Why and How Should Teachers Use Podcasts?


Why Should Teachers Use Podcasts?

Podcast is a great revolution in the field of communication. It has entirely changed the way people share their knowledge with other people.

This revolution has also touched education industry and a lot of teachers are using it for both learning and teaching purpose. Here are a set of tips on how you can make best use of podcast for sharing and receiving information as a teacher.

What is a Podcast?

Podcast is a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program that can be accessible through the web for downloading and personal use. It is audio file that can be made, shared and heard. Podcast is an audio story created for sharing music ideas and presentations. It is often referred as audioblogging.

Not just teacher’s even students can use it to tell stories, to interview each other, organize debates as well as run radio shows. It can also be watched or listened everywhere at any point of time using any device.

How can Podcasts be used for Education?

Podcasts serve a lot of educational purpose, like:

  • It helps educators in delivering quality research content and lessons in order to help students who need it.
  • Learners can make their own podcast and can share their experiences with each other.
  • Educators can record their audio in the podcast for revision material as well as giving their feedback to their students on their work.
  • Auditory learners can hugely benefit from podcasts in their learning process.
  • Making a podcast enables students to develop good communication skills, problem solving ability, researching, writing, improving vocabulary etc.

How to make your own Podcast?

Recording

In order to record your voice, you will need a microphone as well as audio recording software. Software is available with instructions to help users to guide in the recording process. However, before you start recording the voice ensures you are confident enough while speaking, or if not that do practice before recording.

Review the Podcast

Before you live the podcast ensure you listen it properly. Until and unless you are satisfied completely do not post the podcast; reviewing is important.

Publish your Podcast

You can publish you podcast online using your blog, you can even submit it on various podcast directory such as iTunes Music Store, OurMedia.org, Podcast Alley, or Podcast Pickle.

Share your Podcast

Now it’s time to popularize your podcast by promoting it on various social media website. It can be done by using the podcast link through making an RSS Feed document and it will help users to subscribe it.

Now that you know how to create a podcast you must be thinking about the tools that can help you to create the podcast. So, here is a list of tools that you can use to create podcasts.

Audacity

MP3myMP3

Podbean

PodOmatic

VozMe

Odigo

And if you are new to this concept and want to learn more about it, here is a list of education podcast blogs that have experts and thought leaders sharing insights on various fields of educational technology. These can surely help you to expand your knowledge domain.

The Ed Tech Crew

BAM Radio Network

EdTech Weekly Digest

Nerdy Cast

Working Differently in Extension Podcast

Ted Talks – Education

Infinite Thinking Machine

Future of Education

Inside Learning

Classroom 2.0 Live

EdCeptional on EdReach

Future of Education

Teacher Cast

 

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About the Author
Author: Prasanna Bharti
Prasanna is a blogger by profession, and loves to write about education technology. Her write-ups intend to provide a deep insight about enormous resources and ideas available to make learning better and effective with the use of technology.

 

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