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Podcasting

podcast imageWhat is a podcast?

A podcast is a digital media file that are recorded and released episodically. Podcasts are often downloaded from the web. Many radion shows like Hamish and Andy will record their shows digitally so that listeners from around the world can download their radio show as an audio file to listen at a later date. Audio files in podcasts can be downloaded on personal computers and portable music devices such as iPods and iPhones.

Ways to use podcasting in the classroom

Audacity is a free program that students will have on their DER laptops. Audacity can also be downloaded here. Podcasting involving students creating their own audio files for others to download can enhance their listening skills, verbal skills and writing skills. Students can write and record scripts for stories, plays, tutorials and explanations for a wide variety of subjects. Podcasting involves students creating a product that demonstrates their understanding, which involves higher-order thinking skills in Bloom’s digital taxonomy.

Bloom's digital taxonomy

Websites for free sound files:

FindSounds

GR sites sound archive

How do I use Audacity

Here are some tutorial websites that provide step-by-step guides on how to use Audacity to record and publish podcasts:

Tutorials on podcasting using Audacity

Audacity tutorial manual

Useful websites for more info on podcasting

Podcasts in the classroom from Western Australia’s Department of Education

Ideas for podcasting in the classroom

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