Developing two podcasts this year for educators with TNT EdTech Podcast with my buddy Scott Nunes and The Ed Tech Coach’s Corner sharing educator stories of integrating technology in their classroom, I started to think about having students create their podcasts as a way to reflect and show understanding. As I ventured into this area I started to think about why did I start getting into podcasting and realized I was first and foremost a fan of listening to podcasts and felt empowered that anyone can have their voice heard and share ideas with a global community.
I think it is a good idea to expose students to podcasts by fusing them into our subject and grade-level curriculum as a first step before having students create them.
ISTE Standards for listening to podcasts in the classroom:
For Educators: Designer – Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs
For Students: Knowledge Constructor – Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions
Common Sense Education has compiled a fresh list of 16 free podcasts to add to your lessons in the classroom for students to start to experience the art of listening to podcasts.
The list of K-12 classroom friendly podcasts for students can be found on the Common Sense Education website. This set features popular favorites including:
- Ear Snacks, Grades Pre-K-2
- Circle Round, Grades Pre-K-5
- But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids, Grades K-5
- Story Pirates, Grades K-5
- Wow in the World, Grades K-5
- Brains On!, Grades 1-6
- Tumble, Grades 3-6
- Smash Boom Best, Grades 3-8
- Radiolab, Grades 6-12
- Science Friday, Grades 6-12
- StoryCorps, Grades 6-12
- Stuff You Missed in History Class, Grades 6-12
- This American Life, Grades 6-12
- This I Believe, Grades 6-12
- Grammar Girl, Grades 9-12
- Stuff You Should Know, Grades 9-12