The Edtech Podcast is One!
This week, The Edtech Podcast is one. It’s been a mad year, spent recording in the UK and internationally, building our listener base, and garnering support to make everything commercially possible! Thanks for joining in the madness.
In this week’s listener special, we’re celebrating our first birthday of The Edtech Podcast and taking the chance to thank you all for listening in. We’re also launching our Patreon campaign and listener survey, which we would love you to check out.
There’s also contributions from YOU the listeners, including from Bukky Yusuf,Science Teacher, Coach, Consultant, Ed Tech Leader. Leadership Matters Associate, Kirsty Tonks, Principal Designate at Shireland Technology Primary School, Mark Anderson, International speaker, author, edtech consultant & trainer, Stephan Caspar, from the Institute for Learning Innovation and Development at the University of Southampton, Simon Greenhalgh the Assistant Principal from Seoul Foreign British School, Gaz Needle, Primary School Headteacher and #primaryrocks chat host, Fiona Harvey, Digital Scholarship and Content Innovation Manager at the University of Southampton and President at the Association for Learning Technology, and Richard Fitzwarine-Smith, Associate Tutor of Primary Education at Edge Hill University.
So, what are the headline stats from the last year?
Well we’ve released at least one podcast every week since April 29th 2016. That’s 65 episodes in total, covering everything from efficacy to saving teacher time, to gaming to teaching and learning for people on the move.
What about downloads?
Well, we’ve just tipped over 50,000 downloads…50,046 at the time of writing. This was above my guestimations when I put the 1st year stats together, where I estimated we’d be at 47,000 so hooray for that. That’s an average of 1200 listens each week or between 5000 or 6000 a month.
Which was the most-loved content?
So from over 135 guests, in the past year, our top 5 downloaded episodes have been Dominic Norrish, the Group Tech Director, from United Learning in the UK; Jesse Lozano, CEO, of Pi-Top, Joe Dale of #MFLtwitterati and long term podcasting fame, Deborah Quazzo, Angel Edtech Investor from GSV Partners, and ex-angry bird Lauri Jarvilehto of gaming studio Lightneer.
Who listens in?
So one of the questions I always get is who listens in. We have listens from all over the world, 109 countries in total in fact. The top ten countries who listen in are the UK, US, Australia, Ireland, Germany, France, China, Canada, UAE, and Spain. The UK and US definitely take the lion’s share, and from our social feed listeners are from right across education and tech. You’re school teachers, ICT co-ordinators, HE and FE learning technologists, edtech start ups, and bluechips, publishers and online training orgs, Gov, and investors, and media companies. IN fact, on social, you’re very active. Over 3,500 of you have joined our twitter account, with a whopping 1.3k likes of various posts. We’d love to also see you on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and you can always leave us a message on upcoming or past episodes at speakpipe.com/theedtechpodcast.
On our 1st birthday, two birthday wishes…
1. Check out our Patreon campaign
The first message is to check out our Patreon campaign which we kick off this week at www.patreon.com/theedtechpodcast
Patreon is a platform to allow fans of independent creative media to help support content creation. For The Edtech Podcast, that means helping to pay our monthly hosting, audio, google cloud,Skype, workplace and kit costs which we need to put out the show. I crazily quit my job to deliver the content you hear each week, as I believe podcasts are an incredible medium to discuss and understand complex issues. If you believe the same go to patreon.com/Theedtechpodcast and check out our page. All supporters from $1 upwards will receive a public shout out, and then upwards including, Edtech Podcast kit, access to patreon only content, and features on the show. Thank you to TEA films for all your help creating our vid.
1. Check out our Listener survey
Our second message during this listener special is to ask you to spare 4 minutes for our listener survey. The listener survey is all about finding out even more about what you want and how we can develop our content to meet your needs. It’s a simple Google Form and there is some edtech kit, from Lego STEM kit to graphic novels to HUE HD animation kits on offer for a randomly selection if you complete the survey.
Last but no means least it’s our community, without which The Edtech Podcast would be nowhere. We’ve been lucky enough to have the support of 15 media partners, and 20 sponsors across our podcasts and LIVE podcast events. Thank you for everything all of you! We’ve also participated in 10 global events, including LIVE podcasts and events in Lisbon, Copenhagen, London, and Austin.
Here’s to another year of madness, amazing insight, and connections. Have a great week!