Flipping Tip: Audio Podcasting for Modern Language Courses


"Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice." - Nora Roberts

Blackboard Mobile LearnLast night was great!

One of my graduates hailed me for a chat on Facebook. He is teaching at high school nearby. His subjects are World History, World Geography, and Spanish and he is using Blackboard Learn for document management. He's ready to add to his skill set but isn't sure what he should do next. He asked for the "old man's" advice. What did I suggest?

Audio podcasting!

There was a rush of ideas in my skull; Blackboard Mobile Learn, digital flashcards, wikis, blogging, Google Drive, screen casting and more. But audio podcasting seemed like the logical next step. It's simple, easy to do, and serves students anytime, anywhere. Perfect!

So I shared a recent video I'd made on podcasting with Voice Memos and an iPhone. Wouldn't you know he has a Droid. That's okay. He can transfer the skills from the iPhone to his Droid once he finds his recording app.

Whatever recording app it should emulate a simple tape recorder. There should be a button to record. One to stop. Another to listen. And one to share, email, or save. Just be sure it saves your recording as an MP3 file. Once you have the file you can post it in your LMS (Learning Management System).

So, what cool things can he do with podcasting? 

Let's talk about his Spanish class.

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He can begin by creating short introductions to new topics. For instance, a Spanish class podcast might include a few new words and their usage. His students could listen anytime and practice their expanded vocabulary.

He can discuss something about the Spanish culture in Spanish and have the students listen and report back on what they understood. 

Students can record themselves speaking Spanish for self-evaluation. Then submit their recordings for his feedback. 

He might choose to post Spanish language documents and have the students read them aloud. Their recordings could count as quizzes or exams. 

Audio podcasting seems natural for modern language courses.

By the way, I forgot to tell him he can do all this with Blackboard Learn. I wonder if he knows about Blackboard Mobile Learn for iPhones and Droids? He will when he reads this post.

It's fun to hear from my past students and learn about their post-college lives. I especially like it when they still have questions they think I can help them with. Keep the questions coming!

Sent from my iPad


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Dr. Winegar is available to help your organization wisely use technology. Email him directly at mark.winegar@mac.com or visit www.facebook.com/MobileLearningStudio.