Applications of Podcasting in Teaching and Learning

Primary and secondary education Mathematics • Lives of famous mathematicians linked to relevant problems • Mental arithmetic problems • Instructions to walk particular distances and directions, step by step, and then measure distance plus area Science • Secret science sounds • Lives of famous scientists • Science radio show with spots on famous scientists, specific flora and fauna plus the element of the week • Guess that element! • Step by step guide through an experiment that is supported with hard copy • Field reports from excursions to sites such as the zoo, nature reserves and science centres English • Audio books together with written texts for students with reading difficulties • Story readings composed by students • Sound effects are podcasted and are used as inspiration by students to compose a poem or story • Voice tracks and sound effects are podcasted to be picked up and re-edited by students into a different project or alternative viewpoint Languages • Readings in the mother tongue of the students • English readings for students of non-English speaking backgrounds • Phonetics practise • Songs Social sciences • Recreations of significant historical moments incorporating appropriate music and sound effects • Field reports from excursions to the city, museums, historical sites, cultural sites and overseas trips • News broadcasts and interviews with famous personalities or ‘recreated’ historical figures • Podcasted archives from the National Heritage Board or the historical archives of other countries Tertiary education Many of the above suggestions can be augmented for application in relevant tertiary subjects. In addition university staff could also: • Broadcast of lectures • Field reports from excursions to the relevant sites including engineering sites, manufacturing installations, construction sites, conferences, museums, historical sites, cultural sites and overseas trips • Broadcasting of debates and tutorial discussions • Problem based learning scenarios • Just in time commentaries from lecturers and tutors • Broadcast of lectures by visiting dignitaries • Students are played sounds relevant to that field of engineering - they are to identify the sound. It may relate to safety or diagnostic principles in that engineering field • Descriptions of experiments combined with problem based learning scenarios * Promote a book you have read by performing it as a newscast.
  • Create a playlist of audiobooks or language files or music without words, etc, etc.
  • Create 30 second or 60 second public service announcements (PSAs) to work on persuasive writing as well as safety/health topics
  • Create jingles-- the tune could imitate a familiar one, but the content would teach something... for example, a jingle of rules for the classroom, what we learned in class this year, a jingle for our school, a jingle for math facts, how to use the microscope, etc., etc.
  • Story Scenes: Students illustrate their story scenes in any program that you can export the scenes as images. They then create an enhanced podcast by recording the narrative of their story and adding in the scenes to the Podcast track to match the timings of their voice. Sound effects and background music are an added bonus. See Emily's story: "Sara and the Big Something"
  • Expert Interviews or Voices from the Past: "What was school like when you were a kid?" "What do you remember from the Vietnam War?" "How did you become a dentist?" These interviews could be recorded using a digital voice recorder or via iChat or Skype, then compiled and edited in GarageBand.
  • Allow students to download podcast that relate to what is being taught in the classroom.
  • Choose a day when you know when you will need a sub. and create a podcast lesson that the sub could administer easily. Breaks can be built in for the times when you want the students to engage in an activity.
  • Create a podcast for parents with information about the 4th grade NE Fair.
  • Have the students research the conditions of a battle, time period, or major event in history and create a dialogue for an interview to describe the event to the class. Make it sound like a primary source.
  • students could take their own photos from a hobby, sport or pastime and put an inspirational podcast about how they are using their indv. gifts and talents, showing how everyone is unique and gain positive perspective from peers.
  • Have students choose a historic figure and create a podcast that makes students guess who and where the person is and where he/she is located. Keep creating podcast to give clues to the person's wearabouts.
  • Students could use the itunes and garage band to read a story they wrote for a writing prompt for scary stories, then share the stories with each other.
  • Create a podcast for students (and parents) with information about school staff so they can get to know them and the jobs they do at school. Have a different teacher or staff member on each episode.
  • Freshman girls are sometimes not comfortable giving their reports on an STD that is assigned to their group. I could have them make a podcast that the class could listen to.
  • I am going to use Podcasting for my students to read books and listen to their fluency.
  • Podcasting would be great for my students to take photos of the school and explain the lay out of the school to their parents.
  • Podcasting would be great for having the students work on their story-telling and creative writing and expression.
  • Students could do a podcast (as well as an iMovie) on the proper use of the microscope and slide preparation as their assessment if they did not want to do it in front of me. I could then review the podcast or iMovie.
  • Create podcasts that are trivia games or review questions. Even use the podcast for research reports instead of the written kind.
  • Students could use garage band to add some spice to their oral reading. This could be completed with short reading passages or short stories.
  • I have had a lot of fun using garage band and itunes this school year. The students really enjoy watching and listening to pod cast about their activties.
  • Students could use podcasting and GPS's to create a "hunt for living things". One team would give clues, photos, and global positioning of their journey and send another team to find their living thing.
  • To enhance the history of Scientists and their discoveries, students could podcast an interview with that scientist.
  • Students could create a "Super animal of the Year", using special adaptations and use podcasting to present the animal and give an acceptance speech to the committee for choosing their animal.
  • Students can create podcasts of facts from Science and Soc. units.