Podcasting at School

Overview

Web 2.0, the read/write web creates new opportunities for students to share their learning with a larger, real world community via the Internet. One Web 2.0 tool that is gaining in popularity among educators is podcasting, the process of creating audio files using computer software and distributing them electronically, giving students authentic audiences and the motivation to do outstanding work. Contrary to popular understanding, podcasting software does not require an iPod. In fact, projects made with ...

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Overview

Web 2.0, the read/write web creates new opportunities for students to share their learning with a larger, real world community via the Internet. One Web 2.0 tool that is gaining in popularity among educators is podcasting, the process of creating audio files using computer software and distributing them electronically, giving students authentic audiences and the motivation to do outstanding work. Contrary to popular understanding, podcasting software does not require an iPod. In fact, projects made with podcasting software also can be converted to CDs, sent via email, stored and heard on classroom computers, posted to a Web site or blog, or channeled into iTunes to await subscribers. This book takes an in-depth look at several podcasting tools, many of which are free, that can be used by educators to create podcasts. After building a solid technical foundation, the book introduces readers to a wide variety of lesson plans that motivate students and stretch their higher-order thinking. Discussion of student privacy issues is interwoven throughout. Grades K-12.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Starred RevieW 'Anyone considering using podcasting with students should look no further than this book. Kristin Fontichiaro provides a comprehension introduction, dispelling myths that may scare educators away from trying out this important Web 2.0 technology. The book provides simple, clear, explanations of podcasting terms, procedures, and protocols. . . . new and experienced podcasters alike will benefit from the A to Z ideas for podcasting activities and the numerous full lesson plans that include student handouts and rubrics. A glossary and comprehensive bibliography for those who are excited to investigate further are provided. This book is an essential purchase for professional development collections. On your mark, get set, podcast! Index. Highly Recommended."

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Library Media Connection

"A wealth of information for both the podcasting newbie and the technology savvy educator. . . . This easy-to-use professional tool has a wealth of curriculum related to podcasting activities for grades K-12 and the glossary will help with unfamiliar terminology."

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VOYA

"This title presents encouragement and incentives for implementing podcasting within the school curriculum. Part I explains the basics of Web 2.0 and dispels popular myths. A review of necessary equipment and software; how to develop effective vocal techniques; and the mechanics of recording, publishing, and distributing a podcast make launching a project appealing. Numerous ideas for utilizing this technology are given in the second section. . . . Evaluation rubrics, planning sheets, and graphics aid in successfully producing a podcast. An extensive glossary, bibliography, and index complete this useful resource."

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School Library Journal

VOYA - Ruth E. Cox
A wealth of information for both the podcasting "newbie" and the technology savvy educator. Basic information lists equipment needs, such as microphones and headsets, with black-and-white photographs of recommended styles. Podcasting software, including usability and price information as well as suggested audio recorders, from MP3 players to cell phones, are discussed. Voice preparation techniques, the recording process, publishing and distributing the podcasts, and how to launch podcasting in a school are also described in detail. When providing ideas for teaching and learning with podcasts, the author highlights activities to integrate podcasting into the curriculum, supplemented by templates and evaluation rubrics. Activities range from booktalks, foreign language dialogues, library media orientations, to oral histories. Following a chapter devoted to creating podcast advertisements, Fontichiaro addresses creating podcast audio tours. The author also deals with the issues that can arise in a school setting while discussing mnemonic rap podcasting. How to create and present radio broadcasts and radio plays are also discussed. This easy-to-use professional tool has a wealth of curriculum related podcasting activities for grades K-12 and the glossary will help with unfamiliar terminology. The bibliography includes ten references to professional materials but not to the children's and young adult titles referred to in the sample lessons. Some titles can be found in the additional reading section; however, both author and title are included in the index of this valuable resource for any school library professional collection. Reviewer: Ruth E. Cox
School Library Journal

This title presents encouragement and incentives for implementing podcasting within the school curriculum. Part I explains the basics of Web 2.0 and dispels popular myths. A review of necessary equipment and software; how to develop effective vocal techniques; and the mechanics of recording, publishing, and distributing a podcast make launching a project appealing. Numerous ideas for utilizing this technology are given in the second section. One chapter gives an alphabetical listing of more than 125 lesson ideas, covering suggestions for utilization in nearly all classroom subjects, which might spark further creative thought. These lesson ideas include interviews, journaling, audio tours, radio plays, news broadcasts, PE instructions, raps, poetry readings, etc. The remaining sections look more closely at some of these ideas, such as advertising, mnemonic raps for learning, radio broadcasts, and oral-history projects. Evaluation rubrics, planning sheets, and graphics aid in successfully producing a podcast. An extensive glossary, bibliography, and index complete this useful resource.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591585879
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 1/30/2008
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KRISTIN FONTICHIARO is an elementary teacher librarian in Birmingham, Michigan. She is the author of the current Libraries Unlimited title, Active Learning Through Drama, Podcasting, and Puppetry.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Diane R. Chen

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: Podcasting Basics

Part II: Ideas for Teaching and Learning with Podcasting

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