I haven’t heard of using podcasts in the classroom because we never did in middle school or high school. After reading about them and listening to a few, I think it is a great idea and can be very beneficial in the classroom. I know that I would rather listen to a story on tape then read it. Another bonus is that it is covering standards like What Teens are Learning from Serial and Other Podcasts had stated.
It gets them interested, but also excited and anxiously waiting for the next time to listen. It captivates the students. The article also stated that students can listen to two-to-three grades above them that they cannot do when reading. It can also be beneficial for those ELL students because they can hear English. I like the fact that they said the students enjoyed that the teacher didn’t know the outcome before they did. I think this makes for even better discussion, because it is new and surprising for the teacher as well. Another great thing about podcasts is that most of them are free. Serial is free on iTunes. I like that these are true stories that they share. I think it could make it more eye=opening and easier to connect for students.
There could be some disadvantages to listening to podcasts. I think that if they get used to much and in replacement for reading, then it will not help enhance their reading skills. There are some podcasts that might be questionable if they are appropriate for school. I think they could get in trouble with the vulgarity and other issues with the stories.
I will not be teaching at the high school level, but I think students that are at the higher elementary level would be able to create digital storytelling. By having students create their own digital story, it covers so many more skills than just the writing does. It covers all of those skills that could be covered during writing, but also with technological skills.