DigitalEd: How to Use Podcasts in the Classroom

    by Ben Bogardus
    July 20, 2017
    Photo courtesy Burst on Pexels.com and used with Creative Commons license.

    Title: How to Use Podcasts in the Classroom

    Instructor: Ben Bogardus, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Quinnipiac University

    Learn how to spark student creativity by using podcasts as a teaching and learning tool.


    Teachers can easily get into a rut, teaching their students the same way they’ve been doing for years. But this can be boring to students who are “digital natives.” This course will show you simple ways to break out of the traditional lecture-and-paper model, no matter the discipline, and instead teach lessons by listening to podcasts and having students create their own shows using free online tools.

    What you’ll learn from this training:

    1.     Why podcasts are helpful in teaching skills across many disciplines (communications, English, history, political science, etc.)


    2.     The basics of creating a quick podcast in a classroom or at-home setting

    3.     Sample assignments that creativity teach fundamental skills to students

    4.     Which publicly available podcasts are especially helpful in teaching skills like creative writing, interviewing, library research, law and ethics, and more


    ·  Presentation slides and notes

    ·  Instruction sheets for creating simple podcasts

    ·  Sample assignments used in class

    Who should take this training:

    ·  Educators of any discipline who wish to incorporate podcasts into their teaching

    ·  Administrators looking for ways to modernize their curriculum

    ·  People interested in creating their own podcasts to publicize their research, business, or hobbies

    Date and Time: Aug. 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

    Register now for this training!

    Note: If you can’t attend the live session, you can still register and see the archived video and ask questions of the instructor. Free registration for BigMarker is required.

    About the Instructor:

    Ben Bogardus has been an assistant professor in the journalism department at Quinnipiac University since August 2010, and served as interim journalism department chair during the 2013-2014 academic year. He specializes in teaching media and broadcast news writing, TV reporting, and TV newscast producing. He also oversees QNN – a weekly newscast produced, reported, and anchored by senior broadcast journalism majors. Before entering academics, he was the 5pm newscast producer at WJLA, the ABC affiliate for Washington, D.C. While in Washington, he won an Emmy, regional Edward R. Murrow, and two Associated Press awards for “Best Newscast.” He also shared in a national Murrow award for “Best Breaking News” for his work in the control room during the station’s coverage of the June 2009 deadly Metro train collision. Bogardus also has newscast producing experience in Jacksonville, Florida, Hartford, Connecticut, and Houston, Texas. 

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