Saturday, September 25, 2010

Blog Assignment 5

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When I first found out that I was going to have to make a podcast for this class I was a little worried because before this week I didn't know what a podcast was. As part of our blog assignment this week I had to listen to and watch some podcasts, which definitely helped me understand more about my project. I listened to Eagle Nest Radio and Class Blog which is a blog and podcasts by a third grade class. I was pleasantly surprised by how good they were. Those third graders are doing a great job and I commend their teacher for making the blog and podcasts available to them.
I also read Judy Scharf Podcast Collection. She had a lot of great information about creating a podcast. She included a link to a youtube video on making a podcast using audacity which I found extremely helpful. I have audacity downloaded on my laptop but before watching that video I wasn't familiar with using it. She also had a section titled "What Is A Podcast?" which answered my question because I really didn't know.

I watched The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom and learned more about how I can use podcasts as a teacher. One of the best things I found out about using podcasts in the classroom if that i is exrtemely beneficial for students who have to miss class, especially if they will be out for an extended period of time. Also when a tacher uploads lectures to a blog or itunes students can watch the lecture and pause it or rewind it which gives them a chance to write down something they might have missed in class.


  1. Hey Jessica! I could definitely understand how you felt when we were asked to do a podcast for this class. I was also worried too, and also had no clue what a podcast was. I like how you stated in your last paragraph about how a podcast can be when a student is absent from school. I never thought of using a podcast for that reason but I think it is a wonderful idea.

  2. Hey Jessica,

    I think you are right about how useful that podcasts can be. I don't think you are the only one who didn't know what a podcast was coming into this class, but that's OK! You can start thinking about how your classroom can be place where students will want to come in and learn. I think podcast can give the students something to look forward to doing each day or every week.

    This is a good post. Watch your spelling. I'm sure if you read over this again you would find some small errors.

    Keep on blogging!

    Stephen Akins

  3. Hello, Jessica!

    I've enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you a little bit! I was a little worried about doing a podcast also. Actually I was even dreading doing it to be honest! I got through it though and did figure out a lot of ways to use podcasting in the classroom. I also liked your idea about podcasting lessons for students who miss class, or even if they didn't! I've had professors do that before and it helps a lot being able to go back and listen, go back and pause! I hope your group's podcast went smoothly!