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					Stroll across any school campus these days and you’ll see iPods, MP3
players and other types of portable media devices everywhere you look.
These trendy gadgets have become a way of life for today’s students and a
growing number of educators are starting to capitalize on it through
podcasting.

Pioneering a powerful new form of online communications, podcasting for
educators has become an effective way of interacting with students
outside of the traditional classroom. It enables the delivery of radio-
quality content that can be listened to anytime, anywhere – even when
students are not connected to a computer. But before incorporating it
into the curriculum, its important to exam some of the benefits of
podcasting for educators and how others are already using the technology
to improve and expand the education of their students.

Universities were the first to embrace the technology, handing out iPods
to freshman and making podcasts of lectures. At the K-12 level, teachers
are just starting to explore the possibilities. But podcasting isn’t
just about turning classroom lectures into online audio content. Many
educators are turning PowerPoint presentations into podcasts, while
others are using it to provide detailed audio explanations of frequently
asked questions or as a tool for students to practice their vocabulary at
home. Students can also create their own podcasts to interact with
instructors or other students. In short, podcasting for educators adds a
new dimension to teaching by making it a “cool” interactive communication
between teachers and students

Parents also benefit from podcasting as it allows them to take a more
active role in the children’s education. By simply programming their
computers to automatically capture school broadcasts, they can keep track
of how their children are doing in class and get the latest school
announcements.

The primary benefit of podcasting for educators is quite simple. It
enables teachers to reach students through a medium that is both “cool”
and a part of their daily lives. For a technology that only requires a
computer, microphone and internet connection, podcasting has the capacity
of advancing a student’s education beyond the classroom. Educators need
to perceive devices like iPods and other portable media devices not as
distractions to learning; rather, capitalize on it and turn them into
effective tools for learning.

				
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