Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Episode 3: Attack of the BonkCasts!

It's been busy here in the IC since our last podcast.

Episode 3 will feature:

1. More Educational Podcasts
2. BonkCasting--Class lectures via podcast and webcast
3. Blogging and Finding Educational Blogs

1. More Educational Podcasts

I've spent some time recently looking through Podcastalley for quality educational podcasts. Here are some I've found.


This podcast regularly features interviews with technology integration leaders and covers a wide range of topics. One recent episode covered: copyright issues of digital content, politics of edtech, the use of tablet pc's, professional development, differences between U.S. & Canadian educational systems, & lots more. 20 broadcasts so far. Surprisingly, you can also listen in on the live broadcast, too.


I know there is a lot of interest in using technology as part of TESL, so I've included this one. Designed for ESL students, this podcast is designed to help them improve their spoken English fluency. Each podcast is divided into 2 sections: an interview or conversation and then an explanation of the more difficult phrases from the first part. Each 10-20 podcast is designed to be easy to understand and is spoken clearly and slowly. 65 of them so far. Topics like eating fast food, preparing a paper, reading magazines, etc. A related podcast is Breaking News English, which provides news headlines read aloud for ESL learners: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

The Educational Mac

A podcast for educators using Macs, though a recent show featured handhelds also. An interesting iMovie vs. Windows Movie Maker comparison. Focuses on integrating Macs into the K-12 classroom.


Here's an interesting postsecondary site, focusing on integrating technology into the college classroom. The most recent episode proposes podcasts as an alternative to textbooks, citing the high cost of the print format. Another session presents an interview with a photojournalism professor who utilizes blogs in this teaching. Another session is on tablet PC and similar devices. Interesting hour-long podcasts.

TILT: Teachers Improving Learning with Technology

K-12 oriented. This one is actually a videoblog/vidcast/vblog/screencast--in other words, its got video, too! The video shows the related powerpoint slides and websites, and provides the URLs on the screen. Takes forever to download (more than 40MB) but some very interesting topics. Such as Problem-based learning with technology, an example of a student-created science lab report, using the Internet to enhance writing, using digital pictures, etc. (The distortion created by the compression makes the voice sound a bit scary, though! )

You can access these through the Podcast Alley site, or iTunes.

I welcome additions to this list!

2. BonkCasting--Class lectures via podcast and webcast

Recently, I've been working with one of our faculty members in his efforts to deliver extra content to his face-to-face (not distance) students. Find out more and hear some samples in the podcast!

3. Blogging and Finding Educational Blogs

Are you blogging yet? You should! You can set up one for free here at www.blogger.com.
While you're there, try searching for subjects related to your teaching. I'm sure you'll find some. Today, I searched with one of our associate instructors on the topic of diversity and multicultural education and found a treasure trove of blogs.

Off to the AECT conference in Orlando! I will be presenting on:
1. a survey of digital video projects going on here at the IU SOE
2. online K-12 professional development in Korea
3. using two-way interactive video as part of a mentoring program for "at risk" youth


Danny Maas said...

Hi 'Teach with Tech' team.

I run the TILT vidcast (Teachers Improving Learning with Technology) and agree on both counts that episodes take a long time to download and the audio is 'freaky' to say the least. I'm working on the audio and hope to produce somewhat shorter future episodes which will hopefully reduce download time. Thanks for the plug! Feel free to submit some of your great ideas to TILT!

Danny Maas
TILT Founder/Producer

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