Back to Richardson for a moment. His description is "Podcasting is basically the creation and distribution of amateur radio, plain and simple....you do not need a lot of technical expertise to make it work." He lists the requirements needed to create a basic podcast:
- a digital audio recorder to create and MP3 file (I used my Mac)
- space on a server to host the file ( I used Tumblr because that's what my son Tom uses)
- a blog ( got that a while ago!)
- something to say
The educational possibilities are very exciting. I can imagine students loving the medium enough to be excited about whatever content they are demonstrating mastery over. My own children, are involved in the performing arts so I can imagine podcasting concerts to share with out of town grandparents, doing a podcast-interview with performers in the musical theatre shows, jazz band concerts etc---though I suppose video would be another option.
I was keen on Richardson's suggestion that the school news/announcements could be podcast. He describes Lincoln (NE) Southwest High School podcast that offers " Feature reports by students on upcoming events, interviews, reviews and whatever else might be of interest" http://lsw.lps.org/dhersh/podcast.html
But there are many more educational possibilities for language, social studies, science classes that Richardson describes, and my brain is cooking with possibilities. The main thing I see as a Teacher Librarian, is now that I know how easy it can be, I will encourage, demonstrate, (and hand-hold if necessary) to help my colleagues use this amazing tool.
That's the great thing about this course as a piece of professional development. I am trying all kinds of technology that I would have avoided like the plague because I would have been afraid of looking stupid, of breaking something etc., all that fear based stuff. My big aha! as a TL is that by collaborating with teachers, especially in the use of technology, I can make using new technology less intimidating and less time-consuming to my already very busy colleagues. Even better, I don't have to be the expert, I can turn to my students for expertise with the technology. In truth, they are the self-trained media specialists.