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Using & Teaching Educational Technology

Podcasting in schools
By Terry Freedman
Created on Sat, 11 Mar 2006, 07:53

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So, you know what podcasting is, but are wondering how you might use it with your students? Here's a quick list to help you get the mental juices flowing!

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This is not meant to be a definitive list!

  • Record lessons for students (and parents!) to access in their own time.
  • Enable students to do a presentation about themselves rather than only sticking to PowerPoint!
  • Create a short introduction to your school, or the course you run, for potential to access, and to let parents know what they can expect their children to be doing -- get student contributions too!
  • Create a class or even a whole-school radio station.
  • Enable students to submit work in the form of a podcast.
  • Create audio resources for use by sight-impaired students.
  • Find and use podcasts as part of project research materials.
  • Use foreign language podcasts to improve linguistic skills.
  • Use podcasts to get an insight into another country's culture, or another person's daily lifestyle.
  • Enable students to create dynamic presentations without the complexity of digital video.
  • Subscribe to various podcasts in different subjects in order to provide extra curriculum resources at virtually no cost.
  • Provide students with a different way of carrying out surveys in the local area.
  • Create an audio blog of a school field trip.
  • Create an enhanced podcast entitled "My summer holiday".
  • Subscribe or listen to different podcasts in order to help students develop their critical faculties.
  • Ask students to create a podcast to meet a real need, as part of a coursework project, for example for a local business.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.