This week, I have been learning about and researching podcasts and digital stories. These are two concepts that I have heard of, but never really knew what they were. I was sure missing out! Something that I learned while browsing was that they would both be great resources to take advantage of in my future classroom. I found this great website, k-12Teacher Staff Development, that gave numerous examples of how podcasts and digital stories would be beneficial in the classroom, as well as some disadvantages. Benefits of podcasts were:
- Easy accessible
- Archive of lessons provided
- Learning on the go
- Creative Learning
Benefits of digital stories:
- Resource selection
- Script Writing
- Creativity expression
- Technical skill development
The disadvantages that I found for both podcasts and digital story telling are very similar. Disadvantages included students attention span, the instructors unable to handle the right technology, schools having access to technology, and the students only focusing on the podcast and no other material. I can see where their can be disadvantages in any technology rich learning. There are such wonderful learning experiences available on the internet, but it definitely should be limited so students do not lose sight of the real world.
What surprised me about podcasts and digital stories, is the amount of students who were so interested in what they were being exposed to at school from them, and how many took it home to further their learning on it. I saw on numerous websites for teachers that they were pleasantly surprised with the participation and enthusiasm they saw in their students with podcasts and creating their own digital stories.
I feel that I would have personally benefited more from digital stories in grade school, but now I feel I am more interested in podcasts. I never would have had the patience to sit and listen to an audio story, but everyone learns different! I feel that in my future classroom I will experiment with both. I think that both of them would be great tools to use for many different areas of academics. I am also a big component of experiential learning as well, so one of my problems I will be learning how to work with will be time management in my classroom! I am excited to experiment more with these.
Here is a video I found on why pod casting can be beneficial in the classroom.