Learning Leaders – Episode 2


Episode 2 went a bit differently than the first. After listening to the first I realized I needed to do more editing to the actual podcast – take out some of the pauses and pops. I realize that I really need to invest in a decent microphone and probably a pop-screen. I’m still a solo act although I think I have figured out how it might be possible to have an interview. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and looking at how some podcasters – Jeff Brown, Jeff Bradbury, Erik Fisher, Chris Brogan, Todd Henry  and Dan Schwabel do their podcasts – looking at the format, pacing, topics. I have found it very helpful to follow them to note how they do the transitions, introductions, discussions and end the podcast. Most of them are using a specific jingle that begins and ends the podcast.

Audacity vs GarageBand

I’ve been using GarageBand but since so many people suggested Audacity I thought I’d give it a try. Although it worked well I didn’t have access to the same range of jingles, sounds and loops or at least I couldn’t find them. I am getting better at working with GB and figuring out different inputs and outputs. I’ve thought of doing a “comic” podcast with the sound reverb but I’m not sure that would work so well. I can change the voice but have can’t change it back!

I spent more time editing this episode – much more time although you can still tell when I make the shift away from script. I hope, that as I do more of these, I will be better at being able to talk about the topics and have less “fillers”.

I include a lot of links in the shownotes which I’ve copied here. I think that was the best part of the episode because I discuss these during the podcast.

During the episode I reference the following sites:

Connected Professional Development is Now Imperative – by Mike Fisher

The Downside to Being a Connected Educator – by Penille Ripp

The top 4 excuses for not being a connected educator – by Angela Watson

I will also include these resources that were mentioned in the #saskedchat of September 25th 

Chris Brogan’s – Life Work Balance – interesting article that made me think about what we want and what we mean when we talk about having this balance.

Planboard – a planning platform that already has Sask Curriculum uploaded and available.

Evernote – productivity and planning awesomeness.

Notability  – Combine handwriting, photos and typing to bring your projects to life. Add as much detail as you like with a variety of colors and fonts.

Pearltrees – awesome curation site and app!

Any.do – Any.do makes it simple & fun to get things done.

Beyond the To Do List – Goals – Erik Fisher

iTuneU – iTunes U is the best way to create and experience courses on iPad.  The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.-

PostIt Note – The Post-it® Plus App takes the momentum from your collaboration sessions and keeps it rolling. Simply capture your notes, organize and then share with everyone. It’s that easy.

Edmodo – If you’re comfortable with technology or just starting out, need creative ideas or have ones to contribute, are looking for stories or have one to tell, we’ll show you the way.

Get Organized – Frank Buck

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I am a husband, father, son.... I am currently working on my PhD in Education - Curriculum and Instruction. My focus is teacher professional development and social media integration. I have a beautiful, supportive wife who has been my partner for 28 years. We have 8 wonderful children who are amazing individuals. Together, we are exploring the world around us, sharing our stories, and enjoying the journey!