Stemiverse Podcast Information for guests

Thank you for considering to be our guest on Stemiverse Podcast!

I’ve put together some information to help you prepare for the interview. We want to help you sound great!

If you would like to listen to any of the available episodes, choose from this list.

What is the podcast about? | Who is the podcast listener? | What is the publication frequency?

How long is the interview? | Questions that we may ask | Do I need any equipment?

Advice on how to get the best possible audio quality | About Zoom

Other resources from the guest | How can I schedule an interview?

Guest profile form

What is the podcast about?

This is a technology education podcast. We interview practitioners, influencers and stakeholders in STEM education for their take in the latest developments, their practices, and advice.

It’s a bit like a community of practice, one person at a time.

Who is the podcast listener?

We identify several diverse groups of people who are particularly interested in Stemiverse Podcast.

  • Educators in primary or secondary education
  • Decision or policymakers like principals or school CEOs
  • Parents of children in mainstream schools, or homeschoolers
  • Private trainers, instructors, or people who work in the education sector but are not public school teachers
  • Authors, actors, artists, or people who create content used in education

All these people want to be informed of the latest trends and developments in STEM education and be in touch with those at the forefront.

What is the publication frequency?
This is a fortnightly podcast. We aim to publish a new episode every second Tuesday.

How long is the interview?
Each interview is approximately 1 hour long.

Questions that we may ask

Our interviews are informal and conversational. We only ask scripted questions at the beginning and the end of the interview.

At the beginning of the interview, we’ll ask a couple of opening questions to warm up. For example:

  • Please introduce yourself. Tell us a bit about you, your relation to teaching, and what you are working on at the moment.
  • If you wish, tell us about your organization/company/practice.

After that, we will continue the discussion to expand on something that you said. It could be your current exciting project, something from your history that you mentioned in your introduction. Of course, the focus will always be in education. We will naturally follow a path that excites us the most, thinking that the audience will appreciate the value it brings to their work and life in education.

At the end of the interview, around 50 minutes in, we will ask a few closing questions. We usually ask 2-3 of the following:

  • Who has been most influential in shaping the way you teach?
  • What app relating to teaching can you not live without?
  • What advice would you give to educators just starting out?
  • How should new educators get prepared for teaching STEM?
  • How do you boost your confidence in teaching STEM subjects?
  • What’s your programming language of choice?
  • What professional development have you found the most useful in the last year?

We always we ask:

  • If our listeners wish to get in touch with you, what is the best way for them to do so?

Do I need any equipment?

You will need a computer connected to the Internet, and a headset. We conduct our interviews using Zoom. We may use Skype as a backup.

Information on how to use Zoom is further down on this page.

Advice on how to get the best possible audio quality

In order to produce a high-quality podcast, a key consideration is the quality of the audio that we capture. Although we have the ability to improve the quality of the recorded sounds, nothings beats capturing good sound from the beginning.

As we don’t have a studio where we can invite you for the interview, and since our guests can be anywhere in the world, please follow these guidelines:

  • Use a small space with furniture and a minimum of reflective surfaces. Bedrooms with carpets, curtains, and soft furniture work great to minimize echos. Office meeting rooms with glass walls and minimal furniture are some of the worst environments for an interview. Surprisingly, the interior of a car can also sound very well in a recording since it is well padded with asymmetric surfaces.
  • Use a headset with a microphone. At the very least, you should use the mic headset that came with your smartphone. Please do not use the mic that is built-in to your computer/laptop as it will also pick any fan and hard disk or desk noise.
  • Turn off or slow down fans and air-conditioning.
  • Turn off phones, and computer notifications.

Our superstar guests also use their own phone to record their voice as a form of backup.

Very often those recordings are better than the one we captured, and we use it instead of ours.

About Zoom

To record our discussion we use Zoom. Zoom is a communications software that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. If you already use this application, you will not need to do anything other than to click the join link that we will send you.

We will send you an email that contains the join link. We do so 2-3 days before the scheduled interview.

Step 1: Click the join link (provided in your 2-day reminder email) and download the Zoom Launcher if you're prompted to do so and run it. If you already have the application installed you will be prompted to open it from your browser.

Step 2: Click on 'Test Computer Audio' to configure your audio settings.

Other resources from the guest

Apart from your time to conduct the interview, there are a few things that we also need from you:

  • A high resolution photo
  • A short profile
  • Links to your web site, LinkedIn page or another web page that you’d like us to include in the show notes
  • Any forms of contact details that you would like our listeners to use should they wish to get in touch with you (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

How can I schedule the interview?

Assuming that either Peter or Lina have already contacted you, and that you have completed the information request form (see below) then please use this form to book the interview at a convenient time.

We’ll get back to you with a confirmation within 24 hours!

Please use this form to provide the requested information before the interview.

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