If you are like me, and I feel that many teachers are, it is hard to fit everything you want to discuss into one lesson. Questions are asked, discussions break out, explanations can take longer, and based on time constraints, going into multiple days might not be ideal. This is where podcasts can help. By creating a podcast, you can support your in-class instruction with mini-lessons the students can view as many times as they like. Think about it, you are a math teacher, you are trying to explain how to perform a particular formula, a podcast might be the solution for those students who might struggle with comprehending the formula. They will be able to view the mini-lesson several times in order to fully understand the concept. Science teachers how great would this be for you to show how to perform an experiment that students can view before the actual assignment.
One of the podcast sites available to you is Pod-O-Matic. You have the ability to create simple audio podcasts using this online tool and the free space they provide. Create and place sound recordings online for people to listen to and/or download. Free podcasts are available on many subject areas. The site itself is a social networking style site, some schools may have it blocked. Ask about unblocking just your teacher account so students can access it while at school while under your supervision. Record sound directly with the microphone built-in or plugged into your computer and make it available for people to listen to online or download to their MP3 player. Create a minicast through a simple upload of images and audio that turns your images into a short video. Share through a blog, twitter, or Facebook. Minicasts are web-based and can even be played on an iPhone or Droid.
Check it out to see some of the fun ways podcasts and make your classroom more interactive.