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Module two, Activity One: Podcasting

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Joram van Essen

on 19 August 2010

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What is Podcasting? Why do we need to know about podcasts? Educational value of podcasting Ideas for implementing podcasts in the classroom Podcasting resource evaluation Example of a podcast Podcasting is a way of sharing digital audio or video files over the internet. Burt (2008) gives an example of how podcasting can have educational value for students, explaining that it provides an "Opportunity to have their voices heard by an authentic audience within a strategically constructed teaching and learning cycle" (p. 20). A podcast is created by recording a digital audio or video file. The file is then uploaded to a specific sharing website. People can then subscribe to the feed, recieving the podcast on a computer or other portable player.

One advantage that podcasting has over other online viewing such as youtube, is that podcasts are automatically checked for new content, or updates, by the software you use to play them. Honestly, the world won’t end if you don’t know about podcasts. However with an estimated 12 million viewers worldwide it is a useful tool for getting your message heard or hearing someone else's. And on that note it undoubtedly has some educational value. Podcasting
Like any educational tool, podcasting works best when there is a clearly defined learning intention behind its use, as well as the pedagogy and creativity of the teacher utilising it. However as a tool on its own it can be motivating for students in many ways, here is a video from students of Canandaigua Primary School, explaining why they like podcasting... One of the powerfull uses of podcasting in education is its ability to provide a genuine audience for student work. This gives motivation to many students, both to complete work and also to perform at a higher level. Podcasting can be implemented in many different curriculum areas. I believe its main strength though is in letting the students present their own work and ideas to the world. So in the interests of student directed inquiry learning, don’t forget to include the students in the planning! A teacher, Jennifer Derifield, shared some of her ideas on the use of poscasting as well... Here are some of my own ideas... Book reviews: keep the school up-to-date with what is hot and what is not in the field of literature. Camps and field trips: post a visual log of the adventures and learning outside the classroom. Class Plays and Drama: share with the school, large or small. Social studies presentations
Science experiments
Oral language experiences
Mathematics how to's
Here is a good introduction clip to podcasts by Wydea - Science and Technology Videos... Pt England School in Auckland utilise podcasts as part of their English curriculum (Korero Pt England, 2009). A podcast of KPE Episode 292: "Eureka" can be found here... Show the unique classroom, school and community cultures References University of Leeds (2009) Figure 1 ColosiR (2010) Jderifield7 (2009) WydeaWonders (2007)
Burt, D. (2008, April). The Lure of podcasting. Computers in New Zealand Schools,
20(1), 19-25.

ColosiR. (2010, May 13). Our First Podcast [Video file]. Retrieved from
http:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzw63KRMAMY

Figure 1. Black Hole [Adapted from] http:/ /www.paigefiller.com/information-disasters/

Figure 2. Title3 [Adapted from] http:/ /www.ptengland.school.nz/

Jderifield7. (2009, June 12). Podcasts in the Classroom [Video file]. Retrieved from
http:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=H290n6N-Lpc&feature=related

Korero Pt England. (2010) Blog Archive. Retrieved (18 August, 2010) From
http:/ /kpetv.blogspot.com/

Recap. (2010). Podcasting. Retrieved (18 August, 2010) From
http:/ /recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/index.php/

University of Leeds. (2009). podcasting. Retrieved From http:/ /www.sddu.leeds.ac.uk/

WydeaWonders. (2007, September 18). Podcasts Explained [Video file]. Retrieved from
http:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=le3qPEeaRiM&feature=related
This podcast or one of the many others could be used as a model by students in a class that is setting up its own literacy program involving podcasts. Burt (2008) noted that the Pt England students "Expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the process [podcasting] and particularly noted that using the technology, reading books, working with a partner, having an authentic audience and positive interactions with an adult were significant motivators for them" (p. 23). Russell Educational Consultancy and Productions (RECAP) is a United Kingdoms based firm that provides ICT support for schools (Recap, 2010). The website has a section dedicated to educational podcasting... + Strengths:
The website clearly explains the types of podcast and links to resources for developing your own. However the main strength for me were the lists of podcasts relating to different curriculum areas, and even lists according to age groups, as well as the educators tips. - Weaknesses:
The website had little direct information on setting up your own podcast, relying on external links, some of which were broken. ! Value for learning purposes:
Less use for a how to on the hardware/software side of podcasting, but a great resource for educational podcasts and ideas for creating a podcasting unit in your own class. Figure 2 By Joram van Essen http://kpetv.blogspot.com/2010/07/kpe-episode-292-eureka.html http://recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/index.php
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