Podcasting in the Classroom

Presenters: Carrie Edmison, Peggy McNash, Scott Freed
Target Audience: Everyone

Location: US Math & Science F173
Times (session is repeated): Session A 9:20-10:10 / Session B 10:20-11:10
(Audience limit: 20)

In this session, three WA teachers will present ways they have implemented podcasting:

Carrie Edmison, PS Grade 3 - Podcasting: How to Use Reading, Writing, and Research to Create a Rockin' Radio Show (and Motivate Students in the Process)
In this session, I will share creative ways to use podcasting in the classroom (these can be as elaborate as a radio show or as simple as a student sharing what the children have learned in a particular week). In addition, I would like to share the educational value of podcasting (teamwork, brainstorming, writing, editing, word choice, reading fluency, etc.) and how producing a podcast can motivate students.

Peggy McNash, US English - Podcasting Poets
I will tell folks about the podcasting project I did on Revolutionary/Colonial poets. I will share handouts adapted from Dave Widener's great summer workshop (see the three handouts below). I will show the PodBean site and dashboard. I will show Audacity. We will listen to at least one Podcast. One student opted to use Podcast for a spring Civil Rights Interview Project, and if time permits, I will show that as well.
Scott Freed, US History - WWII Interview Project
I will be describing a project my seniors did in US History. They all interviewed some who was alive during World War II about their memories of the era. We used Skype, and handheld recorders to conduct the interviews, Audacity to edit them, and then podcasted everything through a blog.

What is a Podcast?

A podcast is sort of like an online radio show, except the listeners get to decide when and where they want to listen.

The term "podcast" stands for Portable On-Demand Broadcast. And you DON"T NEED an iPod to listen to or create a podcast! Having an iPod (or similar portable device) simply makes listening to podcasts (and other media, such as music, audiobooks and videos) really convenient.

A podcast consists of an audio file (typically MP3 format) published to the web PLUS an RSS feed (XML file). The RSS feed allows listeners to subscribe to the podcast and to automatically receive new episodes in a special type of RSS reader called a podcatcher. The most popular podcatcher is iTunes.


"Podcasting in Plain English" video from CommonCraft

Podcasts can be a great classroom learning tool

  • There are literally thousands of podcasts you can learn from
    - Podcast Collections: iTunes U, Learn Out Loud, Skip the Tuition, NPR, PBS,
    - Individual Podcasts: Grammar Girl, Our City, Why Science, CoffeeBreak Spanish, Smartboard Podcast
  • Why create a podcast?
    Done well, a podcasting project can allow students to research and notetake, analyze and evaluate content, plan, organize and prioritize information and ideas , synthesize their learning, write, revise, proofread and publish, engage in peer review, collaborate and cooperate in a team, create original work, and express themselves .
    - Podcasting allows students to teach others and to extend their learning beyond the classroom walls.
    - Podcasting gives students an opportunity to work with digital tools to engage in purposeful learning.


Selected Educational Podcast Examples:



Additional Resources

Help Resources for iTunes:
  • Get iTunes 8 - You do not need to provide your email address -- just UNcheck the email alert boxes!
  • Apple iTunes Tutorial: Get Free Podcasts (~2 min)

Where do I find podcasts?

Additional Resources