Thursday, December 12, 2019

#PodcastEDCUE & Meet the Podcasters at Spring CUE 2020!

Podcasts and podcasting have exploded in recent years.  If there is something that you want to listen to and learn about, there is a very good chance that there is a podcast for it.  Just taking a quick glance at my podcast subscriptions will reveal to you that I listen to shows about hockey, current events, the outdoors, beer, comedy, interesting stories on how famous brands came to be (How I Built This) and tales spun in unexpected ways about influential and famous people (The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe), and of course, education.

Educators have fully embraced this popular medium.  Three-fourths of my subscriptions are shows dedicated to education, from educational technology to leadership, from discussions about controversial topics in education to way to turn education upside down and become a more effective educator.  I myself am the co-host of two podcasts.

The BeerEDU Podcast is a show that I co-host with Ben Dickson, a principal in Reno.  On our show, we are passionate about two things: education and beer.  Guests join us to discuss their passions and expertise in education and we enjoy beers during our discussion.  We even have a learn about beer segment of the show where we combine the two and learn more about more obscure aspects of beer and beer culture.

My other show is The Podcast by Sons of Technology, with Joe Marquez as my partner.  This show is based on a brand that Joe built for many years.  The premise of our show is to discuss various issues in education, often with multiple members of "the clubhouse", our soldiers of the #EdTechArmy, people that are passionate about education, passionate about taking risks, and passionate about changing education for the better.  And while the name is Sons of Technology (a play off of Sons of Anarchy), you need not be a son to be a member of the #EdTechArmy, we welcome all educators from around the world! You can find The BeerEDU Podcast and The Podcast by Sons of Technology on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts!

Believe it or not, the 2020 Spring CUE Conference is quickly approaching! This year's conference will be held, once again, in Palm Springs, California.  The conference will begin Thursday, March 19 and go through Saturday, March 21 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Like years past, attendees will have access to hundreds of sessions and workshops, keynote speakers, and the exhibit hall.  But this year, the event will also feature a Meet the Podcasters event!

What is Meet the Podcasters?  This will be a two-hour session in the exhibit hall where attendees will be able to meet the hosts and producers of some of your favorite podcasts!  You'll be able to ask the hosts some tricks of the trade, exchange some stickers and other swag, and expand your PLN!

Are you a podcaster that is going to be attending the 2020 Spring CUE Conference?  We want YOU to be featured during the Meet the Podcasters event!  If you are interested, please take a moment to complete the Meet the Podcasters form to sign up! But you will need to hurry because only the first ten podcasts to sign up will be featured!

And if the Meet the Podcasters event is not enough, we will be arranging a dedicated space for podcasters to record an episode while at the conference!  This is separate from the Meet the Podcasters event and more information and a signup form will be available soon!

I am very excited for the 2020 Spring CUE Conference and meeting new people that share the same passion that I do for podcasting.  In the meantime, if you are a podcaster or love to share what you've learned from podcasts, use #PodcastEDU and #PodcastEDCUE in your social media posts!  Let's connect one another to this incredible medium and grow together!

Until next time...

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