Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the Internet using either the RSS or Atom syndication formats, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers.
Podcasts enable students to share their knowledge and expertise with others through a creative outlet.
Podcasts tap into a mode of media input that is commonplace for digital natives.
Podcasts empower students to form relationships with the content and each other in relevant ways.
Podcasting is yet another way for them [students] to be creating and contributing ideas to a larger conversation, and it’s a way of archiving that contribution for future audiences to use.
Will Richardson, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
In the classroom, educators and students can use podcasts to inform others about class news, current events, and areas of interest.
Students can use a podcast forum to persuade their peers to help others, make a difference, or try something new.
Podcasts can also be used to edutain others through creative narratives .
Podcasts engage students in thinking critically about their speaking fluency and communication skills.
The opportunity to create a podcast about what students would like to discuss and share with others is extremely motivating.
Along with the use of technology there are certain responsibilities that educators and students need to follow.
Educators need to instruct students on safe and acceptable use of technology in and outside of the classroom.
Not only do students need to learn how to appropriately research, but also how to safely and properly share information online.
Podcasts allow students to learn first hand about copyright laws and fair use issues.
Listen to a few podcasts online
iTunes > Source List > Podcasts > Education
http://www.jakeludington.com/archives/000405.html (“Podcasting with Windows Media Player)
Get a feel for the genre
Podcasts are not “polished” – production value is secondary to the content
Education Podcast Network
University of Wisconsin-Madison Podcasting
A wiki is a type of website that allows users easily to add, remove, or otherwise edit and change most available content.
A single page in a wiki is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire body of pages, which are usually highly interconnected via hyperlinks, is "the wiki“
in effect, a wiki is actually a very simple, easy-to-use user-maintained database for searching and creating information.
Wikis are generally designed with the philosophy of making it easy to correct mistakes, rather than making it difficult to make them.
Thus while wikis are very open, they provide a means to verify the validity of recent additions to the body of pages.
The most prominent, on almost every wiki, is the "Recent Changes" page—a specific list numbering recent edits, or a list of all the edits made within a given timeframe.
Wikipedia is as reliable as other external sources we rely on.
Properly written articles cite the sources, and a reader should rely on the Wikipedia article as much, but no more, than the sources the article relies on.
If an article doesn't cite a source, it may or may not be reliable.
Students should never use information in a wiki until they have checked those external sources.
Wikis are helping young people develop “writing skills and social skills by learning about group consensus and compromise—all the virtues you need to be a reasonable and productive member of society.”
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
“ The media is controlled by people who have the resources to control it,” he says. “Wikis show that all of us have an equal opportunity to contribute to knowledge.”
Andy Garvin, head of the Digital Divide Network
Use wikis as formats for subject guides.
Invite students and teachers to annotate your catalog on a wiki.
Make wikis meeting places for communities inside the school.
Link librarians and teachers in your district in a collaborative enterprise.
Wiki Walk-Through http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/
What’s a wiki?
Who uses wikis?
Wikis or blogs?
How to use wikis with students.
Ideas for activities, projects, collaborations, etc.
Using wikis in Education (blog) http://ikiw.org/
Classroom use of wikis http://www.teachinghacks.com/wiki/index.php?title=Wikis
Wikispaces is offering K-12 organizations their premium membership for free
Eye Spot Online Video Mixing http://eyespot.com/ Jump Cut Online Video Editor http://jumpcut.com/ Windows Movie Maker http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx Avid Free DV http://www.avid.com/freedv/ Storyboard Pro http://www.atomiclearning.com/storyboardpro Microsoft PhotoStory http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/ digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx
BrainPOP is an educational program that provides curriculum-based content spanning seven main subjects including: Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Health, Arts & Music, and Technology.
The Library of Congress has Image Libraries, Video Libraries, and Exhibitions online
American Memory Collection contains historic media
Library of Congress
netTrekker d.i., the latest version of netTrekker, the award-winning search engine for schools, supports differentiated instruction with standards-based online resources, organized by readability level to help every child achieve.
NoteStar enhanced research tools http://notestar.4teachers.org/