dr. Kathy King and Mark Gura host The Teachers’ Podcast, addressing such issues as technology, multimedia presentations, testing, e-books, and including interviews with authors. Each entry includes a discussion with links to articles and products mentioned in the episode.
Teaching With Technology Podcast: The Teaching With Technology Podcast features an easy to use format hosting episodes on topics like “Google for Educators” and “Blogs in the Classroom.” The site also includes a user-friendly “categories” section that makes finding episodes regarding a particular topic (such as: foreign language, curriculum, or middle school) easy.
The Tech Teachers: Hosted by Ray (a physics teacher) and Hollye (a Spanish teacher), this podcast focuses mostly on technology issues—including evaluations of the iPad, google docs, twitter lists, etc. Below each episode is included a list of links to products mentioned in the episode for easy reference.
The History of Mathematics – We will see these videos in class room for sure. Though it would be great if you have seen them earlier. Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. This 4 series documentary is a deeper insight into Mathematics and ancient civilisations and how learning of mathematics has influenced culture.
The Best of Natural History Radio – The BBC Natural History Unit produces a wide range of programmes that aim to immerse a listener in the wonder, surprise and importance that nature has to offer.
Beyond Belief – The title matches with a book by nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul. In this book he share insight into belief and religion in three countries. This website actually debates exploring the place of religion and faith in today’s complex world. Ernie Rea is joined every week by a multi-faith panel who discuss how their religious traditions affect their values and perspectives on a variety of topics, often revealing hidden and contradictory truths. In each programme guests listen to a personal story which challenges their point of view and forces them to place their faith and values within the context of real life experiences.
Stuff you missed in history class – What made Peter the Great so great? What made Henry VIII so bad, or Ivan so terrible? Tune into this podcast to learn the stories behind the lines of your textbooks.
Brain Stuff – Learn answers to life’s everyday questions. Improve your knowledge with the BrainStuff Podcast.
Stuff they don’t want you to know – From UFOs to psychic powers, history is riddled with unexplained events. Get a closer look at the Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know in this video podcast.
The previous three come from the ‘How Stuff Works‘ website. This website has a wide variety of other podcasts (both video and audio) on a huge variety of topics that can help spark your writing. Check it out.
Think of all the moments in the day when your mind is idle: when you’re getting dressed, commuting, cooking dinner, cleaning, going for a run. Podcasts are a great way to fill those pockets of time while still doing the task at hand. If you’re not familiar, podcasts are basically audio (or, increasingly, video) lectures, interviews or discussions that you subscribe to and download to a computer or mobile device.
The trick is choosing the right podcasts. Here’s my list of the most thought-provoking ones that will change the way you think.
1. The Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series
The Intelligence SquaredOxford style debates don’t just cover two competing sides of issues like education, the war on terror and religion. They’ll also train you in high-level debate. Highlights from last season include “Are Men Finished?” and “Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion?” Audio podcasts are downloadable through iTunes.
Bonus: if you’re a New Yorker, you can check out a Spring 2012 debate live. And if you really love Oxford style debates, try the Economist’s debates.
Don’t have time to read the whole New Yorker? The New Yorker Out Loudprogram will give you the “need to know” information from some of the best New Yorker articles. And just like with the magazine, you’ll glean some excellent “cocktail party” talking points. Don’t miss Jonah Lehrer’sinterviewon how to stimulate group creativity. If you like Jonah, check out his blog that aggregates his articles on topics like moments of insight and the future of the brain.
Happy Exploring :) Some of this list comes from forbes.com/ edutopia and other websites.