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A podcast is a video or audio file that is distributed is distributed automatically to a subscribed user. The term "podcast" is an abbreviation of the terms "iPod" and "broadcasting".
Podcasts are different from other digital delivery technologies - such as YouTube - because the files download automatically. Podcasts are normally broadcasts that are delivered over the web and are broken up into parts or episodes. Some podcasts are delivered on a regular basis and others can be stand alone. Podcasts are sometimes used by news companies, schools, alternative radio stations, and religious groups to deliver materials to a wider and younger audience.
Podcasts can be generated and enjoyed from a number of different sources and listened to directly on a computer.
Podcasts in the classroom
The following are some ideas on how podcasts sites can be used in the classroom:
* Ask students to create a podcast project around a class topic
* Ask the students to break-up the work of creating a podcast into different areas: researching, writing, technical production, etc.
These suggestions and more can be found at the Web 2.0 Survival Guide website
Find podcasting tools
The following is a list of links to some of the popular podcasting tools on the internet.
"Audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio. Site includes help, downloads, and developer information."
"Download free audio and video content ("podcasts") from the Internet and watch it on your computer or on the go"
"Add visuals to your online conversations. Jing captures anything on you see on your computer screen, as an image or short video, and lets you share it instantly"
"Juice Receiver (formerly iPodder) is a media aggregator which automatically downloads podcasts and media files to your computer or portable device"
"Miro plays almost any video or music format and downloads from YouTube, podcasts, Amazon, and bittorrent"
"An ultra simple podcast publishing solution. Everything you need. Unmetered bandwidth Monthly Increasing Disk Space for Premium and Business Podcasters."
Podcast Alley is the best site to find all your Podcasts, podcast feeds, podcast definitions, podcast software and best podcast directory.
"Podfeed.net is a podcast directory that helps you find podcasts, read and write podcast reviews, listen to podcasts and share your podcast with others"
Examples of podcast use in the classroom