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Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team

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An example of podcasting is St Mark’s Primary School in Salisbury England at http://stmarksschool. It can also be a recording created by a teacher to enhance the learning and teaching process within and beyond the classroom or a podcast or radio programme created by pupils.’ Making podcasts available on the web in this way is not only a good way of disseminating the outcomes of pupils’ work to a wider and authentic audience but also of promoting collaboration and communication with that audience.html http://www.blogs. E-Safety As with any other type of internet A podcast is simply an audio programme that is usually distributed on the internet and can be downloaded from a website or a school server and listened to on a computer or a portable MP3 player. 1.notosh. it is important to safeguard the interests of the target pupils when using educational podcasting by taking the following steps."Instead of making kids power down when they enter schools. Increasingly the term is also being applied to video (vodcast) as well as audio recordings. Ensure that: • all potential podcasts have been vetted for suitable content • the podcast(s) are from a reliable source • podcast channels listed in directories are suitable • web pages which list podcasts include links to appropriate content • the school’s internet use policy covers educational podcasting Teachers may also find it helpful to check out the following websites: Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 2 October 2010 ." Ewan McIntosh One of the UK’s foremost experts in Digital Media for Education http://edu. why don’t we let them use their mobile computer devices and ipods to continue their high powered learning. Rivers of the World’ and ‘Science Superstars. ng/ where the pupils have produced a series of podcasts on a wide range of topics such as ‘Water. for advice and tips on e-safety for children and adults of all ages Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 3 October 2010 The ‘Teachers/Trainers’ area includes a wide range of resources for Safer_use_of_services_on_the_internet. ‘Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’ at http://www.htm for information and advice about potential problems of life on the Internet and how to behave.shtml This guide to online sharing includes advice on how to subscribe to a podcast. social for information for children of all ages (organised according to age groups) on technologies such as for e-safety knowledge and skills for keeping children and young people safe online ‘E-Safety – Developing Whole School Policies to Support Effective Practice’ at http://publications. posters. blogs etc. with consideration of what is good. lesson plans and chatting on the Posters can also be ordered to support presentations in schools. what is not and how to stay safe ‘Be Safe Online’ at www.cfm?resID=25934 &page=1835 This Becta PDF publication provides guidance for schools on developing appropriate policies and procedures to ensure safe use of online technologies by children & young people in their care ‘BBC Webwise’ at http://www. ‘Safeguarding Learners’ at http://www. ‘Think U Know’ at www. including videos. messanger.

e. an iPod or a personal digital recorder (e. one by iAudio).g. You may also search Google or You Tube for further step-by-step instructions. then it is recommended that you or your pupils try out the conditions first to establish the best position for the microphone or recorder to capture the best sound. ideally in a room with no or low echo that is as quiet as possible. The BELB Induction/EPD Team has produced audio/visual tutorials on how to use ‘Audacity’. Editing.2.garageband. You should check that the option you choose will be able to automatically create MP3 files of the podcast recording • Headphones may also be helpful though not always essential Planning & Scripting: It may be helpful for your pupils to write a script for their • (ii) (iii) (iv) a microphone which will help create a more professional podcast with improved quality of clarity and sound quality. These might include: • Access to audio software such as ‘Audacity’ which is available to download free from the internet for recording and editing sounds at http://audacity.: • adding an introduction and a conclusion • adding sound effects • deleting unwanted sounds ( October 2010 . This does not always have to be word-for-word but a rough outline or draft showing that the pupils have thought out and practised the flow of their podcast. If recording in a new space. (i) Tools: It may be useful to have a few additional tools to hand alongside your computer.g. but it can be practical and useful for a range of reasons. Getting Started Podcasting can be achieved at a low cost as hardware is sometimes free and software such as microphones and headphones can often be picked up cheaply.sourceforge. coughs) and pauses • embellishing by adding a music soundtrack – remember to observe copyright laws and to avoid simply adding music from a soundtrack that you may have on your computer or on a CD. Recording: Aim to have your pupils carry out their podcasts under the best possible conditions. These are available to you on a CD disc on request. notably ‘Garageband’ and ‘Podsafe Audio’ www. Editing a podcast is not always Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 4 www. There are a number of sources of copyright free material which are safe to use in podcasts. Allowing pupils to carry out practice podcasts not only helps them to hear the quality of their voice but can self-motivate them to improve and increase their confidence.

compressing and uploading podcasts to the internet. They cover all of the key areas including recording. once you and your pupils are happy with your uce/articles/video/podcast_1. Teachers may also find it helpful to check out the following webpages: ‘Podcasts for This website contains lots of information.(v) Finally. Schools and Colleges’ at http://recap.php The series of short captioned movies on this web page aim to guide educators on how to get started with you can export them. Each movie is supplemented with transcripts ‘Apple i-tunes’ site at burn them on to a CD. play them for the class or post them online. editing. advice and resources including audio tutorials and help files on a range of podcasting software including Audacity ‘BBC Webwise’ at http://www.shtml for good definitions of Vodcasting and Podcasting and tips and advice on software Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 5 October 2010 .com/itunes/podcasts for helpful tips on creating and subscribing to podcasts ‘Teachers’ Podcast’ website at http://teacherspodcast.

g. e. e. Teachers might use podcasting to: • ensure that curriculum activities take cognisance of this emerging and increasingly utilised pupil friendly technology promote personalised and independent learning which are important features of the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum. audio explanations by the teacher of key scientific concepts to complement text book material and support pupils’ comprehension create differentiated materials that can be matched to the abilities. e.g.g. e. but it is also a real opportunity to make a positive impact on young people's learning and future. e. ‘Leading Personalised Learning in Schools’ (2005) provides a useful summary: • "Personalised learning offers a means of transforming the learning experience of every child.g. including sight impaired students. Providing Alternative Teaching and Learning Approaches Podcasting has the potential to support and promote a wide range of alternative teaching and learning approaches across all stages of the curriculum in a wide range of contexts and in different locations both within and away from school. it is a challenge for schools. It will create an education system tailored to the needs. e. The National College for School Leadership publication. needs and motivation of different pupils." • • • • • create audio material for learning ‘on demand’. As such. audio extension activities for Gifted and Talented pupils audio support materials for SEN pupils. challenge pupils to progress beyond written work and PowerPoint to present and submit podcasts which do not entail the same complexity as digital video promote creativity in the classroom. interests and aptitudes of every single pupil. anytime/anywhere.3.g. invite pupils to create a podcast to meet a real need such as an element of coursework or a survey supplement existing text resources and audio methodologies such as CDs to support the development of oral and aural literacy skills across the curriculum.g.g. lessons and instructions for homework and exam revision which pupils and their parents can access in their own time engage and motivate pupils e. getting pupils to listen to podcasts to help them develop their critical faculties provide additional tailored content linked directly to class activities within the context of the different curriculum areas. an instructional activity for a science experiment recorded by the teacher or classroom assistant to help break down the learning into more ‘manageable chunks’ 6 October 2010 • Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team .

Remember: Your greatest podcast resources may well be those created by yourself and your pupils! Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 7 October 2010 This web page also contains links to audio snippets at to illustrate some of the ideas in practice across several curriculum areas including English and Science Podcasting at www.ltscotland. they will often be inspired and motivated to not only be their most creative but also to use and develop a wide range of skills including: • Thought showering • Team work • Story boarding • Script writing • Rehearsing • Time keeping • Drafting and editing • Accuracy and presentation • Uploading podcasts to the school intranet/website/internet • Receiving and responding to feedback from others to their podcasts Check out the following for further information and suggestions on the use of Podcasts to enhance the learning and teaching process: ‘Listening to Themselves: Podcasting Takes Lessons Beyond the Classroom’ at: www.Ideas on what works and what doesn’t work from the City of Wolverhampton Local Education Authority at An interesting article on the ‘Edutopia’ website which describes podcasting in a primary classroom ‘Podcasting –‘ A Teacher’s Perspective at: http://www.teachingideas.asp This section of the Learning and Teaching Scotland website uses podcast broadcasts to provide information on technical issues such as equipment. By producing a podcast for public consumption.• Share: Experiences of teaching their subject with other teachers News or media stories related to their area of learning with pupils and colleagues Pupils might use podcasting to plan.htm ‘Tips for a Successful School Podcast’ . setting up and uploading podcasts to the internet as well as reasons and ideas for using them across the curriculum and in specific areas of learning such as Modern Languages. prepare. record and broadcast their work to a wider audience both within and beyond

Politics.php Subjects covered include English and Drama.feedburner. pupils could be invited to emulate real life situations such as the following to create: • Podcast Guides not dissimilar to that launched by many cities and tourist attractions to promote tourism. all that the tourist needs to do is to get hold of a map of the city/attraction. PE.php?openpod=16#16 This site contains a categorised directory of hundreds of school-produced and educationally relevant podcasts on areas including Computer Technology Skills. parents and visitors A Podcast Guide for a Geography/History field trip A Podcast Guide for a Science/World Around Us theme e. The podcasts are from schools across the world including the United Kingdom and are published in the following channels: Home podcasts from the age of 5 School podcasts from the age of 5 School podcasts from the age of 11 ‘Podcasts in Curriculum Areas. Healthy Living. Pupils could create variations on this theme such as: A Podcast Guide to their school/local area for new pupils. Maths and Science. Business Education. Mathematics. History. Schools and Colleges’ at: http://recap.learnoutloud. Music. English. PSHE and Citizenship ‘Learn Out Loud’ at http://www. Modern and Traditional Languages. Working across several areas of Languages.g. for a wide range of podcasts for along the lines of those available for purchase in bookshops. Categorised by Subject’ at: http://recap. get to the starting point and press the ‘play’ button for for use with a younger or peer school audience and during school journeys A Variety Radio Show. Theatre and Visual Arts ‘USA Mills Murfee Podcasts’ at: http://feeds. Geography.php This UK directory contains links to over 300 carefully selected podcasts for learning and teaching use. Literature. similar to Podcast radio shows. Mini Beasts/Habitats A Podcast Treasure Hunt for school fundraising purposes An Audio Book on a story of their own composition. Religion & Science etc ‘American Education Podcast Network’ at: http://epnweb. drawing on input and ideas from different areas of the curriculum and different classes Check out the following for further ideas: ‘Podcasts for This American site contains examples of classroom podcasts which have received a large amount of national and international feedback Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 8 October 2010 . Dance Education. Once the podcast is transferred onto an MP3 player. Languages. ICT and Technology. Cross-Curricular Podcasting Cross curricular use of podcasting may originate from an ICT curriculum activity or it could be incorporated into different areas of the curriculum as a genuine Connected Learning project.

Old Time Radio Broadcast at http://tinyurl. Arts and Technology Podcasting Project at www. self-made sound effects and music to create mood in their broadcast Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 9 October 2010 .com/podcast/. Scene 2.aspx?storycode=6036837 This unit has all the lesson plans and resources which students need to produce a Breakfast Show English Language. mood and expression by getting pupils to use Find out how a class of primary pupils have been motivated to work in reading groups to produce a podcast and web page to showcase the outcomes of their work on assigned novels Breakfast Show Podcast at http://www.learning2goblog.321. or do news reports with breaking news • do a daily/weekly commentary on school activities or news • give speeches on topics • engage in debates Check out the following: Just Vocabulary Podcast at Find out how another teacher exploited podcasting to teach imagery. characters and themes of the play and a detailed analysis of Act 1. a television reporter interviewing a famous person.this may encourage quieter pupils who don’t normally like to talk in class • review a book they’ve been reading in an informal group discussion • read a play out loud with sound effects ( Podcasting Ideas for Subject/sAreas of Learning English Pupils might use podcasting to: • engage in digital story telling • practise reading with expression • record their favourite excerpt(s) from a book or their favourite poem for the use of other pupils in literacy lessons • create podcast book reviews for comment and play back to the class . e. This daily (Monday-Friday) 2-3 minute podcast introduces new and interesting words to anyone who wishes to improve their English Vocabulary Podcast on Shakespeare’s Tempest by Year 9 pupils at Parkfield High School in England at www.5. door closing.tes. Podkids Australia at http://podkids. rain etc) • conduct The podcast gives an outline and details of the plot. but can be adapted and used for a Key Stage 3 English podcasting project. lines 189 . thunder and lightning. Episode 24: Listen to how a group of primary school pupils from Perth interview characters from the novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl.g. It is geared towards the AQA GCSE Media Studies Section B Practical ard.’ ‘Enjoying Shakespeare’ : Listen to podcasts of Romeo and Juliet recorded at the Globe Theatre on the DfES website at compare and contrast the target city with their own city/ This interesting article highlights how the Department for Education and Skills has provided free downloads of Shakespeare podcasts for schools with the aim of helping those without easy access to professional productions to engage with Invite pupils to listen to the audio recordings and: give their impressions of the city e.intelligenic. ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. in pairs or in groups to create a short 3-5 minute podcast about their own city/town/area/school using their mobile phones to take photographs or video footage and a tool such as ‘Audacity’ to record the voiceover/conduct interviews and edit the podcast.’ The article adds that the podcasts are not intended to be a ‘substitute for live = force_uj Geography • Use audio podcasts on cities such as those on the Guardian website at: including script adaptations of some well known fairy tales and children’s stories such as ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.g.Drama Pupils might collaborate to create podcasts of: • a classroom skit • role-plays • existing scripts with each pupil performing the role of a different character and adjusting the quality of their voice to capture the emotion of the characters • adaptations of a script from a play or a book they have read. Invite pupils individually.g. Use mobile phones (i-phones etc) or a portable recorder to note observations during field trips Submit a podcast to the worldwide geography quiz show ‘Where in the World’ at http://www. ‘he Three Little Pigs’ ‘The Podcast’s the Thing to Revive Radio Drama’ at www. by jotting down ideas as they listen and comparing their notes in pairs or groups. When adapting the (Photos/video footage can be transferred to a PC from most mobile phones using a USB cable connection). • • • Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 10 October 2010 . compare any personal experiences of the city with that of the presenter.htm for a wide collection of theatre scripts. Window ‘Move Maker’ could also be used to add photos and titles to the pupils should be guided to make adjustments so that all of the action can be conveyed through the audio performance e. they could add a narrator and sound effects that convey the setting Check out the following: ‘Teaching Heart’ website at http://www. but will be a welcome complement to slogging through the texts.

VLEs.learnoutloud. The podcasts are free to listen to and all previous podcasts. are still available online for teachers to for A-Z links to a wide range of History Podcasts on the internet. Adolf Hitler. Dunluce out the following: ‘Enhancing Learning and Teaching of Geography with ICT’ at http://www. The magazine has a new podcast every month. Marconi’s first successful transatlantic radio telegraph message from Ireland to Newfoundland ‘15 November 1985: Signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement’ ‘1066: The Battle of Hastings . statesman and other public orators who that have graced us throughout history with their words.g. resources. This excellent PowerPoint contains a wealth of information and ideas on how to use new technologies such as podcasting. to enhance the teaching of Geography ‘igeog’ at http://igeog. Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 11 October 2010 .the Last Invasion of Britain’ Check out the following: ‘History Podcast Page’ at http://sites. Carrickfergus Castle. the Somme Heritage Centre. Napoleon and Great Moments in History such as the Battle of Hastings and the Defeat of the Spanish Armada. Some of the speeches are original and some are narrated renditions. featuring interviews with notable historians on themes ranging from the Crusades to the D-Day landings. A great site for pupils and teachers who are looking to learn while being for an extensive directory of weblinks. Blogs and Wikis. Topics covered include British History.bbchistorymagazine. going back to June This site presents a new speech in audio format each week devoted to the great thinkers.g. Great Speeches in History at http://www. the German War Machine. information and downloads on online technologies History Invite pupils to: • Create a series of audio walks around local historic locations linked to their key stage history studies. American History. Selective use of this podcast could really enhance a history course. ‘BBC History Magazine’s Podcasts’ at www. Slemish Mountain etc • Create their own podcasts of key moments/days in history e. most of which are available in Mp3 format and are available to download free on to an ipod or computer. 9 September 2001: Al Queda air attacks on the Twin Towers in New York ‘9 November 1989: ‘The Fall of the Berlin Wall’ 22 November 1963: the Assassination of President JFK ‘9 August 1945: ‘Detonation of the first Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima’ ‘8 May 1945: The End of World War 11’ 3 September 1939: Outbreak of WW2’ ’26 January 1926: First Demonstration by Loggie Baird of Television’ ’15 April 1912: Sinking of the Titanic’ 12 December 1901.wordpress.

mathtrain. listen to and share Mats podcasts with pupils Pupils of Mathematics might be encouraged to: • Share their own Maths stories and problems • Create and share their own Maths riddles • Create a podcast with fellow students on Maths related This presents a weekly Maths puzzle for conversation Maths Train at www.g. problems. Pupils who do not have video or multimedia capability could create their Maths puzzles.Mathematics Teachers of Mathematics might: • Post a monthly puzzler or a brain teaser as an audio recording and invite pupils to listen carefully to the words and vocabulary used to figure it out • Broadcast monthly updates to parents. e. e.g. and diagrams in PowerPoint then provide audio narration to go with it in the podcast Check out the following for further ideas: ‘The Maths Podcast’ at http://www. They could act as researchers and reporters who broadcast the stories. Audacity includes functionality to slow down the recording which some pupils may find helpful when listening to speech and dialogue in the second language • prepare for their oral examinations • record role plays • record scenarios/mini plays/debates in the target language • record songs on particular themes in the second language for use with other classes to support the acquisition of core vocabulary Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 12 October 2010 .podbean. a podcast about the Spanish This site contains Maths podcasts created by lower secondary level pupils in America Modern Languages Teachers of Modern Languages might: • create their own podcasts to: record a template for the pronunciation of vocabulary provide feedback to their pupils • use podcasts downloaded from the Internet as a stimulus for lesson planning. an introduction to the school and its town/area • practise and develop their oral and aural skills in the second language. personalia. pupils and subject colleagues on the types of Maths lessons and activities they will be focusing on • Broadcast homework and major assignment reminders • Find. tapas and siestas might be a good introduction to teaching vocabulary related to the topics of ‘Eating Out in Spain’ or ‘Going to the Supermarket’ in Spain Pupils of Modern Languages might: • listen to podcast audio diaries from peers in another country to get an insight into their daily lifestyle and culture • prepare bilingual podcasts for sending to pupils in partner schools on a range of themes e.

Pupils could begin by using the online mixer at www. They could record this in Audacity. Links into Languages. teacher of Modern Languages at Aquinas Grammar School in Belfast.html Practical tips and advice on podcasting from Joe Dale.ltscotland. This could also be done by using Audacity to clip the desired excerpts and splicing them together Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 13 October 2010 .org.Check out: Amanda Salt’s Languages and Learning Blogspot at http://amandasalt.typepad. Have a look too at the wiki she has created for her pupils at Italian. works with CILT.podomatic.languagesict. which releases a new podcast every second Friday evening on a wide range of intercultural issues such as students on foreign work placements and teachers using intercultural podcasts and simulations in their to mix their and http://tobermoryhighschool.wikispaces. the British Council and the BBC Tobermory High School’s French Language Podcasts at http://lynnehorn. or on a particular theme drawing on music from a range of composers or artists. Spanish and Chinese at http://www. Music Use podcasting to: • teach pupils about sound and vibrations by asking them to record the noises that different objects make.asp Languages ICT: ipods and podcasting Helpful information at www. on the creative use of technology in the teaching of Modern Languages.htm Integrating ICT into the MFL Classroom at http://joedale.blogspot. loads of pupil work and a list of useful websites El Blog de Espanol de Aquinas Have a look at how Seana Maguire. strumming a for dozens of vodcasts and podcasts for French. using the soundbank which also contains audio pupils could then put the two parts together • create a montage of music from a particular period or of a particular to hear audio activities for and by pupils on a range of themes including regular verbs and ‘le cinema.edublogs. tapping on desks • record multiple tracks for a video.absolutely-intercultural. then record their own voices reading a story they’ve written. German. including vodcasts of her pupils. who hosts the TES MFL Amanda is head of Spanish at Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast and uses her blog to share ideas and resources. Using the editing tools in Italian. has incorporated podocasts into the Spanish blog she has created for her pupils French Podcasts on Scotland’s Learning and Teaching website at http://www.’ Learn out Loud at http://www. Spanish and many other languages Absolutely Intercultural at The ten listening exercises can be used in Key Stage 3/4 French and are accompanied by transcripts and activities Modern Foreign Language Podcasts for

learning2goblog.• • • rip audio without breaking copyright.podbean.mp3 file. the wind blowing through the trees etc by using their mobiles. Check out the following: Science Podcast on Acids & Alkalis and the Reactivity Series of Metals at www. portable equipment. figured bass and V7 resolution. clip it and export it as an. to W5 at Belfast Odyssey) or create their own nature podcast by recording birdsong. Teaching Music Theory through Podcasts at http://www. running water. vocal/instrumental solos and band/orchestral selections by up to 10% or 30 seconds and share them with your This site contains a whole range of podcasts on themes including ‘What do worms do in the rain?’ ‘Can You Steer A Hurricane?’ ‘Why does water expand when it freezes?’ ‘Can you run faster on the moon?’ Gillian Stewart BELB Induction/EPD Team 14 October 2010 . create instrumental assessments. a music teacher demonstrates how he uses podcasting to create a revision resource that his pupils can access at home. four part harmonic This podcast was created by Year 7 students from Heath Park Business and Enterprise College to help them with their revision of the topics The Naked Scientists at http://www. This programme also features an indispensable range of teachers’ top ICT tips. This is achievable as the software allows you to record an excerpt in real time. major key In this Tips on teaching Music Theory to students using the Theory Time® workbooks and podcasts on a range of themes including major scale patterns. Science Use podcasting with pupils to: • discuss a Science experiment • teach concepts related to sound • measure the speed of sound and examine the properties of soundwaves • interview people who use science in their jobs • encourage pupils to talk about biology and nutrition using observation of their pets • note observations during urban science walks or trips (e. converting the recording to mp3 and sending it to their music tutor! blot out unwanted sound or vocabulary from a ripped CD that a pupil may wish to share by inserting a ‘bleep’ of silence at exactly the right spot! Check out: Internet Research and Podcasting at Teachers’ TV http://www. i-phones.thenakedscientists. Pupils can create their own assessments in Audacity by recording themselves. You can use Audacity to clip songs.g.