I’ve done a fair amount of research on podcasting in the writing classroom (I have a forthcoming article in Kairos about it, for instance). Through empirical research, student comments and feedback, and my own observations, there is a lot of value to incorporating podcasting into the writing classroom (see this PodPoster I did, for instance). Of course, the writing classroom is not the only good place or classroom type for podcasts.

So, I was delighted to see this blog post “Podcasting”, by Andrew B Watt, on one teacher who was using podcasting in a music classroom and to great success. The podcasts are done by small teams of students (2-3) and are “radio shows”–with a twist. They have to be a radio show that “might have been created in a specific week of a specific year, on a jazz radio station.” So, these students are not only learning music, but the context of the music. They are learning history (including international and national news during their week), research, teamwork, and more. The podcasts sound like they are great too.

What other cool things are being done out there is classroom involving podcasts or other digital and social media?


One Response to “Podcasting in the Music Classroom?”

Dear Jennifer,

Thanks for the quick insight into who’s reading my work (and has something to say!). Found your pingback, and figured I’d check out what you’re doing.

One of the challenges I’ve found as a digitally enabled teacher is that a lot of my colleagues don’t know what was or is possible. They grew up — and learned their profession — in a time and in a way in which recording time and language lessons on tapes were phenomenally expensive. It simply doesn’t occur to them that a digital tool they make themselves is possible. The same cost prohibitions against recording lessons in the past meant that they had to be professional — they had to be good enough that the client feels they get their money’s worth.

If the product is free, though, the only wasted thing is time. So digital lessons should be short, to avoid overwhelming the listener or boring them. They only need to be “good enough”, not professionally perfect. And there need to be a lot of them, so that the user has a broad range of tools available to them immediately.

Something to say?