I’m scheduled to do next week two demos at our colleges on the latest buzzword sweeping the educational technology landscape… podcasting. Following a cue from Brian Lamb in asking the internet for help, I’ll put out my own call (imitation == flattery).
This is just an overview (I think) of what podcasting offers for educators, how they might use it, and maybe some basics for getting started (actually I was given no parameters). I have a starting list of the kinds of things to demo I crammed into 15 minutes a few weeks aga but hey, that was 3 weeks ago, and most of the Internet has changed since then.
But what I would love to hear is what you would show/do so as to interest a group of people who are not familiar with podcasting and maybe ranging from technology leery to geeky? How to get them past the thinking of “putting my lectures on-line”?
And following my own declaration of Levine’s Law of Presenting, what is the demo I should start with to light a fire of interest? I want something right off the top, before even trying to explain what Podcasting is (I have yet to read a definition that explains it better than experiencing it)…
What is a stellar example of the use of podcasting in an educational terrain? Something maybe with elementary schools creating audio content/ connecting with others? Is it Cole Camplese’s utterly brilliant Listen Up! The iPod Can Change Grading? Do I go local and show how our Paradise Valley Student Life office is podcasting student events? Do I aim for starting first with using podcasts before getting into creating them — I really like the resources from the Cardiovascular Multi-Media Information Network (even local offered by the Arizona Heart Institute)? Or the New York Times free podcasts? The FrenchPodClass? The ArtMobs take on the exhibits at MOMA? So we talk about iTunesU (demo Stanford?).
What are the “killer” demos?
And what should people take away with them?
* How to use iTunes or other software to subscribe to content?
* Seeds for thinking where audio content might support their disciplines or how to use the time-shifting aspects of persinal digital audio?
* An awareness of audio features available in the free Audacity software?
* Places to go to find podcasts as relevant content for their courses?
* A desire for an iPod?
Operators are standing by, and of course, the content will be shared.