Tag Archives: podcasts

A set of podcasts is 21st-century equivalent of a textbook, not a teacher

An intelligent essay from Pamela Hieronymi, professor of philosophy at UCLA, discussing the impact of technology on education:

A set of podcasts is the 21st-century equivalent of a textbook, not the 21st-century equivalent of a teacher. Every age has its autodidacts, gifted people able to teach themselves with only their books. Woe unto us if we require all citizens to manifest that ability.

Brilliantly put.

Educators are coaches, personal trainers in intellectual fitness. The value we add to the media extravaganza is like the value the trainer adds to the gym or the coach adds to the equipment.

Just as coaching requires individual attention, education, at its core, requires one mind engaging with another, in real time: listening, understanding, correcting, modeling, suggesting, prodding, denying, affirming, and critiquing thoughts and their expression.

 

Well worth reading - Don’t confuse technology with college teaching

 

Continue reading

ESPN launches iPhone/iPad app version 4.0 – ESPN Radio

If you’re needing to keep Mike & Mike an arm’s length away at all times, ESPN has refreshed its Radio app to help with just that. Now optimized to the iPad in addition to the iPhone and iPod touch, the software allows you to sort your listening habits by sports, teams and athletes that you follow.

The free version offers access to podcasts, the 20-minute SportCenter cycle, and offline listening for on-demand content.

The premium version — touting custom stations / playlists, live audio pause / rewind, myESPN personalization, alerts / push notifications and a few more gems to keep you well informed on the latest Red Sox debacle. Though, you’ll have to shell out $4.99 for the premium app and its 35 ESPN radio stations.

What about Android and WP7 devices, you ask? The folks in Bristol claim that apps for those platforms will arrive later this summer.

via Engadget

 

ESPN RADIO  V4.0 – in iTunes

Continue reading

Rick Steves’ Audio Europe – as an iPhone app

This app organizes the vast and varied library of Rick Steves’ audio content into geographic-specific playlists so that travelers can enjoy ready access to the information that relates specifically to their travel plans. Many tracks provide general cultural and sightseeing information gleaned from his public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. Other tracks are self-guided tours to great sights and historic walks. While we travel there’s lots of down time, and this application can both entertain and teach. Rick Steves Audio Europe will hopefully make your European travels more meaningful and more fun.

Features:

• The app downloads and stores audio files on your device.
• Handy maps (PDF) that complement the self-guided audio tours.
• The audio content originates from Rick Steves guidebooks and the Travel with Rick Steves public radio program.
• Rick Steves Audio Europe is a work in progress. New audio tracks will be added and existing tracks updated as necessary. Be sure to enable Notifications for this app to get the latest updates.

Rick Steves Audio Europe in the iTunes store

Continue reading

U.S. demand for OPEC decreasing "extraordinarily fast"

From Bloomberg Surveillance (podcast):

OPEC Matters Less for U.S.

Jan Stuart, head of energy research at Credit Suisse Securities in London, says the U.S. is decreasing its dependence on foreign oil at a rate that is “extraordinarily fast.”

Running Time: 12:30

But, global demand (China, India) for OPEC is increasing and with Saudi Arabia remaining the world’s largest producer we are still powerfully dependent on the Middle East.

Major reasons for the change, in priority order: (1) decreasing U.S. oil demand, (2) increase in Canadian imports, & (3) increase in U.S. domestic oil production.

U.S. demand for OPEC decreasing “extraordinarily fast”

From Bloomberg Surveillance (podcast):

OPEC Matters Less for U.S.

Jan Stuart, head of energy research at Credit Suisse Securities in London, says the U.S. is decreasing its dependence on foreign oil at a rate that is “extraordinarily fast.”

Running Time: 12:30

But, global demand (China, India) for OPEC is increasing and with Saudi Arabia remaining the world’s largest producer we are still powerfully dependent on the Middle East.

Major reasons for the change, in priority order: (1) decreasing U.S. oil demand, (2) increase in Canadian imports, & (3) increase in U.S. domestic oil production.