PODCASTING IN THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSROOMipods-3.jpg

presented by Glennysha Jurado-Moran Spanish Teacher Edison Township Public SchoolsSraJurado-Moran@aol.com




What is a podcast.

An audio recording (mp3 file) posted on the internet that anyone can download

Instruction & Assessment with podcasts

Podcasts can be used in all three modes of assessment using strategies you are already familiar with.

INTERPRETIVE
  1. Use podcasts the same way you would authentic reading materials
  2. TPR - Teach vocabulary ahead of time. Listen to the podcast. Stop occasionally and ask oral comprehension questions. Assess what they understood
  3. Instead of pre-teaching vocabulary, use the podcast as an opportunity to listen to context clues, cognates, identify words they know and perhaps make a list of words they would like to know.
  4. Create your own podcasts for the students to listen to.
  5. Interpretive ideas. a) create a podcast where students follow directions ona map of a city. b) podcast about what school supplies they will need this year SAMPLE

INTERPERSONAL
  1. Use podcasts as a springboard to conversations
  2. Information Gap - give students different podcasts on the same topic and have them interview each other
  3. Jigsaw puzzle - students listen to diferent podcasts and then they need to speak to various people in order to get all the information they need to complete a task

PRESENTATIONAL - INSTRUCTION
  1. Students record their podcast and can self assess using a rubric
  2. Play a student podcast sample. Analyze it as a class. Why is it good? Why does it need improvement? How can we make it better

PRESENTATIONAL - ASSESSMENT
  1. Create a scenario/presentational task
  2. Record presentation
  3. GIMMICK - Tell them the podcast is to post on the school website or that they are entering a podcast contest

WORLD LANGUAGE CLUBS
Have members become reporters. Find out what is going on around the school and post a weekly or monthly podcast in your target language on your school's website

Where can you find them

  1. iTunes - freedownload from apple.com. Once in the iTunes store, podcast link is on the left side. Click on education. Explore Langiuage courses for actual lessons
  2. Yahoo!podcasts
  3. ODEO
  4. GarageBand Radio Network
  5. Podcast Alley
  6. Podcast.net
  7. World Language Departments of Universities and Colleges
  8. Do a search for podcasts using a search engine in your target language. For example, Yahoo! France

Listening to podcasts

  1. Attach speakers to ipod/mp3 player (Speakers vary in size and price)
  2. Play podcast right from the computer
  3. Use a class set of ipods

Creating & publishing a podcast

MAC
  1. Attach microphone to ipod. (Belkin makes a good one)
  2. use mac software to create and send podcast directly to itunes library
PC
  1. Use digital recording software to create podcast (audacity is a free download)
  2. Or use digital voice recorder that downloads files as mp3 file to your computer.
  3. Load podcast on to website that supports audio files. I like wikispaces

GCAST.COM
  1. This site takes care of everything for you!!!
  2. Make a podcast (even by phone)
  3. Add music
  4. creates RSS feed that allows listeners to tune in
  5. It's FREE

Resources

Secrets of Podcasting, Bart G. Farkas
KidCast-Podcasting in the classroom, Dan Scmit (Teachers' Discovery)
Kidcast-Creative podcasting, Dan Scmit(Teachers' Discovery)
Educator's Podcast guide, bard Williams(Teachers' Discovery)
gcast.com - make & store podcasts, even by phone

audacity - recording software, free download