Podcasts are short audio recordings that teachers and students can use to enhance the learning taking place in the classroom. There are a wide variety of reasons why podcasts should be used for educational purposes:
- Podcast are great alternatives for delivering research content or lessons to students who need remedial or extended support
- Students can create their own podcast to share their learning experiences with each other and also with other students from other schools
- Teachers can record audio podcast to provide additional and revision material to students to download and review at a time that fits them the best.
- Podcast can hugely benefit auditory learners and help them in their learning
- Creating podcast allows students to develop several important skills such as researching, writing, speaking effectively, solving problems, managing time, grabbing attention and improving their vocabulary.
You can also check this great detailed guide on how to use podcasts with your students. One question I often get asked is about the tools to create podcasts. Well there are plenty out there but the most popular ones and which I have tried myself are:
This is a really wonderful tool to create short audio recordings and share them with your students on your classroom blog/site/wiki. The process is very easy and all it takes is a sign-up and the service is free of charge. One good thing about soundCloud and which you can use with your students is that this tool allows you to add comments to any given moments in the podcast. This could be used by students to give feedback and share comments with each other.
Vocaroo is another awesome web tool to record and share audio clips. Vocaroo does not require any sing-up or software download, just head over to its homepage, and click on record and after you finish you will be provided with links to share your recording with others. Vocaroo also generates a QR code for your podcast.
3- VoiceThreadVoiceThread makes it easy for users to add voice annotation to an artifact, which might be a document, a slide presentation, a video, or a collection of photos. Commentators can add remarks by means of microphone, webcam, keyboard, or telephone. The resulting Flash-based animation contains the original artifact and the commentary on it. In educational settings, students can post visual media, instructors can comment, and peers can offer verbal or text-based assessments. What sets VoiceThread apart from other post-for-comments sites is the ease with which voice commentary can be added
4- AudioBooAudioboo is an application for recording and sharing your voice with the world. This free version allows you to create audio up to 3 minutes in length and post that to your own account on the web. You can add titles, tags, geolocation info and a photo to the recording before you upload it and we'll save all that with the file. The audio can then be shared with your site visitors or via Facebook, Twitter & other social networks by managing your account at http://audioboo.fm.
If you are looking for educational podcasts to help you in your professional growth , this list could of great help.