In his book, The Learning Pod: How to Make Your Education a Living and Social Space, author and professor David T. Smith recommends a podcast as a way to make education meaningful.
It’s a way for the teacher to share his knowledge, build relationships with students, and get them talking.
In his latest podcast, the podcast host talks about his podcast, The Science of the Human Body, and shares some of his ideas about learning in a podcast.
“We’re talking about the human body.
There’s a whole range of knowledge that goes into that, including how our bodies work and how they develop, but the most important thing is what you do with that knowledge,” Smith said.
“And the best way to do that is to have an open conversation with people, with your classmates, with family, with friends.
The more you talk to them, the more you understand the process of developing the body you have and what it’s like to live with it.”
Listen to your classmates.
Listen to the people you know.
Listen more to what your classmates are doing.
“When you do that, you’ll start to realize how important it is to understand and share the science of the human being,” Smith added.
Smith said that when he started to do this in the early 2000s, it took him five years to build a podcast that could handle a wide variety of topics, including nutrition, medicine, and even psychology.
But he realized that it wasn’t always possible to get students to listen to each other.
“You need a way of making that happen that’s not just a bunch of audio snippets,” he said.
Smith decided to build his own podcast in his lab at Rutgers University.
“I just thought, well, let’s do a podcast about learning,” Smith told WIRED.
That’s when he decided to make a podcast where the focus was on the science behind learning, instead of the science itself.
“We want to have a conversation about what we know about learning.
We want to be an active participant in learning.
The way to build that is through podcasts,” he added.
That podcast has been a hit, but there are a couple of issues that Smith said have come up time and time again with this approach.
First, podcasts can be very frustrating.
“The thing I noticed the most about my first podcast is that there were so many technical details that you can’t understand the science in it,” Smith recalled.
“But when you listen to the first episode and you see the science, it’s actually really good.
I didn’t get frustrated.
The problem with the first podcast, which is still happening, is that I didn.
I was like, okay, this is what I need to hear, this isn’t enough information.
It takes so much time, it takes so long to understand the theory, and I can’t see how you can build a show about it that isn’t frustrating.”
Second, podcasts are too hard to make.
“It’s not easy to make podcasts that are fun to listen,” Smith noted.
“They have to be very engaging and engaging to make people feel comfortable.
It is a bit like making a TV show, but you don’t want to tell the story in a bad way.
The other problem is that you have to have people talk to each another, and it’s very hard to find people who are comfortable talking to each each other.”
Smith said the problem isn’t just with the science.
“What is frustrating is when I’m listening to people talk and I’m not hearing them talking,” he explained.
“That’s where it starts to become really difficult.
It doesn’t seem to be something that happens on the internet.
I’m a little surprised by that.”
The third problem is the content itself.
The podcast format is incredibly complex and hard to follow.
Smith was able to make the podcast on his own because he could figure out how to make it easier to listen, but this is a big hurdle to overcome.
“If you just sit there, you’re going to lose track of what you’re actually hearing, because there’s a lot going on in the background,” Smith explained.
The best way for students to learn in a way that’s engaging is to listen.
“In a podcast, you don