First, what are Podcasts ?
A podcast is a radio show but instead of being broadcast live, a podcast is recorded and then distributed over the internet. This enables people to listen to it whenever you want. There are a lot of podcasts available, ranging from general interest entertainment shows to those which focus on specific topics. For example, on idioms, stories, vocabulary lists and a lot more things related to education.
What does the tool do?
The tool allows you to create videos that you will be able to post on the internet. This tool is also a great way to have videos that you could show during class to your students. For example, if you make a lesson on Types of humour you can have your students listen to the video to understand the different types of humour. Then, you can have a discussion and a little assignment on it.
This tool will allow the students to build their hears to English. Videos are also a great tool to make a pre-activity for something you want to do in class. As a future teacher, in my practicum I started my activities most of the time with videos and it really got the students to listen to what I was explaining after because they enjoyed those short videos.
Why do I agree it’s a great tool for education?
– It gives an audience to your student’s (Motivates them to do it when they now it will be posted on the internet)
– It allows student’s to practise their speaking and listening skills.
– It helps student’s work with technology (ICT)
– You can make your Podcasts interactive (Have student’s comment on them, have student’s give feedback and etc)
– It’s a great way to work collaboratively (student’s can work in teams making their videos)
– Different for students (This is different than the regular projects you may have in magistral English classes)
What you can do with Podcasts in your Classroom?
When reading about Podcasts on the internet I automatically thought about all the great projects I could do with my students with this tool. The idea that came to my mind is a video students would have to do and work on it every week. Each week they would have a small task to do for this video. At the end of the session the video and task would be completed and students would be able to post it online. on it and at the end of the session it would be a complete project.
– Save or copy the post cast on a CD or on a USB stick
– Send the podcast by email (depending on the size of the podcast)
– Share the podcast on a blog or on a website
What other teachers say about Podcasts?
While reading online I mostly saw good comments on this tool. And I agree with them. I personally find it is a very orignal and easy way to have student’s be motivated to learn new things in English or to have them work on projects throughout this tool. While browsing, I found different ways of explaining how to the works. This tool is indeed very effective especially for second language teachers that have to find great ways to motivate their student’s. As it was said on multiple website, this tool a way to teach what could be reached in a magistral way in a more fun way for our new generations. It is no secret to no one that technology is taken in a big part in today’s society. Thus, in today’s education system. To have something like that helping you to teach is just great. I recommended to all. As I said before, I didn’t really find any downsides to this fun tool, but if anyone found something you can always throw your comments in the comment box.
A short Youtube video on how to make your first Podcasts: Click here if you want to watch it!
Other great links to find Podcasts for English teaching: