I sing the praises of podcasts as a learning medium from time to time. After reading an article recently about how the Warwick School of Business is using iTunes University to deliver content in its MBA program, I decided it was past time for me to pull together a list of some of my favorite iPod educational content sources. Here are 10 great ones, in no particular order:
1. Quick and Dirty Tips
Probably best known for the Grammar Girl podcast, Quick and Dirty Tips offers short and snappy content on a range of other topics, like nutrition, public speaking, investing, and even dog training.
I’ve been a fan of The Philosophy Podcast for a while now, but LearnOutLoud has a lot more to offer. In fact, the site claims to have “the Internet’s first directory for podcasts you can learn from.” And LearnOutLoud also has a great selection of learning resources for kids.
I interviewed MindBites CEO Jason Reneau for a Radio Free Learning podcast a while back. His company’s site offers a large and growing collection of video “instructionals” on topics ranging from sewing to calculus to baby sign language.
4. Radio Lingua Network
Radio Lingua offers the popular Coffee Break Spanish and Coffee Break French podcast series as well as “My Daily Phrase” and “One Minute” podcasts for a number of other languages.
5. iTunes U (Opens in iTunes)
iTunes U is the place for great free content from top universities and other educational institutions. Apple claims there are more than 200,000 educational audio and video files available. Here are direct links to a few of the participating institutions and organizations. (You will have to have iTunes installed for these to work):
- Carnegie Melon
- Univerity of Oxford
- Open University
- Stanford University
- Teacher’s Domain (WGBH/PBS)
6. Education Podcast Network
The Education Podcast Network bills itself as “an effort to bring together into one place, the wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach with and about, and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st century.” Of course, you don’t have to be a teacher to use it!
7. The Naked Scientists
If you have the slightest interest in science, The Naked Scientists is a site you will want to subscribe to. A project of the BBC, it offers up a continuing stream of interviews with famous scientists along with news and information about science, medicine and technology.
Librivox is the source for free audio book content on the Web, and it offers a variety of podcast options. You can pull pretty much any audio book on the site into your iPod, or try out one of these five channels for an automated stream of content:
- LibriVox Books Podcast
- LibriVox Community Podcast
- LibriVox Poetry Podcast
- LibriVox Short Story Podcast
- LibriVox New Releases Podcast
9. TED Talks
I’m continually amazed at the stream of high quality content coming out of the Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference. The Web site is very popular, but you might not be aware that you can subscribe to both a video and an audio version of TED talks through iTunes.
10. Teaching Company
I’ve got a bit of a chip on my shoulder when it comes to The Teaching Company. They, along with Amazon and many others, dropped their North Carolina affiliates like a hot potato after the NC Legislature passed a hare-brained new tax law late this summer. Still, if you are willing to pony up the bucks for it, the company offers some pretty amazing, in-depth educational content. “Great courses taught by great professors,” as they put it.
So, those are a few of my favorites. What about you? What would you like to add to the mix? Please comment and share your favorites.
P.S. – Naturally, I also encourage you to check out the Radio Free Learning podcast here on Mission to Learn.
I continue to add to this list from time to time. If you have other great sources of learning content for your iPod that you’d like to suggest, please share them in the comments.
11. New York Times Podcasts
Podcasts covering a range of areas from what is perhaps America’s best newspaper.