Educational Talk Radio, podcasts, and personal primary sources
Over the last few months, I’ve tried to be more intentional about listening to and creating more podcasts. I’ve always loved the concept of podcasts – accessing content, anywhere, anytime. Tons of people have shared with me that they love listening to podcasts while they drive places.
That’s not something I can do – listening to stuff while I drive just ends sounding like the adult voices in the Peanuts shows. I get nothing. But if that works for you . . .
Because podcasts are more than just something for us to use as a way to kill time during a commute. Podcasts can also act as a great way to connect content with students and for students to demonstrate knowledge / skills.
So. Podcasts good.
And this morning, I got the chance to chat with Larry Jacobs from the Educational Talk Radio network. Larry does an awesome job of connecting with tons of people from lots of different arenas, posting them online, and making them available for anywhere, anytime.
We talked about a lot of stuff. Maine has 85 inches of snow on the ground. The Koch Brothers and turn of the century Muckrackers have a lot in common. Personal primary sources help kids connect past and present. Historical thinking is a better strategy for engaging kids than memorizing content. Social studies instruction should not be like the iOS Trivia Crack app.