The Point of Learning podcast series has recently been launched by N4L (Network for Learning), and feature a collection of conversations with local and international teachers, researchers and other leaders involved with shaping the future of our young people.

Each podcast is hosted by former principal Pete Hall, who joined N4L earlier this year to lead educator engagement. 

Available on iTunes as well as in N4L’s digital learning hub Pond, the regular Point of Learning podcasts are designed as a place for open discussion on the future of learning, classroom best practices, and the opportunities and challenges presented in today’s schools.

Chief executive for N4L John Hanna says the company created the podcast after spending time in schools helping educators get the most from N4L’s Managed Network and online learning hub Pond (which ensures all NZ schools have equitable access to safe, predictable and fast internet with uncapped data, as well as high quality teaching and learning resources). 

“We’ve met with hundreds of amazing educators who are doing some incredible work inside and outside of their classrooms,” Hanna says. 

“We wanted to find a way to share these stories to a wider audience, so that others with an interest in education could hear and benefit from them too.”

Hanna points to a recent teaching and learning survey which named NZ educators among the world’s best, and says podcasts are a great way to share their stories. 

“Great teaching is happening everywhere, and the Point of Learning podcast series is about turning up the volume on a profession that has an impact on almost everyone, from those directly involved with teaching to parents of children in school.”

What’s in the Point of Learning podcasts?

Podcast 1 – Features a conversation with Auckland’s Newmarket Primary School veteran teacher Sonya Van Schaijik, who talks about the impact of her collaborative TeachMeetNZ project, where more than 80 teachers have recorded short videos to share their learnings and discoveries.

Podcast 2 – Features Emerging Leaders Aotearoa and Core Education Founder Mark Osborne, who also runs Edu-Ignite evenings and the annual two-day Ignition ‘unconference.’ 

Podcast 3 – Pete Hall interviews United States-based teacher Vicki Davis, author of ebooks Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms. 

Podcast 4 – Features the United Kingdom-based Abdul Chohan, who received global recognition for dramatically raising student achievement levels at the Essa Academy, a school 30 minutes from Manchester and situated in low socioeconomic area. He credits the rise to a 95 per cent-plus pass rate to the digital learning strategy he developed for the school.

Podcast 5 – Features Carla Carter, a Year 5-6 teacher at Whanganui’s Churton School, who speaks of how she has created opportunity for connection and change in her school by listening to her colleagues, and finding ways to make movement that get people involved from the start. 

Podcast 6 – Albany Senior High principal Barbara Cavanagh speaks of how she moved from Te Awamutu College to Auckland's North Shore to take on building a school from scratch; and how students have the chance to make connection to their learning by participating in their community in meaningful ways.

Click here to access the podcasts.