The popularity of podcasts has skyrocketed in recent years. These short, digestible series that you can listen to on the move have transformed the way we consume stories, series and information.
There are multiple benefits to using podcasts to educate yourself on new topics or to explore your field further in addition to reading blogs and books or watching videos. Due to the fact there are no visual aids with podcasts, it means as a listener you are required to really focus on what’s being said. Paying more attention to the words means that you’re more likely to retain the information you’re being told as well as encouraging you to use more of your imagination to build images and scenes in your mind.
Due to their rising popularity, there are informative podcasts in hundreds of different categories, meaning we now have quick and easy access to industry knowledge and also a great form of CPD. In addition to this, because podcasts usually follow the format of series and have a dedicated presenter, you as the listener form a strong connection with the person speaking, making it more likely for you to retain the information they’re relaying to you and more likely that you’ll tune into the next episode.
Not to mention the sheer convenience of them - you can listen and learn hands free and on-the-go so you don’t need to worry about carrying books around with you whilst walking or having to watch a video on a packed commuter train. If you’re new to podcasts it may be difficult to know where to start and where to find the best education podcasts are. However, we’re lucky that there are an abundance of both fun and informative education podcasts that are created here in the UK and we wanted to share our top 4 education podcasts for teachers, with you for you to enjoy:
Sophie Bailey opens up the dialogue between ed and tech with her education technology fuelled podcast. The first UK podcast dedicated solely to edtech, Sophie talks to the movers and shakers in the edtech realm. From the likes of Urban Teacher to Imogen Heap, Sophie explores individual people’s edtech journeys and presents their stories to us in a way that both the education and technology world can relate to.
Brought to you by the UKEdChat team, the UKEd Podcast is an online conversation surrounding UK education. What started as just a hashtag is today a brand in its own right and this podcast is an extension of this. With conversations ranging from teacher wellbeing to entrepreneurship, it’s definitely worth a listen.
In true Ted style, TedTalks Education showcases some of the world’s best educators and researchers and gives their insights and vision a platform where they can be shared with the rest of the world.
A little more light-hearted than the others, The After School Club follows Rhys Giles as he interviews celebrities and asks them about their school experiences, their classroom experiences, what advice they would give and how school shaped the person who they are today.