Here’s a great glimpse into the future generation of teachers and learners! Listen to the way that these kids explain podcasting–I’m thinking about embedding this video into the ‘What is Podcasting?’ section of my Frequently Asked Questions page.
Podcasting is not really that complicated a concept, yet I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been greeted with blank stares by whole groups of people when I mention that I produce and host a weekly podcast. This happens even in groups of young college students–the type of people that you’d think would be most technologically attuned.
Yet, when I see these kids learning in the classroom through podcasting and creating their own content though this model (thanks in large part to excellent educational podcasts like www.teacherspodcast.org), I can’t help but smile. This technology holds such amazing potential for both entertainment and educational purposes, liberating content from a few narrow networks and empowering creative independent types with a direct distribution channel to their audience.
Podcasting is also much more of a two-way medium than print, radio, or television, and new developments like www.ustream.tv and www.live.yahoo.com, when incorporated into the blogging/podcasting framework, open even more doors to new possibilities.