Over the past year I’ve got really into podcasts. A podcast is a series of digital audio files which a user can download and listen to, episode by episode. You can download them to your computer, but more usually they are downloaded to a smartphone. iPhones and Apple devices come with a pre-installed Podcasts app, whilst podcast apps are also available for Android and other devices too. I listen to them on the journey to and from school via Bluetooth, and on headphones whilst I’m making the children’s packed lunches in the evening!
Here are the education, teaching and learning podcasts that I’ve found particularly interesting. Have a listen to some and see what you think!
The Pivotal Podcast
This weekly podcast comes from Pivotal Education, specialists in behaviour and safeguarding, and often features Pivotal founder Paul Dix, author of the excellent book When the Adults Change, Everything Changes. A mixture of behaviour management advice and interviews with teachers and educators, this podcast is well worth a listen!
The Learning Scientists Podcast
Presented by cognitive psychologists Dr Megan Sumeracki and Dr Yana Weinstein, this series gives fantastic insights into cognitive psychology and how it can be applied to education. This podcast gives in-depth accounts of the most effective learning strategies such as retrieval practice, spaced practice, elaboration, dual coding and concrete examples. They also make “bite-sized” episodes which give details of particularly interesting research studies. A must-listen for anyone interested in evidence-based practice and learning.
The TES podcast
Educational newspaper the TES has an excellent podcast with three different types of episode. The first, the TES news podcast, gives a weekly summary of education news and highlights of what will feature in the TES paper. Presented by TES journalists, this is a helpful run-down of everything that’s happening in world of education. This is interspersed with the second episode type, which is focused on Further Education – the FE podcast.
The most interesting (in my view) are the TES Podagogy episodes. These feature in-depth interviews with key figures from education research and policy, including Carol Dweck, Dylan Wiliam, Doug Lemov and Daisy Christodoulou.
ASCL Leadership Podcast
This podcast, presented by ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton, focuses on educational leadership issues. Geoff interviews school leaders and policy makers each week, and uses these interviews to construct the podcast. It’s always a good listen!
This Radio 4 series is no longer on the air, but all the episodes are available as podcasts. Each episode features a profile and interview by Sarah Montague with a significant educator, or a feature on a particular issue. Guests including Ken Robinson, Salman Khan and Dave Levin have been profiled.
There are plenty more out there – but if you listen to any of these, let me know what you think!