Christopher Craft – http://www.christophercraft.com

Student work must have wings…

Web 2.0 is uni-directional – transitions from information to creators of information…

What is Podcasting? A “radio show” that can be created, produced by anyone, and then subscribed to by others… on-demand… you can listen to what you want to listen to anytime you want to listen to it…

What can you do with a Podcast? It’s up to you…

How does Chris do it?

Teacher Podcasts –

  • Step 01 – students come in and listen to a daily podcast using GCast (http://www.gcast.com) on the class website is http://www.class326.com. Chris’s daily podcast may contain a riddle, or material that relates to the content of the day. All of the material is located on the Class326 website. He is not creating more work for himself, rather he is creating more work for the parents.
  • Step 02 – With RSS feeds, parents of Chris’s students can subscribe to the feeds and are always aware of what is going on in his class.

This increases parent-school communication.

Students today will not function without a working functional knowledge of the internet and its capabilities.

Open Source Podcasts –

Student Podcasts –

  • Students have to become interested before they can be motivated…
  • You can subscribe to some of Chris’s students podcasts on iTunes (http://www.apple.com)
  • Student projects are not always technologically involved…
  • Rubrics are on hand to help in grading the projects…
  • There has to be “give and take” in classroom projects…
  • You don’t need to have them tag their podcasts…
  • To protect your students – have them make up fake names…
  • Inserting “podsafe music” can enhance the podcast – beware of copyright… (http://www.garageband.com) Garage Band.com has royalty free music for use in GCast…

Ideas for podcasting in the classroom –

  • ELA – interviews – i.e. Dante’s Inferno – Field Trip through Hell
  • Foreign Language – collaborative projects – i.e. commercials

Don’t spend a lot of money – sometimes the cheapest microphones work the best, or at least they do in the Craft Class.

Don’t just podcast to podcast… do it with instructional design as the foundation… 

Chris does not consider himself to be a constructivist, almost disagrees with the philosophy. Don’t get him started on multiple intelligences…

Check out Google Docs and Spreadsheets – http://docs.google.com – also… Google Notebook at http://www.google.com/notebook  

Best podcasting websites – http://www.gcast.com– all of the podcasts can be created via telephone – 30 seconds maximum – it is free and is an 800 number – 888-65-GCast – playlists can be uploaded, but it’s hard to delete them -or- Audacity(http://audacity.sourceforge.net) be sure you get the “lame” encoder to convert the file to MP3… or Evoca (http://www.evoca.com) Evoca has a web-based player -or- Odeo (http://www.odeo.com)

Best podcatcher websites – iTunes – http://www.apple.com; ipodder – http://www.ipodder.org

Best webhosting website – http://www.bluehost.com – Chris pays for his website hosting here.

Best student academic software – http://www.moodle.org  

Best blogs for Podcasting – http://www.academicaesthetic.com -or- http://www.davidwarlick.com

Best free chatting – http://www.skype.com

The Future… http://www.perceptivepixel.com – multi-sensory interactive whiteboards

Other notable blogs and podcasts – http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com

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