One of my favorite things to do on my commute to school is listen to books on Audible. I use an old ipod and listen through the radio in the car. As I was working on courses for assistive technology, I would listen to an mp3 of the reading I had to catch up with on my way over to The Reading Institute in Williamstown. Listening to books for enjoyment or for coursework is a great alternative way to use your time while on the go.
Aside from books on tape, Audible, etc. what kind of PD is available? Well, Texthelp- creators of Read & Write for Google Chrome just announced a great new feature last week. Now you can select text on any Google Doc or web page and convert it to mp3 and downloads it to your computer. This is a quick selection from last week's blog post. It's really fast and easy to use. Below is Texthelp's overview video.
I started thinking about a post on audio PD when I saw Vicki Davis' post on Bam radio with Dave Burgess- of Teach Like a Pirate fame. Vicki and Dave were talking about how to have an epic end of the year. My first thought was to email the post to everyone, since it pretty much went with what I was writing about last week... but then decided to simply expand upon the basic audio PD idea.
You can fill up your device with subscriptions to podcasts on iTunes. Here are some of my favorites:
Overall favorite: Bam Radio Network/educators channel
Moving at the Speed of Creativity
EdSurge on the Air
Beyond the Hour of Code
Every Classroom Matters
I asked on Twitter for other suggestions- and if I get any good ones, I will add to the list- so check back.
* Thanks to @katem126 http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl
There is a wealth of free courses, seminars and books on iTunes University. You can subscribe to course from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Yale and so much more. Open edu offers an amazing array of courses. This isn't even including Coursera, EdX, etc... and the MOOCS. Most of this is available as audio. You can drive to the beach, to the mountains or the grocery store and learn new things while you drive.
Give it a try!