One great way to continue learning while avoiding the screen time is by encouraging your child to listen to podcasts. These are essentially free radio programmes which can be streamed or downloaded using most smart phones, tablets and laptops. Literally millions of shows can be accessed for free via apps such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud and many others.
Many of our secondary school students spent their recent Global Campus lessons listening and responding to Nord Anglia’s own brand new podcast A Little Bit of Genius. While some were already enthusiastic listeners, many had never accessed a podcast before and were excited to be introduced to this booming genre. Furthermore, the Nord Anglia podcast is presented by their fellow Nord Anglia students from across our Global Campus which has inspired some to look into making their own podcasts.
One issue students might face when listening to a podcast is what to do when their eyes are not glued to a screen. Our secondary students and teachers drew visualisations to reflect their listening on paper. Other options might include colouring in or doodling, going for a short walk, tidying up their bedrooms or playing with toys while they listen.
Five Recommended Podcasts for younger listeners
Circle Round: Dramatic readings of short childrens stories from around the world
Short and Curly: A funny and thoughtful Australian podcast about ethics
David Walliam’s Marvellous Musical Podcast from Classic FM: The popular children’s author and comedian explores the works of Beethoven, Mozart and others
BBC 500 Words Bedtime Stories: Celebrities reading stories written by children
National Geographic’s Greeking Out: Greek myths brought to lfe