Teacher's Guide on The Use of Podcasting in Education

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This post is updated on January 20, 2021

Since I published this post over 8 years ago (2012), podcasting has come a log way. It has become mainstream with more and more teachers and educators incorporating it into their teaching practice. The web now is teeming with a diverse compilation of educational podcasts covering various topics from politics to science and digital citizenship.

Podacasts, as Khaleen Morris defines them, are 'audio files that are published online'. They are recorded with the intent of informing, educating, entertaining, you name it, purposes. In the field of education, podcasts are used for a wide variety of purposes. Drawing on the references at the end of this post, we have come up with some examples: 
  • Podcasts are great for flipped classroom.
  • Students can create their own podcasts to share their learning experiences with each other and also with other students.
  • Teachers can record audio podcasts to provide additional and revision material to students to download and review at their own pace
  • Podcasts 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, among others.
How to create a podcast ?
There are two main steps to creating a podcast:

1- Record audio
For this you will need a microphone and an audio recording tool. You can use your device's built-in microphone but the quality of voice will be way less than if you use a professional external microphone.

2- Publish your podcast
When your podcast is ready you can then opt to publish it on your classroom blog if you have one or share it on a podcast hosting platform of your choice.  

Tools to create your podcast 

Here are some tentative options to start out with:

1-For a recent list of tools to help you record audio to use in your post, check out our best audio recording tools for teachers in 2021.


2- Audacity
Audacity is a free, open source, cross platform software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for both Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

This is an Apple software that provides users with a great platform where they can record their audio files and share them with others.

3-Podomatic
This is another great web tool that lets you create, find and share podcasts with others

Looking for some good educational podcasts for inspiration and professional development, check out Edutopia's list of the best educational podcasts of 2017 or this post from the Oprah Magazine

Here are the sources we have drawn upon to create this post. Check them out to learn more about educational podcasting: