A podcast, as a review, is a series of audio files available online. If you have a device, whether it’s a tablet, laptop, or smartphone, you have access to an unlimited amount of podcasts, providing you have internet service. The difference between online internet radio and podcasts is that online radio involves streaming and podcasts require downloading. Some extra trivia is the term “pod” is an acronym for “portable on demand.”
For those of you that use Apple MacBooks, iTunes Store allows you to browse through hundreds of thousands of free podcasts. If you don’t already know this, Apple iPhone and iPads have a preset podcast app that you should be able to quickly locate on your phone. And for Android and PC users, Google Play makes podcasts easily accessible.
Now what makes podcasts so cool is that you can listen to them on your schedule. Whether it be in the house as you’re doing chores or cooking, or even on the drive home from work. Podcasts can be both entertaining and educational, in addition to being motivational. It seems that the vast majority of podcasts are free, but there are some that charge.
The subject matter and categories for podcasts range from Arts, to Business, to Comedy, Health, Games & Hobbies, and many more. There’s something for everyone. For teachers and those working in the field of education, there’s even a category devoted exclusively to Education topics.
Here’s just a few examples of popular podcasts available for substitute teachers, career teachers, and those in the education field:
Education Innovation – This podcast offers a lot of short, 20 to 30 minute episodes in its series ranging from topics such as – “How to Achieve Deeper Learning in the Classroom” to “Reinventing Learning Using Games.”
Talks With Teachers – Another popular podcast that focuses on “Inspiring Interviews with America’s Great Educators.” They have guests on their shows that include National Teachers Of The Year, and various other well recognized names and leaders of the field in education.
Teacher Tactics – This podcast is geared more toward high school teachers and discusses things such as classroom management techniques, tips for dealing with difficult students, parents, and self-care.
These are just a few of the many different podcasts available; the list is almost endless. There are new podcasts being added every day.
And one last thing, don’t forget that teachers can use podcasts in class, whether it’s for a lesson, a bell-ringer, or winding down the day. 18 Best Podcasts For Kids in Elementary, Middle, and High School. You can find stories for the kids to listen to, podcasts about Science, History, and many other subjects. The podcasts geared toward students are also educational and entertaining. Additionally, when the students have to actually listen, as opposed to watching a screen, they seem to sit still and listen better than usual!
So look into these podcasts and see if you can find something to help you or your class. Remember that SubSidekick is here for any other your substitute teaching management needs and please contact us should you have any questions about our services. We look forward to hearing from you!
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo