Sunday, November 13, 2016

Podcasts

Welcome back, library hounds! I hope you're back sniffing around for more ideas. I've been looking forward to talking to you about a great information dispersing tool called Podcasts. Podcasts have been used for many different reasons: entertainment, informational, educational, persuasive and many more. I think podcasts are excellent tools for the classroom teacher and the school media specialist.

There are educators that use podcasts to disperse information about what is happening at school or in their classroom/library. Some educators may use podcasts to help them engage students in their chosen subject. Others use it as an assessment tool for their students. It is a non-traditional product that could help to engage students in a project that they might typically blow off or be uninterested in.
Although some people may hear 'podcast' and feel intimidated, it's really very easy to make a podcast using any of the audio recording websites out there. I want to introduce you to three of them on this post.

Audioboom is a great site that hosts a lot of very popular podcasters. You can sign up with them and they will host, distribute and monetize your podcasts for you. I found the website easy to work with and very helpful.

Podomatic is also an awesome site for you to use to host and distribute your podcast. It also offers the necessary options and ease of use that will make podcasting less complicated. The program is simple and straightforward to use.

The last (my favorite) is Soundcloud. I have been using Soundcloud for over a year now and it is so easy to use! I created a little example of how I would use a podcast in my library by doing a little Weekend Update of what happened over the past week in the school as well as a little preview of what is to come. I used Soundcloud to create it. :)



I know it might feel a little weird to hear yourself talk but believe me when I say that the kids LOVE it! See you next week! 

12 comments:

  1. Hi Thanya, Awesome work! I really loved your podcast with the weekly announcements. As parents often times we don't get the slips or newsletters sent home. This podcast is great idea to have parents and students can find out what's going on at school on a weekly basis. And not have to worry about the notes that did not make it or a somewhere burried in the kids backpacks. By the way, you are probably going to be surprised but I am a shimotsu parent. Thank you for the pleasant podcast and reminders for the week, I had already forgotten about the Santa pics for this week :D

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    1. Wow! Small world! I'm glad I could help. :)

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  2. I used SoundCloud too and I liked it a lot! Thanks for the other ideas about how to use podcasts - yours was great!

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  3. I love your idea for the Weekend Update! It can be used for anything, including catching up kiddos with the work they missed when they were absent. You can also use it as a preview.

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  4. Love your idea! Can't wait to get this going at my school.

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    1. It only takes a few minutes and could be very helpful!

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  5. Im a Soundcloud fan too. I enjoyed the way you use podcast to share the week's events. Very clever.

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