With summer almost upon us, and everyone looking forward to some much-needed “down time”, I would like to suggest five great, educational Podcasts and Twitter feeds for you to follow and listen to this summer.
During my PD sessions for staff, I like to say that I used to be addicted to Facebook. However, after a two-hour session of scrolling through everyone’s lives (and perhaps some wasted time on Candy Crush), I began to feel as if this wasn’t the most productive way to spend my life!
Since I discovered Twitter, I haven’t looked back, even though I still check Facebook about once a week or so and have moved on from Candy Crush to Word Cookies! But I now spend the majority of my online time reading motivational quotes relating to education, looking at photos of teachers and kids enjoying learning together, learning great ways to leverage digital in the classroom, expanding my professional practice, and overall spending my free time more productively! Not only am I still having fun, but I feel that I am becoming a better person and educator with every minute that I spend reading Twitter.
That being said, in no particular order, here are the Educational Twitter feeds that I feel you must follow this summer!
- Coach George. OK I will admit that this one is at the top for shameless, self-promotional purposes! It’s a place where I share and “like” educational ideas that “speak to me”. These will primarily be about ways to leverage digital K to 12. You can find the link to all of the Ed Tech Coaches here. On each of their sites, you will be able to find their Twitter handles. Following us is a great (DDSB) digital resource!
- Google For Education. Suggested by Adam Grenon from Sinclair Secondary. “Helping prepare students to create the future. The best of Google, for education. Follow for product announcements, program updates and news.”
- Teach Write. Suggested by Christine Senior who is the Literacy Facilitator for Grades 7 to 12 at the DDSB. “Helping teachers teach writers and grow their own writing habits”.
- Eric Curts. He is constantly updating with great ideas and always preaches the use of meaningful technology. “Tech Integrationist, Writer, Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator, Table-top Gamer, Geek”.
- DDSB Educators. A public list compiled by Amanda Paterson, who is the Innovation Officer for the DDSB. This is a list for the Twitter feeds of Teachers and Administrators in the Durham District School Board.
One of the dubious new “pleasures” of my role as technology coach is my driving time to work. My commute used to be 5 minutes door to door when I taught at Sinclair. Now it’s less than 5 minutes to Brooklin High School, but 25 minutes to Henry Street High School, and almost 45 minutes to G.L. Roberts Collegiate. The last two are enough time for me to listen to a podcast and feel that I am both enjoying my drive and becoming a better coach and educator on my commute!
So, again in no particular order (for real this time), here are the Educational Podcasts that I feel you must follow this summer!
- Google Teacher Tribe. Matt Miller and Kasey Bell make a great team. It’s like sitting around with friends and discussing Google ideas for the classroom. “May The Googles be with you!”.
- Shukes and Giff. Three great suggestions for podcasts follow from another soon-to-be-added Ed Tech Coach Carolyn Wilson: “Shukes and Giff The Podcast is a weekly podcast by Canadian educators Kim Pollishuke and Jen Giffen. The podcast aims to share EdTech treasures with the audience in hopes of creating an AHA moment and encouraging listeners to take those AHAs and give it a go.”
- The Cult of Pedagogy. “The Cult of Pedagogy is run by a team of people committed to making you more awesome in the classroom! Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology — if it has something to do with teaching, we’re talking about it. On the podcast, I interview educators, students, administrators and parents about the psychological and social dynamics of school, trade secrets, and other juicy things you’ll never learn in a textbook. Other episodes feature me on my own, offering advice on ways to make your teaching more effective and more fun.”
- The 10 Minute Teacher. “Add a new habit to your morning or evening commute. The 10-minute teacher podcast interviews remarkable teachers from around the world. Every weekday get inspired with quick interviews of important trends, topics, and tools impacting K-12 teachers. Each Day Has a Theme: Motivational Mondays – get motivated for the week ahead | EdTech Tool Tuesdays – practical edtech tools | Wonderful Classroom Wednesdays – meet teachers doing amazing things | Thought Leader Thursdays – hear from top researchers and authors to think about your teaching | 5-Idea Fridays – 5 practical ideas teachers can use now.”
- 3 More Wishes! Hey remember when you were a kid and someone asked you if you could have one wish, what would it be? And you answered more wishes?! Well here is a link that will almost do the same thing for you! It will give you a great list of 20 more podcasts to listen to — all of which are great!
So now you have 5++ Twitter feeds and 5++ Podcasts to follow!
For some of the best and easiest-to-follow videos all about Google, check out this amazing YouTube video resource created by Jamie Keet. “Teacher’s Tech wants to help you get more out of your tech. Weekly videos will showcase tips, tricks, tutorials, apps, extensions, and tech gadgets.”
Enjoy reading and listening to all of these, but make sure that you also save lots of time to relax and spend quality time with friends and family this summer!
Coach George out.