All about the podcast.

Podcasting was such a huge new thing back in 2005-6. It took on the online world, and was the biggest buzzword of the year. There is plenty of information already available.

Podcast, -ing -er.

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N., a dated series of audio broadcasts via the web, and also via RSS (aka syndicated headlines). RSS feeds allow the "cast" to be transmitted via different means and locations, eg in software such as iTunes, or via flash players on other websites. Wikipedia reference here.

Podcasting is a two-way process: you can

a) download other people's audio broadcasts, or
b) broadcast your own material.

Examples in education

Rosa Ochoa from Sydney TAFE is one of the pioneers in this area. Look at for a range of examples. Rosa takes several approaches: leading lessons from her own blog, inviting students to post their interviews and reviews either on their own blog, or the group blog, using audio, video .. Rosa's class can also be found in these other places (she's been busy), at:

Charles Kelly has been the genius behind such ESL treasures as:
(Each of the above links has a collection of links for teachers and students, respectively. (There's an 'easy rss reader' via this link.) (ManyThings also has a page just for Listening activities, and a page for the "Voice of America" ESL podcast too.)

Other podcasts, directories and experts

Michael Coghlan has been a very significant leader in the field of online audio for at least five years. His studies in 2003 led to the Australian Flexible Learning Framework investing in Elluminate. Michael is a regular blogger, and well worth following! You'll find references to him all over the web, including eg a conversation in Sue Waters Western Australian mobile learning project.

From the UK, the 'recap' podcast directory has an educational angle: UK Educational podcasting for teaching and learning

Other general podcasts / directories include

A good podcast on using technology in the classroom is Sue Waters' own podcast from the AquaCulture course in WA .. which we can embed directly on the page here:


You can
  • listen to podcasts via their web site (either on the page, or by downloading the mp3 files),
  • subscribe to podcasts (and blogs) with special software (eg iTunes, google reader)
  • make your own podcast, using web services (eg podomatic, gcast)

In a language and literacy classroom, you might:
  • listen to relevant audio on the web (eg via the site, or Rosa's ESL students in Sydney)
  • subscribe to the podcast for regular listening
  • listen or subscribe to a video channel (eg at YouTube)
  • set up a class podcast (or blog, or video-cast)

Still to include:
  • examples of podcasts for listen / subscribe (eg Michael Coghlan, Delia Bradshaw, Sue Waters, the abc, Rosa's students)
  • links to other places with good information, eg overview, tutorial ..
  • examples of classroom use

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