Peas in a Pod: Podcasting for Teachers and Learners
This workshop will demonstrate how we have been using podcasts to engage and extend the experience of secondary students in the English classroom. Podcasts to extend access to relevant content; podcasting for providing feedback to students; podcasting for creative learning. Podcasting allows teachers in remote areas to access professional learning and to create learning communities. The delineation of the roles of the educator and the learner are made more fluid, and invite us to extend our theoretical understanding of educational processes. We will share the ways in which we have uploaded and downloaded podcasts, including: direct, integral use in classroom programs; the extension of able students; the engagement of uninterested students; the sharing of learning and knowledge amongst professional colleagues. The session will examine some of the practicalities and difficulties we have encountered. Participants will have the opportunity to share thier ideas and experiences as pod-people. Whilst experience with i-Pods and downloading audiofiles is not required, a little familiarity will mean participants will be able to contribute actively.
Keywords: Secondary English, Podcast, English Teaching, Independent Learning, e-Learning
Debbie de Laps
Executive Officer, Professional Association for Secondary English Teachers
English Faculty Coordinator, Kingswood College