Few high schoolers are interested in continuing to learn when the school day ends. However, podcasts can be a great way to both entertain and inform; if they find the subject interesting, students will be too busy enjoying themselves to realize they are learning. The following are just a few of the many educational podcasts to keep your high schooler learning outside of the classroom!
Revisionist History, a podcast by New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, examines and reinterprets past events, people, ideas, and even songs. In addition to helping them learn more about history, this podcast encourage students to think critically about what they hear or read. High schoolers will particularly enjoy the three-part series on college in season 1.
This podcast is short, easy to listen to, and fun, making it a great fit for math lovers and those who struggle with the subject alike. Covering topics in mathematics that are rarely covered in school textbooks, Math Mutation can help expand the minds of teens beyond what is taught in their math classes at school.
Based on the blog by author Phil McKinney, Killer Innovations focuses on creative thinking, innovation, and leadership. McKinney also regularly interviews leading innovators about their own personal paths to success. With more than 12 seasons, this podcast can help encourage students to follow their dreams and bring their ideas to fruition.
How Stuff Works
Whether your high schooler is a true techie or naturally curious, How Stuff Works helps answer questions about how some of most commonly used items run. Rather than just offering rote, scientific explanations, co-host Charles Bryant keeps things lively, entertaining, and interesting.
Good Job, Brain!
What started as a simple Kickstarter campaign in 2011 has morphed into a worldwide phenomenon. Good Job, Brain! has nearly 200 episodes that are part quiz show and part offbeat news broadcast. This podcast shows there is plenty to learn outside of the classroom, and parents will appreciate that it is free from explicit language.
Stuff You Missed In History Class
Created by the staff of How Stuff Works, Stuff You Missed In History Class covers people and events that rarely make it into history textbooks. From Hawaii’s pineapple industry to the history of veterinary medicine, Stuffed You Missed In History Class has a wide range of topics that will keep even reluctant listeners tuning in weekly.