Victoria S. Tudela ED 480/ Fall 2009 Mr. John Jenkins
A podcast is a digital media file or collection of files that is distributed over the internet. The files can then be played back on a computer or personal player, such as an Ipod. The method by which podcasts are distributed is often called podcasting. Click Ova Here
Podcasting began to catch hold with the public in late 2004, though during the 1998–2001 dot-com era there were multiple "podcasts" done by major companies, such as Real Networks and ESPN.com
Many individuals and groups contributed to the emergence and popularity of podcasts.
There are three kinds of podcasts.
Audio podcasts also known as a MP3 are the most common types of podcasts. Enhanced podcasts can have images to go along with the audio.
Enhanced podcasts are an AAC file and are not supported by all devices.
Video podcasts are movies, complete with sound. Video podcasts can be in a variety of formats, but MPEG-4 is the most popular .
Podcasts has many educational benefits
Students are able to create a product to share with a potentially world-wide audience.
Knowing that there is a real-world audience gives students purpose and motivation to create a spectacular product.
It is interactive and a creative way of learning
Improves speaking and listening skills
Meets the different learning styles of each student
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Allows teachers to provide additional instructions to students and involve them in the interaction.
It is especially useful for the students with learning difficulties.
Powerful new instructional tool
It enables teachers to reach students through a medium that is both “cool” and part of their lives.
Podcasting has the capacity of advancing a student’s education beyond the classroom.
It attracts a global audience quickly.
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Flexible Learning Opportunities: can listen & watch any time.
Do not have to use computer for playback.
Greatly increases access to classes, lectures, and talks by making these available for download to people who cannot attend the session in person.
It is very valuable for students to use as a review or a study guide.
Large file size which requires broadband connection and it makes it harder to download if the connection is slow.
Users must make sure that all files are MP3 format and not just for I pods.
Transcripts must be made of files to ensure accessibility. (Timely & Costly)
Remember, you don't need an iPod or handheld to be a part of podcasting–you can listen right from your web browser. Whatever personal device you may use to listen to podcasts, learning is certainly in hand!