Podcasting is the ability to create or listen to audio or video content either live or downloaded for later use.

A podcast is similar to a radio show in that each show consists of a series of individual episodes you can listen to on your computer or on a digital audio player like an iPod (though it is NOT necessary to use an iPod or iTunes).

What distinguishes a podcast from a traditional radio show is that you can listen to a podcast whenever you have internet access. You can also subscribe to various podcast series so when your new favorite podcast serious is available, it automatically downloads to your computer.

The educational possibilities for podcasting are vast for both the teacher and the student.

The teacher can keep a camera in their class and post their individual classes on the class website for students that are absent. That way students can be held accountable for information they missed.

A downside to posting podcasts for every class allow criticism of whatever the teacher does. I frankly welcome constructive criticism, but for confidentiality reasons, sometimes podcasting certain classes may be more beneficial than every class.

As a student, rather than simply acting out projects for class, individuals or groups can use podcasting to produce educational products to show their learning. Having a class website can make these projects available to every student and even parents to show what they have learned, and even entertain.

Another downside to podcasting is the fact that certain equipment needs to be purchased, and students and teachers need to be adequately educated to use the tools properly.

If a school is willing to put forward the money for the equipment, they need to take the time to educate the teachers, so the teachers can educate the students to manipulate the podcasts correctly.

Here is a very helpful, in depth website about podcasting in education.

It shows what podcasting is, how to setup a podcast, and some great ways to manipulate this educational tool in the classroom.