I chose to review and reflect on three podcasts that I found interesting and would like to think students would too.
These Podcasts are:
· Technology 4 Teachers (using technology in schools)
· Douchy’s Night Sky Podcast (Australian astronomy class on Podcast)
· Sterling High Videos & Podcasts
Technology 4 Teachers is a compilation of various lessons on how to incorporate technology into classrooms and how to engage students with learning. One video that I found very informing and beneficial was on how to use mobile phones to your advantage as a teacher. Another podcast of interest was on how to integrate technology into classrooms that will engage students with learning.
Douchy’s Night Sky Podcast has been set up by a teacher from Victoria to support his astronomy classes he teachers at school. The students learn theory in class during the day. The students then have the opportunity to download audio instructions from his Podcast classes to view the skies at night. The teacher is incorporating theory during the day and engaging practical instructions via podcast at night. According to Dale’s Cone (1969, as cited in Active Learning Online, 2000) theory, this is a direct and purposeful learning method, relating to real world experiences.
Sterling High videos & Podcast is a video Podcast documentary on all aspects of high school life at Sterling High. Videos cover activities such as sports, entertainment, school and student events and school promotional commercials.
I believe this a great way to promote and demonstrate school pride to the world. Having students actively involved in producing a Podcast focused on their school, fellow students, teachers and their surrounding community would give students a sense of belonging to a group. This is consistent with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (1968, 1970, 1976, as cited in McInerney & McInerney, 2006); students need to feel they belong for learning to continue.
Active Learning Online. (2000). Why use active learning? Retrieved August 5, 2009, from http://www.acu.edu/cte/activelearning/whyuseal2.htm
Mclnerney, D. M, & Mclnerney, V. (2006). Educational psychology constructing learning. Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia: Pearsons Education Australia.
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