Podcasts as Learning Tools

Increasing in popularity and scope, podcasts not only make a useful medium for a wide range of topics to be explored but can also serve as a dynamic teaching and learning tool, as well.

A podcast is an audio recording with spoken word delivered in an audio file format.  Podcasts can be played or downloaded to any phone or streamed to a computer or other mobile device.  Varying in length from anywhere between 10 minutes and an hour, podcast length can also be influenced by the host, audience engagement, and the topics covered.

Educators can use podcasts to:

  • reinforce classroom discussions or explore other topics of interest
  • assign homework listening sessions for written reflections
  • Language teachers could use podcasts to help students with pronouncing words and developing listening skills.
  • record lectures
  • create episodes based on course content themes
  • the possibilities are endless!

Students can create podcasts to:

  • create and share a narrative
  • tell their story or the stories of others
  • document a field trip
  • share book reviews
  • document their learning and growth over the year as part of a digital portfolio
  • articulate their understanding of complicated or difficult to grasp concepts
  • conduct interviews with subject matter experts or community members
  • explain a process or procedure
  • submit a writing project – essay, poetry collection or how to guide


Anchor  – This fun tool allows free recording and hosting from anywhere.  Creators can build episodes based on themes and previous segments.  Anchor even includes creative editing tools like sound effects, backgrounds, transitions, and more.  Music clips from Apple Music and Spotify also play nicely with the Anchor editing tool, for easy uploading and use and can be distributed using an RSS feed, which could easily be embedded on your onCampus class page.

Resources:

Why Your Students Need a Podcast
Cult of Pedagogy Teacher’s Guide to Tech

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