What is a Podcast and how can it Help in a Learning Environment?

According to dictionary.com, a podcast can be defined as “a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer:”

A podcast is a better option for learning than worksheets because they are much more engaging. A podcast is hosted by people with personalities. They are just like radio show hosts where they are funny and joke around. While they are joking around, and keep students engaged, they are still teaching students. This makes it much more effective than worksheets.

Podcasting helps students contribute to an online learning environment, and develops a positive internet presence. Both of these are ISTE Standards for students. What this means is that the ISTE considers these traits to help lead to a successful future for current students.

Three free apps that can be used to make podcasts on an iPad are: Voice Record Pro, Spreaker Studio, and Recorder Plus HD. In my opinion, Spreaker Studio is the best, and Voice Record Pro is the worst among these three apps. My reasoning for this is because Voice Record Pro is just a simple voice recorder with not much else to it. Next is Recorder Plus HD. It can record voice, but you can also edit it. The best is Spreaker studio because it can be broadcasted live on their podcast network, Spreaker.

My first tip for creating a great podcast would be to have personality. Don’t be boring; tell stories and captivate the listener while still teaching a lesson. My second tip would be to upload it somewhere it will get attention. This way, people will benefit from your podcast. Another tip is to use a quality microphone. This will ensure that your listeners can understand you. Tip four is to make sure your podcast is not too long. Nobody wants to listen to a podcast that is too long, so this will ensure people finish your podcast. My final tip is to regularly upload podcasts, so that you get a loyal fanbase. Some more tips can be found here, here, and here.

One way that students can share their podcasts with a global audience is through Soundcloud. Soundcloud is an online mp3 sharing website that is used to upload music and podcasts. Students can also use Spreaker Studio to strea
m their podcast to a global audience, live! One more service that students can use to share their podcast is

In order to record a podcast on your iPad, you will need a microphone adapter, headphones, and a microphone. For the microphone adapter I would recommend the CableJive XLR Microphone Adapter. This adapter allows you to use a microphone that is of higher quality than the built in microphone. For a
microphone I would suggest the
KssFire Professional Condenser. The mic is of much better quality than the iPad’s internal mic, it has great reviews, and is affordable. Finally for a headset, I would recommend the Tauren Stereo Headphone. It has great sound quality and is very affordable.   



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