Find out how to use podcast in education

Democratization of access to technology has a great influence in the way people live, be in daily activities or in education.  In fact, more than influence, the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education is promoting a true revolution in the school environment, creating other ways of learning and teaching.

In the context of Education 4.0 – a technology-transformed education – there is no longer room for lecture-based classes or exclusive traditional teaching material. That requires the teacher to rethink the way he teaches, inserting new media in the teaching routine for a more interactive, dynamic and autonomous education.

One of these tools is podcast, audio media content similar to a radio program than can cover varieties or specific themes. Despite not being such a new media (almost 15 years of exhibition in the world and less than 10 years in Brazil), podcasts have always reached a more restricted and segmented audience. But this scenario has been changing.

Podcast popularization

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.

How to use podcast in education

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:

Work tool for students

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.

Knowledge management

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.

Recording classes

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.

Extra Content

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!

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