Missing the conference? Not a problem!

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Podcast BannerThe following article is for the benefit of people who’ve yet to get their feet wet in the wonderful world of podcasts. If you’re already very familiar with the subject, then it is my recommendation that you share this article or one like it with someone who you think would like listening to podcasts – if only they knew what they were. I’m not going into great depth here, but that should keep people’s eyes from glazing over. I’ve written this out to be printer friendly, so if you’re the type who likes to help anonymously you could always print it out and leave it strategically in the teacher’s lounge.


Due to a misunderstanding I recently missed out on attending this year’s
MICCA conference
(online at http://www.miccaonline.org/). I would have
liked to go, but I’m not as upset about it as I thought I would be.Why? Because thanks to the internet I can have guest speakers (and even
whole conferences) come to me!Now I know that when most people think of the World Wide Web they think of text and pictures, with the occasional animation available. That’s mainly holdover from the days when our 28.8k modems couldn’t handle more than that, but now even for those of us using 56k modems (let alone broadband) there are many more resources
out there. You see, there are many people out there who will record lectures, ideas, ponderings, and the like as audio files and place them online. Others can then download these lectures (referred to as “podcasts,” although the term is a bit of a misnomer) and *poof!* – instant conference session.

These lectures can be on just about any topic, including but not limited to history (http://www.summahistorica.com/, literacy and technology (http://www.davidwarlick.com/podcasts/), and even school psychology (http://4.22.114.59/schoolpsy2/)! Occasionally an aspiring teacher will record several sessions (with permission, of course) at an actual conference and put them online for your listening pleasure.

Nothing tickle your fancy so far? Well there are many more where those came from.
When I’m looking for new sites with recorded lectures I usually head over
to a site called Podcast Alley (http://www.podcastalley.com/) and browse through the
Education genre. At the time I’m writing this there are 80 different sites registered in that category alone.

If you try these files out and you find that you like some of them there are even ways to automate downloading new files to your computer or MP3 player. However that gets a little more complicated so when you’re ready for that you can ask the
person who pointed you here for help or email me at TheArtGuy [at] gmail.com.

Aaron Smith is a Media Arts & Technology Teacher who spends most of his time on computers. In his free time he plays video games, edits videos, and misses his wife dearly.