Podcasts are my lifeblood for generating new ideas, processing the ideas I already have and entertainment.
They’re like radio shows on virtually any topic under the sun. Actually, they’re better than radio shows because you don’t have to tune in at a specific time. You download them and listen to them on your phone/tablet/device or you listen to them online.
In education, there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of podcasts.
The reality that many people don’t realize is that they’re very easy to access and listen to. And once you find some that you really like, you’ll feel like you have this quasi-relationship with the host and you’ll want to listen to every single episode.
Want to give it a shot? Here’s your essential educator’s guide to listening to podcasts. In this post, you’ll find:
There are two main ways to access podcasts: downloading them to a mobile device or playing them through an Internet browser.
To download and play podcasts, all you really need to do is download a podcast app (also called a "podcatcher"). Here are some options:
For iOS (iPhone/iPad), Apple's Podcasts app is the easiest place to get started. Just search the App Store for "podcasts" and you'll find it. Other iOS podcast apps include:
For Android devices, I've used the BeyondPod app (app / website) for years. I invested the $4.99 for the full-featured version because I like the customizable playlists and its intuitive controls. There is a free lite version with a seven-day trial with all of the paid features.
But recently I've switched to Player FM. It does a great job gathering all of my podcasts in one place and letting me view them by show or by episode. Plus, the creators have made it as a tool for curating learning for people in education -- teachers and students.
Other Android podcast apps include:
Pro tip for Android users: Want to earn free money to spend in the Play Store? Google Opinion Rewards pays you Play Store credits to take surveys. I get surveys every few days and earn anywhere from 10 cents to $1 for my responses. I currently have about $17 in credits sitting in my account. (Maybe I should buy a new podcatcher and test it out, huh?)
Many podcasts have their own websites where you can find new episodes. Just click "play" on a given episode to play it in your browser without having to download apps or download audio files.
Adding a podcast to your shiny new podcatcher app is easy. Most have a search feature (often a magnifying glass icon). Simply search for the name of a specific podcast or a keyword (like "educational technology").
It seems to get easier and easier to create a quality podcast. Therefore, more and more educational shows are popping up.
Here's a list of podcasts I listen to or have been recommended to me by others. (You'll see the list has grown beyond 20 ... I keep thinking of others that need to make the list!)
Are you new to podcasts? Jump in and try one today. Download a podcast app on your smartphone or just click through to one of the websites linked above. Start listening, and I think you'll be hooked -- just like me!
What are your favorite podcasts? Share them in the comments below!
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