Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Podcasting, anyone?

Isn't this whole notion of podcasting amazing?

Can you remember, as I do, when podcasting was a term that made others turn their head in a funny way or wrinkle their brow when they heard the term? And, just think about it -- that was only a year ago!

However, podcasts are growing in number each day, perhaps each hour. Podcatching clients and "podcast maker" software are blooming like a rich bed of spring flowers. So....

What do you think of all this podcasting phenomenon?
Are you involved...as a regular listener -- or as a creator?
What are your favorite topics?
What promise do you believe this podcasting thing holds for student learning?
What are the downfalls, the negatives, the shortcomings?

As the quantity of podcasts rises, so does the pool of mediocre podcasts. Some of them are engaging, but some of them (particularly by educators) are just plain BORING!

What are your thoughts on podcasting? Send them in.

And, by the way, we will continue this discussion in future weeks, focusing upon certain aspects of podcasts (ex: leadership, personal development, student learning). What podcasts do you recommend, and why?

Let me hear from you!


Discovery said...

I have been really impressed with what one of the teachers at my school has done with Podcasting. She collects digital photos and video of highlights going on throughout the school. A fifth grader writes a script to describe the images and then the whole school watches the Podcast on our in school network. There is a link on our school web page to the Podcasts so parents may see all the fantastic learning going on in our school. The Podcasts also prompt conversation between students and their families.


I especially like the October 21 and November 11 Podcasts. Each Podcast is under two minutes.

Cyprien Lomas said...

I really like the podcasts that incorporate sound and have a particular flavour to them - like a rich foreign accent.

I have found that after listening to a podcast that my colleague in Hong Kong has listened to, we both feel like we have shared an experience!

Dr. Larry S. Anderson said...

Excellent suggestions, tips, and links. Thanks for providing them.

Isn't this exciting stuff? For the first time in a very long time, the students are getting to use this awesomely cool technology to take personal responsibility for their own learning...and they are seeing authentic results that can be shared with fellow learners anywhere on the globe!

Podcasting Rocks!