Showing posts from June, 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.

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: *** NOTE: File temporarily removed *** An Introduction to podcasting for EFL/ESL teachers (46 minutes) Show Notes: 1. Introduction feedback to: 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 Id

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.

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 . 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 Ch

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:

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 hig

Podcasting at Tapped In

A special Blogstreams Salon Session (Tappedin ASO*) on Sunday June 19th at 21:00 GMT : GRAHAM STANLEY ( ) : 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 ( ), 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 These questions and comments will be edited into a podcast which will form part of the future Blogstreams Salon session. Hop

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...