Thursday, July 26, 2007

Podcasting

What exactly is podcasting? I had head of ipods and just figured it has something to do with those lovely new technology devices. But after reading up on it a bit, I've learned a whole bunch more. As defined by Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English, a podcast (in it's noun form) is a Web-based audio broadcast via an RSS feed, accessed by subscription over the Internet. As a verb it means to distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer. Ok, that last definition makes more sense to me as I'm not too familiar with what an RSS feed is. Basically it's like subscribing to a radio station that you can listen to wherever you can download the files and listen (or watch sometimes) for your enjoyment. They are not "live" rather pre-recorded files that the host has uploaded for others. A podcast is distinguished from other digital media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically, using an aggregator or feed reader capable of reading feed formats such as RSS or Atom (according to Wikipedia).

This is a neat example of a podcast you can have your kids listen to learn more information about words: http://dictionary.reference.com/features/podcasts.html

Check out these sites (which helped me understand podcasting):
An example of an online podcasting video studio site to help you get started with your own podcast: http://podcastpeople.com/?gclid=CPqegOLu1Y0CFSBMGgodGlI_mQ

Podcasts could offer kids in classrooms the opportunity to listen to each others stories, share personal experiences about a shared topic of interest, or just give then another avenue to listen to information. Allowing kids the ability to hear or participate in a podcast, helps them realize that what goes onto the world wide web, really is indeed all over the world. Since there are 3 different types of podcasts (audio, video, and enhanced) you can offer your students a variety of new medias to learn.

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