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"Real communication is impossible without listening." - Ralph C. Smedley

HEADPHONES Podcasts - becoming more informed through listening

Directions: Use your online research skills to answer these questions. Links are provided to specific podcasts to facilitate completing the activity. If groups of students are doing this activity together, headphones are indicated. To listen to podcasts you may need to add software to your computer. Juice is a free, cross platform (Mac, Linux, Windows) open source product. Download Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver

1. In 2005, the New Oxford American Dictionary declared “podcast” the word of the year.

What is a podcast?


Have you ever listened to a podcast?

What was the general subject of it?


2. Listen to the NOVA podcast on Iceland's Clean Machines.

What are the clean machines?


3. Podcast from the Seattle Public Library podcasts for teens. Listen to Teen Open Mic Night.

What is one subject covered?


Make one critical observation regarding the podcast.


How would you suggest they improve it?


4. The Pew Internet & American Life Project reported in 2006 that 87% of online users have at one time used the Internet to carry out research on a scientific topic or concept and 40 million adults use the Internet as their primary source of news and information about science.

Have you used Internet resources to learn about something related to science or technology?


What where you researching?


What kind of Internet resource(s) did you use?
Examples: Website, podcast, database, video, email an expert, blog, IM, Newsgroup, Posted newsletter archive, ebook.

According to the Pew Institute, 80% of those who have gotten science news and information online have
engaged in “fact-checking” activities.

Describe a fact you have verified using the Internet.

Were you able to confirm the fact was right or was it incorrect?


Use the resources at Science Friday to experience a podcast about science.
Was the experience what you expected?


Did you find the subject interesting?


TAI - Think about it
You are delighted to find a podcast related to your science research project.
What are the challenges to using the information from a podcast in a research paper?


How do you cite a podcast in your Works Cited (Bibliography)?
Write one for the Science Friday podcast you listened to earlier.



Research it online
5. Contrast a vodcast with a podcast.



6. Use a podcast from Justice Talking to explain -

What is a Presidential Signing Statement? Does this sound like rule of law to you?


What factors are considered in deciding college admissions?


7. What is Social Media? List five examples.


What percentage of them have you used?


For what percentage of your examples, have you created content?

Survey your class. Is your social media use the exceptional or the median?


8. Think forward:

"For the education sector, this technology makes course content—lectures, notes, supplemental materials — available for student use 24/7. For the general public, users can listen to newscasts, training sessions, religious discussions, or programs about child development issues. You name it, and there's probably a podcast available on the topic to listen to. If not, you can be the creator of a new podcast topic." Laurie J. Patterson assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, UNCW

Which of these ideas for uses or podcasts is the most interesting to you?


Which of them would be the least interesting?


9. Who would you say is the "father or mother" of the iPod?


Think about it

10. Some people struggle to read and understand poetry or Shakespeare.

List three subjects that would lend themselves to better learning or understanding by using a podcast.


11. Investgate:

What rules or policies, at your school, apply to developing a podcasting?


What free speech issues must be repsected in podcasting?


Explore further

Consider the Power of Possibilities through Marc Andreessen's eye

Food for thought - Did You Know 2.0? - Are you 21st Century Literate?

Listen to Who should control the Virtual Library? on NPR online. Related Project

"The Internet is creating cracks in authority and in knowledge." David Weinberger

podcast icon Fun Podcasts

orange bullet Watch David Pogue's video of Podcasts from the New York Times | orange bullet Watch What is Digital? at Future Channels

orange bullet Created by teens through the Orange County Library - Back to School Tips The Do's and Don'ts

orange bullet Podcasting - Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection | orange bullet Wikiversity learning project for podcasting.

orange bullet NPR - When Virtual Reality Isn't Really Virtual - creating your persona online

orange bullet The Environment Report | orange bullet Integrating podcasting into your classroom (on youtube)

Podcast Empowering stuff:

orange bullet Online Collaborations & Social Networking | orange bullet Examine Online Collaboration and Social Networking

orange bullet How to Podcast - free tutorial you do not have to be a geek ;-) | orange bullet CNN News Podcasts

orange bullet Podcasting: Transforming Middle Schoolers Into ‘Middle Scholars’

orange bullet Teach digital - podcasting orange bullet Podcasting from the Smithsonian Education Department

orange bullet LibriVox Project | orange bullet Digital Future LOC

orange bullet Small Pieces, Loosely Joined ebook activity about the web | orange bullet Digital Rights Management

orange bullet Bloggez- vous? Should you build a blog?

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Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together. You do not have to take paper based notes at the library and digitalize them at home.
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Or perhaps you have the resources to record verbal answers. If you do, be sure to first read / record the question. Then record the answer immediately after it.