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Podcasting & iPod Flash Cards: Study Tools for the 21st Century

  1. 1. Podcasts and iPod Flash Cards: Study Tools for the 21 st Century ICE Conference 2010 Brent Coley Tovashal Elementary School Murrieta Valley Unified School District www.mrcoley.com | bcoley@murrieta.k12.ca.us
  2. 2. They say everyone has a twin…
  3. 3. Imagine this scenario…
  4. 4. This is Sarah… Photo courtesy of Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/hellogeri/1348671074/in/photostream
  5. 5. “It’s time to use technology to rewrite the rules of education.”
  6. 6. Without why, how is irrelevant.
  7. 7. What We’ll Cover Today: • Definition of podcasting • Benefits of educational podcasting • Ways you can use podcasting in your classroom (plus one bonus idea) • A snapshot – How to create a podcast • iPod flash cards and ways you can use them with your students • How to create iPod flash cards • Giveaways
  8. 8. What is a Podcast? • A podcast is “a series of digital media files (audio or video) that are released episodically and downloaded through Web syndication.” Source: Wikipedia • What distinguishes podcasts from ordinary Internet broadcasts is their “subscribability.”
  9. 9. Benefits of Educational Podcasting • Reinforces concepts studied in class • Develops writing skills • Develops speaking skills • Enhances parent communication • Provides students a global audience • Students love it!
  10. 10. That Sounds Great, But How Can I Use Podcasting In My Classroom? Ideas for Student Podcasts • End-of-unit “summary” broadcasts Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3 • Students reading their writing (e.g. narratives) • Students reading their poetry
  11. 11. That Sounds Great, But How Can I Use Podcasting In My Classroom? Ideas for Student Podcasts • Book reviews • Student Council/ASB announcements/updates • Audio version of classroom/school newspaper • Digital Student Portfolios (e.g. WPM)
  12. 12. That Sounds Great, But How Can I Use Podcasting In My Classroom? Ideas for Teacher Podcasts • Audio version of classroom newsletter • “StudyCasts” – audio review sessions Sample
  13. 13. What Do Students Think of StudyCasts? • “When I study the StudyCast I get a better grade, and it helps me study for big tests. It really works, and I love it.” • “I like the StudyCasts because I can listen to them on my computer while I’m doing my homework. I had listened to the Puritan StudyCast five times and I got a good grade.” • 88% of my students listen to StudyCasts.
  14. 14. That Sounds Great, But How Can I Use Podcasting In My Classroom? More Ideas for Teacher Podcasts • Record classroom lessons/lectures and as promised…the bonus idea… • Audio sub plans Sample
  15. 15. Okay, Once Again, That Sounds Great. But How Do I Do It? Materials Needed to Podcast: • Microphone • GarageBand (preinstalled on a Mac) or Audacity (free download for PC or Mac) • Classroom website or other podcast hosting website
  16. 16. Creating a Podcast: The Four Stages • Preproduction • Recording • Postproduction • Publishing
  17. 17. Creating Your RSS Feed • If your RSS feed is not created automatically by your website or podcast hosting service, you can create one using the free services Blogger and FeedBurner. Step-by-Step Directions on mrcoley.com
  18. 18. iPod Flash Cards • iPod flash cards are series of images that can be viewed using the “Photos” feature of an iPod.
  19. 19. iPod Flash Cards • If you can create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, you can create iPod flash cards!
  20. 20. iPod Flash Cards Ideas for Flash Cards • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Facts • Mathematical Formulas • States and Capitals • Key Vocabulary in Content Areas • Foreign Language/ELL Vocabulary Words • Classroom Lecture PowerPoints
  21. 21. iPod Flash Cards • To create a set of iPod flash cards, save your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation as JPG images.
  22. 22. iPod Flash Cards Tips and Suggestions • Use a font that is easy to read and not too fancy. • Use a large font size. • Keep backgrounds simple (solid colors or simple textures). • Don’t put too much information on any one slide.
  23. 23. Online Resources Web links, tutorial videos, printer-friendly handout, online evaluation www.mrcoley.com/ice
  24. 24. Giveaways • Over 50 Sets of iPod Flash Cards • Over 50 Editable PowerPoints • Podcasting Tutorial Videos • iPod Flash Cards Tutorial Videos
  25. 25. Contact Information Brent Coley Website: www.mrcoley.com Email: bcoley@murrieta.k12.ca.us Twitter: www.twitter.com/brentcoley Thank you for coming! Don’t forget to take a moment and complete an online evaluation.

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