Warming Up To Podcasts

I’m beginning to warm up to the idea of podcasts as a useful educational tool. So many new technologies have recently sprung onto the scene that I have been reluctant to keep pace with them all. So if I sound skeptical of the latest latest, it’s because I’m really still trying to fully digest last week’s advances and incorporate them into my edtech worldview.

Nevertheless, an article I read this morning has recategorized the podcasting phenomenon for me from hysterical to practical. There’s Something in the Air: Podcasting in Education takes a long,thoughtful look at podcasting from the perspective of higher education. Gardner Campbell writes eloquently about the human voice’s ability to captivate and communicate subtlety not possible through written word. He lists useful resources such as PoemPresent, a University of Chicago podcast of poetry readings. He describes how to manually set up a podcast subscription in iTunes: copy the RSS link from the podcast’s web page and then select Advanced menu –> Subscribe to Podcast in iTunes.

Campbell goes beyond the typical descriptions of podcasting in schools to present a convincing portrait of how podcasts may deliver useful instructional content with pedagogical purpose. This exemplifies the kind of strategic technology integration that is necessary to make meaningful use of technological innovations. Campbell waxes about this point in another post.

I will look for an opportunity to introduce our teachers to podcasting, starting with the automatic download of poetry readings from PoemPresent and the presentations available at Stanford on iTunes.

p.s. To subscribe to Stanford on iTunes as a podcast, click on the web link to open iTunes, select the category you want, and then click the small Subscribe button. That way, you will actually be subscribed to the category as a podcast instead of having to browse the collection for new items.

Source: LibraryStuff (Steven Cohen)

One comment

  1. Gardner Campbell says:

    Thanks for those very generous and encouraging words. I’m grateful to have such a perceptive reader, and most of all, I am delighted you found the essay helpful.

    Best regards.