What is a podcast?

  • a method of publishing files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new files automatically by subscription
  • (from “iPod” and “Broadcasting”) A method of publishing audio files to the Internet for playback on mobile devices and personal computers
  • something like a homemade radio show

Podcasting in Plain English courtesy of Lee Lefever for the Common Craft Show on www.teachertube.com.

Why use a podcast in the classroom?

  • post lectures to your wiki or blog for students who miss class
  • students can practice speaking skills
  • students can learn production skills
  • have students narrate projects, i.e. novels, character studies, historical events
  • alternative to a research paper
  • listen to a university lecture for AP courses
  • bring music and video into your classroom experience

Where can you find podcasts?

Host sites like iTunes, GCast, PodcastAlley, and Podmatic are directories that store thousands of podcasts. Most are free.

Check out the college/university lecture at iTunes U. Great tool for beefing up the rigor in your curriculum.

How to make a podcast?

Podcasting requires the use of recording and editing tool like Audacity and a host like PodcastAlley. View this tutorial to learn more.

Courtesy of Mark Reilly on www.teachertube.com

Click here for free Audacity download
Click to view Audacity Wiki
Click here for lame MP3 encorder
Click on any of these links for additional tutorials: Podcasting Tools, Podcast Wiki, Podcast Free America, and Learning in Hand
If you or your students are making a podcast that you do not plan to post on a wiki or blog you can export it as an MP3 or WAV file in Audacity. In this format you can email it or save it to a flash drive for later use.

Download this document to learn how to make podcast with the Sound Recorder in Windows XP or Vista.

Free online teleprompter that will cue your student's script for easy reading.

Things to Consider

  • check WSSD AUP policy and notify parents of classroom use and intent
    • address acceptable online behavior and access privileges
  • adhere to policies on displaying student work
  • discuss issues of acces, privacy, security, cyberbullying, and the content of their podcasts
  • review netiquette (internet etiquette) for content
  • ** Netiquette for Kids

More about podcasting


Also check Voicethreads and Digital Storytelling for other podcasting techniques and tools.

Other podcast tools for your students