What is a podcast?

Podcasts are digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device. They can be created easily, with limited technology,

Essentially, listening to a podcast is like listening to a radio broadcast. Podcasting is a newish way of communicating. A podcast is a media file distributed by subscription over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on mobile devices like iPods (hence the term) and personal computers. They started to become popular back in 2004 and

Podcasts have really only been around for the last few years. Wikipedia has an interesting article on the history of podcasting.

Though podcasts are basically sound files, you can insert photos using a program like GarageBand. These photos can help you illustrate the information in your podcast.

I used podcasts as a method of content delivery for students. As part of a unit on Walden I realized there was information I wanted students to know and apply, but didn’t want to use class time for short lectures. Instead I chose to record short podcasts to encourage note-taking/active listening and be able to reach students even if they are absent during the week. This was my first foray into a flipped classroom and podcasts are still a great alternative to screencasting for flipped and blended learning.

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