What have you listened to this year? Thanks to Spotify Wrapped, I know that have listened to thousands minutes of podcasts this year. And my most listened-to podcast was Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway. Now I tend to listen to podcasts like the radio, or at least that’s the story I’m going with to explain why my number of minutes is so ridiculously high. In this blog post, I’ll highlight some of the most popular Easy EdTech Podcast episodes from this year, in case you’re looking to increase your own listening minutes with a some EdTech tips.
What will are 5 of the most listened-to episodes? You’ll see the list and a brief summary of what each Easy EdTech Podcast episode covers below. A quick note, I didn’t include the bonus episodes on the list. But if you want to see a full list of these ones, this link will take you straight to all of the bonus episodes.
How to Listen to Your First Podcast
Now I know that not everyone is as avid of a podcast fan as I am. So before we dive into the list, I want to share with you how to listen to a podcast. If you’re a seasoned podcast listener, this list might be one you share. Maybe with a colleague, friend, or family member who hasn’t explored this medium.
To find and listen to a podcast, follow these steps:
- On your phone or computer, open your preferred web browser and go to a podcast directory or search engine. This could include, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts.
- In the search bar, type in the name of the podcast you want to listen to. O type in a keyword related to the topic you are interested in.
- A list of podcasts related to your search will appear. Browse through the list and select the podcast you want to listen to.
- On the podcast’s page, you will see a list of episodes. Select the episode you want to listen to and click on the play button to start listening.
- Most podcast players also allow you to adjust the playback speed, skip ahead or back, and save episodes to listen to later. You can also subscribe to or follow the podcast to automatically receive new episodes as they are released.
Note: If you don’t want to download a new app on your phone, Google Podcasts is a great choice. Here is a list of tips for using the free podcast player from Google.
The Most Listened-to Easy EdTech Podcast Episodes
The Easy EdTech Podcast is a weekly show that features interviews with educators and experts on the latest in educational technology. You’ll find a combination of interviews and solo episodes where I share strategies and tips related to thoughtful technology integration. This year, I’ve even shared a few excerpts from my book EdTech Essentials: The Top 10 Technology Strategies for All Learning Environments.
With almost 200 episodes to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones to listen to first. So, in no particular order, this list includes the most listened-to episodes of the Easy EdTech Podcast in 2022.
Just 3 Tech Tips to Try This Year – 147
In this episode, I share three tech tips to try this year to make EdTech easier and help you focus on the essentials. You’ll hear how to tailor these three tips to different grade levels, subject areas, and even different roles to keep things simple this school year! Click here to listen.
What Does an Instructional Technology Specialist Do? with Rosie Fleming – 156
In this episode, Rosie Fleming joins to share what her day-to-day looks like as an Instructional Technology Specialist. You’ll also hear ways to get involved with tech leadership in your school and steps you can take to pursue the role of Instructional Technology Specialist. Click here to listen.
A Quick Activity to Introduce Memes to Students – 151
In this episode, I share a favorite, quick meme activity to promote critical thinking and creativity around any topic. You’ll also hear about three spotlight tools to get you started plus how you can use EdTech tools that you already have in your tool belt for this meme creation activity. Click here to listen.
How To Build Your Makerspace from the Ground Up with Caroline Haebig – 146
In this episode, educator Caroline Haebig joins to unpack Maker Learning culture and share resources for building a makerspace from the ground up. You’ll hear tips for using the Design Thinking process and how to connect students to an authentic audience! Click here to listen.
How EdTech Connects to Climate Change Education with Dr. Jennifer Williams – 145
In this episode, author and educational leader Dr. Jennifer Williams joins to discuss the role education technology plays in climate change education. You’ll also hear connections to cross-curricular activities, social-emotional learning, media literacy, and more. Click here to listen.
Fitting Podcasts into a Busy Schedule
If you are busy, you can make time to listen to podcasts by setting aside dedicated time for listening. For example, you can listen to podcasts during your commute, while exercising, or doing household chores. I often listen to new episodes when I get ready for work in the morning, playing them on my speaker or with my Airpods in. You can also use podcast-listening apps that allow you to speed up or slow down the playback speed so that you can fit more content in a shorter amount of time. In a blog post from earlier this year, I shared a few tips for making the most of podcasts with eight quick tips.
Another option is to subscribe to podcasts and have new episodes automatically downloaded to your device, so you can listen to them whenever you have the time. Although this can take up storage space, it’s a good option if you like to “binge” a few episodes at a time or skip around. Additionally, many podcasts (including the Easy EdTech Podcast) give listeners access to written transcripts of the podcast episodes, which you can read or skim at your convenience.
Whether you are new to the Easy EdTech Podcast or have been listening for a while, these popular episodes are designed to provide insights and practical tips for using technology in the classroom. Tune in to hear from expert educators and learn how to integrate technology into your teaching in meaningful and effective ways.
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Note: This blog post was written with some help from ChatGPT for inspiration and assistance with the writing process. This tool has been in the news and I’m trying it out to learn more about it and the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education.