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Thing 19

Which podcasts did you find interesting? Identify one or two podcasts and describe how you would use them in your teaching. (Be sure to include links in your blog entry to the podcasts mentioned.)

I have to bust through to the end soon--I've also a test due for my Restoration Ecology class next Monday.

Podcasts, ah yes. They are good, aren't they? I must admit I do stay away from the educrats and their blather, but I did enjoy the Princeton Review's Vocab Minute--too bad it seems to be discontinued.

Some favorites of mine that aren't necessarily focused on the classroom are:
X-Minus One a radio show from the 40s and 50s of science fiction stories. You could actually use these in a classroom if you were discussing either the history of communication or science fiction, and since they are so old there are no issues of appropriateness in the classroom (though some may be too old for younger students). I think I found this originally on the iTunes site.
Another favorite is Audition produced by Mars Hill Audio. Now, this is religious in nature, but it could be used judiciously in a public classroom, because it isn't about proselytization, rather Ken Meyers seeks to understand the world through the lens of Christianity and has guests on that aren't necessarily theists at all. Meyers isn't there to debate theism, he's there to get at the heart of the guests' ideas and what impact those ideas have for living in 21st century America. I greatly enjoy the full length (paid) subscription, but the podcasts are very well done for being freebies.

I occasionally check NPR, the Sesame Street podcasts, and other odds and ends, as well. All in all, podcasts are wonderful for personal enrichment, but could definitely be used in the class room too.


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