“If music is inspiration and radio is theater for the mind, then podcasts are the exploration of the human intellect”

Thomas Goldman
What is Podcast? Introduce podcast to someone who has never heard of it before: It is all of your favorite shows, blogs, and topics (some you didn’t even know you’d enjoy!) wrapped up in a big center of recordings (such as Spotify, Apple podcasts, etc) that you can explore, download and listen anytime. For example, At work, In a car, at your home, or even while you working out, anywhere. If you can Google it, there’s probably a Podcast about it! (iPod + Broadcast = Podcast)

Why Podcasting in Education is important?

Nowadays, mostly every technology always has a huge impact on education, and Podcasting is no different. Many learning institutions are reduce textbooks or worksheets because they investing in new technology to support education, for example, google classroom and google docs. Podcasting is one of the latest mediums that benefit into the education, it is one of the greatest technologies in this change. In this blog, I’ll show you how podcasting in education can increase accessibility and encourage education.

Moreover, Podcasting provides the opportunity for teachers or lecturers to broadcast audio content more easily, which students can then listen to at any time and wherever they are. A student only needs to subscribe to a podcast feed and suddenly you can push educational content to them, rather than wait for them to come. Podcasts can easily be used in Schools, universities or colleges to engage students, and improve your teaching and learning practice.

By applying podcasting in education, you can offer a new learning system that benefits mobile and non-traditional students, and also providing long-distance learning opportunities for current situation which is quarantine during COVID-19. It can also provide room for extra content, or absent teachers, and a new learning style that benefits educational system. There are a lot of advantages of podcasting in education.
Let’s take a look:

Advantages of Podcasting in Education

Podcasting in the classroom tends to be a good option for every institution because more schools are likely to use podcasting in their classroom as it stimulates learning and make an opportunity for students to use new media and learn new different things. A closer look at podcasting reveals the following benefits:

1. Easy of accessibility and flexible availability

The first one is the greatest benefits of podcasts, which is the convenience that they offer. Podcast is easy to use for everyone because it can be downloaded to many devices but the best one is a smartphone because it allowing the student to access the learning resources anytime, anywhere, with very little effort. There are podcast subscription applications available for nearly every smartphone, and these make the process even easier!

Moreover, iPhones come with an podcast application installed by default. Once the student has subscribed to a podcast channel, they don’t have to press each episodes to download because it is sent automatically to their application whenever a new episode is publish. So, whatever they doing even they have dinner or take a bath, there is a teaching resource or entertainment podcast there waiting for them. This makes podcasts very convenient and also paves the way for truly flexible learning.

2. Archive of lessons and missed class

This one is good for student misses a class but, it’s not always because they’re lazy. By offering a podcast in education, student that sick or has missed a number of classes can download recordings of the lectures. They can access the information directly without depending on others. Furthermore, a lecturer who is unable to attend his or her classes for a week or two can create a podcast of the lecture instead. This is made available to the students and thus makes up for any unattended lectures.

3. Lesson review & prepare for the exam

This one is the simplest uses of Podcasting because it can record your existing lectures. Students can use the podcast for preparing themselves for upcoming examinations. Any student who can’t caught up some topics in the classroom can listen to this podcast. They can study the lesson and understand the topic by themselves. This opportunity to review, again and again, is valuable for international students with learning difficulties.

4. Podcast attracts student attention

One of the interesting facts is students tends to listen for longer than they’ll read. It is hard to encourage students to spend a hour reading a book or watching a recorded lecture. That’s because text and video require the student’s full attention so they need to sit patiently, doing just one thing at a time.

In contrast, student can use podcast anytime or alongside a routine activity. Students will listen to your lesson longer if they can do it on the bus, doing house work, washing the dishes or during exercise so the content gets great attention from the learners!

5. Students can learn something new from podcast!

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to learn new things? Podcast applications have many contents for users to explore for example history podcast, science&technology podcast and self-improvement podcast. Students can select some interest topics and listen anytime such as driving, walking to class, doing your laundry so you can probably pop in your headphones and listen to a podcast at the same time.

Let’s see examples of interesting podcast channels:

TED Talks Daily
The first one that I would like to recommend is “TED Talks Daily”. I love TED talks, and I bet there’s a good chance that you’ve listened a few before as well because it is very famous. Most TED talks are just as good in audio form as they are in video, so the TED Talks Daily podcast can easily add on your listen list.

On Being
Follow with this amazing channel with a lot of interest question, for example “What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other?” These are the questions that journalist and former diplomat Krista Tippet explores in On Being.

Each episode is a conversation with a great thinker, artist, activist, or spiritual leader, and the topics are as varied as the guests.

99% Invisible
This channel is quite similar to the last one. “Ever wonder how inflatable men came to be regular fixtures at used car lots? Curious about the origin of the fortune cookie? Want to know why Sigmund Freud opted for a couch over an armchair?” These are the sorts of questions this show about “the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world” explores.
Host Roman Mars will take you behind the scenes of the world you thought you knew.

Example of Podcast on YouTube:

Podcasts are easily to find and listen, it is even on YouTube. There are many Podcast videos that you can explore on YouTube!

As I mentioned, Podcast in Education are highly valued, by using podcasts for education, it can enhance education system and everyone knowledge. No matter what you do at home – access the knowledge by using Podcast to move forward in life.