Podcasting for Educators- we CAN do it!

“It’s not about the technology, it’s about the experience of working with information, and then sharing that information with others”


As a person slightly intimidated by the content of this class and the technology, I love this quote as a way of thinking of podcasting. Podcasting was nearly the only term on the signup sheet that I recognized enough to sign my name next to. I have downloaded podcasts occasionally throughout the years and felt confident I could muster that iTunes experience into a resource for myself as an an educator and my colleagues as well.After having researched podcasting and its capabilities for the classroom, I am ECSTATIC to present this topic and am fully energized about persuading others that this is an easy and fantastic way to utilize technology in the classroom. Even the Art Classroom!I want to start practicing podcasting now so that when I have my own classroom, I am able to easily able to work podcasting into my classroom culture and teaching practice.Below is an outline for my research and presentation for my Digital Media in Education class. I am using the outline as a script for my very first podcast which is posted here.

ED6060 Podcast Presentation

  1. What are podcasts?
    1. A series of media files (audio or video) that you can either download individually or can subscribe to and they can automatically download (via RSS feeds, subscriptions) to your device when new episodes are released. etc. Basically it is audio or video you can download and listen to anywhere, anytime.
      1. iTunes and blogs are the source of most podcasts and they are often played back on personal media players (iPods) or computers.
      2. Podcasts are unique because of their syndication. There are many in a series, not just a singular mp3 download.
      3. Podcasts cover a variety of topics, from news shows to talk shows to yoga classes.
      4. Hosts often need only simple setup, record from home and can utilize audio alone or both video and audio.
    2. How did they start?
      1. Many sources point to different people, but around 2003-2004, started gaining popularity after vlogging started
      2. thought of as the “TiVO for online content”, people could carry newscasts, weather, sports with them for listening at their leisure. This was before smartphones made all content available all the time.
      3. Was called audioblogging, audiocasting, then because of popular iPods, became “podcasting”
  2. Examples and How-To’s
    1. Explore in iTunes
      1. how to access- iTunes Store or Blogs
    2. Businesses, Talk Shows, Museums
      1. Lexus, IBM
        1. replacing conference calls
        2. new addition to marketing mix
      2. NPR
        1. varied ‘casts tailored to specific audiences
      3. National Gallery
        1. documentary excerpts, lectures, films, exhibitions and collections
        2. uses both audio and video
        3. With an assortment of podcasts, a museum can have a nearly free Internet-based “radio station.” Content can include companion guides to special exhibitions, the latest event schedules, interviews with lecturers and other speakers, discussions of upcoming exhibits, and interpretive discussions with curators. Audio content can even be recorded over a telephone, without the need for an onsite interview. A podcast relating to a museum exhibit can be retrieved from the Internet and later replayed in the exhibition gallery as an audio guide ($generates revenue for museums when they sell iPod rentals$).
    3. How to set up your own podcast
      1. Connect with your Blog or website or podcast-hosting site, such as podbean.com
      2. Simple setup and virtually no tools needed. Can use your computers mic and camera and headphones. Can use a Webcam, Smartphone, or camcorder/FlipCam.
      3. Easy access to resources. There are FANTASTIC step-by-step setup tutorials and help available online.
      4. Garageband www.tinyurl.com/gbpodcast
        1. part of Apple’s iLife package
        2. pre-set for Podcast recording
      5. Audacity www.tinyurl.com/audacitytutorial
        1. free, audio editing and recording software
        2. minor adjustments for Podcast recording
      6. Recording your podcast
        1. plan, research and collect, write script, and SHARE!
        2. talk very slowly, but keep your voice interesting
        3. if using video, your face on webcam is not compelling enough. need other visuals.
        4. always keep a script
          1. almost all podcasts start with similar scripted intro: Title, date, episode #, location and author, and a brief purpose of the podcast
        5. Consider your:
          1. audience
          2. topic
          3. message
          4. structure
  3. In Education now
    1. Working with Millennials, podcasting technology is now a 21st Century Skill
      1. Podcasting allows for differentiation in the classroom. Podcasting works with different learning styles and can cater to a classroom of diverse learners, especially auditory and visual learners.
      2. Podcasting projects are student centered: uses the highly praised project-based learning approach
      3. uses higher levels of blooms taxonomy utilizing higher order thinking and creativity. Can allow them to teach others, and utilizing audio and visuals
      4. enhances the creativity within your classroom
  4. How YOU can use it
    1. Why would you need one
      1. great way to build a reputation as an expert and become connected to authorities and others in your field
      2. Great way to broadcast a summary or new ideas
      3. Your teaching for your portfolio and reflection
      4. enhances your curriculum by integrating technology
    2. In your classroom
      1. Tool for communicating with parents of students
      2. additional study support for students- can carry with them on iPods, or can listen with family in the car
      3. recording lectures for portfolio and reflection and if students are absent (or YOU are absent)
      4. field trip tours. Can also make a podcast of a site that the students are unable to visit
      5. interviews
      6. very empowering and motivating for students to create and be able to share via the web. Also promotes a motivation for high quality work knowing it’s live and being shared via the web
      7. Utilizes the following standards: analyze, present, persuade, judge, determine, investigate, explore, research, debate, determine, identify, gather, compute, write, think
      8. Negative: you will need to take the time to teach the technology itself before you can expect students to successfully interact with it in your lessons.
    3. Lesson/Plan for Art Education
      1. Teacher can offer do-it-yourself, at-home art lessons for parents and students to do in the evenings, summers and weekends.
      2. Teacher can record a summary of what was learned at the end of a week, or as a study overview before tests or in preparation for large projects
      3. Students can create a project where they do an “artist study”. This includes creating a podcast where they present info on an artist they researched, stage an “interview” with the artist, and present visuals of their own artwork inspired by and exploring that artist’s style or technique.
      4. Students create a series where they submit their project/portfolio idea and record podcasts along the way as they work on their projects. Then at the end, they can create a final presentation episode to present. This allows the students to learn to present  and persuade their idea, explore and investigate their ideas, refine their process and identify problems, and then be able to think about their work and critique it and present it to the class. For use with older students building a portfolio- possibly AP art class.
      5. Record in-class presentations and critiques for students to review later and write report on critique experience. also available for parents to see
You can find a Podcast version of this presentation here:
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4 responses to “Podcasting for Educators- we CAN do it!

  1. Even though I filled out your peer-review form, and because I know it’s driving you bonkers NOT knowing what was written. . .

    Even though I question the ‘relevance’ of podcasting, you may have made me – grouchy negative me – think about different ways that a podcast can be used not only in my art classroom (so, how boring would a pottery lesson podcast be?) but also in my art practice. I’ve been working on a piece for CORE recently and have been puzzling over a particular ‘experience’ I need to create to complement the work. So, thanks for causing a spark.

    One thing that is still in my brain regarding your presentation is the danger in creating something that parents have access to on a regular basis. The problem is that I would think many parents of the helicopter variety may love the idea so much that they start peppering you (the teacher) with requests for a podcast ONLY about their child…or worse…they could tell other teachers that you are doing this and then those teachers may be asked to create something similar. My biggest fear about becoming a teacher is that the school will have so many outlandish requests that it will become hard to find time to teach! (I only say this after witnessing what John goes through with school ‘tasks’ and existing parent needs.)

    I would ease into any sort of new technology introduction to the classroom – definitely a time to carefully consider how you will teach and what you will teach. First, at the end of a busy school week of teaching, i’m sure the last thing I would want to do is to relive it online. (I’m more thinking of a beer drinking support group for new teachers…)But, slowly as you (we) get into a teaching groove, then find time for the ‘above and beyond’ stuff that will make parents line up and your bosses drool.

    hmmm…perhaps we can do a fun NAEA podcast….

    • thanks Jeff! I knew that it was going to be tough to impress Mr. Technology (you), but I tried anyways. I’m HAPPY to hear that i may have sparked a creative idea for you as well!

      I wanted to share an article with the class from NAEA’s Art Education magazine that was published in the May 2011 mag. I would’ve shared it in my presentation, but unfortunately I only came across it again a week AFTER I presented. Anyways, it’s titled “Changing Art Education’s Master Narrative through Popular Media” by J. Ulbricht. I’m going to make copies, but if you want to look for it in your own magazine, feel free. But basically it is encouraging art educators to publicize what they do in the classroom for the purpose of sharing what we do in art class and the many benefits of art education. I think Podcasting would be among one of the many ways you could use popular media to do just that. This article really makes a case for what I wish I had made a stronger point in my presentation.

      “If the many benefits of art education are presented in one or more of these venues, the public’s perceptions of art education may change, and art programs might find a more secure place in the schools.”

  2. This was a wonderful presentation, Leah! I’ve always seen the word “Podcast” but never really knew what it was and especially how it can be utilized by educators. Throughout the presentation, I couldn’t help but formalize some of my very own ideas on how I can incorporate it in my very own classroom. In my school we have this motto: “We work, study and listen. So, we may learn. Learn so we may teach.” I believe the using Podcasts can support this notion, as well as, provide an unconventional method for collecting and sharing information. I appreciated the fact that you created your own Podcast so that our classmates wouldn’t be too intimidated by the technology. Thanks for sharing this topic and including some lesson plans to go along with it!

    • i’m glad you liked it! if you happen to try it out in your classroom, i’d LOVE to hear about it!!! let me know if you have any questions and I can try to help you out!

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