Podcasts for Social Studies

What is a Podcast?

A podcast is similar to a radio program except people can download a podcast to a portable media player (such as an iPod or other mp3 player) and listen to the file or podcast when they want to and where they want to. Podcasts can be created by anyone who has some simple electronic tools. The finished audio file can then be uploaded to the internet where it can then be downloaded by individuals using there podcatcher, eg. iTunes.

"Podcasts in Plain English" video from CommonCraft

Why Use Podcasts?

  • Podcasting allows 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.

Examples of Podcasts

General Examples

Woodward Examples

  1. World War II Interviews - Scott Freed in Upper School History.
  2. Famous Georgians- Pam Nation's Class in Lower School.
  3. Web Tech Class - David Widener's Middle School Class.
  4. History Class - Jason St. Amand's 8th Grade Class
  5. Web Tech Class on Podbean - David Widener's Middle School Class

Podcasting Sites

How do I sign-up

Sample Project - Sonnet Podcast
Sample Project - Book Talk Podcast
Sample Project - Video Podcast in Photostory
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Podcasting Resources

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?