Podcasting Resources

For more information about podcasting, visit my podcasting workshop wiki page.


Read this document on Scribd: Audacity Installation and Tutorials


Scoring Podcasts

Podsafe Audio

Finding Existing Podcasts

Examples of Educational Podcasts

Blogging Resources

What is a blog?

Find out at Support Blogging

Blogging in Plain English

What are the "rules" that bloggers should follow?

Find out at EdTech Magazine

Blogs vs. Message Boards

Distinguish between edublogging and social networking by reviewing the comparisons and contrasts at Support Blogging.
Visit the CommonCraft to distinguish between blogs and message boards.


How can blogs be used?

Skim through the following blogs to get a feel for how they are used.

How could you categorize these blogs? What are the elements that make them unique and similar? What is the purpose of the author?

You can also gain an understanding about the use and value of blogs by viewing the embedded videos and the comprehensive listing of educational blogs on my main blog wiki page.

How can YOU integrate blogging?

Here is a list of blog integration ideas from Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Will Richardson), pages 40-42

You might like to create a reflective, journal-type blog to . . .
  • reflect on your teaching experiences
  • keep a log of teacher-training experiences
  • write a description of a specific teaching unit
  • describe what worked for you in the classroom or what didn't work
  • provide some teaching tips for other teachers
  • write about something you learned from another teacher
  • explain teaching insights you gain from what happens in your classes
  • share ideas for teaching activities or language games to use in the classroom
  • provide some how-to's on using specific technology in the class, describing how you used this technology in your own class
  • explore important teaching and learning issues

You might start a class blog to . . .
  • post class-related information such as calendars, events, homework assignments, and other pertinent class information
  • post assignments based on literature readings and have students respond on their own blogs, creating a kind of portfolio of their work
  • communicate with parents
  • post prompts for writing
  • provide examples of classwork, vocabulary activities, or grammar games
  • provide online readings for your students to read and react to
  • gather and organize Internet resources for a specific course, providing links to appropriate sites and annotating the links as to what is relevant about them
  • post photos and comment on class activities
  • invite student comments or postings on issues in order to give them a writing voice
  • publish examples of good student writing
  • showcase student art, poetry, and creative stories
  • create a dynamic teaching site, posting not only class-related information, but also activities, discussion topics, links to additional information about topics they are studying in class, and readings to inspire learning
  • create a literature circle (where groups of students read and discuss the same book)
  • create on online book club
  • make use of the commenting feature to have students publish messages on topics being used to develop language skills
  • ask students to create their own individual course blogs, where they can post their own ideas, reactions, and written work
  • post tasks to carry out project-based learning tasks with students
  • build a class newsletter, using student-written articles and photos they take
  • link your class with another class somewhere in the world

You can encourage your students to blog . . .
  • their reactions to thought-provoking questions
  • their reactions to photos and content you post
  • journal entries
  • results of surveys they carry out as part of a class unit
  • their homework
  • their ideas and opinions about topics discussed in class

You can have your students create their own blogs to . . .
  • learn how to blog
  • complete class writing assignments
  • create an ongoing portfolio of samples of their writing]
  • express their opinions on topics you are studying in class
  • write comments, opinions, or questions on daily news items or issues of interest
  • discuss activities they did in class and tell what they think about them
  • write about class topics, using newly learned vocabulary words and idioms
  • showcase their best writing pieces

You can also ask your class to create a shared blog to . . .
  • complete project work in small groups, assigning each group a different task
  • showcase products of project-based learning
  • complete a WebQuest