This week I explored a podcast on edReach that focused on being a connected educator. I want to begin by saying, there are some podcasts I really enjoy. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. Maybe I caught these guys on an off week, but it was about 80% nothingness. They spent the first 5 minutes trying to remember the name of various movies and actors, and that set the stage for a pretty unprofessional and not very useful 35 minutes.
In the midst of all the noise, the podcasters talked about using twitter as a professional tool. They said it was a good way to connect to other educators, but could become used as a personal notebook, which they thought was useless. They also noted that it is important for educators to be careful with censoring what they say on twitter. They also talked about Facebook, which they say is a good way to connect to parents (but they think that Facebook is generally annoying). Lastly, they talked about Pinterest, which they think has some good ideas, but it mostly for girls.
This pretty mediocre experience has not turned me off education podcasts for good. I will go on a search to find a good podcast for educators, and perhaps I will write a follow up at some later date. Stay tuned!