Do you want to listen to podcasts during some of your downtime? What downtime? Or while you are walking or exercising? Or sleeping? I know teachers are very busy and on the verge of burn-out at this time of year but podcasts can help re-inspire or motivate you or simply get you through to the end of the year. When asked if you are keeping up with your professional development, you can confidently nod and discuss something about the latest examples of project based learning. No one needs to know that it was the last thing you listened to before parking your car this morning.
Search for podcasts that interest you and your passion within your chosen profession. There are, literally, podcasts for everything.
I suggest, to get started, my two favourite bloggers who have recently entered the podcast realm.
If you have no time to read the blogposts, perhaps you can listen.
I also like the idea of EduAllStars in which a different education innovator is featured in each episode. WiredEducator.com also offers a variety of interviews with clever educators adapting and adopting technology into their classrooms.
Free webinars often offered great information about using technology and making in the K-12 classroom but many have become “sponsored” by various technology companies and no longer offer the breadth of knowledge they once did. Podcasts fill that gap by offering innovative ideas within the context of an interview or listening opportunity that is free and not subject to any schedule.
Try one out. Podcasts are just one more tool in your professional development tool belt.