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Podcasting in the Classroom

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Podcasting in the Classroom

  1. 1. Presenting the new technology PODCASTING By: Robyn L. Anderson
  2. 2. What is Podcasting? A podcast is an audio or video broadcast that is distributed over the Internet. It usually has a format similar to a radio or television show. The term “podcasting” is a combination of two words: IPod and broadcasting. It refers to the automatic downloading of MP3 audio files to a computer or MP3 player. It is not necessary to have the IPod brand itself. Podcasts can be used with many types of digital audio formats and played on any MP3 player or portable digital device.
  3. 3. Pros and Cons of Podcasting <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>No major equipment expense </li></ul><ul><li>Allows the learner to review and re-review </li></ul><ul><li>information a number of times </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforce concepts taught in class. </li></ul><ul><li>Audio materials can be produced in multiple </li></ul><ul><li>languages </li></ul><ul><li>Students can work at their own pace; starting and </li></ul><ul><li>stopping; replaying keys points </li></ul><ul><li>Appeals to teenagers and younger who can identify with and </li></ul><ul><li>motivated to use it </li></ul><ul><li>User –friendly Technology </li></ul>
  4. 4. Pros and Cons of Podcasting <ul><li>Cons: </li></ul><ul><li>Does not allow representation of materials, only auditory </li></ul><ul><li>Does not help Visual and Kinesthetic Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Lacks feedback. Learner cannot ask questions or clarify points </li></ul><ul><li>Only effective for short topics </li></ul><ul><li>Audio files take up a lot of space </li></ul><ul><li>Does not support learning if student(s) are not attentive </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of non-verbal cues. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Educational Applications <ul><li>Podcasts can be used many ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To facilitate language instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To elaborate on instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To facilitate class discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To present class projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To encourage Critical thinking and writing skills </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Education Value of Podcasts in the Classroom Podcasts can be created from original material by students and teachers or existing audio files can be downloaded for classroom use. Creating a podcast allow students to share learning experiences. It provides them with a world-wide audience that makes learning meaningful and assessment authentic. Teachers can use the technology to provide additional and revision material to students to download and review at a time that suits them. The flexibility that such time-shifting offers makes podcasting a valuable educational tool.
  7. 7. Education Value of Podcasts in the Classroom IPods are for more than just listening to music. Podcasting can enhance student’s musical talents. Podcasting is hands-on learning for students. It fun for the students and it encourages them to want to learn.
  8. 8. Podcast Wizards <ul><li>Podbean </li></ul><ul><li>Podomatic </li></ul><ul><li>A number of Internet sites offer free creation tools and hosting for podcasts. These sites offer a quick way to record and publish a podcast where the educational emphasis is on the content of the podcast rather than on developing the technology skills required to create your own podcast. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion Podcasting is more than just for fun. Many schools use it in the classrooms to assist with student learning. Podcasting is a new generational technology that encourages our kids to learn and to have fun while doing it. I hope to be able to incorporate this into my classroom before the school year is over. Especially in Science and Social Studies projects.
  10. 10. References <ul><li>Eash, E. K. (2006, April). Podcasting 101 for K-12 Librarians. Computer Libraries . 26 (4) </li></ul><ul><li>Lizama, J. A., & Slayton, J. (2010, February 17). Can an IPod Help Your Child Learn?. Media General News Service . Retrieved October 16, 2011, from </li></ul><ul><li>Swan, K., & Hofer, M. (2011). In Search of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Teachers' Initial Foray into Podcasting in Economics. Journal of Research on Technology in Education , 44 (1), 75 - 98. </li></ul>