It seems that podcasts have an unlikely effect on students. There's a chance that these soundbites actually boost a student's interest in reading.
At least that's what Michael Godsey found in a recent piece for The Atlantic, linked below.
Godsey recounts introducing podcasts to his high school English class two years ago, which was followed by a surge in voluntary reading. The story then takes a deeper dive into the influences of podcasts, delving into their use as a classroom supplement and a tool for students learning English. (And if you're inspired to listen to a few podcasts yourself, we've got you covered.)
Also on the docket this week is an article from MindShift about digital portfolios and college-bound students, as well as a look at planning tech trainings for teachers from the outstanding blog Cult of Pedagogy. Hope you like the stories we rounded up.
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The Value of Using Podcasts in Class | The Atlantic
How to Plan Outstanding Tech Training for Your Teachers | Cult of Pedagogy
Netflix chief announces $100 million fund for education | The Washington Post
How student empowerment drives blended learning and other tips from experts in the field | The Hechinger Report
Adjusting Your Teaching To Increasingly Powerful Technology | TeachThought