Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Blog Assignment # 5
I have listened to Podcasts before, they are done by my Pastor at First Baptist North Mobile, and I enjoy the connivence of being able to hear his sermon when I am not able to attend church. I had not ever thought about using it in the classroom. What a great idea! When used correctly and appropriately Podcast can be a great resource for teachers, students and parents.
I like the idea of using Podcast in the classroom for many reasons. It is a great way to get students thinking and using creativity skills. This is something that they can carry with them through life. Also, how convenient for parents and teachers, if a students has to miss school for whatever reason, that student can stay caught up and the parent will know exactly what is going on in the classroom. Linking the Podcast to a class blog would be great use of the Podcast tool. There would be an audio and visual aid for students and parents. This would also benefit the teacher because the parent and teacher could directly correspond on the blog. What a great use of modern technology in the classroom.
I personally, along with my group, learned how to use the different applications on my Mac computer. Doing a podcast is easy on the Mac. The use of the Garage Band (which is a voice or music recorder) application and then adding a slide show was simple with iMovie. I know as a parent I would love this option of hearing what is going on in the classroom because this gives you the ability to be involved in your child’s education. I hope to use this feature in my classroom one day. This technology would relieve the stress between teachers, students and parents because everyone involved would know what is going on in the classroom.