Podcasts are audio files that are distributed through the internet. Podcasts are audio files that can be collected in one audio location, such as iTunes, through the use of an RSS feed. RSS

Reasons to Create Podcasts

  • gives students a voice outside the classroom
  • helps students with revision by hearing their own voice
  • can be used with any type of genre
  • easy to do with students either individually or in groups
  • multiple purposes
  • opportunity to gain a larger audience and more feedback for public speaking

Ways to Use Podcasts with Students

  • create a radio show with students
  • students can interview others and obtain permission to post interviews online
  • students could give a speech in class, record it, then post it
  • students can refine a spoken essay and post it online
  • explore educational podcasts

Everything Podcasts

Technology Tools

Podcast Resources & Articles
7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting
Tutorial on Using Audacity
LAME MP3 Encoder
New York Times Article
Scholastic on Podcasting
Podcast for Teachers

Classroom Examples
4th Grade Podcasts
Digital Voices
Basic English
Beyond the Walls
Youth Voices
8th Grade Drama

Alternative Ways to Podcast
Posterous - podcast through your cell phone

Free Audio
Free Play Music
CC Mixter
Classic Cat
Educational Cyber Playground
Freeplay Music
Open Source Audio
Partners in Rhyme: sound effects
Partners in Rhyme: music loops
Royalty Free Music
Shambles: Sound Effects and Music
Singing Fish Audio and Video Search
Creative Commons

File Conversions
Media Convert