So what are they, and what do they do? What is there purpose? Podcasts allow us to communicate via a whole new medium over the internet, our voice. Not just our written words but our actually voice with its inflections, monotones and levels of intensity or excitement. According to Wikipedia, the definition of a podcast is:
" A podcast is audio or visual content that is automatically delivered over a network via free subscription.”
I really am a visual person, so I have to admit that before researching, reading and creating my own podcast, I really didn’t see the point. I now see the point.
Podcasts open endless possibilities. Think about a student in a computer lab who speaks into a microphone to go over the steps used to create a digital video. Or a teacher who can broadcast a lecture or important audio clip found online. There are many possibilities of podcasts that I am just beginning to see. I am sure it can be a very powerful tool in education. Students can use multimedia to share learning experiences. It provides them with a world-wide audience that makes learning meaningful.
Many news stations such as NBC and CNN use podcasts for news, weather and sports, the same thing you could once see, you can now hear. I personally love having my hands free to type; it gives me more time to blog and wiki J
As can be seen by this quote from Educational Podcasting:
“Podcasting can be used for:
1. Self-Guided Walking Tours - Informational content.
2. Music - Band promotional clips and interviews.
3. Talk Shows - Industry or organizational news, investor news, sportscasts, news coverage and commentaries.
4. Training - Instructional informational materials.
5. Story - Story telling for children or the visually-impaired.
This is a very short list of the many uses of podcasts. I believe that as time moves on, as usual with all technologies, the value of podcasts will be seen and explored in new directions.
Some of articles and podcasts you may find of interest:
What is Podcasting - A quick and easy definition of podcasts with examples.