Listening to a podcast is becoming one of the most popular ways of getting a little more depth into news, features or areas of interest, without getting distracted with pop-up adverts, commercials or trying you to engage with content that is not relevant to your circumstances at that moment in time.
Being able to download, subscribe and search for content that interests each person is so much easier, but what trumps podcasts over readable content is the ability to listen to episodes when convenient to you. In the car going to or from work (most new cars allow for easier smartphone connectivity via USB cables or Bluetooth), when taking the dog for a walk, or just in the background when you’re planning or marking, podcasts can be downloaded when you’re connected to a network, allowing you to listen at a time that suits you.
Most podcast apps are free to download, but some of the premium products offer convenient and advanced features allowing even greater flexibility. Once downloaded, searching for podcasts is simple enough, with many offering ‘search’ interfaces that hone in on the content that you’re after, or be interested in listening to. Remember, podcasts are free, but listeners need to be aware that some episodes will feature adverts, or promoted conversations, but these are usually transparent and, unlike listening to commercial radio, you easily can skip ahead 30-seconds if it’s too intolerable.
Below now, we list some of the best podcast apps available for Android, iOS, and Windows devices, along with some recommendations of downloadable podcasts that we think you may with to subscribe to, as educators. If we’ve missed your favourite podcast app, or you like to subscribe to a podcast which is great for educators, please let us know via the comments section at the foot of this page.
Apps for iOS Devices
Apps for Android Devices
Apps for Windows Devices
Subscribe to these great Edu Podcasts
Great podcasts for educators
Add the RSS feed to your favourite podcast app
- The UKEd Podcast from UKEdChat – Click here for the RSS feed URL – iTunes
- The TED Radio Hour from NPR – Click here for the RSS feed URL – iTunes
- Moving at the speed of Creativity, with @wfryer – Click here for further information – iTunes
- Science Underground, with @ainissaramirez – Click here for further information – iTunes
- Mr Barton Maths Podcast, with Craig Barton – iTunes