Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Blog Post 4

I think using podcast in the classroom is a great idea for students and teachers to interact. This is a great way for students to learn and share ideas. It keeps their mind constantly going. From some of the podcast that I watched, the students were so excited to teach history or even to read chapters from a book.

It’s a great way for them to get more involved with school. When students feel that they are a part of something important, they want to take the initiative to learn. Parents are able to keep up with what their children are learning. That alone can help the children when their parents become more involved.

Eagles’ Nest Radio Episode 1: Take a BITE Out of Shark Facts!

I like how the children use poetry paradise and making change in their podcast. It is important for children to understand how making a change can make all the difference in the world. I like how they discussed the importance of killing sharks. They explained how sharks are killed every year for their pricy hundred dollar shark fin soup.

I enjoyed the vocabulary segment of the podcast. William said the definition of cartilage and used it in a sentence. That is a great way for children to learn how to use specific words in sentences. The Did You Know? was also interesting. I like how they spoke briefly on each topic. I think children have a greater attention span when they learn a little bit of information at a time.

Eagles’ Nest Radio Episode #2: Totally Terrific Time Travel with Explorers

I love how the students told a unique story about several different explores traveling back in time. It always helped me to understand history better when my teacher told a story as if he or she were there. The sound effects were a great way to keep you focused on their story. I like how they transitioned to a new explorer. It kept things interesting.

I think it’s wonderful how different students got a chance to tell a specific story about the explorers. They are learning early in life the significance of working together. Once again, I really enjoyed the vocabulary lesson in this podcast. It’s a fun way for children to learn new vocabulary. The riddles are a great way for the students to test their knowledge on what they have learned.

Podcasting with the 3rd Grade

This Particular podcast gave me a better understanding on how it all works. The teachers assigned each student an endangered animal to do research on. They had to describe what habitat they were from and what they like to eat. The children were asked a specific research question along with creating their own animal drawing, using a program called KidPix.

After reading and learning about their podcast, I am convinced that podcasting is great tool for educational purposes. Not only is it a great learning experience for the students,but it can be an enjoyable one as well. It’s a great way for students to get more involved with what their learning about. They also can learn and improve on speaking and communication, research and storytelling skills, as well as oral fluency.

The benefits of podcasting in the classroom

The video began by defining what being a millenial means. I never heard this term before, but it refers to anyone being born after the year of 1980. This particular generation has never experienced life without the use of computers. It explains how “podcasting allows for differentiation in the classroom or making it more student centered”.

Podcasting in the classroom has many benefits. If a child is sick, and was unable to attend school, a podcast could be used to provide the information that he or she missed. Podcasting also allows the parents to become more involved with what children are learning in school. It is an effective way for students to interact outside of the classroom. Students get a chance to use their creativity to the fullest as well as learning the technical aspects.


  1. Will you be a podcasting teacher? I hope so!

  2. Great work Crystal, your blog is looking fantastic!

    Like Dr. Strange, I hope you will be a podcasting teacher. The benefits are limitless and many times unforeseen. As you saw from these examples the students are enthusiastic and excited about the entire event. In most cases they are so wrapped up in the fun of it they don't realize that they are learning. But they are, and the learning is so much more meaningful.

    Keep up the good work Crystal. SS