"Real communication is impossible without listening." - Ralph C. Smedley
Podcasts - becoming more informed through listening
Directions: Use your online research skills to answer these questions. Links are provided to specific podcasts to facilitate completing the activity. If groups of students are doing this activity together, headphones are indicated. To listen to podcasts you may need to add software to your computer. Juice is a free, cross platform (Mac, Linux, Windows) open source product.
1. In 2005, the New Oxford American Dictionary declared “podcast” the word of the year.
What is a podcast?
Have you ever listened to a podcast?
What was the general subject of it?
2. Listen to the NOVA podcast on Iceland's Clean Machines.
What are the clean machines?
3. Podcast from the Seattle Public Library podcasts for teens. Listen to Teen Open Mic Night.
What is one subject covered?
Make one critical observation regarding the podcast.
How would you suggest they improve it?
4. The Pew Internet & American Life Project reported in 2006 that 87% of online users have at one time used the Internet to carry out research on a scientific topic or concept and 40 million adults use the Internet as their primary source of news and information about science.
Have you used Internet resources to learn about something related to science or technology?
What where you researching?
What kind of Internet resource(s) did you use?
According to the Pew Institute, 80% of those who have gotten science news and information online have
Were you able to confirm the fact was right or was it incorrect?
Use the resources at Science Friday to experience a podcast about science.
Did you find the subject interesting?
TAI - Think about it
How do you cite a podcast in your Works Cited (Bibliography)?
Research it online
6. Use a podcast from Justice Talking to explain -
What is a Presidential Signing Statement? Does this sound like rule of law to you?
What factors are considered in deciding college admissions?
7. What is Social Media? List five examples.
What percentage of them have you used?
For what percentage of your examples, have you created content?
Survey your class. Is your social media use the exceptional or the median?
8. Think forward:
"For the education sector, this technology makes course content—lectures, notes, supplemental materials — available for student use 24/7. For the general public, users can listen to newscasts, training sessions, religious discussions, or programs about child development issues. You name it, and there's probably a podcast available on the topic to listen to. If not, you can be the creator of a new podcast topic." Laurie J. Patterson assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, UNCW
Which of these ideas for uses or podcasts is the most interesting to you?
Which of them would be the least interesting?
9. Who would you say is the "father or mother" of the iPod?
Think about it
List three subjects that would lend themselves to better learning or understanding by using a podcast.
What rules or policies, at your school, apply to developing a podcasting?
What free speech issues must be repsected in podcasting?
"The Internet is creating cracks in authority and in knowledge." David Weinberger
NPR - When Virtual Reality Isn't Really Virtual - creating your persona online
Podcast Empowering stuff:
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Save a tree - use a digital answer format - Highlight the text. Copy it. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the word processing document in a contrasting color (not yellow) or font (avoid Symbol, , or other ornate artistic fonts). Save frequently as you work. Enter your name and the date in a header. Submit the assignment via a class dropbox or an email attachment. Bad things happen. Save a copy of your document in your computer. Proof your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work.
Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together. You do not have to take paper based notes at the library and digitalize them at home.
Or perhaps you have the resources to record verbal answers. If you do, be sure to first read / record the question. Then record the answer immediately after it.