Podcasts (and Vodcasts) enable audio and video information to be saved, shared and serialised for use from the Internet and on to devices such as mp3 players/iPods and computers. True podcasts include a regular commitment to sharing information, by having the ability to be syndicated or subscribed to via RSS feeds; though the term ‘podcast’ is commonly linked to single recordings as well.
Some of the simplest ways to locate a podcast for use in schools include:
- using iTunes
- searching a known database (such as EdNa)
- searching ‘educational podcasts’ on Google
- searching on known sites (e.g. ABC, BBC, 103.2FM)
If you have iTunes, the procedure is relatively simple. Go to the iTunes Store, select the option for Podcasts and then navigate to the Category for Education (or your area of interest). This will show Featured Podcasts first or you can open All. Thus, you will find examples like EdPod. Once you have found a podcast or two that you like, just click on the ‘subscribe’ button, and follow the prompts.
At the moment, there are many language-related podcasts featured here, but there are, if you search carefully, even podcasts for Maths!
A similar process is involved when suscribing to podcasts from other Internet locations. Those mentioned above give numerable options, so they won’t be listed here. Searching on EdNa for ‘podcasts’ also provides links with details about using podcasts in the classroom – see for example, Podcasts in the Classroom from CMIS Dept. Education WA for information about accessing, creating and using podcasts.
When subscribing to a podcast you have found on a web site, e.g. ABC/EdPod, you need to locate the feed (an xml file), and paste/drag or copy this address into your podcasting software (e.g. iTunes or Juice). Then each time you open this software, it should update your feeds for each podcast, depending on your settings.
1. Check out the podcasts on offer from iTunes – you will need to download iTunes to do this step.
2. Search for ‘podcast’ on EdNa, and comment on useful materials from this site.