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Podcasting — Active Engagement for Digital Natives

September 7, 2009 1 comment

podcastrssImagine this… Students collaborate to create a podcast reviewing concepts before a test. The review is ready when the students are. Ipods, desktop computers, laptops, mp3 players, and cell phones can all be used to bring the review to the student — day or night. Talk about “on demand” learning.

Students can listen to their review podcasts while watching a basketball game, while eating dinner, while standing in line at a shopping mall, or anytime they choose. Imagine what this could mean for our students. Podcasting provides an opportunity to create — the highest level of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.

Creating a Podcast
Creating a Podcast is as simple as recording an MP3 file directly on your computer’s hard drive, using a microphone and any of a number of audio utilities. At the most basic level, that is all it takes.

Take time to view this short Common Craft informational video to help you gain a better understanding of podcasting.

Want to know more?

You can get free podcast creation software at Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/. Donna Murray can help you download this free software as our firewall settings prohibit full installation without a site tech administrator.

Podcast hosting and publishing
When you’ve created your Podcast, you need to put it somewhere and let people know where to find it. Many blogging tools now also allow the hosting of Podcasts on their service. However, since audio files are large, there are usually some limitations. Here are some specific Podcast hosting and publishing services.

Odeo (http://www.odeo.com/)
Podbean (http://www.podbean.com/)
Podomatic (http://podomatic.com/)
Switchpod (http://www.switchpod.com/)

For more ideas about how to use podcasting in the classroom, check out this video.

Podcasting in the Classroom
You can create a podcast of a lesson or have your students create podcasts for assignments. Here are podcastpurple some ways you can include podcasting into your classroom regardless of your content area: http://www.aea11.k12.ia.us/tech/Podcasting/PodcastingCurric.pdf

If you are interested in podcasting or podcasts, Donna Murray has bookmarked a variety of resources for you on her Delicious page.

Podcasting: http://delicious.com/murraygirl/podcasting
Podcasts: http://delicious.com/murraygirl/podcasts

Finally, here is a podcast especially for you. By clicking on the link below, you can listen to a podcast about the eight easy steps for creating a podcast.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~nshelley/index.html

Happy Podcasting!

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