(iPOD broadCAST) An audio broadcast that has been converted to an MP3 file or other audio file format for playback in a digital music player. Although many podcasts are played in a regular computer, the original idea was to listen on a portable device; hence, the "pod" name from "iPod." Although podcasts are mostly verbal, they may contain music, images and video. http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_term/0,2542,t=podcast&i=49433,00.asp

Why Podcast? Classroom ideas include:

    • Students reading their original poetry or short stories.
    • Foreign language teachers narrating passages to be translated at home by students.
    • Biology students recording two minute overviews on specific genetic disorders.
    • Music students recording original compositions.
    • History teachers recording classroom discussions or lectures for absent students.
    • Elementary students recording a greeting to pen pals across the country or world.

  • The simplest way to start is to add podcasting to a project you’ve done for years. In just minutes, you can join the Web 2.0 revolution and be a podcaster yourself. So, energize your students and enliven your classroom with a podcast today!
excerpt from: Lorrie Jackson, http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech238.shtml

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