Benfits of Podcasting
According to the video, podcast was created because today's society of the new millennium reliance on technology, therefore, podcast was a way to reach out and enhance their learning. The video shows several great scenarios of how podcasting can be used in the classroom. Podcasting is an excellent tool to assess higher level thinking in relation to Blooms Taxonomy, which all teachers try to achieve when teaching. Podcasting allows students to be creative by giving them projects and allowing them to get hands on experience. Students are also involved in the learning process through podcasting and are introduced to a different learning style. Podcasting has allowed students when absent to hear the same lecture as their peers, while holding the student and parents accountable for the missing content. Podcasting is a useful tool that helps students, but also helps parents to evaluate the teacher's teaching method and see how their child may behave in class.
The benefits of podcasting are phenomenal. Podcasting has introduced a new form of teaching as well as classroom involvement. Students can also use podcasting as a useful tool when studying by reviewing previous lectures from class. Dale also provided great websites that showed how to create a podcast and various tutorials that can be used.
Podcasting with First Graders
First graders are introduced to podcast by reading scripts from Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osburne. During the process of recording or editing the podcast, students were attentive, patient with the teacher and their peers. The students enjoyed listening to themselves, and if the student made a mistake, they wanted to redo their recording until they got it correct. The podcasting activity allowed students to review their reading for fluency, voice fluctuation, and be creative. Incorporating podcasting in a reading class improves the student reading comprehension, storytelling, listening and speaking skills. The students enjoyed making the podcast and read along when the teacher played the audiobook. I would use podcasting with my reading class to get out of the routine of listening to traditional cassettes and making their own audiobook.
Judy Scharf describes a podcast as a blend of "broadcast" and "iPod". Scharf recommends step-by-step directions to create a podcast titled Podcasting.According Schharf, podcasting is inexpensive that only requires a microphone, software that allows editing and uploading the podcast and a RSS feed. Scharf also includes several tips to use when assigning podcasting activities. I think the most important thing about creating a podcast is having fun and making it a learning experience.