Podcasting is online audio or video content that is delivered via the “Web.”
Many students have some form of digital audio playback device, i.e. an mp3 player or iPod where digital media can be stored and re-played. The power of podcasting is that users can listen to exactly what they want, when they want, and where they want. You can listen to Podcasts with just a personal computer.
Use of technology is critical for the future of our students. Students must be able to function in a future work force that is increasing dependent on technology. Communication is the cornerstone of our society and technology drives communication.
High ability students are ready and capable of handling technology. Our HAART students expect technology. They are technology natives who are very comfortable with the use of a variety of technology, especially those that connect them to the WWW and wide-delivery networks.
Curriculum standards on every level include the use of technology. From local to state and national curricular standards, technology is included. We must include it in order to carry out our professional mandates and obligations.
Creative use of technology important for high ability students. Because high ability students are creative and we seek to develop their creative skills, technology must be utilized as a means to allow and encourage their creative development. It can be used to fit individual learning styles and preferences as well as project and product development. Technology is a perfect fit to differentiation since there are limitless uses in the learning process.
Podcasting can be used for a variety of applications.
There are many areas of the curriculum that can utilize podcasting:
Anything that requires a student to “ have a voice ” on a subject can be an opportunity for a podcast. Students can record and post podcasts of writing assignments, book reviews, movie reviews, poetry, position papers, critiques, and readers’ theater. It can also be used to increase fluency and comprehension. Math practice and problem solving can be podcast. Writing can be encouraged through interviews, mock news broadcasts, writers’ forums. Students can research and share information on history, current events, science learning, and health issues.
You determine how large the audience is for your students. Their generation has an audience as large as the world. Podcasts can open the door for parents, friends, and family members around the globe to share the learning in your classroom.
We must educate our students about the power and precautions that need to be taken as they speak to the world. Podcasts are a perfect opportunity to begin the discussion about safety and ethics with the world wide web.
It will enhance your teaching
You will be the one to see more and more applications for podcasting. It can be customized to the needs of your classroom and your students.