Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Podcasts and listening

Modality principle yes. And engaging learners yes. And empowering learners yes. I want to make podcasts so that dyslexic readers have another option. So that academia and theory and a little philosophy seeps into iPods on train journeys. So that actors can ham up academic texts for easy listening. So I read about related theory. And about good podcasts. And how listening only is poor learning as you can't control pace. And I get excited but also grumpy. Does learning always have to be entertaining? If the ideas don't grab you however they come, will their funky presentation?
I played radio plays once for some theatre students. They didn't like it. So. Do I add visuals or is there some value in persisting with the advantages of just wanting / having to listen to something? The image, if it is to help explain , will also simplify.
Also, radio plays are so great. Can't I just make them like them?

Monday, 26 September 2011


Hmm. Casting for the best pods.
Starting to engage with podcasts. There are articles I really would like my students to read. And some just find it too difficult. If they were recorded, would they listen? And do they prefer video? Anyone else making podcasts for teaching?