Overview
Systemic Support and Information

Key Points from the Research:
There are two basic types of podcast use, each valid in the K–12 library or classroom setting: to retrieve information (accessing podcasts created by others) and to disseminate information (creating and sharing podcasts). I’m convinced that the real power of podcasting is twofold: It gives learners point-of-need access to information, and it disseminates information in exciting new ways. Students eagerly and actively participate in the creation of content-rich podcasts, and those who publish their podcasts publicly are quickly connected to the world community in ways never before possible."
by Esther Kreider Eash

Equipment requirements to listen to a podcast:

  • mp3 player (see AV catalog)
  • PC with a Pentium 4 or equivalent processor with 512 MB of RAM, 3 to 4 GB of available space on your hard drive


Equipment requirements to record a podcast:

  • PC with a Pentium 4 or equivalent processor with 512 MB of RAM, 3 to 4 GB of available space on your hard drive, and an audio port for line in and line out
  • Winamp (http://winamp.com)
  • Audacity (available as a RIP)
  • FTP utility to upload podcast (see your school's webmaster), OR if the podcast is related to a book housed in the library media center please give the file to your library media specialist to upload
  • Professional microphone and headset, OR digital recorder (see AV catalog)

Systemic Support:

Using Existing Podcasts to Enhance Instruction
Creating Podcasts to Enhance Teaching & Learning

Quality Podcast Providers:

Tutorials and Resources


State and National Literacy Standards
Research and Articles

Search ProQuest; Keyword - podcast

 

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Updated August 2008

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