Podcasting is becoming more and more popular in the classroom. This guide will cover the basics of podcasting to help teachers make the most of it.
What is podcasting anyway?
A podcast is a bit like a short pre-recorded radio programme. Once recorded, podcasts can be published on the internet to be listened to online or downloaded to a computer or MP3 player.
The Learnanywhere primary learning platform makes it easy to integrate podcasts online, helping bring early years education to life.
Can I make my own podcasts?
Yes, there are a number of commercial and free podcasts aimed at schools and learners. However, many teachers choose to make their own podcasts instead of/in conjunction with these. Making your own podcasts allows you to create truly tailored content for your students.
What are the benefits of podcasting?
Podcasting is growing in popularity because it has many advantages for both teachers and pupils:
- Teachers have the opportunity to create their own content, tailored exactly to their students needs
- Pupils can also be engaged in making their own podcasts
- Expensive equipment and in-depth technical knowledge is not needed
- Podcasting can save time in the classroom by providing a quick fact round-up or introduction. It can also allow teachers to develop a topic further outside the classroom
- Podcasting helps develop important skills for young pupils in a fun way, such as teamwork, media literacy, and basic ICT knowledge
- Podcasting is ideal for helping students go over the key points of a lesson again at home with their parents to make sure they fully understand
OK…so how do I get started?
Podcasting can be daunting at first but it really is pretty easy once you get going.
You will need:
- A computer
- A decent microphone
- Recording software
- Time and somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed to create your podcast
- An internet connection
The best recording software will include editing functionality so you can edit out any mistakes or mumbles. Many experts recommend Audacity and Garage Band, but we’d be interested in your suggestions too.
Once it’s saved as a .wav file, you can export the podcast as an MP3 file. You’ll need an RSS feed to distribute your podcast online, or you can upload to your VLE or school website.
There are lots of ways you can use podcasts in education and to bring learning to life. Use them as lesson planning aids, parent bulletins, class activities and more. Record the sounds of nature from the playground, a song, or a story and share them online – the possibilities are endless!
Do you use podcasts in your school? Do you have any tips for other teachers on tools, methods or production? If so, let us know!