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Module 6 Josh De Zarn

  1. 1. Podcasting In Education Presented by Joshua DeZarn IUPUI Fall 2009 EDUC W200
  2. 2. Slide Menu  Title Slide  What is a podcast?  “Podcasting in the Classroom”  Reflection Slide  “Reading, Writing, and Podcasting”  Reflection Slide  “Educational usages of podcasting”  Reflection Slide  Conclusion  Citations
  3. 3. What is a podcast? Podcasts are “audio or video MP3/MP4 recordings that can be downloaded directly to the desktop computer as well as to various mobile devices. It‟s capability to transfer digital material to other portable devices provides an „anytime, anywhere‟ media experience. It uses subscription feeds with Really Simple Syndication notification which automatically informs the subscriber as and when new material is available” (Harris & Park).
  4. 4. “Podcasting in the Classroom” Although MP3 players, and iPods have been a nuisance in the "When students create a podcast classroom in the past, newer technology has found a way to incorporate them into the classroom through a new technology for class, they not only learn the called podcasting. According to Podcasting News, podcasting is content in a creative way, they one the fastest emerging technologies of all time. In fact, it raises learn 21st century communication by fifteen percent each month! Educators have found that skills at the same time.” podcasting makes for a great learning tool in the classroom. -Apple Inc. Apple Inc., the makers of the iPod, have been marketing the usage of podcasting in the classroom for quite sometime. Apple Slide Menu states that “podcasting allows educators to take their students beyond traditional assignments by allowing them to include voice recordings, photos, movies and sound effects into their projects” (Podcasting in the Classroom, 2008). Middle Schools and Elementary schools across the country, such as Longfellow Middle School, in La Cross, Wisconsin, are using podcasting to present projects on topics that range from science to language arts. In addition, podcasting has become very popular in higher education. Colleges and universities across the country are using podcasting to turn their lectures and events into digital files that can be viewed or heard by students outside of class. Podcasts are free and easy to create. Almost anyone with a computer, microphone, and simple audio software can create one. Free online tutorials are also available, including one on Apple‟s website (Podcasting in the Classroom, 2008).
  5. 5. Reflection It is obvious that podcasting is making a substantial impact on education. The popularity and use of podcasting is growing each and everyday day. In fact, the article stated that it is growing by fifteen percent each month! That is awesome! In my opinion, it will only be a few years before podcasting becomes a standard practice in the classroom. I mean, why wouldn‟t it!? Students can create podcasts for almost any subject, and teachers can use them to keep the students informed at home, as well as in the classroom. This article hits dead on with the benefits of incorporating podcasting in the classroom. Slide Menu
  6. 6. “Reading, Writing, and Podcasting” Students at Jamestown Elementary School, in Arlington, Virginia, are using technology, such as podcasts, to further their learning experiences. Among Arlington Public Schools, Jamestown Elementary is one the most active in the use of technology. Currently, students at Jamestown are using handheld computers, such as the Palm Tungsten, for writing workshops. The students bring their handheld computer to each classroom where they can work on their literature by using the handheld computer. Students use a program called GoKnow PAAM Classroom Synchronization Manager to upload and publish their writing projects. In addition, teachers are finding that there are many options to continue the writing process. One of these is podcasting. Each student reads and records their story through an audio recorder program, such as SoundStudio, and then they can upload the audio version of their writing project to a podcasting website or iTunes for the listening and viewing of the public. In addition, students can add video to their podcasts, making them into video casts, which adds to the excitement of the project (Palmer, 2006)! Slide Menu
  7. 7. Reflection Although not every school has found a use for technologies such as podcasting, Jamestown Elementary is an exception. Jamestown is a great role model to the other schools in the Arlington School District, as well as schools across the country. Podcasts really are a great way to grab children's attention and help them learn new and exciting information. Podcasting makes everything much more fun because students love to work with technology. Podcasting is a great way to share the works of child, such as a poem, a story, what ever it may be. In fact, that paper form could get lost, or damaged, but a podcast will always be on the internet, even for generations to come! Slide Menu
  8. 8. “Educational usages of podcasting” As stated in previous slides, the usage of podcasting in education is increasing. In fact, podcasting has the ability “to change the teaching and learning experience significantly” (Harris & Park, 2008). Podcasting can do this by facilitating and incorporating a wide range of personal likings and learning abilities. A recent research study was preformed in the United Kingdom on some universities in the area. The study recorded and monitored the usage of podcasting among UK Universities. The study found that podcasting is commonly used for distant learning and support for dyslexic students, as well as other uses. The use of podcasting in education has been divided into four main categories. These include teaching-driven, service-driven, marketing-driven, and technology-driven. Teaching-driven podcasting is used to promote and develop the learning experience and provide two-way communication between students and professors. Service-driven podcasting is often used for delivering and presenting research information. As it states, marketing-driven podcasting is used as a marketing tool to appeal to potential students. Finally, technology-driven podcasting is used to share and support teaching practices (Harris & Park, 2008). Slide Menu
  9. 9. Reflection Although podcasting has many educational benefits, one of the greatest is helping make learning easier for those who are disabled, such as dyslexic students. Without technologies, like podcasting, students with disabilities would have a much harder time learning. Luckily we do have the technology and the capability for every classroom to use podcasting. The only problem is lack of motivation to do so, or ignorance on the subject. New and future teachers need to know what benefits podcasting offer for the classroom, and they need to provide those benefits for the students. Podcasting is not only a great resource in elementary and high schools, but also is a valuable tool in higher education. In fact, not only do students and professors use podcasting, but also the university or college itself uses it as a tool to get the student there in the first place! Slide Menu
  10. 10. Conclusion To wrap things up, podcasts are an essential part of the classroom, and more and more schools are incorporating this valuable piece of technology into their curriculum. Podcasting offers students and teachers a lot more than an assignment. Podcasting makes learning enjoyable and fun. Above all other benefits, podcasting offers a hope and relief to those who are disabled. Podcasting makes learning easier for those individuals. As I stated in one of the previous slides, I believe it will only be a short matter of time before podcasting becomes a standard practice in the classroom. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed my PowerPoint presentation on the exciting world of podcasting! Slide Menu
  11. 11. Citations Harris, H., & Park, S. (2008). Educational usages of podcasting. British Journal of Educational Technology, 39 (3), 548-551. Palmer, G. A. (2006). Reading, Writing, and Podcasting. District Administration, 42, 22-24. Podcasting in the Classroom. (2008). Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers, 83 (3), 7-8. *All images taken from Clip Art