You can be a part of TER #100!


TER’s 100th episode is almost upon us, and we’re inviting every member of the TER audience to take part.

Our 100th episode will be “TeachMeet TER 100”, an entirely online TeachMeet made up of contributions from the TER Audience.

We’re inviting you to record and submit a presentation about teaching and learning of up to 7 minutes to be included as part of this online TeachMeet, to share your ideas about teaching with the TER listeners.

You don’t have to be a teacher to participate, but all presentations must be related to teaching and learning in a K-12 context. Check the guidelines below for more information about content.

Once you’ve recorded your piece, use this form to upload your piece, then sit back and wait for the awesome sharing of ideas that will be TeachMeet TER 100!

Further down this page you’ll find details on how to record and submit, and the kind of content we’re looking for, but here’s a summary to get you started:

  • You can record using your smartphone
  • Keep person/identifying information to a minimum (first name, state/location, current role)
  • Up to 7 minutes, any audio format, use highest recording quality possible
  • Focus on ideas relevant to teachers in schools, E.g. examples of teaching practice, implications or implementation of research, whole school initiatives, school curriculum or leadership strategies
  • Submit your content using this form, before 11:59 pm on Sunday, 24 September, 2017

If you have any further queries, please email

We look forward to your participation in TeachMeet TER 100!

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TER’s top 5 episodes of 2015

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2015: Year in review episode, we counted down our 5 most popular episodes of the year, based on the number of times each one was played or downloaded during 2015.

In case you missed it, here are the top five episodes in one handy list.

Did you have a different favourite TER episode in 2015? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Share your stories for National GONSKI week!

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October 2015 is NATIONAL GONSKI WEEK, and TER Podcast wants to include your stories in our Gonski week special episode!

If you’ve got stories of educational success due to increased funding in schools then please share your story with us, to be included in our Gonski special episode, to be released on 31 October.

If you don’t have a story to share, then instead please tell us your answer to the question “Why does Gonski matter for our students?”

How to share your story:

What to share:

When sharing your story, in the interests of privacy and propriety, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only use your first name. (“Hi, I’m Cameron…”)
  • Tell us the type of school you work in, and the area of Australia. (“…and I teach in a public high school in South-Western Sydney, NSW…”)
  • Tell us a story of something your school has or is doing as a result of increased funding – or something you’re planning to do with future increases – and the outcomes for students (current or anticipated) that are coming from this program.
  • Aim for a maximum of 90 seconds in length.

And once you’ve done that, don’t forget to register your support for Gonski at

That’s it! Nice and simple. We look forward to hearing from you as part of the TER Podcast GONSKI Week special!


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TER turns 2 with Teachmeet: ENGAGE!

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presentation schedule is now live.

TER Podcast is turning 2! As part of the celebration we’re holding Teachmeet: ENGAGE, focused on all things about engagement. Whether it’s strategies for engaging students, tales of professional engagement, or your best Patrick Stewart impression, come along to share ideas, and enjoy an evening with like-minded educators. Presentation times are available in 7 min and 2 min allocations. If you would like to present, please indicate on the registration form below.

  • What: Teachmeet: Engage!
  • Where: Crown Hotel, Elizabeth St, Sydney (CLICK HERE for map)
  • When: Arrive 4:45 for 5pm start – duration approx. 1 hour.

Then, after the Teachmeet, join us for dinner, drinks and a TER Birthday cake, all wrapped up at a reasonable hour (because it is, after all, a school night!)

To register for Teachmeet: Engage, the TER Birthday Dinner, or both, CLICK HERE.

A schedule of presentations will be published closer to the date.

If you’re new to TeachMeets, check out this description from

If you are unable to make it to Sydney for the 29th, we would still love to hear from you. CLICK HERE to leave us a birthday message for the podcast – Please tell us your name, where you are and what you teach. We’d love to include our wider audience in a 2nd Anniversary Special Episode!

If you’d like to record a longe rmessage (like a Teachmeet presentation in absentia!) Send any longer audio or video files to

TER Podcast is moving!

While you’re all enjoying our Year in Review and Holiday Special episodes, between now and our next release the Teachers’ Education Review will be moving!

Don’t worry, we’re not going far, we’re simply moving from a hosted site to a self hosted wordpress site. If we do it right, you shouldn’t even notice a difference, though it may interfere with email subscriptions and minor features while we get it sorted.

If you notice any unusual behaviour on the site over the next fortnight, it’s probably because of the move. We’l let you know once the move is complete, after which, any thing different on the site is likely a new feature (not a bug!)

Enjoy the rest of your break!

Vote for TER Podcast in the 2014 Edublog awards!

Some of our wonderful listeners nominated the TER Podcast for the 2014 Edublog awards under the category ‘Best Educational Use of Media”… and we were shortlisted!

If you’d like to support the podcast, please take a moment to vote for us.

Corinne’s Twitter collaboration @edutweetoz has also been nominated, and you can vote for them here.

Voting is open until December 15th.

We really appreciate your support! Thank you!

Join the Teachers’ Brains Trust!

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The Teachers’ Brains Trust is the part of our show that’s dedicated to you, and every member of the Teachers’ Education Review community.

We’d love to hear from teachers who have a teaching strategy to share, a question to ask, or who can help others find the information they’re looking for. That’s what the Teachers’ Brains Trust is all about!

  • If you have a teaching strategy to share, or if you’re holding a TeachMeet or similar event and would like to share recordings of some of the presentations, contact us at for guidelines on how to go about it. Be sure to put Teachers’ Brains Trust as the subject line.
  • If you have a question about teaching, about educational policy, politics or about anything related to education, you can send us your question in one of three ways:
    • Email: Send your questions to with Teachers’ Brains Trust in the subject line.
    • Voice Message: You can record your question and send it to us to be played as part of a future episode. You can record your question using your own computer to record and send the final MP3 to the email address above. Alternatively you can CLICK HERE to use our online voice mail service, using you computer’s microphone to record your question. Finally, you can leave a traditional voice mail by calling +61 2 8003 4837 or looking up ter.podcast on Skype.
  • If you would like to help answer others’ questions: As we receive questions for the Teachers’ Brains Trust they will be posted on a dedicated page, and you will be able to respond to any question you choose with links and contact details provided on the page.

We look forward to hearing more from our listeners and including your ideas and information into future episodes of the TER Podcast.

Please Note: All submissions to the TER Podcast are subject to approval before being incorporated into an episode of the podcast. By submitting a recording or voice mail, you give TER Podcast unrestricted rights to edit and broadcast that recording as part of the Teacher’s Brains trust and Teachers’ Education Review.

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Update: Google @ TER Live

We’re excited to announce some additional content at our TER Live: BYOD Policy Forum on March 25.

Currently visitng Australia from the U.S., Jim Sill and Ken Shelton, two of Google’s ‘Apps Aficionados’, will be attending the forum, and will be joining the forum to discuss apps in education. We will be cutting a few minutes of the planned 60 for BYOD, and extending the forum by 10 minutes in order to give Jim and Ken up to 20 minutes to discuss apps and answer questions. 

There’s already a good crowd signed up, with over 20 people planning to stick around after for dinner, so if you’d like to come and talk tech in education with like-minded teachers, click here for full details and registration.

Jim Sill

After almost a decade in the video and television industry, Jim Sill hung up his producer hat and embarked on a career in education. Using his industry experience, he created an award winning video production program at El Diamante High School in Visalia, CA. By involving students in real world video projects, they garnered awards and recognition at the local, state, and national level. With experience producing local television and industrial videos for non-profit organizations, many of his former students now work in the industry.
As a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Apps Certified Trainer and Apple Certified Trainer, Jim travels the world leading professional development workshops on topics that include Using Video for Social Change, Cinematic Narrative Techniques, Encouraging a Creative Student, Google in the Classroom and much more. Today, Jim is an Educational Technology Consultant and works with educators around the world.
In 2012, Jim was featured on Edutopia and their Teach2Learn series for his work in Building Career Skills in Video Production. He was also awarded The Computer Using Educator (CUE) Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and nominated for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Teacher Award. 
Contact Information
Twitter: mistersill 
Google +: Jim Sill

Ken Shelton

Ken SheltonKen currently holds a M.A. in Education, with a specialization in New Media Design and Production and is a lead learner on the Google Teacher Academy. He has worked as an educator for 9 years and currently teaches technology at the Middle School level. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is a Google Certified Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Discovery STAR Educator, and a member of the Discovery Educator Network California Leadership Council. 

Ken was also recently appointed to the California Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Educational Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives presentations and leads workshops, many of which are hands on, covering a wide variety of educational technology, technology integration, creative expression, and instructional design topics.
Contact Details
Google+: Ken Shelton
Twitter: @k_shelton