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ERIC Number: EJ834648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Trend Alert: A History Teacher's Guide to Using Podcasts in the Classroom
Swan, Kathleen Owings; Hofer, Mark
Social Education, v73 n2 p95-102 Mar 2009
A "podcast" (an amalgam of the word broadcast and the iPod digital audio player) is essentially a broadcast of digital audio files on the web that users can listen to on their computer or digital audio player (e.g., iPod). Podcasts can be automatically delivered to an iPod or computer whenever new content is available. This unique feature of podcasts frees teachers from having to surf the web to seek out new episodes. Additionally, past episodes may be accessed from the websites that serve as searchable digital archives. While still relatively new to many teachers, educators offer multiple ways to help understand podcasts as well as strategies for creating podcasts. This article offers a guide to using podcasts in the history classroom. Many of the sites described provide downloadable primary sources and podcasts by historians and historical figures. The authors rate these sites using five key dimensions: (1) Credibility of source; (2) Engagement; (3) Applicability to classroom; (4) Content of podcast; and (5) Functionality of site. (Contains 3 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A