This week was my first experiences with podcasting. I must be honest and say that podcasting is not my favorite tech tool. However, I am impressed with the possibilities that it has for both personal uses and as well as educational.
Podcasting takes some time to get used to in order to find the most appropriate and most interesting for an individual or your classroom. I was not too impressed with www.podcastalley.com . I was not able to narrow a search to specific topics. It made it difficult to search for content specific podcasts. I did use the Education Podcast Network at http://epnweb.org/ and was successful in narrowing searches for grade level, specific fields, and was all related to education. I searched through topics of several others and found many to have recordings of conferences, seminars, and classroom recordings. I did not spend much time searching for music. I do not own an Mp3 player or iPod. I do see the benefits that it may have for the person on the go. It would be nice to download the music for when you are driving to work, working out, or traveling. I just don’t have the time or patience to search for the right music or podcast to listen to, download it, and remember to listen to it! Guess I need to slow down and enjoy the new toys of the times.
EPN had links to Teachtopia, http://teachtopia.com/educational-podcasts.html, where I listened to some podcasts through www.radio.com about children’s books. There were interviews of awards winning authors of children’s books. I thought that this would be a great teaching resource when introducing students to a new book. Parts of the podcast were directed to children and would allow for connections to be made by the child. Another new podcast that was available was teaching tips, http://teachtopia.com/teaching-tips.html. It had just had its first podcast on Thursday. There was music incorporated and appears to be a great, quick resource for technology tips and teaching resources for teachers.
Podcasting is not something that you will find me doing daily, but it is good to be familiar with its capabilities. I must agree that there is a great deal of uses for podcasts in the classroom. It will be interesting over the next few months and years as to how I will incorporate them into my teaching. I wish you all the best and let me know if you have found some fun ways!