I have recently done a bit of reading about podcast and found that a Podcast is simply a form of audio and or video broadcasting via the Internet. I learned that you actually subscribe to podcasts much like you subscribe to blogs. Also that podcasts are more often than not distributed through a blog and can be downloaded and then be listened to on your computer or transferred to your portable player to listen to later.
Technical requirements neede to create a podcast:
- A microphone (most computers have built in ones)
- Audio/video editing software (you can find these on the internet eg. Audacity)
- Webcam (for video)
- Internet access
- Website or hosting service
- RSS feed
Podcasting can be used in an educational setting in a variety of ways, including but not limited to the ability to allow teachers access to their students through the Internet, allowing information to be shared between teacher and students on an as needed basis. Students can also replay lessons at their own convenience, reducing what they miss. Podcasting is also way for teachers to provide additional resources to their students to aid in differentiation. Podcasting can also be used a motivational tool for students and a means of archiving information for other students the following year.
Two helpful external resources for creating podcasts are