04th March 2013

Introduction to Podcasts

Podcasting is a wonderful way of allowing children to share their work and experiences with a potentially huge audience over the Internet. Schools are increasingly using the internet to promote what they do, and to celebrate the achievements of their children, and podcasting is an excellent way of doing this.

What is a podcast?

A podcast is like a radio show. However, instead of being broadcast live, a podcast is recorded and then distributed over the internet, so that you can listen to it whenever you please. There are thousands of podcasts available, ranging from general interest entertainment shows to those which focus on specific topics (e.g. computers / music / education).

How do I listen?

You can usually listen to podcasts directly on the websites of those people who make them (see below for some examples). However, you can also “subscribe” to podcasts using software like iPodder and iTunes. These programs will automatically download the latest shows, and you can then listen to them on your computer and / or mp3 player. To subscribe to a podcast, you need to know the RSS feed (this information should be on the podcaster’s website). iTunes has its own directory, where you can subscribe to a show, simply by clicking the “Subscribe” button.

How do children benefit from making a podcast?

  • It gives them a potential audience of thousands for their work.
  • It’s great for developing literacy skills (writing scripts, setting up interviews etc), allows children to develop and practise their speaking and listening skills, and they also learn some amazing ICT skills.
  • Podcasts can be interactive, and the audience can be invited to send their comments, giving valuable feedback to the children about their work.
  • I’ve found that making a podcast is also great for developing teamwork skills. The children always work together really well, as they’re always keen to make a great show.

At Rudston Primary we will upload our podcasts and film clips here for you to look at our learning and join in with our learning.