Thursday, March 15, 2018

Podcast Episode 1: Birth of a Podcast

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Podcast Episode 001: Birth of a Podcast

Welcome to my first ever attempt at podcasting! The main purpose of this podcast is to help inform our local staff about technology use and professional learning opportunities available to those who work in our school district. This is also an opportunity to reach out beyond our educational community and let anyone peek inside our school district and learn about the ways we support and encourage staff and students to learn and grow together.

Each episode will contain a brief idea about how to use technology tools in meaningful ways to support deeper learning, maybe a trick or tip to help busy educators and learners save time when dealing with everyday tasks, or possibly an idea or two to help our professional educators expand or improve their practice. These episodes might also include some personal reactions or suggestions from my own use of tech that I might think are relevant to the topic.

This podcast is recorded using a service called Anchor FM, which is a free browser-based service for Chromebook, PC, or Mac. It also has both an Android and an iOS app that are free to download and use as well. Listeners can call in questions and ideas for future episodes through the Anchor FM app to make this truly YOUR podcast. So, if you want to learn about a specific resource or technique to use with your classroom lessons, please feel free to use the Anchor app to let me know about it, and I may use your voice message on a future episode!

Last, I’d like to give a big shout out to Matt Miller, author of Ditch That Textbook and Ditch That Homework, for this idea. Matt came to Galesburg as a keynote speaker at our local Whatever It Takes Conference in 2017. He has a weekly podcast called The Google Teacher Tribe and has recently launched a daily podcast called Ditch That Textbook Podcast, using Anchor FM. This last resource is incredibly useful and has inspired me to try podcasting, so I want to plainly announce to the world that I am copying his idea, giving it a personal twist to fit our local needs, and applying it to fill a need we have here in Galesburg. Thank you for your inspiration, Matt! You can follow him at @jmattmiller on Twitter.

Please feel free to offer some feedback through the Anchor FM app, through my blog at, or by reaching out via Twitter at @205mjacobson

Thanks for listening!

Please note: These are either my own ideas or ideas for which I will make every reasonable attempt to give full and complete credit to the original source, and are not intended to reflect an endorsement by Galesburg Community Unit School District 205. I would also like to add that I do not accept payment for endorsing any products or services in this podcast, nor will I accept any gifts or incentives for doing so.

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