Learning to Use Podcasting and Vodcasting for Teaching and Learning

  • Alice Barr (alicebarr [at] gmail dot com)
  • Course Number: EPC 511
  • July 7-11, 2008 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
  • USM Gorham Campus

Teachers will explore the use of audio and video tools that support student learning, collaboration, and communication that extend beyond classroom walls. Audio and video content can be accessed online, created by individuals or groups and used for collaborative conversations. The first step of the course is acquiring and organizing existing content available from online. Next, is learning to use podcasting tools to create content. Participants can then expand from podcasting to screencasting and video to make use of the distributed, collaborative potential of these tools. The ability to easily publish content online will encourage teachers to rethink the way they communicate with students, and the way curriculum is delivered. Educators will become knowledgeable about 21st Century Literacy skills as they fit into the classroom.

What's a podcast?

"A descendant of web logs, or blogs, podcasts are pre-recorded audio files that can be posted to text-based blogs in the form of MP3 music files. The recordings, similar to amateur radio broadcasts--except not live--can be accessed from a traditional desktop or laptop computer or downloaded to a handheld device, such as Apple's popular iPod, for busy users who prefer to listen on the go."
from Murray, Corey. "'Podcasting' set to take off." eschoolnews 10/2/06