Ms.Tolisano had a great idea to enhance a Language Arts teacher's lesson plan using a little creativity and technology. I though it was an excellent way to incorporate technology with a literature lesson. Kudos to Mrs. Kuhr for embracing the idea and implementing new strategies to keep her students engaged and interested! She even provided her own lesson plan, which was well thought out and even provided the pros and cons of pod-casting while in the classroom area.
After one year she has incorporated different mediums (power point, essays, pod-casts) in which the students choose one that is better suited for them. I think giving students the choice of a medium, not only promotes independent thought, but also makes them accountable for their individual work. As this is an on going project, I can't wait to see how Mrs. Kuhr takes technology to the next level.
The Benefits of Pod-Casting in the Classrom By: Joe Dale
Mr. Dale's video was very interesting, especially because I am new to pod-casting. He provided some very good reasons as to why it should be used in the classroom. I really like the idea of using pod-casting as a way to keep children, who are out of school up to date on the lessons that were missed, which I think is the best reason. There have been multiple occasions when my own kids were sick and missed a few days of school that they have had to stay after school to catch up on missed assignments. It would have been so much easier to have had a pod-cast to listen to, that way they would have been on the same schedule as their classmates when they returned to school.
I am excited to one day be able to do this with my future students. I think it would be a fun exercise to incorporate into my lesson plans. I believe it would be a great way to integrate project based lessons with traditional classroom work. It would seem to me that the students would actually learn material better this way, instead of just memorizing the facts and forgetting them after their tests.
Speaking from a parents point of view, when my kids have homework and do not understand it, they ask me questions, as does every child. And sometimes, I just don't know what it is they are trying to do so, a pod-cast would be very helpful in that respect.
Overall this video was extremely helpful in helping me to understand how pod-casts are a great tool to use in the classroom!
The Education Podcasting Network
The Education Podcasting Network is a fabulous educational source. I believe all teachers could benefit in some way by implementing some of the podcasts into their own lesson plans. Sometimes educators get stagnant in their teaching and this is a great way to refresh their minds and get their creative juices flowing. Educators need new ideas to incorporate traditional classroom experiences with project based learning and EPN is a great place to start. I will be sure to keep this in mind when I have my own classroom of students. There are many advantages to using podcasts in the classroom. It allows students to take their knowledge to a different level, encourages creativity and supplies in-depth learning. With podcasts students actually learn the material instead of memorizing and forgetting, which should be the goal of every teacher.