Think about something you’ve learned recently. Did you talk to anyone about what you were learning? If you had would it have helped you learn the material better or faster? Most of us would answer yes to these questions. Now, think about your students. Do you think they would learn more if they had additional opportunities to talk about what they were learning?
When we talk about what we’re learning, we deepen our understanding. Our brains need time for processing new information. Talking about new ideas/concepts helps us bring to light and flesh out misconceptions we have about the topic. We have so many standards to cover in math, that we are always pressed for time. As a result we often neglect to give our students sufficient processing time. The catch is that our student’s would gain more understanding and retain more information if we allowed time for processing new information.
We also make stronger memories when we use multiple modalities for learning. So, talking about what we’re learning can have significant impact on what we understand and what we retain.
Podcasting is easier than you think!
There are many technology tools available for making podcasts. I'll highlight several of these in future posts. Today, I'd like to share one podcasting tool that you can start using immediately.
What is Ipadio?
Ipadio is the easiest podcasting on the planet! Well, it's at least one of the easiest podcasting tools on the planet! Ipadio allows you to create podcasts from your phone. After you sign up for Ipadio, you register the phones that you’ll use to make your phone casts. You can use landlines and/or mobile phones for podcasting. Ipadio gives you an ID number that you’ll use every time you call in. You also get your own channel for hosting your phone casts. If your students use this, they’ll get their own channel. If you have your students use Ipadio, you may want to use LiveBinders, or Net Vibes to help you keep all of their channels in one location. This will give you easy access when you review their podcasts.
The great thing about Ipadio is that it provides an easy platform for allowing students to process and consolidate their learning. You can use Ipadio in and out of class, so you can assign Podcasts for homework. This way, you don’t always have to use class time for making student podcasts.
Here are a few benefits that podcasting can have:
- deepen understanding of concepts by talking about them
- strengthen memories by using more than one modality for learning
- engage students with content
- motivate students by using a tool they enjoy learn about student’s misconceptions
- differentiate by appealing to auditory learners and those who may be interested in entertainment