A recommended podcast, book and app from NetSupport staff.

In each edition of R.I.S.E., we share a recommended podcast, app and book we think would be of interest to our readers. We’ve had some great ones so far, from podcasts such as The Edtech Podcast, apps such as Halo AR and books such as The Hidden Lives of Learners.

For this issue, we reached out to our NetSupport family and gathered some recommendations which we are very pleased to share with you.

'The Retro Hour' logo.

Must-listen podcast

The Retro Hour

Recommended by Matt Wilding, pre-sales consultant: The Retro Hour is a podcast which aims to share the ‘latest retro gaming news and interviews with pioneers from the video game world.’ The podcast explores the ever-changing world of games and makes for a great weekly nostalgia fix too!

Must-read book

‘Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears About Technology Shape Children’s Lives’, by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross

Recommended by Tony Sheppard, Information Governance Lead, Data Privacy and Protection Guru: “Whether you’re a parent or not, as educators, we know just how difficult navigating the online world can be. Parenting for a Digital Future draws on extensive research to understand what it is like for parents navigating the digital world their children are exploring.

Book - 'Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears<br />
About Technology Shape Children's Lives,' by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia<br />

Tony said, “When you’re supporting children and families with what happens online, you really need to look at what parenting has become. It’s not ‘digital parenting’, but simply ‘parenting’. The authors capture how we can deal with the hopes and fears about technology shaping children’s lives. A must-read for any DSL, SENDCO, DPO or anyone dealing with home-school relationships.”

Screenshot of 'Lucidchart'.

Must-have app


Recommended by Katie Hall, Marketing Manager: Lucidchart is a web-based diagramming tool with an infinite canvas that’s
fantastic for lots of different applications in education, with potential uses for teachers, middle and senior leaders in planning and collaboration scenarios.

Katie commented, “The ability to quickly create flowcharts and diagrams helps to clarify my thoughts and any processes I am working on.”

We’re positive you’ll find it useful too.

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 edtechplaybook.com.
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