Thursday, February 19, 2009

Further Evidence on the Bennefits of Podcasting Lectures

Earlier this year, I attended a Webinar on using Podcasts to raise student achievement.
The presenters, who taught AP Chemistry, demonstrated how they had taken their lectures, and created a podcast of them for students to view as homework, then used classroom time for hands on activities, and what would be called homework in a traditional delivery method. They have found that students actually performed better with this method.

On Tuesday at the TIES KIC meeting, Jenn Nelson from Eden Prairie shared how teachers there were using Jing Pro and SMART Notebook to create "how to" podcasts which they then posted on their Moodle sites for students to review. Further, utilizing the capabilities for Jing Pro to save in Mpeg-4 format, they uploaded the podcasts for students to view via iTunes. Students could then watch them on their iPod anytime.
Nelson pointed out that in the analysis of student achievement, students who viewed the demonstrations online, performed better on the assessment! You can view her presentation here, and if you search for EPHS in iTunes, you can view some of the podcasts.
I was excited to try this, and was eager share this with teachers in Edina.

Then this post came across my Twitter Feed Thursday:

Pink's post links to this article on iTunes University, a method schools like "Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Oxford, Cambridge, MIT..., and some of the most creative K-12 state projects in the country" are using to deliver content to students.

Here in Edina, we could use Jing with either our Interwrite Software or Microsoft Journal to create these demonstrations.
Here is one I created for staff on how to download Jing.



The key benefits of the podcasts are to allow students to listen, pause, and take notes, and also to have the both audio and visual input.
Dr. Anthony Muhammad, presenting yesterday at a workshop in Bloomington discussed the underlying assumptions of Professional Learning Communities that
  1. All Children Can Learn and

  2. All Children Will Learn Because of What We Do

As we look to enhance "Personalized Learning" for our students, creating podcasts is something that we can do to enhance student learning. Stay tuned to opportunities for training on how to use Jing to create podcasts for your students.