Posted on | February 10, 2013 | 6 Comments
From my "Podcasting 101" talk at the IH Barcelona ELT Conference last weekend…
Image from my presentation: The 3 Ps…
Although the equipment is important, before you start podcasting with a class, you want what I call the three Ps not just of podcasting but of using any classroom technology:
If you're teaching young learners, obtaining written permission from parents is vital before you start posting things online. You've much more likely to obtain it if you provide information on what you're going to be doing, where, and explain that what will be posted online will be posted privately.
It would be nice to podcast to the entire world, but both parents and adult learners themselves will probably be more comfortable knowing that access to what they are posting is restricted.
If you want an "audience" for your podcasts, what works great is to have two groups sharing the same Edmodo group or blog, which could include two groups in the same school or be two groups in different countries learning each others' language. I have a friend and colleague (Hi, Kate!) doing wonderful things on Edmodo in that fashion, one week in Spanish, one in English.
Even though eventually you want your learners to do the podcasting, you want some practice before you take it into the classroom. As I suggested in my Conference talk, if you have children of your own, or family living in other countries, then you've got people to record and people to record for. If not, try the tools out for yourself and — if you wish — keep all your recordings private. An audio journal makes a great little project, even if it remains entirely private and not even you ever go back to listen to it!
It's not knowledge that you seek (it's not necessary to know everything there is to know about all the tools in order to podcast!), it's the confidence that practice will give you that will get you and your learners started. That's what matters!
Coming next: What is podcasting?