The Edtech Podcast

The Edtech Podcast gets behind the personalities in global education innovation & edtech. Join 1500+ listeners each week, from 141 countries, to hear from educators across early years, schools, higher & further education, plus investors, startups, bluechips, Government and students. Also, regular insights from interviews, events, and LIVE podcasts.
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Jun 27, 2016

What does Brexit mean for Edtech? 

If you are an Edtech service provider: ultimately until article 50 is invoked the UK trading position with Europe remains the same as does our trading position with the rest of the world so whether you are in the UK or in the rest of the world, don’t expect a huge amount to change in the short-term - apart from general wide spread confusion and a fluctuating currency backdrop.

If you use Edtech services: students will continue to learn and educators will experience the same age-old challenges. There may be increased pressure on service value/available budgets, with potentially more students looking to focus attention on learning which ends in employment.  

In this mini-podcast, however, I offer a few impromptu thoughts and questions for those implicated. 

1. London’s place in the Edtech Scene 

2. Exacerbated Skills Gap 

3. Edtech increased import to connect diverse young people to opportunity & enhance tolerance - or - are we all city-bound elitists?? 

It will be essential that the focus now is on how to rebuild in the most positive way possible and The Edtech Podcast welcomes all international listeners to tweet on this subject to @podcastedtech. 

Go Enrol Survey Results on Schools and Brexit:


Jun 26, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • Jesse Lozano’s journey from lawyer and writer to start-up founder, all before the age of 30. 
  • What is ‘’frugalvation’’ and how does it apply in the world of low-cost computing?
  • Pi-Top’s focus for 2016/2017
  • What is Pi-Top and how does it work with Raspberry Pi? 
  • What does Pi-Top offer maker enthusiasts, educators and learners? 
  • Visualising coding through LED light shows, speaker and heart monitor projects; applications for computer science teachers and design and technology teachers
  • Why accrediting gaming content makes sense 
  • Elevator pitch for low-cost computers vs. mainstream tablets in the educational environment


Coding, Programming, D&T, Raspberry Pi, SonicPi, LEDs, Makers, Makermovement, IoT, InternetofThings, Python, RaspberryJam, 3Dprinting, Bettchat, Kickstarter, Crowdfunding, Hustle, Startups, Entrepreneurs, DIY, STEAM, STEM, Edtech, UKedchat, Bettchat, SLTchat

Reading and resources: 

Pi Top

Raspberry Pi

Dr Sam Aaron 


Indie Go Go 


Ceed Universe 


Jun 19, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • Loughborough University topped the The Times Higher Education student satisfaction survey in 2016, at a time time when education in the East Midlands has received a grilling by Sir Michael Wilshaw. This episode features: 
  • Getting the user-experience right for students 
  • How universities can learn from the challenges in the content publishing sector 
  • Reclaiming the word ‘library’ as learning spaces evolve 
  • 24/7 learning accessibility vs. work/life balance 
  • Academic investment in light of free resources like Google Scholar 
  • How social media is used in the entire research process and what this means for peer-review 
  • Loughborough’s new campus in London


UX, Times Higher Education, Students, University, Higher Education, Library, Learning Spaces, Academia, Academics, Google Scholar, LTHEchat, ALT, Peer-review, VLE, Virtual Learning Environments, Start-ups, Content Publishing, Ethnography

Reading and resources:

Jun 12, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • How to connect young people with what’s happening in industry
  • How to get teachers & students on board with technology within schools 
  • How to sense test tech innovation within a school environment 
  • How to overcome your fear as an educator and build confidence 
  • How to inspire students to go far in the world of technology 
  • How to overcome diversity issues within technology 
  • How to keep up with students’ use of technology
  • How to ask for help
  • Where does Urban Teacher get his inspiration from? 
  • How to use your own struggles as inspiration for betterment 
  • Is profit seeking within Edtech at risk of undermining the benefits of Edtech? 
  • How to keep teacher training relevant in a fast paced world 
  • How will silo-isation of the internet effect the creativity of education? 


UKedchat, SLTchat, LTEHEchat, PodcastEdu, Podchat, Urbanteachers, Diversity, Computer Science, ICT, Microsoft, Techcity,  upskilling, VLE, virtual learning environment, vlogs, youtube, innovation, TLA, coding, Code Academy, Mentoring, digital business academy, startups, prezi, bbc: microbit, IOT, gamification, pedagogy, SxSw Edu, higher education, google classroom, microsoft 365, show my homework, mastery, #GoogleEdu #GAFE #MIEExpert, Dalston

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Jun 5, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • How to launch a podcast for your education community; with multiple recommendations for apps, hosting platforms and equipment to use to keep things simple and effective. 
  • Which educational podcasts you should follow to gain the best insight
  • What is app smashing and how can you get involved? 
  • Mandarin among the main languages to learn in the UK: French, Spanish, German
  • Are exchange programmes dead? Why? 
  • What is guerrilla podcasting or citizen audio? 
  • Will the education revolution be podcasted? When?


MFL, Langchat, Modern Foreign Languages, ELT, English Language Teaching, Edtech, UKedchat, SLTchat, LTEhe, PodcastEdu, Podchat, MFLTwitterati

Reading and resources: 

Joe Dale resources: 







Feedly (Joe’s preferred replacement when Google Reader was shut down )

Audio boom


Pretty May Skype recorder

Pamela call recorder


Bossjock Jr app

Adobe Spark Video


Recommended Education Podcasts/contacts: 

EDUtalk David Noble (@parslad) & John Johnston (@johnjohnston) ;

Andy White, Brighton -podcasting help 

Ewan Macintosh  - NoTosh

Drew Buddie 

Wes Fryer; Shelly Fryer

Claire Chalcraft @CMCinSwitz 

Mark Anderson


MFL Events: 

Language World: @ALL4language

The Language Show in London


National Languages Conference in Australia AFMLTA

Etwinning conference

IATEFL conference @iatefl

NZALT - new zealand @_NZALT

ACTFL  - USA @actfl

Confucius classrooms


Language Practice: 

Duolingo  - (ps. you the ‘shit duo lingo says’ twitter account is fairly amusing/philisophical @shitduosays)



ELT Jam @jo_Sayers 


App Smashing: 

Greg Kulowiec 

Lisa Johnson 

paper by 53

my talking avatar free:

explain everything

Bloom’s taxonomy

SAMR model by Dr. Ruben Puentedura (34:37)

App Smash Live


Primary French Project 

Association for Language Learning 

Catherine Cheater 

French Institute 

Network for Languages