The pandemic’s challenges for the education community are no secret, but we’ve also seen how it has pushed innovation in many areas.
One such area is in podcasting, as the past year-plus has been fertile ground for new podcasts to launch, develop, and sustain.
Education isn’t the only industry in which storytelling is important, but through opportunities to highlight perspectives, from the classroom level up to global consultants and edtech entrepreneurs, the education field has many advantages with respect to creative content, diverse voices, and relevant idea-sharing.
The following podcasts have all begun since the start of 2020 and are designed to introduce educators to a variety of important ideas and conversations.
Mind the Gap: Making Education Work Across the Globe: Tom Sherrington and Emma Turner, UK-based and internationally-recognized education authors and consultants, share best practices in classroom teaching, sustaining PD that makes an impact, and research-based approaches in need of greater reach. They’ve interviewed Doug Lemov, Richard Gerver, Baruti Kafele, Peter DeWitt, Mary Myatt and more leading thinkers about ideas and strategies to close global gaps. The series is also available as a YouTube show.
Future of School: The Podcast: Hosted by Future of School CEO and Education Evangelist Amy Valentine, this show gives all stakeholder voices in education―students, teachers, parents, policy influencers, and business leaders―a platform to discuss innovations in online and blended learning. Through a creative presentation and a variety of segment types, diverse voices share perspectives on equity and access, the differences between remote learning and “crisis schooling,” the future of school choice, and more.
Outrageous Love: Hosted by Dr. Sharroky Hollie, nationally recognized educator in cultural responsiveness, this podcast shares the journeys, stories, and testimonies of educators who are committed to being equitable and culturally responsive to the students who need them to be the most.
The Cybertraps Podcast: This show features interviews with experts in the fields of cybersafety, cybersecurity, privacy, parenting, and technology, to explore the risks arising from the use and misuse of digital devices. It is co-hosted by Frederick Lane, author of a series of CyberTraps books and an expert on the legal and cultural implications of emerging technology, along with Jethro Jones, host of the long-running Transformative Principal podcast.
Building the Bridge: Hosted by digital learning expert Dr. Wendy Oliver, this podcast centers on building the bridge between educators and parents, convening a single productive conversation around children’s education. Weekly episodes tend to be shorter in length and alternate between Dr. Oliver sharing strategies from her wealth of expertise, and interviews with leaders such as AASA’s Dan Domenech and the National Parents Union’s Keri Rodrigues, to connect with all listeners.
The Jeff Bradbury Show: This new offering from podcasting veteran Jeff Bradbury of TeacherCast is designed to help educators build their EDU brand! For educators looking to share their passions with the world or create an additional revenue stream, this series has useful advice.
My EdTech Life: Hosted by instructional technologist Fonz Mendoza, the goal of the show is to connect people around the world with one another and so that they can one day collaborate together on a project or the next big idea. A unique aspect of this podcast is that, while most episodes are in English, there are a number of Spanish-language interviews as well, to engage even more educators.
Leading Literacy: Leslie Zoroya, Coordinator of Reading Language Arts, and Mara Shinn Smith, Senior Program Specialist, at the Los Angeles County Office of Education took the opportunity during the pandemic to launch this podcast focused on advancing literacy. Conversations with their educator peers, along with authors and researchers, are designed to inspire and instruct.
Getting There: Innovation in Education: Hosted by eSchool News Editor-at-Large Kevin Hogan, this podcast features interviews with district technology leaders, who share successes while managing school tech in the midst of the COVID crisis.
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