Audacity is a free program used to make podcasts. Podcasting is a medium that allows anyone to create audio files and post them to the Internet for others to download and listen to at any time. Podcasting has rapidly become a classroom tool. Podcasts are easy to make and share, making them a great resource for teachers.
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Task #1: Watch the Youtube video at right about Podcasting in the Classroom.

Task #2: Check out these podcasting lesson plans by Digital Wish.

Task #3: Download the Audacity software to get started.

Classroom Implications
Teachers can create podcasts for their students as we see in the video below from Wilder Middle School in Richmond, Virginia. This video provides insight as to the "why" of podcasting in the classroom.

Here are a few of the benefits of teacher-generated podcasting:
  • Differentiation
  • Review for Students
  • Updates for Students out of School with Illness
  • PBL Support
  • Flipped Classroom Approach
  • Sharing Expectations with Parents

Here are a few benefits of student-generated podcasts:
  • High-interest Experiences
  • Demonstration of Understanding
  • Use of Higher-Order Thinking Skills
  • Creation of New Content

Administrative Implications
Share information, front load upcoming events, and provide expectations with podcasts. With podcasts, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders can access information at a time that is convenient.

Click here to download a podcast created by Surry County to prepare for district-wide professional development.

Other Resources
Click here for a simple, no editing available, voice recorder. Recordings are saved as mp3s.

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“The resources provided during the course of this NCDPI training have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during this training."