I recently wrote an article about podcasts for the Global Math Department newsletter. I had more to write about podcasts, so I'm continuing my thoughts here. There are lots of really well done podcasts focused on mathematics and education and I wanted to share the best of what I've been listening to on my daily commute to and from work. I have just enough of a commute to get through about a podcast each day. I really enjoy how a good podcast make a dull commute alone in a car feel like a road trip with friends.
One new podcast that I started listening to is called Infinite Insights. Duane Habecker and Maggie Peters started this podcast to discuss articles and research regarding mathematics education and how it applies to your classroom. I really enjoyed listening to their first podcast about using math for your Day 1 routines.
Five Fabulous Podcasts Episodes
Instead of just recommending a bunch of podcasts, I wanted to hone in on specific episodes that I think you'll enjoy (assuming you're into mathematics). Check these out:
So what makes a good podcast? I used four criteria for selecting the podcasts above: Length (I find that 30-40 minutes is about right for me), Mathematical Interest (I like to learn new things about math or education), Content Density (I like a podcast to get to its point and not linger on idle chit chat), and Production Value (a good microphone and a sound booth help).
If you're interested in a longer list of math podcast recommendations, David Petro has a nice collection listed on his Ontario Math Links website.
I'd really like to hear about your favourite mathematics or education podcasts. Even better, I'd like to hear about a great episode of your favourte podcast. Please let me know what I've been missing out on.