For almost a year I have been toying with the idea of starting a Podcast. I feel like I have a lot to share, but typing it out in a blog each week doesn't always work for me. I love listening to technology news and other EdTech podcasts which often lead me to a number of ideas, but sitting down to write them out often doesn't make it past the note taking stage. I have had trouble with the podcast idea for a number of reasons, but the main one is the idea that I would not have enough to say or anything that others might actually want to hear. The urge to share has been growing in the past year and I often find myself spouting ideas and thoughts out to anyone who happens to be standing next to me at that time. The poor soul these idea usually end up being shard with is my husband who has nothing to do with education (unless you count being a parent).
To begin the process, I have split a presentation that I gave at NCTIES 2017 called "Blogging in Any Classroom" into 3 episodes. Each episode focuses on one aspect of setting up and using student blogs. This seemed like the easiest place to start because the materials are already together and accessible on my website. The process will be followed again as I prepare to present "Feedback: Tips, Tricks, and Tools" at the ASCD Empower 17 Conference at the end of March. Because I waited almost a year to actually do this, I have a number of episodes that are still in note form. My hope is to continue to push these out while still continuing to research new technologies and learn more teaching techniques that I can share out as well.
Right now I am creating and editing these episodes myself and a good friend is getting them out to all the podcast outlets for me. I am doing this with the idea in my head that this could very well fail. I could put time into this and end up impacting no one. That is okay. I am looking at this as a learning opportunity. If this does not work out I will have gained a new set of skills that can be used for classroom projects or even smaller professional development audio clips for my school or district.
If you are interested in listening to my podcast, head over to iTunes and download the APlusEdTech Podcast. If you have any suggestions for episodes or you have an expertise you would like to share as a guest, feel free to tweet or email me!