by Destini Watson
Are you looking for resources to help students be inspired by technology? Here are 3 podcasts, with 4 guests in total who have insight about tech in high schools!
1. The EdSurge Podcast
This is run by Jeffrey Young, an editor and reporter for EdSurge.com, which is a newsroom that focuses on teaching and learning (Jeffrey R. Young, nd; EdSurge, n.d). On the podcast episode “How High School Should Change for an Era of AI and Robots,” Young interviewed Jim Tracy, a former college president and former employee at K-12 schools, and Greg Toppo, who’s an education journalist (Young, 2022). Tracy and Toppo speak about the fictional book they’ve authored, called Running with Robots. Some of it discusses highschool students collecting literary great Ernest Hemmingway’s writings and making a holograph-like version of him comprised of those writings; and they interact with the holograph. The authors believe that in reality, humans and tech advancements could transform classrooms in innovative ways, and even students themselves could make these tech advancements. (Young, 2022).
2. Easy EdTech Podcast
This is run by Dr. Monica Burns, who is a “curriculum and edtech consultant, author, and founder of ClassTechTips.com.” (Monica Burns, n.d). On episode 168 of the Easy EdTech Podcast, she talks with sociology professor and author of Redefining Geek, Dr. Cassidy Puckett about how to help teens be tech savvy (Burns, 2022). Puckett stated five tips, some of which included keeping frustration and boredom controlled, and determining if the technology a student learns is applicable to what they want to gain from it (Burns, 2022).
3. The Love of EdTech
This podcast is hosted by Kara Hutchinson, an elementary school teacher with tech experience, and Caryn Kelley, a former middle school teacher, with tech experience. Both have gained tech knowledge through working in school libraries (About the Podcast, n.d). They interviewed Jennifer Moorman, a highschool art teacher who spoke about how she instructs her students to use google maps to create a presentation about an artist’s life, using geography. This project helped her realize that students are more invested in class with this project. Students can even see a depiction of a particular place from decades ago. According to her students, she’s learned that they enjoy looking at aspects of the world geographically through this project. (Kelley and Hutchinson, 2022)
These podcasts each contained good insight! Listening to them in full could provide high school students and educators with interesting perspectives on tech!
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