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What is a Podcast? Why Should I Podcast?. LeRoy Wong Boston Public Schools OIIT. A podcast:. Is an electronic audio file (but can contain images and video) Can be subscribed to through something called RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Is listened to or watched on a computer or mp3 player.

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what is a podcast why should i podcast

What is a Podcast?Why Should I Podcast?

LeRoy Wong

Boston Public Schools

OIIT

a podcast
A podcast:
  • Is an electronic audio file (but can contain images and video)
  • Can be subscribed to through something called RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
  • Is listened to or watched on a computer or mp3 player
a podcast continued
A podcast (continued):
  • Can be a “traditional” radio program or media broadcast, but can be specialized for whatever purpose you want (entertainment, education, etc.)
  • Allows anyone with access to podcasting tools to spread their message to anyone else on the Internet
why should i podcast
Why should I podcast?
  • It’s relatively cheap to create them
  • It’s something that can be accessed anytime and anywhere you have an Internet connection
  • Everyone’s doing it, so I should do it too :-) (but seriously, many people including students use iPods and other mp3 players, so why not try to use them educationally?)
some things to keep in mind
Some things to keep in mind:
  • What is the content? What message or concept am I trying to get across?
  • What is my instructional goal?
  • What is the context for podcasting? How does this relate to other things I’m teaching?
more things to keep in mind
More things to keep in mind:
  • Try to plan your podcasts as much as possible (scripting or storyboarding really helps)
  • Make the podcast as short as you can. If it starts getting long, consider making chapters
  • Make it interesting and high-energy
reference links
Reference Links
  • Please note: this is the Internet, so I can’t vouch that these are “the definitive” links for reference (or if they’ll exist that long, so you may find better ones yourself :-)
      • Podcast. (n.d.). Retrieved May 15, 2007 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast
links continued
Links continued:
  • RSS. (n.d.). Retrieved May 15, 2007 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_%28file_format%29
  • Meredith, Randy. (2005, November 14). Podagogy gains ground. Podagogy: where podcasting meets teaching and learning. Retrieved May 15, 2007 from http://blog.podagogy.com/?p=32
still more links
Still more links:
  • Podcasting Plus: Teaching and Learning with Podcasting. Retrieved May 15, 2007, from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Information Technology’s Engage Program: http://engage.doit.wisc.edu/podcasting/teaching/index.html
  • Reynolds, Rob. (2005, July 7). Pedagogy for Podcasting (with Sample). Xplanazine. Retrieved May 15, 2007, from http://www.xplanazine.com/xplanaradio/archives/2005/07/pedagogy_for_po.html
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