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  • 1. Podcasting Integration Ideas for the Classroom
  • 2. First, An Overview
  • 3. What is Podcasting?
    • Podcasting is a way of delivering multimedia files, such as audio or video over the Internet for playback on mobile device, such as an MP3 player or a computer.
    • Simply put, it is similar to a radio show that you can download and listen to any time.
    • Podcasts can be be audio or video (vodcasts) or both.
  • 4. How Does It Work?
    • The audio (or video) file is posted on a web site, where it can be downloaded to a computer or MP3 player using a podcast client software such as iTunes
    • A podcast will have a web address for an RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed.
    • iTunes ( or another client ) will check the RSS feed of the podcasts you subscribe to and automatically download any new ones.
  • 5. What are the Advantages?
    • Podcasts are simple and easy to use.
    • There are hundreds of podcasts on hundreds of different topics.
    • You can listen on your computer or on the go with an MP3 player, like an iPod.
    • You can listen as many times as you want.
    • Most are free.
  • 6. What are the Disadvantages?
    • You will need a high speed Internet connection.
    • Anyone can produce a podcast. Just like the Internet, you should be aware of who is creating the podcast and how credible the information is or not.
    • Some video podcasts can be hard to see if they have a lot of detail.
  • 7. Ways to Use Podcasts
    • Record Class Lectures
    • District News
    • Homework Hotline
    • Share Information with Parents
    • Teacher Professional Development
    • Student Created Podcasts
  • 8. Integration Examples
    • Elementary
      • Radio WillowWeb (K-5 Student Produced)
      • Jamestown Elementary (Poetry & Writing)
    • Middle
      • Longfellow Middle School (Coulee Kids)
      • Mabry Middle School (Student Projects)
  • 9. Integration Examples
    • High School
      • Hopkinton High School (Booktalks)
      • Lincoln Southwest HS (Academic & More)
    • District
      • Penn Manor (District/Building News)
      • Memphis City Schools (Curriculum & Instruction info for Teachers)
  • 10. Student Academic Benefits
    • Improving Organizational Skills
    • Writing, Reading and Speaking Skills
    • Increasing Peer Collaboration
    • Vocabulary Development
    • Improved Leadership Skills
    • Tone/Voice/Expression/Character
    • Supports Differentiation
    • Researchers & Creators of Knowledge
  • 11. Podcast Directories
    • Education Podcast Network
    • KidCast
    • Directory
    • Podcast Directory for Educators
    • iTunes
  • 12. Planning Resources
    • Coulee Kids Podcast Story Board & Rubric
    • Learning in Hand Planning Booklet
  • 13. Sound Resources
    • Royalty Free Music
    • Freesound
    • PodSafe Audio