ICT for the Non-Specialist - Podcasting


What the resource is:
This is a 15 minute Teachers TV video about ICT for the non-specialist teacher and looks at the topic of podcasting. The context is a Cheshire primary school and the video shows the work of a year 6 class in producing a podcast about a school trip to the Isle of Wight and also the work of a year 5 class producing a video podcast in French. The pupils are quite experienced in producing podcasts and the headteacher ascribes part of the improvement in end of Key Stage 2 results to the use of podcastings to motivate the pupils.


Teachers TV


15 minutes


The aims of the resource:
The aim is to show how teachers can introduce podcasting into the primary (and lower secondary) curriculum. It emphasises the fact that podcasting is more about literacy (speaking and writing) than ICT, and as such shows how it can be used to motivate and interest pupils, especially in upper primary classes. 


Key findings or focus:
Puppets and the use of nicknames (e.g. DJcool) in the video podcasts ensure anonymity. This would provide opportunities for discussion with pupils why it is important to protect their identity on the Internet, in line with e-safety policies. The programme suggests that Podcasting can be used to improve literacy, especially writing and speaking, and provides a focus for the work. An example given is ‘producing a presentation for an audience', specifically, informing parents about the school trip.


The quality, authority and credibility of the resource:
This video is a  rich source of material for use with primary ITE students and many issues are covered, including cooperative working, inclusion (everyone contributes to the podcast) and the importance of planning work.


The implications for ITE tutors/mentors:
It can be used as part of work on literacy across the curriculum, both in years 5 and 6 in primary school, but also as part of the integrated curriculum in year 7 at secondary school. Everyday language is used and the ICT is employed as a tool to help pupils develop literacy skills. It shows how pupils in different years can support each other and work together; for example the year 6 pupils are showing the year 5 pupils how to edit the podcasts.


The relevance to ITE students:
It is important that ITE students are aware of the potential of podcasting in the curriculum and that they see it as a tool that can be used to, for example, improve literacy rather than for its own sake. Most young trainee teachers are now comfortable with the use of MP3 players, the Internet and social networking, so that the use of podcasting (both audio and video) should hold no fears. This video is probably aimed more at practising teachers who are not so familiar with the potential of these technologies.


Reviewed by:
Richard Vickery