A podcast is any digital medium that has any form of audio, video, text, PDF or ePub files that people can subscribe to for playback on portable media players and computers. Podcasting can be extremely beneficial for the field of education and by listening to podcasts can be another way of learning tool for professors and students. Podcasts are a very powerful tool for students who are auditory learners and there are various tool that can help teachers create and distribute podcasts some of which include:
Audacity: This is a free software that is used for recording and editing sound by using keyboard shortcuts. It is available for certain operating systems like Windows, Mac, GNU/LINUX and others.
MP3myMP3 Sound recorder: This is an audio recording software that is created by Digital liquid. It is a great toll for recording something quickly and efficiently. You are able to record a sample sound from streaming audio or video on the Internet, record Skype calls for business or create MP3s from Vinyl. For teaching purposes professors can record tutorials and later listen to them through a computer.
Podbean: This tool is easy and powerful. It allows users to create professional podcasts n just a few minutes without having any prior knowledge on programming. Anyone is able to upload and publish their work. Work can be shared with students, colleagues, friends, family and anyone else worth sharing.
PodOmatic: This is the largest independent podcaster in the world. You are able to search any area that you are interested to find work. This tool also allows users to easily make minicasts which is a combination of audio and images.
Vozme: This is an effective tools that converts a text into an audio file. By doing this you have to follow two steps. This process is copy and paste the text you want in the box provided on the website and click “create mp3” This generates a podcast for you to download right away.
Odiogo: This is similar to Vozme but has a few more benefits. This specific tool lets you turn blog posts into high quality and supporting broadcasts which can be an advantage for bloggers.
There are many other tools that are also great for podcasts. Ways in which you an integrate podcasts in the classroom are:
- students can interview professions of their potential career path and use audio for their questionnaire part.
- Students can research about different countries by asking recent travelers about their experiences. This could lead into a digital travel album that could almost be like a small itinerary.
- Teachers or professors can record their lecture or tutorials that students can listen to later on their own time or at home.
- Students can write and record stories and add background music or sound effects.
- Students can create advertising campaigns.
Overall Podcasting can be very beneficial to learning and it is a field that continues to growth among academia and other forms of teaching and learning.
Here is an example of a podcast that I did:
I used Audacity and uploaded it to Sound cloud