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First and foremost, podcasts could be a great way to meet the needs of the auditory learners in my classroom. I am a fan of "centers" in the classroom, even at the senior years level, and having a podcast station could provide a good option. Most of my students usually have their phone or MP3 player with them anyways so it would be an easy transition from something that they already enjoy.
Podcasts are also a great homework option for students. I've spoken a lot in previous posts about wanting to have a classroom blog and one aspect of this would be to host homework options and resources. In a rural area, however, most of us do not have access to high speed internet! I think podcasts could be a great option to provide to students before they leave and they could still access the resource without needing the internet. I think reading and writing activities are over used in homework and a podcast would be a great way to provide something different.
Finally, podcasts could also be used as a scaffolding activity to work up to public speaking. I have found that a lot of students can be shy about presenting in front of their teacher and/or peers. Having students create podcasts as a way to work up to public speaking could be a good option for some students. This allows students to become familiar with planning out their speeches and verbalizing their thoughts effectively. After getting used to sharing their podcasts, students could naturally work up to presenting face-to-face.
In addition to creating podcasts for my students and having them create their own, here is a helpful resource I found for finding ready-made podcasts.
- This website features podcasts developed from CBC's various radio and
television platforms. Their directory includes topics on regional events, arts &
music, current affairs, and sports. Teachers can subscribe to topics through iTunes
or download a specific podcast to share with their students.
- The good thing about the CBC platform is that teachers can often find film
clips, news articles, and even teacher resources that might accompany a specific
- They even have a helpful "FAQs" page where you can learn more.