Saturday, June 25, 2005

New IWB blog spotted

Interactive Whiteboards is a new blog that hopes to collect "evidence of the use of interactive whiteboards in classroom or school in K-12" - not 100% related, but the blog has a nice collection of links that are worth taking a look at.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Pod-efl-01 show notes

These are the show notes for the podcast Pod-efl-01, a podcast prepared for the Blogstreams Salon session at Tapped In on Sunday:



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An Introduction to podcasting for EFL/ESL teachers (46 minutes)

Show Notes:

1. Introduction

feedback to: blogefl@gmail.com

TEFL Podcasters Forum

Webheads in Action

Podcasting how to movie


2. Theme Music by the Jan D Experience

available at: Garageband

3. Music 1

Amsterdam by Rigel Vega available at

The Internet Archive

4. Question from Rita

Madrid Young Learner Podcasts

5. Terminology of podcasting

show notes – podcasting – podcatching -

6. Listening to podcasts

mp3 players

rss feeds with enclosures

Podcatching software - iPodder

7. Music 3

Cherry Rag by Tom Joad and Gerry Dempsey available at

The Internet Archive

8. Content: EFL/ESL podcasts

Glossaries, transcripts, comprehension questions

English Caster

The Daily Idiom

The Bob and Rob show

Learn a Song podcast


9. Content: General podcasts

Sushi Radio

Nicole Simon’s Useful Sounds

10. Music 4

Loneliness by Rigel Vega available at

The Internet Archive

These notes are incomplete - I'll be adding to them later with the rest of the links and also some links, etc that were mentioned during the session yesterday

Friday, June 17, 2005

Podcasts for Intermediate EFL/ESL learners

Thanks to a colleague of mine, Chris Fry, who posted these on the Podcasting Education group, I've come across the following podcasts that he thinks are suitable for intermediate students:



The 3 Monkeys Radio Podcast (their feed is here)



Crackle Back Short Stories (VoxPop Radio)(the feed)



Chris also likes the Bob and Rob show, and he says they "try hard to achieve a
balance between being slow and simple enough and being natural and
they are successful."


And here is the rest of it.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

No shortage of ideas on podcasting...

I don't know who said it first, but it's certainly true that teachers are ideas rich and time poor.



I came across two emails today that were discussing ideas for podcasts - there are so many opportunities out there to develop, and I have my own ideas for podcasts that haven't made it out of my head yet...



I thought I'd share these with you, in case anyone is out there and tempted to podcast but looking for a theme:



Robert, the prolific EFL podcaster behind the Daily Idiom and EnglishCaster
sent an email with show ideas originating from requests he has received from students visiting
englishcaster.com.



1) The "daily grammar". A short podcast about grammatical items. No long
explanations, just a short post combined with some examples, similar to the Daily Idiom.



2) A podcast about acronyms such as "BTW" or "ASAP" aimed at low level learners.



So, does anyone feel like taking up one of those challenges?




I also received an email from Charles Kelly, behind the Learn a Song podcast asking me when I'm going to post the second Barcelona Young Learners podcast, and saying that it's been a month now.



I've got one in the pipeline Charles, and hope to have it ready very soon. I've definitely been one of those time poor teachers recently, with end of term exams, reports, etc, and all sorts of other things on my plate, but that's coming to an end and I'll have more time to podcast now.



Charles suggested putting up shorter podcasts and keeping them more frequent, and he's absolutely right that frequency is an important factor, especially if people are downloading from your blog or website and have not subscribed (and this seems to be the trend with all podcasts - I keep hearing different people saying this all the time). It's like blogging - you need to keep posting regularly or your audience feels let down, and you'll lose them.



Charles also had a few suggestions that are worth taking note of:



a) "Perhaps you could start a series in which you interview people you know:



- What's you name?

- How old are you?

- Where are you from?

- What kind of things do you do in your free time?




Simple questions that young learners know.

Even if the answers get more involved, students might still be interested in
listening."



I like this idea a lot, Charles, In fact, I've been thinking along those lines too, as in a "Meet the Teachers" podcast, asking the teachers of the centre some questions about themselves - this may well be one to pursue.



I will have to get going now and put my money where my mouth is (hey, Robert, there's another idiom for you, if you haven't done it already!)

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Student EFL Podcast: Fudan University High School, Shanghai

Here is another one to add to the growing list of English Language Learning podcasts:
Fudan University High School Student Podcasting.



The difference between this one and most of the other EFLpodcasts out there is that this one has been produced entirely by students. They were asked to record a 3 minute podcast and then choose a theme that best describes it...



The feed of the Fudan University podcast is: http://podcast.fdfz.cn/podcast.xml

To podcast or not...

EFL Geek has stated that he is not going to be podcasting, and has outlined his reasons on his blog. I can totally understand them, as podcasting is something that takes up a lot of time (far more than blogging).



I've already written a reply to his post on his blog, however...


podcasting does seem to offer interesting possibilities for language learning that are hard to ignore. I'm experimenting with it at the moment, not really knowing how long I will continue, because it appeals to me and is fun to do.



Whether or not the time and effort involved is actually worth it in the end remains to be seen. What is true though, is that the more EFL/ESL teachers we get trying it out now, the more we'll be able to see just how valuable it is, and what kind of content works for what kind of learner.



A new (for me) podcast I've been listening to is the Bob and Rob show, an entertaining exchange between an American and a Brit. It's a good listen, and will be interesting to higher level students. My only problem with it is the laughter and applause that has been added to the show, which sometimes makes the content difficult to hear.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Podcasting at Tapped In

A special Blogstreams Salon Session (Tappedin ASO*) on Sunday June
19th at 21:00 GMT : http://tappedin.org



GRAHAM STANLEY (http://blog-efl.blogspot.com/) :
This week, Barcelona-based teacher Graham Stanley will share with us
his enthusiasm for podcasting, a new way of delivering audio content
to our students and other teachers that is growing more and more
popular every month.



A member of the new TEFL podcasting forum
(http://teflpodcasts.blogspot.com/), Graham has just started
experimenting with podcasts, but hopes to transmit his excitement
about podcasting to other teachers. Why should you become involved
in podcasting for your students? What is the difference between a
podcast and a webcast? How can you start podcasting?



In preparation for the session, Graham would like participants to
send short audio comments and questions to him at blogefl@gmail.com.
These questions and comments will be edited into a podcast which
will form part of the future Blogstreams Salon session.



Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 13, 2005

Podcast Alley : Education section

There are now 106 podcasts listed under the Education section at Podcast Alley



Although the majority of educational podcasts seem to be produced for ICT-savvy teachers about the use of educational technology in education, (it is to be expected), among the shows are a growing number of podcasts aimed at English language learners.



Apart from these, there are others that seem like they could be used with EFL/ESL learners (especially higher level learners. The only problem is finding the time to listen to them to see which ones are worth using. Perhaps there is a need for an ESL/EFL podcast review show about podcasts that can be used with learners?




Perhaps this would be fun to do this summer (yet another project?) although I'm not sure if there'll be time...