Podcasting

Ideas within the Curriculum

Social Studies:

  • Go back in time and cover different topics of a time period (arts/entertainment, politics, culture, innovation, top news stories)
  • Radio presentation including images, charts/graphics, text
  • Interviews of people who have lived through certain historical events - incorporate images and graphs
  • Devise a song about a famous historical person and write it as if the person were speaking during a year in which he/she lived

Literacy

  • Record student reading their original poetry - can incorporate images that help depict meaning
  • Create simple storybook in PowerPoint, narrate and adding music or sound effects

Science

  • Create graphical images of scientific cycles (i.e. metamorphosis, water) in a slideshow program and narrate their understanding of how the cycle works
  • Chemistry: create slides with graphics depicting a chemical reaction while describing it
  • Take images of scientific project (i.e. for science fair) and give a brief audio description of its significance
  • Collection of science-related podcasts:

Math

  • Describe what is happening in a math equation and represent that description visulally
  • Narrate analysis of the meaning of their graph/charts

Foreign Language

  • Create a digital travel postcard podcast with audio and images of a foreign country - speak about the country in the foreign language.
  • Create counting or alphabet flashcards with narration and corresponding images
  • Create flashcards of vocabulary lists

source: "Enhanced Podcasts: A New Twist on an Old Tool" by Liz Kolb

Sharing Practice: Podcasting- Comprehensive site on podcasting for students- why, software & setup, ideas & examples, resources, uploading

How to publish your Podcast using Podomatic - YouTube Video tutorial
Create podcasts using Skype and Garageband - MacWorld how-to article
Better Learning with ICT: Podcasting. 14 min video showcasing some ways podcasting can be used within education, along with some resources.

Basic Steps

  1. Record and edit using the free cross-platform software Audacity or Garage Band for Mac.
  2. Upload to a server (school or online)
  3. Link to your file (e.g. through your blog)