Even though I learn a lot in the blogs I read, I love this discussion list!
This summer, while in Greece and Turkey I thought I should learn to podcast.
I imagined capturing some interviews with interesting people and sounds of
calls to prayer in Turkey and other things. My first effort was to record my
Greek friends singing ³Happy Birthday² to me in Greek
/) . I linked this to my blog and realized that it really was just a sound
file and not a podcast. It occurred to me that the difference between these
two is what Andy explained RSS or subscription. A podcast is something
you can subscribe to.
However, I totally identify with the rest of the discussion and with Susan¹s
suggestions (below). I often read the exciting things that Ed Tech leaders
are doing, and then go back to school (and life) where people still don¹t
know what a blog is (although they have heard the term). Much of what I get
excited about reading this list and blogs just sounds like so much
impossible hype that doesn¹t really connect to what is happening to
teachers. Of course there are fantastic teachers like Mark Ahlness out
there doing it, but they are the exception. Maybe that is OK.
I wonder if I am thinking more about elementary students and the situation
is different with Hiigh School classes? I also wonder about subscriptions.
The difference between push and pull technology REALLY does make a huge
difference. How can we help teachers to understand that even if it is only
for their own professional development?
Good podcasting info:
I did a search and came up with this Shambles list of sites
. They look
good. I remember reading Andy Carvin¹s podcasting primer (I think). I am
hoping that he will put the link here too.
On 7/27/06 5:47 AM, "Sue" <sl_info@...> wrote:
> Hi Lorrie,
> I hear ya! I did a podcasting workshop for a mix-skilled group of
> teachers last winter and found I had to emphasize the advantages of
> "audio in the classroom" rather than podcasting.
> What the others in the group are emphasizing about podcasting not
> being about the type of file but the delivery - I found was the exact
> reason why the group I was facilitating would have a problem getting
> their head around 'podcasting' - Their audience (the other students,
> teachers and parents) would not be subscribing to a class' podcasted
> programs (and teaching that audience would be a whole new kettle of
> fish!)- so basically these teachers would be taking the extra steps of
> creating the subscribe-able feed for the rest of us - those who know
> how to subscribe. Facing reality, I downplayed the 'casting' part and
> encouraged the teachers to get out their voice recorders and start
> doing audio projects - there is much for our students to gain here!
> I see this type of thing happening with my photo blog. Many of my
> friends love my photos and regularly visit the blog but they don't
> have a clue about subscribing and how it would make their life
> easier...all in due time, I say. (However, since the majority of this
> group are email users, I've tried to help them out and subscribed them
> through an email service...treading on the line of "push" technology
> rather than user-pull.)
> An interesting study would be to discover who are the subscribers to
> the typical Grade School podcast - is it the parents, the other grade
> 5 students - other grade school teachers - those people you want as
> listeners or just all us techy-types who have learned how to use an
> aggregator - don't get me wrong, I think this latter group are worthy
> listeners (and probably the ones most likely to give online feedback)
> but if you asked the grade school that is podcasting, I'm sure that's
> not who they are doing the show for.
> So I guess the expanded question is - if your audience aren't typical
> 'subscribers' or aggregator users should you bother taking that 'next
> step' and making the audio a podcast? Why not just post the mp3 file
> - as you have suggested? I say GO FOR IT!!
> I think getting basic-skilled teachers enthused about using audio in
> the classroom - is good all around - and hey, if you can get them to
> post it (not podcasting) and make it public, even better! Eventually
> they'll come around to the need to have it podcasted and not just posted.
> When a basic skilled teacher is asking "Can I do a Podcast?" are they
> really saying I want to broadcast my audio and allow people to
> subscribe to it... I don't think so. They probably just want to make a
> radio show, allow their students to do audio projects or do an audio
> interview. But the Podcast hype is upon us...The cart is before the horse.
> To me, it's not the 'casting' part of this craze that's so exciting
> for education and learning - it's the audio part.
> Good luck with your presentation - I hope you let us know how it went!
> Susan Lister, MA-ET
> Education Technology Consultant
> Currently posted in Colombo, Sri Lanka
> website - www.newmediaworkshops.com/listerportfolio/
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