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Web 2.0. Resources for the Classroom: Podcasts

A guide to help teachers find Web 2.0 tools and resources to use in the classroom

About podcasts

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.

Examples of podcast use in the classroom

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