Week 3

January 27th - February 2nd
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1. Podcast for Education made easy: The who, What and Why

2. 34 interesting Ways to use audio in the classroom

3. Creative ways to use podcast in the classroom

4. How to plan your podcast

 Write comments on the readings below.


  1. Thank you for providing such a wide range of readings about podcasting. There are so many new ideas to try here. As part of our school program we have bi-weekly assessments. I have found a range of ways (in these readings) to use podcasts and podcasting tools to help make these assessments more interesting for the students while providing them with content for their portfolios at the same time.
    I enjoyed finding out about the free sound effects websites and other tools for creating podcasts.

  2. I also enjoyed these readings; they are short but useful. They give us a lot of tips. For example, while recording my podcasts I considered some of the facts (not all of them) authors suggest in the readings. I also have new ideas regarding possible activities or uses in my classes.

  3. Hi Sue. Happy to know you found these readings useful. As you wrote they may serve as inspiration to use podcasting in your courses or for the podcasting project you will be working with from this week on:)

  4. Hi María Belén. Yes, the tips can save us time when recording podcasts.

  5. Hi everyone, I really enjoyed these readings because they were full of info. I totally agree with Belén´s statement, they are short but useful. I could read the nuts and bolds of podcasting. I have all the ingredients to make the required final project now. I particularly liked the wealth of links provided and the know-hows in the articles. I think I am getting ready to experiment with podcasts, for the first time ever, with my EFL students.

  6. The readings are very practical which I find most valuable. I am sure I will need to refer to them often as I actually produce the podcasts. For example, knowing the best setting for exporting audio will be useful in the future so that I'm not taking up too much bandwidth when it isn't necessary. Thanks for the long list of tips!

  7. From the first reading I focused on teachers and students participating in multitudinous ways involving many senses and language domains. Playing to student strengths, this can also can engage multiple modes. Learning language is a holistic enterprise, after all. Additionally, I like the notion of saving created podcasts to student mobile devices for review. *** The Guidelines to consider... article is a MUST SAVE DOCUMENT to use as page one for any "learning to podcast" manual - EXCELLENT check list. Two bullet points for me were : make lessons short, and post scripts of audio sessions for A Co-text Underlayment. This can only support learning. *** Third article provides good use ideas for Audacity - as a starter for the teacher's and student's imagination - TAKE note... this commenter (Chris Chater on October 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm said:) has important info for mac users regarding use of garageband AND the problem of transferring mac audio files. JP

  8. The first article had a great guideline where it was mentioned the teacher could create a blog where the students would upload their podcasts, and the link would be provided not just for their friends, but for their families as well to hear. I believe it is something that both sides would greatly enjoy, not to mention it gives a whole new dimension to language learning.
    The second article was, for me, the best out of the three. It was practical, and to the point, PACKED with really good tips. It didn't even occur to me to take notes on others people's podcasts to look for mistakes. Just the same, noting down some good things you notice is probably useful just the same.
    With the third one, funny enough, I actually found the comment section more appealing. Teachers and parents posted links to their students'/children's various podcasts and websites, which turned out to be a great pool of ideas.

    From the additional readings, I absolutely loved "31 interesting ways" and "creative ways to use podcast in the classroom". Perhaps sometime in the future I will be able to create an archive of ideas of my own :)

    Thank you for another batch of great articles and guidelines.

    Marijana Stojanovic