Sunday, February 20, 2011

Blog Post 5

The Benefits of Podcasting in The Classroom shows the practical applications of podcast as alternatives to traditional lecture methods. The most practical, and easily defendable, reason for podcasting in the classroom is for students who are sick; while I never thought of podcasting being used in this fashion, proof of my ignorance I suppose, but what better way could there be for students to stay up to date on the work they have missed.

This video also demonstrates the way that podcast can enrich subject matter. By using voice acting during their readings, Mr. Dell was able to make his sixth grade social studies class lessons something more than words on a page. This is proof that podcasting can generate the creativity that is so important to the future of our students. Mediums such as podcasting embrace both the artistic and the practical; refreshing teaching methods like these are pivotal to our advancement as educators.

100 Ways to Your iPod to Learn and Study Better is very reminiscent of iSchool; it outlines programs already available on the iPod that students can use to help them I their education. Personally I believe Spark Notes is the greatest innovation for English students ever, and many of the other applications seem more than practical for use in the classroom.

With all these great reasons for apple technology in the classroom, why do so many teachers insist on barring all cell phones from classrooms? Overwhelmingly people are using their Smartphones to replace both their phone and iPod touch. This trend is evidence that, in order for technology to find its needed place in the classroom, teachers are going to have to make a conscious effort to embrace this technology, and change their outdated view of phones as a nuisance.

The Educational Podcasting Network is a very interesting aspect that I don’t believe many of us have considered when regarding podcasting; using podcasting as a way for other teachers to connect and share experiences with one another can be vital to the future of classroom advancements. By sharing their experiences, teachers can collaborate with one another in an effort to find new and innovative ways to educate children. Hopefully communities like this can provide current and future educators an the ever evolving nature of the classroom.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Barry!

    I have to agree with your assessment of the use of podcasting in schools. It is a useful tool and I actually bought my first iPod for school because my high school chemistry teacher required us to download her lecture podcasts and listen to them as supplements to our learning. Those podcasts were probably the only reason I passed Advanced Chemistry.

    Although I agree in part with your stance on cellphones, I have to say that when I'm teaching an English class in a high school setting, I don't want to see my students with their heads down and thumbs busy texting people. I want them to be paying attention to the lesson. Yet I don't want to have to be the "bad guy" and have to write them up for having their cellphones either. I like having my cellphone handy just as much as the next person, so I can understand their dependency on the devices. Perhaps there is some middle-ground that can be reached.

    When I was doing my blog post #5, my favorite website was the EPN and I believe that it is a wonderful resource not only for teachers but for students as well. You're right in saying that it is like a community. Thanks for the insightful post! I enjoyed reading it.