Incorporating podcasts into the classroom is simple and very beneficial! All you need is a small, inexpensive microphone and an internet connection!
I have centers for my reading class and one center is called “ Podcastin’“. Oral reading fluency is a big thing for second graders to get comfortable with. Creating podcasts lets the students practice orally reading as well as listen to how they are reading.
Podcasts can be as simple as the straight reading of a text to adding voices, sound effects and music!
Pod-o-matic is a fantastic site to use! They make it easy to upload and embed the files.
Podbean is another great one!
Ideas for incorporating:
-Reading a story aloud-Let the students act the story out with their voices
-Presenting a project-instead of having students stand up in front of everyone, let them present their podcast
-As the teacher, you can record a story you want your students to listen to
-Create Podcast channels that can be embedded into your class website (examples: newscasts, daily announcements, story of the week, vocabulary words of the week, writing tips)
Let the students use their imaginations. A lot of students will get shy if they are asked to be in front of a camera, but with podcasts, students feel more free to create!
If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them! Leave a comment! 🙂