The habit of producing and consuming podcasts has become increasingly popular. In 2018, a survey by the Brazilian Podcast Association (ABPod) found that 50% of respondents listened to podcasts daily. This is due to platforms such as Deezer and Spotify, which opened up to this format in 2017 and the ease and low cost of production and availability.
Another factor is consumer’s demand: you can listen to whatever you want, whenever you want.
Nerdcast, one of the pioneer programs in Brazil, was created in 2006 (the first Brazilian podcast was produced in 2004) and it is popular to this day, focusing on cinema, games, history, literature and comics. Another reference is Mamilos, launched in 2014 with the proposal to do “open-arms journalism”, addressing controversial issues in an empathic and humorous manner.
Informative, dynamic, on-demand and inexpensive, podcasts are a great tool to meet students’ needs for education, either with their own podcasts or the ones produced by teachers. Check out some possibilities:
Producing a class podcast can be an excellent way to encourage interdisciplinary work, with each subject contributing to the debate on the same topic. The same can happen with presentations of group or final assignments: synthesizing content in an audio format helps students to better elaborate knowledge while working on translating it into simple, objective language. Podcasts are also a good way to encourage teamwork, since the format often requires collaborative work, both in the research and presentation phases, as in the voiceover recording and uploading.
Free distribution also facilitates sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas, working as a knowledge management system within the educational institution or open to the public. Teachers and students interested in producing education-specific content can make it an open educational resource that can be heard anywhere.
Many students have the habit of recording classes for later reference and review. In universities, it is very common to see tape recorders and cell phones on the professor’s desk. Class audios work as background material, but often have poor quality. With simple recording equipment, the teacher can capture his speech through the microphone and make it available quickly and easily to students.
Audio recordings are also a great option for students with impaired vision, enhancing their accessibility experience.
A podcast with extra content can be used to move the student beyond classroom knowledge. The teacher can record introductory content using the flipped classroom strategy and help the student to prepare for class. Another possibility is to make extra audio material available for students who are more interested in the subject and want to deepen their studies.
Easy to listen to in classrooms, breaktime or in traffic, podcasts can also be used as a tool for teacher research and updating. If you are looking for that, we have selected some programs and courses for to learn more about entrepreneurship and education. Check out!