Podcasts are audio stories made for on-demand consumption at any time on any device. The best ones are filled with ideas, information and personality. These stories can incorporate interviews, and are easily distributed to a global audience.
Introduction from the author
How to use this book
This is a step-by-step guide to using podcast projects in classrooms of all levels. The emphasis is on workflow, and the basics you’ll need to be a producer. Technical guides related to microphones and specific editing software are not included here, but look for resources in the Appendix.
Click on the earbud icon throughout the book to hear more detailed audio stories and explanation.
Why Use Podcasts In The Classroom?
How do podcasts enhance learning?
Podcasts are great in educational settings because they allow students to:
• Develop an inquiry-based mindset.
• Explore topics they’re passionate about.
• Find engaging ways to share what they know.
• Develop personal voice.
• Practice writing and story structure skills.
• Hone research skills.
• Develop interpersonal skills through interviews and collaborative projects.
• Provide opportunities for authentic learning.
• Develop marketing and design skills.
Why assign podcasts?
How are podcasts different from traditional assignments?
PODCASTING FOR THE CLASSROOM // introduction
Teachers and students from all grade levels are using podcasts to tell stories, ask important questions, reflect on their learning, and listen to the perspectives of others.
These are some examples of outstanding podcasts created by students and educators around the world. Click on the earbud icon to listen to these educators' experiences using podcasts and how it helps their students.
You can see some of our favorite professional podcasts in the appendix.
The Chat With Mrs. Burns's Third Grade
Karrin Burns Former 3rd grade teacher Oak Park, IL
Erika Moser Elementary Music and Tech teacher Philadelphia, PA
EXTRA-CURRICULAR STUDENT CLUBS
Sam Kary Middle School Humanities teacher San Francisco, CA
Denise Tejada Training Manager, Producer/Editor Oakland, CA
Mary Kemper, Director of K-12 mathematics Coppell ISD, Coppell, TX