I heart listening to podcasts. Here are a few of my favorites!
StartEdUp – In this podcast, Innovations teacher Don Wettrick and his former student Hunter Stone, interview a variety of out-of-the-box thinkers from inside and outside of education to hear their takes on how to direct our educational system towards innovation rather than test scores. Phenomenal stuff!
How I Built This – This NPR podcast is an inspiring and motivating story of the #growthmindset, persistence and grit of some ridiculously successful entrepreneurs. The podcast is hosted by Guy Raz. I’m amazed after every listen by what these people have accomplished.
Hidden Brain – Shankar Vedantam hosts this fascinating NPR podcast about “the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.” As if that’s not good enough, most episodes feature a segment called “Stop Watch Science” featuring one of my favorite authors, Daniel Pink.
TEDTalks Audio – It’s exactly what it sounds like it is! I don’t have the time to sit down and watch all of the TEDTalks and this podcast lets me listen to them on my commute. Easy peasy! Then, if I hear a really good one, I can go back and watch the video to see the “powerful visuals.”
The Chromebook Classroom – This podcast is a new addition to my repertoire, but it’s one that I know I can trust: I tend to bump into John Sowash yearly at the ITIP Ohio Google Summit and his sessions are always guaranteed to present some new learning for me.
TED Radio Hour – Guy Raz hosts this weekly NPR program that mashes up great TEDTalks and interviews with those TEDsters around a theme. Not only is it a great way to discover new talks and ideas, but when the theme hits the sweet spot, the program is out of this park.
The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast – Matt Miller (author of Ditch that Textbook) and Kasey Bell (author and blogger at ShakeUpLearning.com) co-host this podcast about exciting trends and ideas in ed tech. They’re both Google Certified Innovators and change agents in the education community.
Harris Football – So, this one doesn’t fit the pattern of all of the aforementioned pods in this list . . . but Christopher Harris is a fantasy football expert that I trust and his podcast is intelligent and fun at the same time.
Serial – I’m normally not into real life mysteries, dramas and disturbing stuff, but the two seasons of NPR’s Serial have been riveting listens. Season 1 made me want to get stuck in traffic on I-271 every day and Season 2 was almost as good. Host Sarah Koenig is amazing.
All Songs Considered – This was the first podcast that I ever subscribed to. I can’t seem to find the time to fit it back into my rotation nowadays, but if I ever get back into it, my music tastes will benefit. NPR’s Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton do a bang-up job sharing what’s new and awesome in music and having fun along the way. The show leans toward indie music, but they definitely cover all genres.
Think I’m missing a podcast from my rotation? Please mention it in the comments below, or send it to me @JakeMillerTech.