Mark Anderson, AKA ICT Evangelist, shares with R.I.S.E. readers a recommended book, podcast and app for you to check out in this brand-new segment.

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Must-listen podcast

Recommended podcast – The EdTech Podcast

I must admit, I do enjoy a good podcast. My journeys to work nowadays are longer than they used to be when I taught full-time; however, I still make sure to listen to my favourite podcasts in my car whilst travelling. It’s a great way to use my time effectively to catch up on the latest thinking when it comes to teaching and learning – with or without technology.

A firm favourite of mine for a long time has been the Edtech Podcast, created and run by former Bett programme director, Sophie Bailey. Sure, I listen to ther podcasts such as the excellent Naylor’s Natter but for a quality and edu documentary-style approach, Bailey’s podcasts are a superb resource, make for great listening and I never fail to come away having learned something new. You can check out Sophie’s podcast on all major podcast streaming apps.

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Must-read book

Recommended book – The Hidden Lives of Learners by Graham Nuthall

With so many education books floating around and being shared on Twitter, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to even start. With this recommendation, I’m going to err away from something new and share a quality book that has not only stood the test of time but, in a way, has been ground-breaking in its continued relevance for many years, having inspired many others with its insights, approaches and more.

Nuthall’s ‘The Hidden Lives of Learners’ is a superb read, is grounded in research and evidence-informed approaches and is a fantastic companion for any teacher – whether new to the profession or experienced in the ideas, approaches and practices it shares. It takes a view from three angles, that of the teacher, that of the relationship that learners have with their peers and the perspectives of the learners themselves. The book demonstrates that just because a teacher may be teaching, it doesn’t always equate that the learner is actually learning anything. Using qualitative and quantitative investigation, Nuthall investigates these important relationships, his findings and ways in which you can explore each of these to help make learning stick. It is a very strong recommendation, and the book can be purchased from all major book sellers.

Book cover - 'The Hidden Lives of Learners' by Graham Nuthall.
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Must-have app

Recommended app – Google Keep or OneNote

The start of an academic year is always a busy time; you’re either getting to know your new class or classes or getting to grips with your tutor group. There are the parent meetings, getting to know new colleagues, the excitement of catching up with old work friends or making new ones; there’s so much going on and things don’t tend to slow down throughout the rest of the academic year. Surprisingly, in this section I’m not going to suggest a specific app, but more of a recommendation.

One of the best benefits of technology is that it can help us be more organised. As we start a new academic year, finding a tool that can help us take notes, plan our time, compile to-do lists, store photos and easily share with others, is invaluable. To that end, I’ll recommend two tools, depending upon whether you are a Google or a Microsoft school.

If you are a Google Workspace school, then please do check out Google Keep. Far more than just a note-taking tool, you can: add photos, have photos of text converted to editable text, create to-do lists, reminders, type notes, collaborate and share. It’s a great tool.

Alternatively, if you’re in a Microsoft school, OneNote is simply fantastic, both as a standalone tool for yourself or via the OneNote Staff Notebook you can create, which allows you to bring colleagues into a shared OneNote instance – just like you can with students in a OneNote Class Notebook. As with Google Keep, you can create notes, scan documents, collaborate, share, create to-do lists, add in your meeting minutes, agenda, resources and so much more.

We’d love to hear what you think if you listen to the recommended podcast, use the recommended app or check out the recommended book!


  • Mark Anderson

    Mark is a global speaker, EdTech expert, trainer, blogger, author and key note speaker, known as the ICT Evangelist. He has over 20 years of experience in the classroom. Mark is the head of education at NetSupport, an Independent Thinking associate, an MIE Expert and fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. His latest book can be found at
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