summer project: teacher workflows podcast
I just finished entering my grades, so summer is officially here. In a few days, I’ll probably have a few more reflections about the end of the year, but right now, I’m thinking about a project that’s been spinning around in my head since December.
First, a bit of background: I’m a huge fan learning more about how pros do their jobs. I love watching Dan Meyer show how you can add timecodes in AfterEffects (even though I don’t have the funds for a copy of this software). I love reading about a pro sports reporter gave up his paper notepad and now reports on NASCAR using his iPad. I really enjoy it when someone pulls back the curtain and shows the process of creation and the tools that make it possible.
The great podcast Mac Power Users created a “Worflows” series where they interview talented people in all sorts of fields and talk to them about how they use their mac to do their jobs. One of most fascinating episodes in this series was their show with film producer and director David Wain, who wrote Wanderlust. This episode is 90 minutes of awesome insight into how a film gets made and contains many ideas and tips that I found very relevant to my own work. A bit closer to home, the excellent mac blogger Eddie Smith wrote an incredible post about his workflow epic: How I use my mac to teach over the web. Eddie’s post is an incredible walkthrough of how he uses his mac to run a business preparing students for actuarial exams virtually, using screencasts and conferencing software—it’s awesome.
All of this got me thinking that it might be interesting to create a podcast focused on teacher workflows, and I’ve always wanted to create a podcast. Nothing fancy, just a Skype chat with some of the many excellent teachers I’ve met in person and online discussing their craft in details large and small. How do you plan lessons? How do you grade tests? How do you manage paper? How do you set up your classroom? What are the simple little tips that make your day better?
Do you think this could work? Would people be interested in listening to a podcast like this? Would you be interested in being interviewed for a teacher workflows podcast?