Saturday, December 4, 2010

Week 14. Podcasting

The reflection of the Week:
   Is there anybody hear me? You cannot hear me but read my ideas because this is not a podcast. Are you ready to talk about podcasting? Podcasting allows user to share their ideas verbally via internet. First, podcasters record their voice and then put them on the internet to share with people.
   If we look at using podcasting in education, we can recognize that they can be used for various educational purposes. For example, as some of my classmates (like Hesham) have been doing, podcasts can be used to reflect what we have learned from the course. This is useful to rethink, remind, and comprehend what we learned on the course and I think with this way, we can have permanent and solid information about the course. Also, they can be used to record lectures, student projects, assignments, and interviews.
   Some strongly recommend using podcasting for language learning. I believe they increase listening and speaking skill for podcasters and listeners who want to learn second language.  I am not sure about podcasting is useful for language learning for every language learners. I have an experience about using podcasting to learn language. English is my second language and when I was in Intensive English Program, my teachers recommend to listen podcasting and radios. After trying to listen podcasting, I realized podcasting was not an effective way to learn second language because 5 minutes after starting listening to podcast, I was falling asleep. : So podcasting could not work for me to learn English.

The Example of the Week:
Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. This can be used to create podcasting.

The Quote of the Week:
Podcasting offers to extend universities' educational reach more than it offers to improve education itself..."      David J. Malan

The Picture of the Week: 

With podcasting, you can make your voice hear anybody around the world via web.



  1. Hello Cesur,

    Once again, I love your layout. Great attention getter.

    As for the blog, the first line captured my attention. You stated "You cannot hear me but read my ideas because this is not a podcast." For some reason, I felt that it should have said "You can hear me but you cannot read my ideas because this is a podcast". I understand what you were saying however in order for this to relate more to Podcasts, i feel that the second way would have been more relevant.

    Yes, podcast is another way to reflect on ones learning however I feel as though this is only effective if done so by the right person. Like you stated, you were easily bored when listening to a podcast, I too myself have had the same expereince. Just like not everyone is a chef, not everyone is an effective podcaster.


  2. Hello Cesur,

    I am sorry that you didn't find podcasts useful to learn English. For me, it worked really good. I think that by listening to podcasts such as This American Life and The Moth in which real life sorties are told by real people, I was able to improve my listening skills and learn about the use of idioms when people speech.

    I think what made listening to the podcast a useful experience for me is my interest in the content. Stories usually engage people and make them interested in knowing what happen at the end.

    As for the use of podcast to share personal reflection, my experience is this class was very useful to better understand the content and topics we discussed in the class. However, podcasting require preparations to make sure that the content being recorded is representative of the contents and engaging for the audience.

    In my opinion, the main drawback for the podcast is the lack of interaction with the audience. Otherwise, it is very useful tool to support learning activities.