Sunday, April 14, 2013

Been getting a few emails asking when the next podcast episode will air and if we will have a regular schedule.  The short answers are: April 24th and every Wednesday.

Why the delay?

First, getting the cast together with such a wide range of ages has been challenging to say the least.  I've made the executive decision, also, to have essentially two separate casts -- one student cast and one adult cast.  Each will have the same format, and each will tackle topics on college planning and surviving the transition between high school and higher education.  Juggling multiple Skype lines and studio mics is just too technical for me right now, so two separate casts.  Plus, the students might be intimidated to speak freely in front of adults they don't know.

Second, I need to upgrade my equipment.  I'm looking at two mics and a mixer, which I'm buying this week.

Third, I want to give Episode #0 another week to percolate. I received my first e-mails this weekend, and think another week will continue to stir interest.

So until next time...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Episode 0: pre-reamble

Here is a re-post of the inaugural episode of See Jack Learn, the podcast about college planning and surviving the gap between high school and higher education.  In Episode 0: the pre-ramble, you will learn about why I started this podcast and how it differentiates from anything else that relates to college planning.  Being a former head of a college access center in Ohio, I give my philosophy about
defining college readiness and how you can be prepared socially, financially and academically for life after high school.

I spout statistics about college attendance and retention, and why women will soon rule the world.  I also talk about a house bill in Oregon proposes that students get to attend college for free and then "Pay it Forward".

Finally, I define the concepts that will be commonly referred to future podcasts, and what the terms Social, Academic, and Financial mean.

*Please note: the above player DOES NOT work well with Internet Explorer.  It works fine on everything else I tried, but IE just doesn't cooperate.  All IE users must click this link to hear the finest podcast about college planning and surviving the transition between high school and higher education!*