Learning Spaces: Blogs: Audio Sharing and Podcasting
Audioblogging and Podcasting
Audioblogging, podcasting, MP3 blogs, and audio sharing are ways to add sound content to the Web. Because sound files are simple to produce and deliver, audio sharing is great for teaching and learning.
Read Are We Recording? The Evolution of a Law Library Radio Show by Marcia Dority Baker. Think about how recorded audio could be use with other library types.
Watch Podcasting in Plain English from CommonCraft.
Read Podcasting in the School Library Media Center Part 1: Integrating Podcasts and Vodcasts into Teaching and Learning (PDF) and Podcasting in the School Library Media Center Part 2: Creating Powerful Podcasts with Your Students (PDF) by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson (PDF) by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson in Teacher Librarian (December 2006 and February 2007).
Read Podcasting 101 for K–12 Librarians by Esther Kreider Eash in Information Today.
Go to Learn out Loud. Choose a podcast and listen!
Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Brady Barr from National Geographic Channel by an honors biology class. How can you see audio interviews and podcasts being used in learning? Who could you interview for a podcast?
Explore the Emory Libraries Library Survival Guide audio episodes.
When audio files are incorporated into blogs, it's called audioblogging. These audio files may supplement text blogs or be primarily audio journals.
Podcast combines the words "iPod" and "broadcast" to create a word that describes sharing audio recordings through Internet rather than the airwaves. Using tools such as Audacity to record audio, developers upload the audio (generally MP3/MP4) to a website, then create audio links from a website. Owners of iPods and other digital audio players can download these recordings to their computers or handheld devices.
For those primarily sharing music, the term MP3 blog, musicblog, or audioblog is often used. However you can also just upload and link to music from your regular blog to add interest. For instance, listen to the handchimes at Allen County Public Library.
Read Podcasting Catches On from the Pew Internet & American Life Project (4/3/2005). This report states that more than 22 million American adults own iPods or MP3 players and 29% of them have downloaded podcasts from the Web.
Let's explore some examples to learn more about podcasting and also have an experience using a podcast for our own learning.
Watch the interview with teen podcaster Michael Fogelman.
Listen to a podcast featuring Lois Lowry: Her Life and Work from Kankakee Public Library. Check out other podcasts at Kankakee Public Library Podcasts and Streaming Media.
Listen to a three part series on podcasting including EDUCAUSE Pocket Edition #1: Invasion of the iPods, EDUCAUSE Pocket Edition #3: Podcasting in the Classroom for an informal introduction to podcasting at the college level.
Are people reading downloading and listening to podcasts? Yes! Check out the research by reading Podcast Downloading 2008 by Mary Madden, Sydney Jones (Aug 28, 2008) from Pew Internet.
Audio and Podcasts in Learning
From poetry readings to language learning, there are many possibilities for audio blogging and podcasting in learning. Companies are jumping into the podcasting craze. For instance, SpanishPod is a system for Spanish language learning. Some systems such as Livemocha combine free and subscription offerings.
Read Podcasting from Digital Pencil for a brief introduction and great examples for school librarians.
Visit iTunes U. Their goal is "to advance teaching, learning, and research through innovation, and engage and empower students." They system delivers educational content free through iTunes and can be downloaded to the iPod.
Go to the Audio in Learning section of our website to explore effective uses of audio in teaching and learning.
Student Podcast Guidelines and Assessment
Explore the following examples of student podcast project guidelines and assessments:
- Dystopian Novel Radio Show - Word documents are provided along with novel links
- Science Project Strategies from Lansing Public Library - with handouts, slides, audio, and links
Go to Library of Congress and explore their podcast options.
Go to Radio WillowWeb and explore audio sharing projects. Compare these experiences with at least three others from the examples below. Think about the goal of the activity and the role of the podcast in learning. Go to Education Podcast Network for more examples.
Explore iTunes U. This website links to the many K-12 and university podcasts available through iTunes.
Explore Teen Writing Contest Podcasts from Pierce County Library.
Many communities are now involved with creating their own podcasts focusing on topics of local interest. Go to the Kansas Flint Hills page and scroll down to see a list of podcasts.
Many people are now sharing their podcasts on iTunes. Explore popular K-12 podcasts and higher education podcasts. Also, search for "public library" in iTunes. Some of these are older, but they still give you an idea for the possibilities.
Early Learning (PreK-3)
- Grandview Library - audio books
- The SG Show - Father and 8 Year Old Team
- Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd
- StoryNory - ipod ready stories for kids
Podcasting By Young People
- ACE Kids: Podcasting with Class - Year 3-4 Students
- The Downs FM - Primary School - Year 6 Students
- Mabry Middle School Podcast Central
- Sandaig Primary School
Communication, English, and Literature
- 1940s Radio Dramas
- Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir - serialized academic text from Saint Mary's College of California
- French Ecole Podcast Page
- FrenchPod Class (FrenchPod Class)
- Learn Mandarin Chinese with ChinesePod
- Let's Speak Italian
- Spoonful of Russian
Heath, Math & Science
- Cheshire Public Library Teen Podcasts
- DC Public Library Podcasts
- DeKalb County Public Library Podcasts
- Denver Public Library Podcasts
- Everett Public Library Podcasts
- Juneau Public Library Podcasts
- Kankakee Public Library Podcasts
- Seattle Public Library Podcasts
- Sunnyvale Public Library Podcasts
- Links to Many Podcasts
Academic and Special Libraries
Creating and Using Podcasts
Read Teens Podcasting @ Your Library from YALSA
Watch a group of elementary students from Room 208 discuss how to make a podcast (shown on the right).
Go to the Audio Recording section of our website to explore the basics of audio recording.
Podcasting Books and Articles
- Geoghegan, Michael W. & Klass, Dan (2005). Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting. ISBN: 1590595548
- The iPod iDea: Wired for Scholarship by James Todd in Duke Magazine (Volume 91, Number 5, Sept-October 2005). Learn what Duke University is doing with iPods.
- Podcasts Link Biology Students to Learning from Apple
- Podcast pedagogy divides opinion at US universities by Rebecca Knight in Financial Times (February 9, 2006)
- Course-Related iPod Projects from GCSU.
- Educational Podcasting for Teaching and Learning
- Edupodder.com: Podcasting in Education
- Podcasting - Library Success
- Podcasting 101 for Libraries
- Podcasting Module from EdTechTalk
- Podcasting for Educators
- Podcasting in Education
- Quick Guide to Podcasting for Windows Users
General Podcasting Directories
- Juice - free, open source, GPL
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