Education

Casting Call

By Hollice Fisher — December 22, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The power of podcasting—broadcasting digital audio segments over the Internet—is its ability to engage today’s tech-savvy students in conversations about what they’re learning, says David Warlick, a former teacher and creator of the Education Podcast Network.

Warlick’s Web site catalogs hundreds of education-related podcasts—most of them produced by teachers—on everything from dance education to career development.

The most exciting aspect of the technology, Warlick says, is the chance for students to record their own podcasts. “It’s making conversations extend beyond their classroom walls, and kids love that.”

Creating and posting the radio-like clips is not difficult, says Bob Sprankle, a school technology integrator from Maine, in a podcast of his own. All you need is a computer with a microphone, a place on the Internet to publish your segment (such as a blog or Web site), and recording/editing software. For the latter, Sprankle recommends Audacity, a program that can be downloaded for free from audacity.sourceforge.net.

A classroom teacher until this year, Sprankle integrated weekly podcasts into his writing program for 3rd and 4th graders at Wells Elementary in Wells, Maine. Last year, his students produced shows about Internet safety, Wikipedia, classrooms of the future, and a visit from U.S. Senator Susan Collins. Students working with another teacher made a podcast about a computerized test they took, comparing it to traditional testing.

Sprankle’s Web site, www.bobsprankle.com, also includes bit by bit, a blog for teachers that links to podcasts about integrating technology into the classroom.

A version of this article appeared in the January 01, 2007 edition of Teacher Magazine

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
Your Questions on the Science of Reading, Answered
Dive into the Science of Reading with K-12 leaders. Discover strategies, policy insights, and more in our webinar.
Content provided by Otus
Mathematics Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Breaking the Cycle: How Districts are Turning around Dismal Math Scores
Math myth: Students just aren't good at it? Join us & learn how districts are boosting math scores.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
How To Tackle The Biggest Hurdles To Effective Tutoring
Learn how districts overcome the three biggest challenges to implementing high-impact tutoring with fidelity: time, talent, and funding.
Content provided by Saga Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: March 20, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 13, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: February 21, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: February 7, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read