Podcasting In The Classroom


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How to integrate student-led podcasting in the classroom without too much time-consuming teacher input.

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Podcasting In The Classroom

  1. 1. - it’s not difficult!
  2. 2. <ul><li>This slideshow was used for an in-service on podcasting for MS and HS faculty at International School Manila, Tuesday Jan. 6 th , 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>The intent of the presentation was to illustrate how podcasting could be adopted as a part of the classroom environment on an ongoing basis, and what some advantages of this. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>You’re not afraid to try something new. </li></ul><ul><li>You’re happy to cooperate with other teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>You believe your students benefit from writing about what they’re learning </li></ul>, even when you’re not grading it.
  4. 4. <ul><li>10 minutes : Discussion - you decide on a name and topic for the podcast, and we sign up with a podcast host together. </li></ul><ul><li>30 minutes : two students learn from me </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>how to record and edit a podcast in Audacity. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>how to upload the podcast to the podcast host. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>20 minutes : All students in class sign up with iGoogle. Everyone (including the teacher) subscribes to the podcast channel we’ve set up. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The two students plan & write the episode. </li></ul><ul><li>They record and edit the podcast, e.g. during Friday lunch (in your room?). </li></ul><ul><li>They then upload it to the podcast host. </li></ul><ul><li>The rest of the class automatically finds the new episode in their iGoogle pages or even iTunes, where they can put on iPod! </li></ul><ul><li>The two students teach another pair, who will do the next episode, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>And you? You just sit back and concentrate on your teaching  </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Advice them as needed on their writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Send them to me if in need of technical help. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the podcast as a teaching resource: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listen in class to generate discussion? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use in your formative assessment, i.e. to gauge students’ understanding and modify your instruction accordingly? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Fun! </li></ul><ul><li>Generates interest and enthusiasm – students like listening to each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversifies learning opportunities - students have more ways in which to demonstrate learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforces learning, as students learn from each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Forms connections to the rest of the world </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Recording equipment : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a computer with a microphone, or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a portable digital recorder (e.g. iPod with mic) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Audio editing software : Audacity (installed on all school computers, and downloadable for free for use at home), or GarageBand for Mac. </li></ul><ul><li>Free podcast host : www.podbean.com or www.gcast.com. </li></ul><ul><li>Free podcast subscription : www.google.com/ig. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Short podcast project : 1 hour to learn podcasting, 1 hour of instructional use </li></ul><ul><li>Year-long podcast project : 1 hour to learn podcasting, 40 hours of instructional use </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. MUCH BETTER time investment/learning outcome ratio </li></ul>