|25 May 2006 at 10.30|
|ICT & Modern Foreign Languages: Using podcasts in the classroom|
It's been a momentous week for our MFL blogger Joe Dale - he made his first podcast...
Six months ago I didn’t really know what podcasts were, let alone how they could be useful in the MFL classroom. However, thanks to Ewan McIntosh’s evangelising on the subject, the MFLE creative teaching section, BT Internet Radio Kit for Schools and a bit of Google research, I’m now much more tuned in.
Making your own podcasts
If you want to mix in music to your podcast, it must be copyright free. You can’t use a commercial song as a backing track unless you're willing to pay thousands of pounds in royalties. Websites such as Jamendo showcase artists whose music is covered by a special ‘Creative Commons’ licence. This gives more flexibility to how the tracks can be used. In most cases, as long as the source is acknowledged, the songs can be copied without infringing copyright and are what is known as ‘podsafe’.
‘Le podcast de 7JD’ is also available on the TES Resources
Comments welcome as always.
Comments from my form 7JD:
I thought the podcast was fantastic. Being able to hear myself on the podcast was wicked. I liked being able to plan out what we were going to do. I also liked recording and choosing the music. It was the best because I improved my speaking.
I think making the podcast was really fun and the turn out was excellent. The recordings were superbly clear. It wasn't fuzzed out or bits you couldn't hear. It was all clear and it really helped our accents and speaking.
I enjoyed writing the scripts. It was really good to go into groups and concentrate on one area of French. I really enjoyed it.
The podcast was really fun. I thought it helped with our French. It was cool to say the stuff we do in French. All in all a wicked project. I really liked it. I think that other people should try it. My favourite part was listening to it afterwards.
I thought the podcast was brilliant and I think each class in Years 5, 6 , 7 and 8 should do it as well. I think we could do it again.
I liked the idea of people listening to our French accents and our pronunciation all over the world.
It was fun as we could be heard speaking French all over the world and they can put their opinions on the blog page.
It was fun. It helped us with writing and speaking in French.
I thought that the podcast was very fun. I liked it because you could learn more French out of it. It was also good for our speaking and writing.
I think the podcast was very interesting because it helped me with my speaking
I thought the podcast was very educational and fun because we learnt speaking in French and we had fun as well.
I thought that it was interesting and something different. It has improved people's French speaking. It is another way of making French fun. I hope we do podcasting again.
I think the podcast is really interesting and making it was fun. I think that the podcast is something different. It also shows that children at Nodehill learn French.
Making the podcast was fun. I especially liked speaking about my family in French. I think all of the other classes should make a podcast because it's great.
I think that making the podcast was good for our speaking and writing. We had to write down what we would say and say it loud and then we could practise our accents and our writing.
Other pupil podcasts to check out
Dunoon Grammar School, Dunoon, Radio Show on free time
Thomas Adams Cast, Wem, Shropshire, Radio show led by students
See mention on Irish French.ie website here