It would be an understatement to call myself a podcast junkie. I just simply love being able to listen and learn while I drive, clean dishes, fold laundry, get ready...I feel like I'm always listening to something. While this habit is largely a personal one, it's definitely come in handy in my role as a Digital Coach. Many teachers are looking for new ways to present engaging content to students and I've been fortunate enough to be able to make some podcast recommendations. Below are lists for Science and Social Studies of podcasts that are related to the content area. All of them are very well produced and do an excellent job fact-checking and investigating topics thoroughly.
Additionally, This American Life has created the ability to share up to 30 second clips in the form of a video. Find the episode you would like to clip on their website and their easy tool allows you to share segment of text from the episode by clicking "Share a clip".
This then opens an editor for you to select the text segment you want using the transcript. After you select your portion, the site creates a video that highlights text as the episode reads. You can see below for a sample of what this looks like. What a great way to support English Language Learners!! While I wish the clips could be longer, this is a great start to making podcasts easier to use in the classroom.
Do you use podcasts in your classroom? Have any recommendations?
Please feel free to add them to the comments below!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.