Do you use OR have your heard your students talking about iPods or iTunes??? The term podcasting comes from joining the words iPod and broadcasting. A podcast is a broadcast of media, usually audio, that anyone can create. Podcasts are downloaded, usually onto a Portable media device, like an iPod so they can be played back at a later date.
Check out the Coulee Kids from Longfellow Middle School in LaCrosse, WI! They have been creating podcasts since 2005 and make them available on iTunes for everyone in the world to download! Even if you don’t want to create your own, download a FREE version of iTunes to your computer at home and check out all of the FREE podcasts that are available! (10% of all podcasts are educational! Look HERE for another resource!) If you’re not sure how you’d use podcasting in your classroom, just ask! You don’t have to share your podcasts with the world to be successful. Don’t let that intimidate you!
Watch this video to see a quick overview of what a podcast is:
You will want to use Audacity to create your podcasts. Audacity is a FREE download off of the Internet. If you would like Audacity on your school computer, please put in a helpdesk request. Watch this video for a quick overview of the program:
Here are some podcasting integration ideas – http://www.slideshare.net/bburkett/podcasting-basic-information
If you need help, or ideas, about what to create a podcast about, please ask!