Podcast Episode 2

Episode 2 of Radio EPLT is now live!

In this edition, we say goodbye to co-host Sharon Hu on the front end of the podcast (she will remain the producer behind the scenes) and welcome new EPLT employee Jenny Williams to the show! The three of us give you a brief update on what’s been going on since the last podcast. We also have an interview with Karen Armstrong, an instructor for three of our Language & Literacy Education online courses and an expert in both literacy and online learning.

After that, your three hosts have a good discussion on the use of mobile devices in the classroom, or “M-Learning,” giving some of the pros and cons of introducing these devices into the curriculum.

As always, we appreciate your feedback on the show. You can contact us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education.

Details on the podcast after the jump.

As usual, we are also providing the exact time breaks for each segment of the show, so you can skip around if you wish.

Radio EPLT: Episode 2 (47:45)

Just play it in the handy web player below.


1) Intro

a) Welcome to Jenny Williams!

b) Breakdown of what’s coming up on the show

2) Interview – Karen Armstrong (3:35)

I interview Karen Armstrong, where we talk about her history with EPLT, teaching online versus face-to-face, and the status of literacy education in schools.

Karen’s passion for the subject of both literacy and online education really comes through in this interview, I feel.

3) Discussion – Mobile learning (Apple in the Classroom) (26:45)

Jenny, Sharon, and I discuss the various pros and cons in using mobile devices (mainly iPods and iPads, though other mobile devices are discussed too). I did a post on this back in August, but it’s such a broad subject that there’s always more to talk about.

As we state in the podcast, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. You can send them to me at david.roy@ubc.ca or at our podcast address, podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Sharon mentions in the discussion that there are many free educational apps that can be used for the iPods.

Some of them are:

Sundry Notes: allows you to type, draw, and record sound clipsImport pdfs from websites and copy pictures and text.

PCalc: Good overall calculator

Quick Graph: make 2D and 3D graphs from mathematical expressions

The Elements: Great Periodic Table app for chemistry students

Dragon Dictation:  voice to text, good for note taking (however, must be connected to the Internet – working off of the dragon server)

Various e-book apps such as iBooks, Kindle, E-Reader, Stanza

A great community website that reviews educational apps (not just for iPad) is: http://www.iear.org/

4) Conclusion/Plugs: (45:00)

What’s coming up in EPLT, including listing all of the M.Ed cohorts with application deadlines in January.

I sing the praises of Google Docs (which, if you’re not aware of it, you must be living under a rock). We use Google Docs to coordinate the show

Sharon likes Jing, a great free (though there is a pro version) screen capture software that even lets you make videos!

We say goodbye to Sharon as well.

Our theme and bumper music: “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Time Warp sound effect courtesy of James Duckett and The Free Sound Project

Christmas bells sound effect courtesy of Free Loops.com

Note: Episode 3 will be recorded and posted the second week of January