Podcasting is one of those innovations that arose from the invention of the Internet and the proliferation of smart devices. It is a play on the words iPod and broadcasting which, when used together, creates a sort of radio that can be streamed online. Topics are broad and varied. Podcasts may be about opinions and commentaries on current events, stories and poems, or other such communications. The only things a person needs are an Internet connection and their chosen device.
One indispensable and highly-usable application of podcasts is in the classroom. Podcasting in the classroom has certainly revolutionized the learning experience. As with everything else, we need to keep up with the advancements in technology and these advancements can certainly be used to improve the education system. Podcasting makes learning and communication easy for both the student and the teacher.
Here are just some of the advantages of using podcasts in the classroom.
Accessibility and availability 24/7
As with any innovation nowadays, tools and applications are readily available to anyone who wants to use them. Never has the saying ‘the world never sleeps’ been more accurate than it is today. You can access files (in this case, podcasts) any time you want to. Some students who work best during the night or at their own pace will surely find podcasts of lectures much to their tastes.
This also makes learning an on-the-go process. Education does not need to be a sedentary activity where students just sit and listen. With podcasts, it enables the student to listen to a lecture without being confined to a classroom. This is perfect for students who are not highly receptive to traditional classroom techniques.
Paperless archiving of lectures
A lot of institutions nowadays, whether educational or not, are going paperless. Sure, there is no substitute to pen and paper, but podcasts allow you that option. For students, archiving lessons in podcasts can certainly be an advantage as they can use them to clarify concepts or as a general reference. With podcasts, those students who miss a class can easily catch up or fill in what they have missed.
For teachers, podcasts can also be used as a supplement to their lectures. In some cases, when a teacher is unable to come to class, they can also use podcasts to substitute for them. They’d just simply upload the podcast, and it would be as good as an actual class.
Creativity, interactivity, and involvement
The use of podcasts is not limited to audio recordings from the professor. In some ways, it can also be used for video presentations, interviews and guest lectures from other experts on a particular subject, and the like. The teacher may also opt to encourage the students to make their own podcasts to stimulate learning, increase knowledge, and urge other students to participate more.
Of course, like almost all technology, podcasts can be misused. Students may rely on podcasts alone to review for an exam, or they may not attend classes at all. Rules and their strict implementation must be observed, but they should not hamper this innovative learning process. Make use of podcasts to up your teaching game.
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