Sunday, December 10, 2006


With a few teachers interested in podcasting, I've been thinking about the ways that its use connects directly to instruction, information literacy skills, thinking skills and so forth. Using podcasting could just be an electronic book report or it could be a mechanism for taking kids beyond just writing it down and saying it in an audio file. The diagram here reflects some of my thinking. (click on the diagram to make it larger)

The student as a reporter could report on classroom events during the past week or events planned and yet to come.

The student as an historian could tell his/her audience about a particular event from a particular point of view. For instance, as an American historian he/she could tell the audience about the successes of the colonists in winning the Revolutionary War or as an English historian he/she could tell about the challenges that face the British army as they try to quell the revolutionary colonists.

The student as a scientist who has just completed an experiment could discuss the hypothesis, the process and the results including an idea of how or why he/she was successful or not in the experiment.

By placing students in a role, we help them to take off the "student" hat and put on the "expert" hat in ordered to deepen the learning experience. I'm looking forward to seeing how we can make these learning experiences a reality in my school district.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very good post about podcast in educaction. I invite yoy to visit my podcast site.

Greetings from Chile.

Carlos Toledo Verdugo

ChilePodcast…The First Educational Podcast from Chile.

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Program contents:

Both my wife and I are Christian Teachers and we would like to podcast poetry, Chilean music, the history of Dxing in Chile, Bible reading and greetings from listener.

My podcast are in Special Spanish (sometime in English) because I want reach all the people on the internet that are interested in learning my mother tongue Spanish.

Also we would like to be in touch through this technology with fellow Spanish Teachers as a Second Language and their students of Spanish language.

Sincerely, and God Bless you all.

Carlos Toledo Verdugo
Primary School Teacher
Profesor de Educación General Básica
San Fernando - Sexta Región Chile