I have been doing some research about podcasting and how to best use it in my classroom over the break and have found quite a few interesting ideas.
It is quite fascinating to find that many teachers are already successfully integrating the use podcast in their classrooms. Just this week my principal sent me a link to a podcast on itunes done by students at a school we visited to observe last year. It was really interesting to listen to those podcasts knowing that I had met some of those students as well as read their evaluations/reflections on the impact the podcasts had on their learning. It all makes me realise that technology can really be motivating for students especially if used correctly.
Students really like the idea of being able to see and hear themselves share their learning. For most the thought of being recorded is quite fascinating of course for others the same thought is quite terrifying. Most teachers who choose to use podcasts or any other recording in their classrooms will ultimately have to find a acceptable medium, especially is the students are being graded for the podcast itself.
I have included links to videos about using podcasts in education which I found very interesting and useful.
Integrating podcasting into your classroom - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExkMeQfuLGc
Podcasting In The Classroom - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL1bX1gepEc&feature=related
Differentiated Instruction Podcast-Final.wmv - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIzucnzdFmk&feature=related