There are many excellent audio and video podcasts available that can
be used to support and enhance your classroom activities! These
media files can be easily downloaded and played in your classroom
using your classroom PC, your Smart Board, or your 3M interactive whiteboard. While assembling the
podcasting tutorials for Teacher Tech, we came across the
Educators' Podcast Guide. This book, written by Bard Williams and
published by the International Society for Technology in Education
(2007), provided a wealth of information regarding school podcasts,
as well as the podcast sites listed below.
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Education and Administration
Physical Education, Health, and Wellness
News and Research
For Students By Students
General Education and Administration
Conversations in Education
Conversations in Education is a
podcast on current educational topics from Hamline University
in St. Paul, Minnesota. Each show focuses on a current topic related
to teaching and learning, and brings you a collection of
stories exploring that theme. The podcasts feature a wide
spectrum of education-relevant content including research,
interviews, and on-the-scene looks at what's happening in
Teaching for the Future
Teaching for the Future
is a nicely polished education podcast about implementing
media and technology literacy. It is presented by an artist
from new Jersey who now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and
is a grad student at Lesley University. Dave LaMorte talks
about the importance of media literacy and educational
technology in the classroom and how it can change education
ASCD Talks With an Author
The Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development (ASCD) interviews authors of
ASCD-published works. These thought-provoking interviews
present a unique author's perspective on the content and
creation of their work, expanding on topics presented in works
for sale by ASCD. As with the ASCD library, topics vary from
pedagogy to research, with a scattering of trend and issue
information to spice things up.
The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
These podcasts, presented in
conjunction with the North Central Regional Educational
Laboratory (NCREL), offer discussion and insight about
improving learning through the use of validated evidence. The
podcasts are supported with extensive research and
documentation available on the CSRI website.
Learning Matters: The Merrow Report
K-12 and Higher Ed issues
presented by John Merrow, a veteran education reporter for
The NewsHour on PBS. Segments run from hard-hitting
reports to perspectives presented by political pundits
presented in a news-like and very polished format.
Coming of Age: An Introduction to the New Worldwide Web
A podcast series based on the
popular book of the same name. These podcasts provide a set of
stories, presented by leaders in education and technology,
describing how Web 2.0 technology can be used in schools,
including the use of technology in support of learning and
fostering individualized curriculum.
Intelligenic KidCast: Podcasting in the Classroom
KidCast is the offspring
of a professional development course focused on introducing
students and teachers to podcasting. The experience netted the
podcast, as well as a book entitled KidCast: Podcasting in
the Classroom, and a website rich in content about
introducing podcasting to your students, administrators, and
Learning and Teaching Scotland
Learning and Teaching Scotland
is an organization dedicated to the development and support of
the Scottish curriculum. LT Scotland works with the Scottish
Executive and Education authorities to provide insight and
guidance in moving forward the national education improvement
agenda. The podcasts primarily highlight seminars from SETT
2005 and 2006 - the
Scottish Learning Festival.
Minneapolis Public Schools
Minneapolis Public Schools was
one of the first education organizations to offer broadcasts
of school board meetings in audio format. The meetings are
archived on the site and provide an intriguing look into a
district with more than 40,000 students. The broadcasts are
unedited and presented in their entirety.
School Library Journal
The School Library Journal's
podcast series features a variety of interviews, commentary,
reviews, and readings from children's literature. As with most
of the site's other content, these podcasts are professionally
produced and contain well-written content. There's even a
series on School Library 2.0 that features podcast
information for librarians. Between podcasts and a full
website, there is lots to explore here.
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City of St. Charles School District Teacher Tech
Our own customized training and
reference resource, Teacher Tech explains classroom
technology in everyday English, and provides illustrated
step-by-step procedures that walk you through topics such as
Classroom Podcasting, Building Your Class Website, etc. Also
available via Teacher Tech are all the issues of the
Teacher Tech News, your classroom technology newsletter.
Teacher Tech is a work in progress, and will continue to grow
as new technologies are added to our schools.
Podcast for Teachers, Techpod
In its Live, from the Bronx!
podcast, Fordham University's Regional Educational Technology
Center (RETC) offers interviews and lectures about technology
through the voice of leading educators. Podcasts cover how-to
content on software applications, interviews with notable or
exemplary educators, education technology leaders, and more.
This podcast is a collection of
technology news from around the world - mostly centering on
the latest technologies and breaking news. It's presented
monthly in a "digest" format - bite-sized stories collected
into one podcast.
Teach with Tech
Indiana University School of
Education's Instructional Consulting Office presents a podcast
designed to help education faculty, preservice, and inservice
educators integrate all kinds of technology into teaching and
learning. Podcasts contain a wide variety of useful
information including featured website reviews and discussions
of emerging technologies. The accompanying website (a blog)
offers links to all the items mentioned in each podcast.
From the hallways and pizza
joints around San Jose State University, this podcast offers a
look at key issues in podcasting and notes from students
taking courses in journalism and communications at SJSU. The
topics vary greatly from technology discussions to
conversations with key school personnel related to podcasting
and other technologies.
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Key math concepts - one minute
at a time. This site offers basic tutorial help in algebra,
geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. The presentation is
clear and the math flawless, with video examples of each
Presented by Dan Bach, a
community college math teacher at Diablo Valley College in
Pleasant Hill, California, this podcast is a collection of
news, events, and challenge problems based on real-world math.
Examples are delivered, then explained, and challenge problems
offer opportunities for moving into more advanced math. While
most podcasts are audio-only, Dan offers a couple of video
segments as well.
This podcast is actually a
real, live radio broadcast that airs on KUAF 91.3 FM from
Fayetteville, Arkansas. The program offers a "puzzle approach"
to basic math presented by a math professor at the University
of Arkansas. Each puzzle is presented, and then the answer,
including how to work things out, is provided along the way,
or in the following week's podcast.
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Astronomy a Go-Go!
This podcast covers key
concepts in astronomy, as well as news, events, and viewing
activities keyed to the current date. During each show, host
Alice Few presents new music and activities to go along with
information and viewing tips. The show notes include sky map
links and a list of objects and music presented.
Astronomy from the source. Join
astronomers from the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank
Observatory (UK) for news updates, interviews with prominent
astronomers, and lively discussions of anything out of this
world. The podcast features night-sky viewing tips, listener
questions, and much more.
The Wild Classroom
A crew of science teachers
explores science topics with audio and video podcasts direct
on-location in exotic places such as Panama, Hawaii, Sweden,
and the less exotic, but just as interesting Wisconsin and
Montana. The accompanying website hosts lesson plans and lots
of great links to other related resources.
The AAAS Science Update Podcast
features five stories about the latest discoveries in science,
technology, and medicine. The podcast, based on a popular
radio show heard daily on stations around the US, is written
for anyone who appreciates science and wants to know more
about the world around them.
on the Wild Side Podcast
Each podcast features news,
science stories, and humorous educational songs from the
Singing Science Teacher. Designed primarily for elementary and
middle school students, the short segments might be a great
way to enhance the study of one of the many topics covered on
EMS People do Cool Stuff!
Penn State's College of Earth
and Mineral Sciences (EMS) offers a video perspective on how
scientists, engineers, and other professionals work together
in a program designed to help students study the environment.
The podcast topics often feature students sharing their
excitement about choosing science careers and areas of study.
One of the leading science
magazines presents short segments about the latest
developments in science and technology. The one-minute
segments cover short subjects in space and physics, health,
biology, archaeology, and more.
Stay connected to what's new at
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This
podcast offers a wide variety of minute-long updates on
research, shuttle flights, the space station, space research,
and much more.
Cambridge University presents
continuing education courses in human anatomy. The course
material is very high level, and can accompany simple or
complex lab or dissection work.
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Childrensbookradio is a
podcast dedicated to discussing the world of children's books.
Each week, the podcast features a classic and/or current
children's book, accompanied by listener reviews and tips on
upcoming publications. The website has an extensive archive of
Weekly podcasts from
PoetryFoundation.org feature high-quality recordings of poems,
interviews, and poetry documentaries. The presentations flow
like a fast-paced newscast and also feature tips for other
sites across the web where you'll find information about
classic and modern poetry and poets.
This series, based on the
published biography Shakespeare By Another Name,
introduces nine discussions and readings that focus on the
life story of Elizabethan playwright Edward deVere, Earl of
Oxford - the man who many believe wrote under the pen name
A collection of children's
short stories read by lively readers. The site offers free
audio stories for kids, ranging from popular classics, such as
The Princess and the Pea, to lesser-known children's
books. The accompanying website also offers reviews and more
than 100 stories in its archive.
Radio Disney Now!
A light-hearted interview
series with young celebrities. Promises up-close and personal
discussions with the hottest artists, bands, and celebrities,
through exclusive interviews. The decidedly Disney-esque style
(lots of dazzle, glitz, and glamour) keeps students' attention
and offers a few nuggets of wisdom.
The pros at Princeton Review
present a variety of podcasts that help students increase
their vocabulary, gain insight and practice with the LSAT, or
help parents and teachers grab tips for studying for
Reading Rockets offers
specific tips and techniques for teaching reading to younger
students. Using video clips from Reading Rockets' PBS
television series Launching Young Readers, the video
podcast captures examples of how effective educators use
games, simulations, and other fun activities for basic reading
The Bob and Rob Show
A tongue-in-cheek podcast by a
Yankee and a Brit centering on slang and idioms. The podcast
takes the form of a variety show, performed live. Bob and Rob
are colorful teachers who live in Japan, where they both teach
English at the same university. This is an excellent way to
use entertaining content to teach content like idioms, slang,
and word play.
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iHistory Podcast Project
iHistory is a project of
Eaglehawk Secondary College in Bendigo, Australia. It offers
local history tours presented in podcast format by a very
creative high school teacher.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Personal narratives from people
who experienced, endured, and survived Jim Crow. Jim Crow
wasn't a person, but the personification of a system of
government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the
U.S. The perspectives presented in these podcasts are real and
well-supported with maps, tools, lesson plans, and more.
Military History Podcast
A collection of podcasts about
current and historical events presented by an unlikely and
very professional correspondent - a teenager. Each segment is
short, and covers a single topic.
A podcast presented through the
auspices of the University of Missouri and the radio voice of
the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The host offers
insight, interviews, and perspective on social change, war,
and other historical elements that impact the fabric of
Based on its amazing
high-definition TV series, Discovery Atlas provides a video
look at the people and culture from amazing places around the
globe. The video podcasts are presented as full segments in
standard format that can be played on any MP3 player that
supports video. (As well as on a classroom PC or interactive
National Geographic offers a
variety of podcasts focusing on history, science, and
geography. National Geographic News is a weekly
broadcast of interviews, quizzes, and science and nature news.
National Geographic World Talk features interviews with
explorers, photographers, and other interesting people from
around the world.
A wide and deep library of
short podcasts on key historical figures. You'll find
perspectives on everyone from Lady Godiva to Stonewall Jackson
hidden in the archives. Each segment focuses on the historical
impact of key figures and offers a discussion about how these
figures fit into the bigger picture in politics, society, and
History According to
Professor Bob Packett presents
stories of real people and enlivens discussions about
historical figures. Each podcast contains background
information, anecdotes, and a scattering of wit.
This 31-year veteran educator
presents a current podcast for free, and archives are
available for purchase on a CD.
This site offers a collection
of podcasts from a variety of federal and state government
officials and agencies. You can hear the president's weekly
radio address, or listen in on selected town meetings.
White House RSS Feeds
The White House delivers
podcasts and news feeds of news releases, events, speeches and
press briefings from administration officials.
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Museum of Art
Art tours, exhibition notes,
interviews, and collection updates are just a few elements
of this podcast presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Art Tours, such as a stroll through a Chagall
exhibit or a stroll through Latrobe furniture, are
interesting both as a tour guide on-site (via iPod), and as
a study guide for important works featured.
The Composers Notebook
Conducting, composition, and
music instruction, all through the eyes of Nolan Schmit, a
composer-educator who graduated with his Master of Music
degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2003.
The podcast includes snippets of performances, analysis of
instructional techniques, and interviews with composers and
performers from obscure to professional.
High School Musical
Disney's High School
Musical (the movie) is now sweeping stages, both school
and professional, across the country. This podcast presents
updates on the movie, as well as the seven licensed schools
that performed the theatrical versions of High School
Musical in 2007.
Host Christopher Millard
(principal bassoon, National Arts Centre Orchestra) uses
this podcast for commentary about orchestral music and
updates along with some behind-the-scenes interviews from
the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada.
ARTSEDGE, a product of
the wizards at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing
Arts, offers a variety of podcasts and other media following
the theme of look, listen, learn. Each segment offers
background resources, lesson plans, and notations about
This video podcast focuses on
using images and technology to teach art and art history.
The episodes show some stunning images and helpful banter
between two art historians - Beth Harris and Steven Zucker -
from the History of Art Faculty in the Fashion Institute of
Technology in New York, NY. (Editor's note: as of this
writing, the smARThistory website is undergoing some
modifications, but the archives are still available.
According to the site, the changes should be completed in
This podcast combines local
band news from Freedom Middle School (Fredericksburg, VA),
student performances, and musings from the highly creative
educator, Chris Hoovler.
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Physical Education, Health, and Wellness
This podcast features current news
and information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. The segments are topical and present updates
on research and development in health, healthcare, and
This podcast features a global
radio program focused on education, health, equality, and
the protection of children. The segments discuss social
issues from around the world and often include on-the-scene
interview from countries in great need.
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Information, interviews, and
conference proceedings from the U.S. government agency that
establishes policies and objectives for the nation's drug
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ChinesePod is a resource for
the study of Mandarin, combining podcasting, online learning
materials, and a global community of fellow students. The
podcasts require a subscription and a nominal shareware fee,
but the quality and level of resources, access to message
boards and lesson plans make this a good value for money.
Trying to Learn Spanish
A series of podcasts about
learning the Spanish language from a podcaster who believes
that a variety of resources for learning a language is
better than any one method. Each podcast archive covers
curriculum ideas and a litany of links, books, other
podcasts, and URLs to help beginning learners get a full
grasp of the Spanish language.
Brazilian Portuguese Podcast
Over 200 million people
worldwide speak Portuguese. It's not limited to Portugal -
it's the official language of five countries, including
Brazil. This very simply produced podcast, delivered by a
native speaker, focuses on teaching beginning Brazilian
Portuguese, including slang, common expressions,
pronunciation, Brazilian culture, and differences between
Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese.
Basic conversational Japanese
taught entirely in Japanese with English subtitles. This
immersion approach ensures quick mastery of simple direct
conversations about everyday issues, like purchasing items
or ordering food.
The FrenchPodClass is offered
by a native French speaker who's not an educator, but who is
dedicated to spreading the French language through stories
and instruction. The host is studying to be a Grade K-3
educator and offers very basic, but well organized content.
This podcast was designed
specifically for ESL teachers, and contains a wealth of
content, presented in bite-sized segments, by a volunteer
team of experienced ESL educators. The more than 60
activities and segments are divided by topic - English Cafe,
Travel, and so forth. Most content on the site is free, but
the site offers premium content, like learning guides and
cultural notes and questions, for a small fee.
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National Public Radio
National Public Radio (NPR)
offers hundreds of podcasts including recent news,
discussions about major issues, interviews, music, and much
more. Once a month, NPR features NPR: Playback where
they flash back to events of 25 years and re-air excerpts
from their archives.
CNN offers top stories,
replays of on-air broadcasts, special event programming,
news digests, and more. Its News Update is presented
hourly, and the daily Now in the News offers top
stories and light background information to help you keep up
with current events.
The New York Times
Podcasts from this credible
news source cover a huge variety of topics including current
news, science, technology, health, advertising, sports,
books, and music. The podcast segments are typically short
(most about five minutes), and are designed for a broad
ABC News brings its on-air
video programming to video podcast players (or PCs)
everywhere. From Good Morning America segments to
special events, you'll find a huge library of podcast
content on their website.
Technology news, delivered in
short blasts of technology data from a leader in news and
information - CNET. Shows include daily updates, and
topic-driven excerpts from CNET's television broadcasts.
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For Students, By Students
HanesMS.org - Sound Bytes
Hanes Middle School in North
Carolina offers podcasts of school newscasts, interviews,
clubs, and events. Its website offers podcasts for educators
too, discussing hot topics such as overloaded class
schedules and ever-growing requirements for assessment. For
students, there are newscasts, band concerts, and an online
A lively podcast presented by
fifth graders - for students, by students. Each nicely
produced segment contains vocabulary, student writing, facts
about topics in the curriculum, and sometimes a feature
called Good Joke, Bad Joke.
These podcasts feature
content from across the curriculum. Topic-focused segments
feature writing, music, and news from Jamestown Elementary
classrooms. Notable segments include field trips (Jamestown
Settlement), math problems, and discussions of literary
The Coulee Kids' Podcast
This podcast showcases
student work from Longfellow Middle School in La Crosse,
Wisconsin. You never know what to expect - sometimes it's a
rap about arthropods, another time a presentation of
readings of students' works about beliefs and thoughts, the
next day a math problem.
MabryOnline.org Podcast Central
A rapidly expanding library
of podcasts covering curriculum activities, local school
activities, even advertisements created by students about
the school. Enhanced podcasts and video podcasts are also
Broward County Public Schools
The nation's sixth-largest
school district takes podcasting district activities and
school and student news to a new level. Monthly enhanced
video podcasts are extraordinarily well produced and packed
with video and audio.
Nauset Public Schools Podcasts
courtesy of Nauset Schools in Massachusetts. Technology
Administrator and guru Kathy Schrock hosts the podcast.
Segments include interviews and ideas about using technology
in the curriculum.
Podcast originating at Orange
Grove Primary School in Western Australia. Each episode
features curriculum reports, student interviews, and the
website features show notes.
Our City Podcast
Produced by handheld
computing guru and educator Tony Vincent, Learning in
Hand podcasts focus on interdisciplinary projects. In
Our City, students from around the globe are invited to
submit a podcast about the city they live in.
Cefn Fforest Primary Podcast
A primary school podcast that
features sing-alongs, stories, and cross-curricular
exercises from students in K-4. The podcast, originating in
South Wales, offers a rare glimpse into the curriculum,
culture, and school life in a very progressive Welsh
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For Higher Education
Stanford on iTunes U
From the heart of Silicon
Valley, here's one of the first major universities to create
an iTunes portal. Through this portal, you'll find podcast
content about global issues, sports, books and authors,
music, and faculty lectures.
EDUCAUSE Connect - Conference Coverage
conference brings together educators from all over the world
to present and share ideas. Podcasts archives from the
yearly EDUCAUSE conference offer a rich library of
up-to-date information about technology, learning, and
University of Virginia Podcasts and Webcasts
The University of Virginia
podcast features lectures, presentations, speeches, and
campus events interesting to a wide audience. There's also a
link here with tips and techniques for beginning your own
podcast or recording lectures at your school.
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