Podcasts and iPod Flash Cards: Study Tools for the 21 st Century ICE Conference 2010Brent ColeyTovashal Elementary SchoolMurrieta Valley Unified School Districtwww.mrcoley.com | email@example.com
What We’ll Cover Today:• Definition of podcasting• Benefits of educational podcasting• Ways you can use podcasting in your classroom (plus one bonus idea)• A snapshot – How to create a podcast• iPod flash cards and ways you can use them with your students• How to create iPod flash cards• Giveaways
What is a Podcast?• A podcast is “a series of digital media files (audio or video) that are released episodically and downloaded through Web syndication.” Source: Wikipedia• What distinguishes podcasts from ordinary Internet broadcasts is their “subscribability.”
Benefits of Educational Podcasting• Reinforces concepts studied in class• Develops writing skills• Develops speaking skills• Enhances parent communication• Provides students a global audience• Students love it!
That Sounds Great, But How Can I Use Podcasting In My Classroom? Ideas for Student Podcasts• End-of-unit “summary” broadcasts Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3• Students reading their writing (e.g. narratives)• Students reading their poetry
That Sounds Great, But How Can I Use Podcasting In My Classroom? Ideas for Student Podcasts• Book reviews• Student Council/ASB announcements/updates• Audio version of classroom/school newspaper• Digital Student Portfolios (e.g. WPM)
That Sounds Great, But How Can I Use Podcasting In My Classroom? Ideas for Teacher Podcasts• Audio version of classroom newsletter• “StudyCasts” – audio review sessions Sample
What Do Students Think of StudyCasts?• “When I study the StudyCast I get a better grade, and it helps me study for big tests. It really works, and I love it.”• “I like the StudyCasts because I can listen to them on my computer while I’m doing my homework. I had listened to the Puritan StudyCast five times and I got a good grade.”• 88% of my students listen to StudyCasts.
That Sounds Great, But How Can I Use Podcasting In My Classroom? More Ideas for Teacher Podcasts• Record classroom lessons/lectures and as promised…the bonus idea…• Audio sub plans Sample
Okay, Once Again, That Sounds Great. But How Do I Do It? Materials Needed to Podcast:• Microphone• GarageBand (preinstalled on a Mac) or Audacity (free download for PC or Mac)• Classroom website or other podcast hosting website
Creating a Podcast: The Four Stages• Preproduction• Recording• Postproduction• Publishing
Creating Your RSS Feed• If your RSS feed is not created automatically by your website or podcast hosting service, you can create one using the free services Blogger and FeedBurner. Step-by-Step Directions on mrcoley.com
iPod Flash Cards• iPod flash cards are series of images that can be viewed using the “Photos” feature of an iPod.
iPod Flash Cards• If you can create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, you can create iPod flash cards!
iPod Flash Cards Ideas for Flash Cards• Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Facts• Mathematical Formulas• States and Capitals• Key Vocabulary in Content Areas• Foreign Language/ELL Vocabulary Words• Classroom Lecture PowerPoints
iPod Flash Cards• To create a set of iPod flash cards, save your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation as JPG images.
iPod Flash Cards Tips and Suggestions• Use a font that is easy to read and not too fancy.• Use a large font size.• Keep backgrounds simple (solid colors or simple textures).• Don’t put too much information on any one slide.
Giveaways • Over 50 Sets of iPod Flash Cards • Over 50 Editable PowerPoints • Podcasting Tutorial Videos • iPod Flash Cards Tutorial Videos
Contact Information Brent Coley Website: www.mrcoley.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: www.twitter.com/brentcoley Thank you for coming! Don’t forget to take a moment and complete an online evaluation.