This article begins with the author sharing a personal experience of his. As a teacher, he has opened his classroom beyond the 25 students that he physically has in his classroom through podcasting.
He records his lectures and posts them online. He says that he has over 100 people enjoying and learning photography because of this .
He goes on to show how podcasting has actually benefitted his “live” students. Because of the global-participation in the class, his students are able to hear the opinions of people and cultures from around the world. This leads to great discussion and a higher level of learning. He also says that students download his podcasts to listen to and help review the key points of the class.
In the closing paragraphs of the article, the author reveals how he creates his podcasts with the help of a program called ProfCast. This program allows him to upload his lectures and overlay them with his power point slides. He says that it takes some time to post each podcast, but that the increased level of learning makes it well worth it. He plans on conducting classes like this from now on.
Source: Curto, Jeff (2006).Globalizing education one podcast at a time. T.H.E Journal .
I really liked this article because it was about a personal experience. The teacher was very willing to try new methods and that is something I admire. One a-ha moment for me was when he talked about overlaying his voice on power point slides. That is really cool. Another moment was the fact that so many people were participating in his class at the same time because of podcasting. That is something that I think is very beneficial. The last a-ha moment was when he talked about the podcasts benefitting his “live” students as well. I think that if my professors used podcasts I would listen to them outside of class as well. This article was very interesting because it provided a tangible evidence that podcasting is shaping the learning environment of the classroom. Like the author says, “Through podcasting, I have opened the door of my classroom to the rest of the world and started a class discussion that is not constrained by the classroom walls or by the cultural, educational, and personal backgrounds of my physical students. “
This article begins by stating that podcasts are growing in popularity in all levels of education. It then goes on to show the positives and negatives of podcasting, as well as what exactly a podcast is.
Right off the bat, the author begins attacking podcasts. She says that one of the problems with podcasting is that it leaves out the hearing impaired. There are not subtitles with podcasts and this limits the educational value of podcasts to those who can listen to them. Another problem it lists is the sound quality of podcasts. Though minor, this can influence educational value.
The article continues to define what a podcast is: one-way communications and not designed to be interactive. This contributes to the problems listed earlier in the article.
The rest of the article is devoted to the positives of podcasting in a learning environment. The author says that children actually learn literacy skills while podcasting. This is because it causes students to delve deeper into the information they are presenting in their podcasts. The article gives the example of Longfellow Middle School where students are researching and analyzing quotes from Gandhi and Winston Churchill to present in the morning announcements. The author closes the article by stating that the podcasting has educational potential but needs to work on the problems listed in the article to become more effective.
Source: Deubel, Patricia (2007).Podcasts: where's the learning?. T.H.E Journal .
This article really made me think about a lot of things that I had never realized about podcasting. My first a-ha moment was when the author said that podcasting excluded the hearing impaired. This is something I will have to keep in mind if I ever use podcasting as a teacher. Another a-ha was that podcasts can be made accessible in 15 different languages. I think this is really neat because it makes the educational value very broad. The last a-ha was when the author was talking about the literacy skills gained using podcasts. This applies to me especially since I want to be an English teacher. My favorite quote from this article was when she wrote, “There seems to be no limit to ideas for learning with podcasts.” I think this is important because I believe it accurately states the possibilities with podcasting. I think that if podcasting is very broad and can be applied in almost every area of education.
This article responds to the growing number of podcasts used in the educational field. It gives tips on how to make better quality and more effective podcasts.
The first tip it gives is to be prepared. The author suggests that research is the most important part of a podcast. He says this is great opportunity for teachers to be creative and get their students to dig deeper into their subjects. He says you can do this by creating specific curriculum and games that make students gather information. He says that most of he educational value of podcasting is found through research.
The next tip is focusing on the sound. He writes that getting podcasts with good sound in a classroom can be difficult. He suggests that teachers can fashion their own “recording studios” and play with volume settings to help their students achieve good sound.
The next tip the author offers is editing wisely. Editing is important in getting a clear message across. He says that it is best to record first then edit later. He also says that another important part of editing is coming up with a good title and slogan. This fosters great creativity among students.
Another tip is to be consistent. As you produce more podcasts you need to keep the quality level high because you never know who might be listening. As the author says a school in Australia might be listening to see what is going on in America.
His final tip is to follow the leaders. This means that to stay up with the latest podcasting technology is to view what others are doing . Staying current is a great way to improve your podcasts.
Source: Villano, Matt (2008).Building a better podcast. T.H.E Journal .
I like this article as well because it is designed to help anyone improve their podcasting skills while showing why podcasting is relevant in an educational setting. The first a-ha moment I had was when he mentioned teachers creating new, exciting ways for kids to research for their podcasts. I like this because new methods are always better for learning than using the same methods over and over again. The next a-ha moment was when he talked about making recording studios for students. I think that is a great way for students to really feel like they are recording something important. For younger students, it makes it fun and more realistic. The last a-ha moment was when he talked about how everyone can be influenced by podcasts. This is still amazing to me to think that what I record might be listened to by others. The quote that reinforces my personal opinion of podcasting the most is one made by Steve Jobs. He said that podcasting would change the educational landscape forever. I think it already has.
Overall, I believe that podcasting is a great tool for education. These three articles show that podcasting presents some real positive aspects for education, like getting students to delve deeper into their research. While it does have some negative aspects, the positives far outweigh them. Also, by following the tips is the last article our podcasts will be improved and become more effective. All in all, podcasting has changed education for the better.