Web 2.0, the read/write Web creates new tools such as podcasting for students to share their learning with a larger, real world community via the Internet. Grades K-12.
Web 2.0, the read/write web creates new opportunities for students to share their learning with a larger, real world community via the Internet. One Web 2.0 tool that is gaining in popularity among educators is podcasting, the process of creating audio files using computer software and distributing them electronically, giving students authentic audiences and the motivation to do outstanding work. Contrary to popular understanding, podcasting software does not require an iPod. In fact, projects made with podcasting software also can be converted to CDs, sent via email, stored and heard on classroom computers, posted to a Web site or blog, or channeled into iTunes to await subscribers. This book takes an in-depth look at several podcasting tools, many of which are free, that can be used by educators to create podcasts. After building a solid technical foundation, the book introduces readers to a wide variety of lesson plans that motivate students and stretch their higher-order thinking. Discussion of student privacy issues is interwoven throughout. Grades K-12.