Podcasts & Vodcasts: Educational Applications by Elaine S. Bontempi, 2006 College of Arts & Sciences Online Education Program University of Oklahoma What is Podcasting?
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Elaine S. Bontempi, 2006
College of Arts & Sciences Online Education Program
University of Oklahoma
The term “podcasting” is a combination of two words: iPod and broadcasting. It refers to the automatic downloading of MP3 audio files to a computer or MP3 player in a data structure called RSS 2.0 envelope (or “feed”).
RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication, and is an agreed specification of XML tags used to define objects which can be subscribed to through a “RSS news reader.”
The term “Podcast” is somewhat misleading because it implies that an iPod is required to podcast. Actually, podcasts can be used with a variety of digital audio formats and played on almost any MP3 player or portable digital audio device, as well as desktop or laptop computers.
VODcasting (also known as “vlogging”) is the same thing as Podcasting except that it uses video content rather than audio, and the content is played on a laptop or a newer iPod with video capabilities.
Appeals to Generation X & Y
Uses Voice Communication
Activates Additional Learning Modes
Offers Time-Shift Information
Increases Learner Control
Copyright Issues (Podcasts -vs- CMS)
Potential for Inappropriate Use of Technology
The following link provides a good example of how podcasts can be used in teaching language or writing skills.
Language Instruction (German)
Writing Instruction (Narrative Closure)
The following links provide excellent examples of the use of Podcasts and Vodcasts for supplementing instruction.
Purdue University Podcasts
The following links provide good examples of how podcasts can be used to promote analysis in online learning.
Analysis Promotion: History/storytelling
Analysis Promotion: Folktales
The following links provide good examples of how podcasts can be used for student assignments.
Create Podcast: Poetry Reading
Student Assignment: Create Podcast (Audio Diary)
Student Assignment: Audio-Journal
There are a variety of ways to create podcasts. The following links provide helpful tutorials on creating podcasts using both PC and Mac computers.
Creating a Podcast
Step by Step Tutorial
Creating a Podcast using a Mac
Recording your Podcast: Mac
How to: Podcasting
Below you will find links to informative articles on podcasting.
Podcasting in Education
Podcasting in Education: Apple Video Series
A Pocket full of Learning
The Promise of Podcasting
Podcasting and Vodcasting (University of Missouri)
If you would like to learn more about using podcasts for language instruction, visit the following links.
i-Pod Personalizes Language Learning
i-Pod helpful in teaching culture & language skills