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What is a podcast?


A podcast is an audio recording that can be posted to the web and subscribed to by users.  Adding video to the audio podcast creates a 'vodcast.' 


You don't need an iPod to listen to a podcast - you can listen to podcasts on computers or any type of MP3 player. But because it is digital, you CAN upload it to your MP3 player and 'take it with you.'  Increased mobility not only allows for more flexible and reinforced learning, but it also appeals to many of the digital 'natives' and those who appreciate technology!


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Podcast Receivers or Podcatchers



Examples of Available Podcasts and How to Subscribe

          For English Language Learners:
        English as a Second Language Podcast (Center for Educational Development)
        Very Vocabulary - Learn English Podcast
        Speaking English Podcast
        Reading and Writing:
        Between the Lines Podcast  Weekly book review show hosted by the former first lady of Atlanta, Valerie Jackson (WABE)
        Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules.

        Social Studies:
        Politics of Culture   Examines the intersection of where politics and culture collide      
        PRI's The World - Geo Quiz Podcast   Tests your knowledge of world geography and introduces you to fascinating people and places around the globe.
        Civil War Tours  Walk with noted historians as your personal guides on fields where decisive, dramatic battles took place.

        NPR: Science Friday Podcast  Weekly discussion of the latest news in science, technology, health and the environment
        Nova Science Now  Irreverent stories and intriguing personalities from the world of science (PBS)

        Many more from Golf Tips to Museum of Modern Art to "How to" Workshops from Home Depot to Mandarin Chinese Lessons

Creating Your Own Podcast


Looking for Background Music?

Be sure to use copyright free (Creative Commons or public domain) and provide attribution and link to the creator
NOTE:  Please preview before providing links to students - some creative works may be considered inappropriate or offensive to others!








Integrating Podcasts Into Your Classroom - Colette Cassinelli - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExkMeQfuLGc

Tips for Podcasting - Sue Waters' recorded slide presentation:


ESL Classroom Podcasting - Scott Duarte's slide presentation:




Sample Podcasts

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