Presented by Chey Cheney & Pav Wander, teachers, Beaumonde Heights Junior Middle School, Toronto District School Board
Improving our teaching practices through podcasting! Through this presentation, we'd like educators to come away with the idea that their voices can be heard and rediscovered through so many different mediums, including podcasting, as is the case in our experience.
Welcome to this webinar end session on rediscovering your voice improving your teaching practice through by my name is Todd and I will be joined by Che for this presentation today a special thank you to the Virginia Society for technology and education for inviting us to be a part of brainstorm 20/20 Limitless learning and we are so excited that you are checking our webinar presentation on rediscovering your voice to podcasting what does critical learning goals of our presentation is freaking to Come Away with the idea that you can reinvigorate your voice find your voice discover your voice casting platform for you to energize your voice become more sound in your beliefs with your pedagogy presentation is a jicama way of knowing how you can re-energize your voice to re-energize your teaching practice call Jesse so part of what we really want to be able to stress during this presentation is that there is a lot of value that comes from podcasting for an educator there are lots of different conversations that people are able to have with each other and then it also allows for you to really create a very type first professional Learning Network so the podcast and get self allows for a lot of self-reflection as an educator and allows for you to really do a lot of research and felt very deeply into some of the trends that are happening with in education and then by creating a professional Learning Network allows you to connect to other teachers from around the world and talk about what's not working where does he need more and so this is an area where through a lot without perhaps even meaning to do so we really wanted to get together and talk about some of the things that we see happening in classrooms but we didn't realize that we were going to learn so much along the way we need to be able to rely on the things that we have stored you know if be able to pull them up as we need them quickly and so that we don't have to use up all of his working memory to be able to that's it so we have this long-term memory that we really want to make our explicit instruction Foundation solid so we go to the store open ended concept called into work all defensive learning so much knowledge is just trying to find these out of the box Solutions because we just solidified a foundation and someone you're trying to justify why do I want my explicit instruction this is why I want nothing cuz I don't want authentic learning because I do want and I want and I don't want to be letting my kids off and working and they can't maximize the time to work on the foundational information necessary I mean it it seems to make complete and I've heard this from a few people in the past few no looking back in retrospect after that principle is gone and so many amazing things came out of it sometimes I feel like I know what I've been in that experience I'm appreciative of that and I feel like you know what I probably wouldn't push myself that hard somebody was there to push me to get to that particular vision and looking back the school was spectacular achieved everything that the administrator Scott out to achieve and you were on a high the school was going places and it was doing but where it needs to be podcasting 101 headphones not essential and then we can use as a browsing platform that allows you to podcast on your own for free just need to self email you some started computer so what would we say are some of the biggest impact of podcasting for an educator we'd likely have to say that number one would be professional development we have grown a lot in terms of our professional growth over the past 9 months. We've been interested in a particular topic for an incident will now we need to help a little bit steeper so does that mean reading up on some articles that we find on this particular topic does it mean engaging into a building perhaps right ministrator has people who can give us a little bit more of an inside or perspective that we haven't already offered so the growth that we have experienced professionally secondly we really built on our professional learning of something that happened along the way it wasn't entirely intentional actually a lot of these were not intentional but they sort of just happen once you get connected on Twitter and start to try and get your podcast out there to listen to you start connecting with a lot of different from all over the world and we really been able to see this as an impactful thing because it is a given take relationship people are listening to what you have to offer as a podcast are there hearing your voice but in turn they are offering their perspectives and their thoughts and their feelings about a particular thing as well. Connecting with schools around the world we talked about this a little bit already of these connected through so many different different places School group was probably the first website is the organization that really helped us connect with Educators around the world but then through our professional Learning Network that we connect with so many different people from different countries and also you know when you are podcasting if you choose to use a software application like where you were most listened to and so you know we are listen to in over 50 countries probably more than right now around the world which is which is very significant because your voice although you feel like it might be very centralized has a global reach what's most interesting is that so many educators will come back and let you know that you know things that you have to say resonate with that which is so interesting when you were sitting on one part of the globe and you know you hearing this feedback from people on the other side as well future impacts that decided that so many additional doors have been open to us because of our vulnerability inability to open up our voices and allowed other hear what we have to say this has been huge for us and allowing our voices to be heard on different platforms such as written form for school group record growing and growing and there are no limits the end result from this explosion from the podcast professional growth in your PL in the connections you made with other people for self-reflection someone else a feedback on that and so the power of your voice to talk to your other people in their voices Rose educator podcast Twitter chats podcast experience that has exploded your voice Network same for others feel such a masquerade of other Educators that you can learn from Kingsborough from so what are some of the things that really opened up for us what are we up to and what have we been up to since we started podcasting we originally started with the staff room podcast recording one episode that was our original expectations just based on what we thought we could do how much time we supposed to go into editing Hour podcast and preparing to release an episode. Quickly became once a week and once in the middle of the week as well so we went from having potentially one episode full length episode 4 months to do in one full length episodes for we which it ranges from about 25 to 35 minutes and then we also have on top of that mini interludes which are about 5 to 10 Elaine stands are far more selfish self reflective and listeners a little bit more of our own personal perspective and not something that we do conversationally together from there our opportunities also have to doing a radio show which is very interesting so voi said radio is a Canadian online radio station that has a focus on education and they offer much more than radio there's a whole bunch of floss on the radio as well it is a website and a half and you don't see the Creator and founder of which type of radio Steven Hurley with somebody who which was after coming from thought that it would be great to have a teacher from their interest sort of rude into you know maybe we could start our own morning radio show so we currently hosts a morning educational radio show which mixes music into into our talk as well and and it's really blossomed to end a fit just offers us another opportunity for another medium to be able to explore voice and talk a little bit about things that we talked about in our place has so many as I would but in a much more casual or not and you know mixing it in with conversation with other people alive and also you know we're able to interact with a lot of people on Twitter at the same time during the broadcast show and so it is it is definitely a different five but again and opportunities in if we didn't start with just another door that was opened up to us along the way how do I fit in where do where do I know where can I step in what can I do what can I do to assist and you know we've talked about experience in the last week or so ways that supports that for now beginning to work their way back in to into the everyday learning environment and and not just to be helping the staff although that's a big part of it but also how are they now working their way into have more connection and more communication with the students that are are now more engaged with the remote learning experience as well so as we get more students into our learning environments were starting to see more opportunity and more places where the support staff can now start to fit in what else will be up to well education give does is what else were up to 30 3 questions and then a boxer group afterwards to discuss and expand on some of the issues and so his education Never Dies interact with each other what else is designed to connect International Educator connected and we are working on our education something that you really can't help when you start to feel a professional Learning Network on Twitter or any other social media platform has connections with these and this is definitely something that she and I have experienced so we can talk a little bit more about education Never Dies you know who started to feel this need to take the information gathered and sort of intermingle it with some of the perspectives that we see out there and and go one step further and try to help other Educators that that might need some more perspective from us and so teaming up with different Educators from different people who are administrators people who are a support staff people who are Consulting from the outside and using all of the knowledge and wealth of knowledge we have together as a team and putting that out there even further has been not only impact gold for us but also for people who engage in the conversation on social media and so on Twitter how we have created the education Never Dies which is made up of nine different Educators and one of the things that we have started is doing on Twitter and so you know he use that collaborative practice that we have built together to be able to help other teachers out there on Twitter who thrive on sort of that team effective learning we all learn together we all rise together so what's our story I want my class to always have different read podcast Studio any activity with a bathing suit or explain their passion and then we learn from our students we were motivated by learning opportunity didn't come Soulful Circle that we were very similar the ultimate remind me this much as we teach our students are students and Inspire us in our so inspired by our students on this podcast on the phone that's our motivation it is time for the swag bag what are your secrets we want your take me to be start podcast get your mic get started New Reflections of Reason always draw something you can always Forever by forever if you're always there always available in let's start reflecting and suffering our boys so continuing with our swag bag our takeaways from this presentation something that we really need to stress is that through podcasting we are really learning from there in the truest sense of the word we are building a professional Learning Network like none that we have ever experienced in our lives as teachers and we are exchanging information in many ways on a daily basis with people we've been participating and learn so much new information you know entering a child you have zero idea what anybody is talking about and walking away with a wealth of knowledge then go and you know embedded into our teaching practice the very next day and so it has really changed the way that we are teaching it has cheese perspectives and in many ways has changed the way we think as Educators and this is truly very important so building that professional Learning Community is Greenleaf and is one of the biggest impacts that we felt as Educators at as podcasters and and just for our own growth as well what's my third swag bag out of my 13th wait wait podcast so many different types of podcast subject-specific Shirley Jean from absorbing a diving fall into the podcast industry educational podcasts there are lots of different ways that you can connect with Chan myself on Twitter we have several handles of the very first and foremost would be at staff and this is our staffing podcast handled through here we we participate in a lot of stress to build our professional Learning Community we also put out our new episode Lane any other really big project radio is at the driveway said she can be reached at myself at wonder and then education Never Dies can be reached at Legend Never Dies other ways you can contact us if you can stay connected. From podcasting drive through Facebook Instagram Instagram comments feedback up question always goes to the podcast value you will rise together take a note is podcasting is something that you might be interested in doing as an educator please don't hesitate to contact us we were helped through somebody else who was able to give us a lot of information to get started and we would love to be able to offer the same to anyone else who might also be interested in as well please reach out to us at the staff at gmail.com we can also be reached through the education Never Dies email address if you'd like to reach us there and please feel free to ask any questions about getting started or about amplifying your voice as an educator in general it's very important that we are able to do that as teachers because it is us that is going to be helping to move this profession forward and to evolve not only as individual Educators but as a team of teachers and in the system we have to be able to put in that kind work if we want to see our system change and grow for the better for our students