With the amount of audio content growing by the day, there is no better time to start exploring the podcast space, whether you are a student or a teacher. On September 30 celebrate International Podcast Day by bringing podcasting into the classroom. For many students, podcasts are much more engaging than traditional forms of media, allowing everyone to practice their literacy skills. For teachers as well, education podcasts can be a great way to learn new classroom strategies and classroom insights from other educators.
Here are some fun ways you can help your students celebrate International Podcast Day, introduce them to an engaging form of media, and even get them making their own podcasts!
1. Find Podcasts That Appeal to Your Students.
One of the greatest things about podcasts is that there are so many, covering a wide variety of topics. Encourage your students to compile a list of their interests—sports, history, or a book series—and help guide them towards podcasts that might teach them more about those subjects. When they’ve found a podcast that they enjoy, ask students what about the podcast makes it so enjoyable. Remember that listening goes far beyond just what is said and includes how it is said. Your students might enjoy the content, but also ask them to consider how the podcast format makes it enjoyable. Ask your students:
- How many speakers are there?
- What is the structure? Is it a group conversation, one speaker, or a dialogue between two hosts?
- What is the pace of the podcast? How long is it?
- What sounds accompany the speakers? Is there music or sound effects?
- Are there any ads? Where are they? What are they advertising?
- What parts were particularly engaging or boring? What was happening in those parts?
- What is the purpose of the podcast?
- What would the genre of the podcast be?
2. Listen to Podcasts as a Class.
Another great way to get your students excited about podcasts is to listen to one as a class. When you follow along with one podcast as a group, students can hold productive discussions about what they did or did not like about the podcast. Some classrooms have used longer podcasts that have an overarching season narrative to get students involved and asking, “What’s going to happen next?”
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