Ever since I created and taught a unit on science in my pre-internship, I have fancied myself a scientist. I have recently introduced experiments to the kids at work and they love it. I think part of it is the natural inquiry process that occurs in scientific exploration. So I was naturally curious when I found a podcast dedicated to simple science explanations because the one thing I struggled with was putting the scientific reasoning into kid friendly language. While this podcast is too advanced for littles, it is easily understood by adults and could be translated for younger students.
Another podcast I liked was from TeacherCast. The website hasn't been updated in a while so the particular episode I listened to about how to begin teaching with technology isn't up there but is available on iTunes. One of the guests said something that really stuck with me because it reminded me almost exactly of something Dean said during one of our live sessions this week. The gentleman stated that "we have to make sure we show our students we are not afraid to make mistakes" and Dean had said something similar when he was trying something out for us on the spot. I appreciate when he does stuff like that because then he makes it safe for us to try new things and to take risks in a public space, like on our blogs.
A third podcast that caught my eye, I picked up off the favourites page on iTunes. It is actually a series of video podcasts from Scam School. The host is a little bit over the top for my liking, but he does teach you some neat tricks you can dazzle your friends with next time you're out and about. Maybe you could become the next David Copperfield.
Speaking of magic, I created a little of my own here in this little podcast. I much preferred this week's tech task of over the video blog we had to create a couple of weeks ago. Mostly because I didn't have to get dressed. The cat you see in the middle there, lounging on the stairs, is my girl Charlie Bear. She is also the one you can hear meowing in the background at about 3:04. She's so needy