Three podcasts I enjoy listening to and learning from these days are Back Story, 99% Invisible, and Surprisingly Awesome.
Back Story takes on random, diverse American historical subjects such as money, Judaism, and the history of testing. Episodes are about 50 minutes. They change up the narrators, have music in-between, and generally make it very upbeat and energetic. They often feature a short conversation with a listener too! You can listen to some segments or the whole thing. Very entertaining! http://backstoryradio.org/shows/
99% Invisible is similar to BackStory in that they delve into topics such as Super Tall 101, Soul City, and The White Elephant of Tel Aviv, to name a few, that you probably don’t know anything about- and you always learn something. Episodes are about 22 minutes.
The last “Who Knew?” podcast is Surprisingly Awesome from Gimlet media. https://gimletmedia.com/show/surprisingly-awesome/episodes/ Topics that you thought were boring because you really didn’t know anything about them turn out to be “Surprisingly Awesome!” Tune in and learn about Frequent Flyer Miles, Circle of Fifths, Adhesives, Broccoli, and Concrete, to name a few. Episodes are around 30 minutes. (Their intro music is the best!)
Check out StoryCorps. You can record stories from loved ones and save them yourself or save them in the Library of Congress! Super easy! Living history! They give you prompts and everything. Could. not. be. easier.
Daily Wonder. Based on the book. Gives you an inspiring quote every day. Some great, some good.
Voter– who should I vote for? Start thinking about this now. Easy to swipe right or left depending on your answer to an opinion question: e.g., Drill for oil and gas in the US? If you need more info, press the “i.” It not only gives you more info, it tells you why you should vote yes and why you should vote no. You may also say how much the question matters to you- a Lil Bit, Normal, or Very. After you answer the questions, tinder-style, they tell you which US Presidential-candidate you match up best with.
Cash. How to split the dinner bill using your phone. Easy! Thanks Maria P.!
PromptSmart. Ok the upgraded version costs almost $12 and this is a ridiculous amount to pay for an app. But…I did and I am SO GLAD! Upload your speech to your device or type it right on your device. The text of your speech will now scroll at your predetermined pace as you give your speech at that big gathering. OR, you can set it to scroll as the app listens to you and it knows automatically when to scroll. No printer needed! No turning pages. Absolutely worth it!
I highly recommend the Internet Librarian conference. It takes place every October in Monterey. This year is it October 27 – 29. There is a strand for school librarians called Internet@Schools Track for only $99, going from Oct. 27 – 28. It is chock full of great speakers. You’ll get lots of ideas and meet many fascinating school librarians. It is such a bargain!