Magazine article Teach

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Magazine article Teach

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Who knew there was an International Podcast Day? Well, if you didn't know, you do now. Podcasts have become a mature means of communication and have many useful applications for schools and classrooms. Podcasts are easily accessible, downloadable, and playable across a wide variety of media. In other words, suiting the media consumption habits of many, if not most, students today. The medium provides flexibility. Listening to a podcast can be assigned as homework or a student can listen on their own time. As a recorded conversation or interview, a podcast allows students to reflect, to pause and even, rewind and listen again, if necessary. This aspect may also appeal to students who are reluctant readers or whose first language is not English.

The medium is also less cumbersome to create in case students wish to record their own podcast or it becomes part of a school project or presentation. In creating a podcast, students may work in teams and plumb the depths of their creativity by adding effects and music, for example. Podcasts may cover a wide range of topics and themes and even, languages. As a teaching and learning tool, it offers great flexibility. Many podcast libraries are available for free download, but it's recommended that teachers screen them for suitability and listen to the entire podcast and even, the entire series if it will be introduced into a classroom.

Podcasts have great potential to be used effectively and creatively. Read Adam Stone's Feature Story for more detail. …

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