Podcasting: Integration Ideas for the Classroom

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1. Podcasting Integration Ideas for the Classroom 2. First, An Overview 3. What is Podcasting? Podcasting is a way of delivering multimedia files, such as audio or video over the Internet for playback on mobile device, such as an MP3 player or a computer.Simply put, it is similar to a radio show that you can download and listen to any time.Podcasts can be be audio or video (vodcasts) or both. 4. How Does It Work? The audio (or video) file is posted on a web site, where it can be downloaded to a computer or MP3 player using a podcast client software such as iTunes A podcast will have a web address for an RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed.iTunes ( or anotherclient ) will check the RSS feed of the podcasts you subscribe to and automatically download any new ones. 5. What are the Advantages? Podcasts are simple and easy to use. There are hundreds of podcasts on hundreds of different topics. You can listen on your computer or on the go with an MP3 player, like an iPod. You can listen as many times as you want. Most are free. 6. What are the Disadvantages? You will need a high speed Internet connection. Anyone can produce a podcast. Just like the Internet, you should be aware of who is creating the podcast and how credible the information is or not. Some video podcasts can be hard to see if they have a lot of detail. 7. Ways to Use Podcasts Record Class Lectures District News Homework Hotline Share Information with Parents Teacher Professional DevelopmentStudent Created Podcasts 8. Integration Examples Elementary Radio WillowWeb (K-5 Student Produced)Jamestown Elementary(Poetry & Writing) Middle Longfellow Middle School (Coulee Kids) Mabry Middle School (Student Projects) 9. Integration Examples High School Hopkinton High School(Booktalks) Lincoln SouthwestHS(Academic & More) DistrictPenn Manor (District/Building News) Memphis City Schools(Curriculum & Instruction info for Teachers) 10. Student Academic BenefitsImproving Organizational Skills Writing, Reading and Speaking Skills Increasing Peer Collaboration Vocabulary Development Improved Leadership SkillsTone/Voice/Expression/Character Supports Differentiation Researchers & Creators of Knowledge 11. Podcast Directories Education Podcast Network KidCast Podcast.net Directory Podcast Directory for Educators iTunes 12. Planning Resources Coulee Kids Podcast Story Board & Rubric Learning in Hand Planning Booklet 13. Sound Resources Royalty Free Music Freesound PodSafe Audio