This week we looked at recording devices for use in classroom, These include ‘talking tins’ speaking photo albums, and podcasts. These can be a useful resource for EAL children, who are new to the school and adjusting to the routine; they can record their own reminders in a language that they understand.
A podcast is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded. Podcasts have been “embraced by the educational ICT fraternity, some seeing them as the “next big thing” (Northcote et al, 2007)[i]
In the article ‘Embracing emergent technologies and envisioning new ways of using them for literacy learning in the primary classroom’, Sue Halsey mentions that by her children uploading their podcasts to the internet, she is providing them with an audience and therefore a purpose. She also suggests podcasts posted on the school website have involved parents and enabled them to be aware of what their children are learning at school.
She proposes using podcasting to create book reviews has given a depth to the children’s knowledge and understanding of literacy, and has promoted an enjoyment of reading amongst their classmates.
Motivation and enjoyment in reading is can also be promoted through book review podcasts created for children by adults.
A school librarian called Sonja Cole has created a video podcast called Bookwink which was created with the aim “to inspire kids to read, using a medium that they already recognise and respond to: online video. The hope is that each book talk will be a hook that gets kids excited about reading.”
Anne-Marie Gordon in the article ‘SOUND OFF! The Possibilities of Podcasting’, explains that that voice recording in the Primary classroom can ingrain the information deeper into the students mind. She suggests that teachers can create a podcast archive of important information for children to refer to when needed. In addition, podcasts allow children to express deeper meaning into their projects which they can’t express through writing, as they do not possess this skill yet. In other words children “can often explain something aloud more fluently than they can write about it”.
There are many lectures available in the form of podcasts to download on the web. A good example is ‘iTunes u’ which supplies educational lectures from Academic institutions around the world, available for free for anyone to download to download. This availability could be seen to be making education more inclusive, but on the other hand, this inclusion only extends to people with a computer.