Don’t get the wrong idea, I don’t ALWAYS listen to educational podcasts in the morning when I mysteriously find myself at the local YMCA gym, or on my commutes to and from work. The fact that I CAN choose between music and high quality, free educational professional development when I turn on my iPod is a remarkable feature of life in the twenty-first century infoverse, however, and an option I enjoy exercising fairly regularly.
This morning, I opted to “get educated” with some new podcasts, and throughly enjoyed listening to Episode 5 of “The Practical Principals” podcast by Melinda Miller and Scott Elias. Most of the podcast is a discussion of reasons to consider switching from a Windows-based PC to a Macintosh laptop, but they also discuss a host of other sites and technology tools which I found both interesting and enjoyable. Like the Seedlings podcast and the Technology Shopping Cart podcast, all the referenced links are included in the episode shownotes.
I had not heard of the Jumping Monkeys podcast, and have added it to my podcast subscriptions which I maintain on PodNova. (These podcast feeds sync to my iPod and iPhone via iTunes and JuiceReciever. All these software tools are free.) While visiting the Jumping Monkeys’ website, I found the link to their Tumblr site. Tumblr is one of the MANY web 2.0 tools I’ve heard about and saved to my social bookmarks, but never taken the time to use and explore. It really does look like a cool way to share a LOT of different things you find online as well as create. I’m very interested in digital documentation of learning (DDL) and will likely be exploring more tools which permit DDL this year. I hesitate to say I’m interested in “electronic portfolios,” because many of the e-portfolio systems I’ve used and seen are implemented by schools in very prescribed and limiting ways– definitely within an “instructionist” rather than a constructivist frame. So that bit of incidental learning I credit to Melinda and Scott via their latest podcast.
I also appreciated Scott’s recommendation of Sylvia Martinez’ presentation for K12Online07, “Challenging Assumptions About Technology Professional Development.” I haven’t heard that preso (and many others) from the 2007 K12Online conference, and will be sure to listen to it later this week.
When linking to the Seedlings podcast tonight, I noticed that Bob Sprankle is beginning to go through the K12Online07 presentations and posting reflections, starting with David Warlick’s pre-conference keynote. I think it is SO GREAT the presentation content for K12Online remains online for professional learning like this to continue ALL YEAR LONG. I wonder if we should find ways to network and discuss our learning about the conference sessions at different times this spring? One of the things I thought about the K12Online conference this year was that the content was great as in 2006, but the time available to synchronously engage with the content and the presenters was too short and compressed. I’m sure there are ways that can be made even better in 2008, both formally as well as informally.
If you haven’t already, check out The Practical Principals podcast and add it to your personal podcast subscriptions! I am enjoying the “smart playlist” feature of iTunes to provide updated and new podcasts for me each time I sync my iPod and iPhone, and that’s why their latest episode crossed my “attention radar screen” today.
I have JuiceReceiver set to automatically change the genre (if it’s not already set) of every podcast episode I download to “podcast.” Then, I have a smart playlist which randomly selects 25 different iTunes files in the genre “podcast.” That’s how I came to hear the Practical Principals today! This learning path is a combination of intentional learning (because at some point in the past, I DID subscribe to their channel) as well as random or accidental learning, since one of their episodes happened to be selected my iTunes the last time I synced my iPod!
I love the opportunity to learn from others in the 21st century infoscape! Thanks Melinda and Scott for teaching me some new things today, and sharing several pieces of your mind via your GREAT podcast! I look forward to the next episode! 🙂
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