Many of our students are very busy and don’t have time to sift through the latest blogs for ideas and inspiration. So this week, we decided to follow up our Audio Scripts for Podcasting blog with a list of free educational podcasts for teachers and students to listen to!
Podcasts are a great way to follow the latest conversations in a field you are interested in without having to carve out more hours in your day. Whether you’re looking for something to listen to during your commute, on lunch break, or waiting in line, here are 12 educational podcasts for all kinds of teachers and learners!
1. National Public Radio (NPR) has an entire section of education podcasts that highlight current educational news and worldwide events.
2. Grammar Girl offers podcasts for anyone interested in teaching grammar or improving their own. Podcasts cover grammar rules, offer tips for business writing, and make complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks.
3. A History of the World in 100 Objects contains numerous podcasts that are great for anyone interested in history.
4. Gamers Advancing Meaningful Education (G.A.M.E.) is designed for teachers who want to incorporate gaming into the educational process. “Gamifying the classroom” has actually become a popular controversy over the past few years. For anyone who is interested in the creative potential of adding gaming to education, podcast episodes are produced monthly.
5. English as a Second Language (ESL) is ran by a team of experienced ESL professors and offers weekly podcasts that are designed to help students improve their English.
6. Roundtable is a fantastic resource for English, Literature, and Fine Arts teachers. Along with their two creative hosts, each week features a mystery guest ranging from published authors, editors, literary agents, screenwriters, filmmakers, publishers, and more. You don’t have to be a teacher to love this site; anyone who has a passion for writing should check it out!
8. Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner (eCorner) explores principles that create successful leaders, entrepreneurs, and business owners. The lecture series takes place every Wednesday during the academic year and offers entrepreneurship resources, including a dynamic team of educators, engineers, and designers at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP).
9. Chemical Heritage Foundation is a science podcast focusing specifically on chemistry. Each episode takes a look at past breakthroughs and their effects on present and future scientific research.
10. Teacher Cast explores current learning trends and resources. The host, Jeffrey Bradbury, has a very impressive resume and was recognized as one of the top 50 educators using social media and has been nominated twice in the category of Innovator of the Year at the Bammy Awards.
11. Audiria is a podcast for those interested in learning Spanish. Podcasts are organized by difficulty levels and include transcriptions.
12. The International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) features podcasts that talk about how technology is changing the classroom, covering various topics from blogging to gamming to mobile learning.
Are there any other podcasts that you recommend?