Using Podcasts to Enhance Learning By Liam Henderson
Abstract <ul><li>My WOW project focuses on using Podcasts to enhance learning within the classroom. Podcasts are a unique tool that more teachers should take advantage of. They are terrific for ESL students, who are uncomfortable speaking in front of large groups. Podcasts are a great primary source documents. Almost any speech that has ever been given since the year 1900 has been turned into an mp3 Podcast. Additionally, Podcasts meet the needs of both auditory and visual learners. In general, Podcasts are great references to the past, are fun, and can be a creative way to engage children in the classroom. </li></ul>
What are Podcasts? Podcasts are digital files (usually audio, but can also be video) that can be downloaded or listened to over the internet. What is the official definition of learning? Learning is the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill.
Why would I use a Podcast in the classroom? To create your work that reinforces topics discussed in class. To look back at events of the past and be able to hear/view them. To allow students to work in groups and create their own finished product and demonstrate mastery of skill. To meet the needs of students who are auditory and visual learners. To keep the lines of communication open between teachers and students.
How do I listen and have access to to Podcasts? Since Podcasts are audio-digital files that are listened to over the internet, there are several ways that one can listen to a Podcast: <ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ipods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 Players </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Phones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Boards </li></ul></ul>
How do I create a podcast? Go to www.podomatic.com Listen to this podcast , made by me. It should help in the creation of your very first podcast.
There are many terrific sites that are subject specific. Many of these Podcasts can be used after one initial unit is started, in order to reinforce material. Social Studies Pocasts Why would I use Podcasts in my classroom? Here are two images of Podcasts that can be used to enhance learning in the areas of History and Science
How could one use a Podcast to enhance learning in a Social Studies classroom (my area of content)? Prior to teaching about America's involvement in World War Two, a teacher can use the following podcast as an anticipatory set. FDR announces that Pearl Harbor has been attacked. Click here to listen (skip to 1:30) This podcast allows students to feel the passion in a FDR's voice, prior to declaring way on Japan and Germany in 1941.
What I've learned from this project <ul><ul><li>Audio Podcasts engage students who normally aren't satiated with chalkboards and books. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Podcasts reinforce students higher level thinking skills. Not only are they remembering and understanding, Podcasts give students the ability to create. </li></ul>
How can students use Podcasts? <ul><ul><li>to create their responses to teachers Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to share their opinion about class topics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> to get accustomed with public speaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to work collaboratively in order to finish large group assignments </li></ul></ul>A Podcast created by a student for his Social Studies class. (Click the picture)
Resources Allison, P. (2008, October 8). Four benefits of podcasts in elearniing . Retrieved from http://ezinearticles.com/?4-Benefits-of-Podcasting-in-Elearning&id=1739326 Corey, S. (2009, January 24). Blooms taxonomy of learning . Retrieved from http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html Lester, P. (2010, March 17). Free science podcasts . Retrieved from http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/ Nate, W. (Designer). (2010). Civil war podcast for social studies . [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzSpnX8HI4g Roosevelts war message [Audio Podcast]. FDR reacts to Pearl Harbor . Retrieved from http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/research/podcasts.html http://www.podomatic.com retrieved on July12, 2011