I spent most of my summer in Madrid, Spain. That’s where I took my Masters’ Course in International Education. Telling you all about it will requires a separate post. Today I would like to share my experience with podcasting and ways to use it in a classroom.
I heard a lot about it but never thought about incorporating podcasting in my teaching practice. I would recommend following three “P” rule when organizing your podcasting project : Plan, Produce, Post.
Plan: This involves planning what you will broadcast, scripting things you want to say and deciding on the presentation type. You need to decide whether it will be done by one person or more, whether it will be just a speech or will include video clips, presentation, and how long the presentation will be, etc. I prefer to use some visual cues as I know that students lose interest if they just listen and have nothing to look it. Don’t forget to find a good recording location, as the room should be quiet with no distractions.
Produce: Get your podcasting gear ready to go. My first attempt took me more than half an hour to finish. As you become more familiar with the process it will take you less time. Also, don’t forget to talk slowly and audibly so that the listener can understand every single word and is able to follow you.
Post: Once your work is recorded you need to post it online. I post it on our class website, so my students can easily access it when it’s convenient for them. You can also post it on your professional blog, your YOUTUBE channel, etc.
Below are some of the ideas on how to use podcasting in your classroom:
- Flipped Classroom – Publish your podcast with new concepts, information, topic online and assign it as a homework assignment. Let students watch it at home and spend time in class answering their questions.
- Publish Students’ Work – Both you and your students are tired of the students’ presentations for their final assessments? Try podcasting instead. Let your students experiment with the ways they present their research or their final project.
- Language classes – record the correct pronunciation of the target vocabulary words along with their visual representation.
- Create archive of class information – Podcast new material that you gave to the students in class. It’s a great way to refresh the lecture in students’ memory, serves as a good tool for students who need more time while learning new material. It can be also a very good idea for students who were absent when you presented the new material. Follow this link to view my podcast of the Power Point Presentation on taking notes for my grade 6 EAL students.
- Communicate with parents – I use podcasts to communicate with parents. Not everyone can attend Back to School Course information night. Thus, it’s a great way to send parents an email with the podcast that includes your class year outline of topics.
- Professional development and personal learning – I use podcasts as a tool to share my personal learnings with my colleagues. It’s a great way to collaborate with your colleagues and share best experiences. Follow this link to view my Quizlet application podcast I shared with my colleagues.
There is only one disadvantage I found with using podcasts – they take time. However, they save you a lot more time once they are done. Your audience can save your podcast for the future and can come back to it from time to time to remind themselves about some of the aspects of it. You don’t need to be there all the time to remind them!
I love podcasting and find it very useful in education! Try it, maybe, you’ll also like it! 🙂