RadioAnyQuestions RaisedOnRadio    Before television, radio was the entertainment center in the household. Families sat around a radio and just listened, enamored with the story being told and the voice telling it. Podcast are proving to have the same attraction and are as useful as radio of old.  Podcast are voice recording centered around pre-selected topics and delivered over the Internet. There can be a series of podcast dedicated to a specific topic: they allow the audience, to not only listen to a topic but more importantly, listen to a presenter numerous times, at will. Podcast are proving to be useful educational tools; both teachers and students can use podcast to learn and present knowledge. Podcast are often themed based, and are created as a series of podcast are created focusing on a specific topic or area of study. Vodcast like podcast can also be used: vodcast combines images with audio on an Internet platform to tell digital stories. Overall, both vodcast and podcast are great tools to use for digital story telling sharing and information sharing. Students and educators will find them convenient to use.

As an educator, I have found podcast to be quite informative. Ten minutes of talk can be very enlightening, informative and motivating. I found the following five podcast to be very educational. Four of the five podcast were created for educators and the fifth could be useful to both educators and students.  National Public Radio (NPR) creates podcast for educators. I found one podcast to be particularly interesting titled,

Finding-learning-tools-in-digital-footprints. It is only eight minutes long and the topic of the podcast is Learning Analytics. It is part of a series called “Social Me” that centers on young peoples movement around the Internet and what can be learned from their click streams. On the Teaching with Technology Podcast Website I found a podcast series addressing plagiarism also know as word theft, The-many-forms-of-word-theft-part3 of 3. Given the ongoing use of the Internet for research, both students and teachers learn from this series. The next podcast Listen-mark-berends-notre-dame-professor is an interview of Mark Berends a Notre Dame Professor, which is geared more for school building leaders. It is sixteen minutes in duration. It addresses school choice, charter school, various challenges school leaders face in creating a successful school and teacher’s evaluation strategies. The Website actually contains books formatted as podcasts, called podiobooks. One book for educators “The Spirit Of Education”, consisted of twenty-one chapters. The book, The Spirit Of Education, was written by a former teacher and college professor.  Under the category of assessment I found the following podcast which presents a set of questions to pose when rolling out technology:  Assessing-The-Impact-of-Technology  presents a great set of pre and post questions that a school building leader should pose with regards to considering, measuring and monitoring the added value of instructional technology.

Although not considered a podcast platform, Voicethread technology can be used by students and teachers to create podcast. It is an asynchronous mechanism for communication that can be used to create either a podcast or vodcast. Teachers can incorporate the use of Voicethread technology in their classrooms or podcast. A Voicethread is a Web-based application that allows users to upload images and discuss the images. Like the podcast, the focus of the experience is the prerecorded voice, and a series of talks can be created around a specific topic. Voicethread provides the student with another mechanism for relaying what they understand about a topic. Using Voicethread presents another means of assessment because the student must speak about what they hear and understand. The learning process deepens with the use of vodcast and podcast because the students must prepare what they to say and get to her themselves speak. Another benefit to students when using podcast is that they have an opportunity to hear students’ present organized ideas.

Podcast require us to listen. We can listen to topics of our choosing while commuting to our next destination. From voices all over the world educators and students can be informed because of podcast. An educators’ subject knowledge and expertise will expand as a result of listening to podcast. Using both podcast and vodcast teachers have another method of formative assessment in their tool kit. Lastly, writing and speaking across the curriculum can be encouraged and differentiated instruction practices farther with the use of podcast and vodcast.