Podcasting in the Classroom

Of the many technology-based training tools available, podcasting offers resource-strapped educators many benefits. It’s a convenient, easy-to-use way to record and play back lessons for students to review course material or catch up on lessons they missed.

Plus, podcasting doesn’t have to be expensive — a microphone and computer are some of the basic tools required, and there’s open-source software available that allows you to quickly record, edit and export content to MP3 files.

Podcast-recorded lectures also offer one way to support guidelines from the Americans with Disa-bil-i-ties Act, which is often a concern at public universities such as the University of Arizona (UA).

Thousands of fac-ulty members in 16 different colleges at the university can borrow digital recorders and strap them to their arms to record lectures. At the end of class, they can export the lecture from the device to their computer, make it an MP3 file and podcast it.

Stuart Glogoff, senior consultant for UA’s Learning Technologies Center, leads a podcasting initiative, whose central mission for the past two years has been to support those who don’t have all the departmental resources they need.

He said podcasts make it very easy to focus on current events and new technologies in a relatable, purposeful way — Glogoff subscribes to a few podcasts that he listens to every day or downloads to his iPod to listen to in the car.

“One of my favorites is ‘this WEEK in TECH,’ which hosts a panel…

Kellye Whitney


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