This area in podcasting is really starting to take off, with more and more universities, colleges, high schools, and even elementary school classes producing podcasts. Instructional audio is nothing new; it is just that with podcasting the distribution of that audio has been made quite a bit easier and cheaper. Educational podcasts don't have to come just from teachers and professors; they can also come from everyday people who use their podcast to educate their listeners about a specific subject or about random facts. Table 3.4 lists four very diverse examples of educational podcasts that do a great job in educating and entertaining their listeners.

Table 3.4. Popular Educational Podcasts



Website URL


English as a Second Language


Digital Photography: Tips from the Top Floor

Sam and Steve

The SG Show

Mark and Kathy

TechPod Podcast for Teachers

English as a Second Language

The host of this very popular daily podcast is Dr. Jeff McQuillan. Jeff received his PhD in applied linguistics and education at the University of Southern California, and his podcasts last an average of 15 to 20 minutes per episode. The show is G-rated.

"We do a podcast of English that is intended for lower intermediates to advanced students of English. It is not for the rank beginner; that is, if you know no English, this podcast will not be useful to you.... We start with a 3-to-5-minute dialogue or usually just sort of a story where we talk about everyday things...using lots of vocabulary that will be specific for the particular topic. Then the last 10 to 15 minutes we discuss the dialogue, [and] we discuss the story in more details."

Dr. Jeff McQuillan, English as a Second Language

Digital Photography: Tips from the Top Floor

Chris Marquardt produces this show out of Germany. This is both an educational podcast and a technology podcast. It should be noted that not all tech shows have to be about computers, and Chris puts together what is clearly the leading photography podcast out there. He has a large and loyal listener base that actively contributes to his forum boards. He releases about three shows a week, and the average length varies between 10 to 30 minutes per episode. The show is G-rated.

"The podcast is about digital photography, but there are many non-digital photographers listening to the show as well, so I think it is more about photography in general. It is photography lessons, it is tips and tricks. I do interviews with professional photographers. I also do soundseeing tours, where I tell people what I am doing while I am taking pictures. It is really being there at the time when things happen, and people still learn something from it."

Chris Marquardt, Digital Photography: Tips from the Top Floor

The SG Show

Hosted by 8-year-old Sam and his father, Steve, this podcast comes out of California. They talk about things of interest to both young children and adults, with the result being a very entertaining and educational show. The show is released about once a week, and the average length is 20 to 25 minutes per episode. The show is of course G-rated.


This is one of those handful of shows for which you should know the website address by heart. This way, when friends, family, co-workers, or total strangers ask about podcasting, you have one that you can send them to for their first taste.

"We talked about things for families to do, we talked about some books, and a lot of things that kids do."

Sam, The SG Show

TechPod Podcast for Teachers

Hosted by Mark Gura and Dr. Kathy King, this podcast comes from Fordham University's Regional Education Technology Center (RETC). The show is released about once a week, and the typical length is 25 to 30 minutes per episode. The show is G-rated.

"[The TechPod Podcast for Teachers (PFT)] provide[s] lively conversations about technology and education with leaders and innovators in educational technology with the ambient sounds of the bustling Bronx nearby. From resources and curriculum ideas, discussions about technology developments and roving field reports, to intimate conversations with educators, ed techies, and authors, we are breaking into new areas with mobile technology and hybrid developments for teaching, learning, and professional development.

"My co-host, Mark Gura, and I consider that producing the podcast is a project in which we at Fordham University's Regional Educational Technology Center can help the field extend its uses, significance, and implications further for education and society. TechPod PFT is intended to model the experience of learning to podcast and its potential for other educators."

Dr. Kathy King, TechPod

The Importance of Educational Podcasts

How important is podcasting to educators? Well, Duke University is already podcasting classes, lectures, and visiting speakers, and Yale University is also looking at podcasting its classes, as are many other universities. One of the first papers on podcasting at the university level came from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism in March of 2005. Early on, universities were able to see the advantages of using podcasting as an educational tool. Podcasting is clearly here to stay in the classroom; the only question is what different and creative ways can podcasts be put to use to help improve the learning experience for the students and listeners. That is a question that many of you reading this book will help to answer.

Tricks of the Podcasting Masters
Tricks of the Podcasting Masters
ISBN: 0789735741
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 162

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