Podcasting, netcasting, whatever you want to call it, is a growing trend in education. A quick search in iTunes shows several universities that now make available coursework for FREE: Harvard, Yale, and Cal to name a few! What are the possibilities in a K-12 classroom? Oral histories, speeches, lectures, presentations are a few things that come to mind. The trick is to find an easy way to enable educators to integrate this into the classroom. Apple has created a fairly easy way to do this via a program called GarageBand that comes with newer Macs. You open the program, choose to make a podcast, add some introduction music if you like, record the voice portion, lead out with music if you wish, and share either by saving the podcast on the computer or sending it to iTunes. A saved podcast could be placed on a school server and then linked to from a classroom, school, or district website for download and use by students, parents, and/or faculty. If a student is absent or you want students to review a lesson they could retrieve the particular information recorded in a podcast. This is one way I can envision it being accomplished. A good headset microphone will make for better recording. I own a Plantronics DSP-400 headset that really cuts out background noise and records quite well. I mostly use it for VoIP when I make calls over the internet using Skype (another program that definitely can connect classrooms around the country, but a topic for another post). Do I have a posted podcast? No; however, I will see what I can come up with in the near future!

UPDATE: Here is a podcast by me, using the steps I mentioned above, for your listening pleasure: Hokanson’s Instructional Technology 01!

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