Showing posts from May, 2005

TEFL Podcasting Forum

Here are some thoughts I posted to the TEFL Podcasters Forum about my plans for the Barcelona Young Learner Podcasters site : I'm starting to enjoy the idea of podcasting.I've nearly finished putting together the first BYL podcast and, although I've taken far too much time over it, I can see better how things might go, and am going to speed up the frequency of posts. I also want to start blogging more than I've been doing recently.

Podcasting: Reply to Susan

I recently received an email from one of the Webheads ( Susan Marandi ) asking me about podcasting , and I found the reply I sent to her had ideas that may well be of interest to more people, so I've decided to copy the email here: Hi Susan Nice to hear from you too - I've heard what an exciting time you're having at the moment (through the Webheads group ) and I'm thrilled for you. Is podcasting useful for language teaching? I think it has to be - it's the audio equivalent of blogging (it's actually much more than this, but this is one thing it can be). The key, I think, is to get enough language educators interested in it, and for them to start experimenting with it and producing content. At first, as with every new technology, not everything will be great, but we'll get better as we learn from our mistakes. Interested? I don't think it has to be more complicated than blogging. The best way to start is to become a listener to podcasts (using a "


I've just come across Dropload , which may be of use / interest. It's "a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time. Recipients you specify are sent an email with instructions on how to download the file. Files are removed from the system after 7 days, regardless if they have been picked up or not. You can upload any type of file, mp3, movies, docs, pdfs, up to 100MB each! Recipients can be anyone with an email address." It seems it's being used especially by media companies to share large files with people, and is certainly more convenient than email and nobody has to know much abouut technology to be able to use the site.

Syndicating your blog

The Online Learning Resource Centre of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oklahoma has a useful guide on Syndicating Your Blog for those who would like to know more about how to do this, with information on RSS feeds, Atom, and Bloglines . The same site also publishes guides about Blogging , and something I've never thought of before: Javascript Syndication .