School holidays are a good time to slow down and catch up on what others are doing in the world of education. Podcasts are an important component of my PLN, they’re easy to access via iTunes and are available for anywhere/anytime listening. The podcasts to which I subscribe are a broad range of international presenters and topics ranging from education to history, literature and contemporary debates (Intelligence Squared being a favourite in this regard). Your personal options are unlimited. Here today, are three specifically Australian education podcasts for your interest.
Australian educators have tuned into the EdTechCrew podcast hosted by educators Darrel Branson (ICTGuy) and Tony Richards (ITMadeSimple) as they’ve discussed all things digital in education since 3 May, 2007. WOW! Such dedication. If this is news to you, don’t miss out any longer, go to their website The Ed Tech Crew Podcast for links to all their podcasts and associated show notes.
The EdTechCrew podcast also has community of supporters who contribute links and ideas through the EdTechCrew Diigo Group.
Presented on ABC Radio National by Antony Funnell, EdPod updates on the first Friday of each month. It is a selection of education stories from early childhood to Year 12 that have aired on Radio National in the previous month. The range of topics are broad as can be seen from this selection for June:
- Gonski Urges government rethink
- Girls in Maths, Science and Technology
- Great expectations, Holroyd High- Sydney
Teachers Education Review
Hosted by Cameron Malcher and Corinne Campbell, this fortnightly podcast has a strong focus on educational practice. It presents teachers from primary and secondary schools who explore the implications of educational policies, teaching practices, and international events that impact on teaching and learning in Australian classrooms.
Included in each fortnightly podcast are the topics:
- Main feature – discussion and exploration of a relevant topic
- AITSL’s teacher feature
- Education in the News and Analysis
- Off Campus’ with Dan Haesler
- Teachers’ Brains Trust – practical ideas and strategies
An interesting conversation on a recent episode was a discussion with Ewan McIntosh from Scotland (and NoTosh.com) about the origin of Teachmeets, the professional learning model that has now spread worldwide. He encourages teachers to join local teachmeets but also to collaborate with teachers in different countries under the ‘teachmeet’ banner. Adopt a teachmeet that’s not your own and create a global connection.
Show notes provide links to conversations and associated resources. I like to download podcasts via iTunes and listen while commuting but you can also access TERPodcast online at Soundcloud. Have a listen.
If you have other Australian education podcasts you would like to share, please let us know via the comments option.