How podcasts can improve literacy
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on June 7, 2018 - 10:04am
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Hello colleagues, Recently, we've been having an engaging discussion focused on defining reading and reading instruction here on LINCS. For instance, questions such as how is listening to an audio book and reading a book the same and different. Well known adult literacy researcher, Tom Sticht has contributed to the discussion to explain his concept of auding. If you haven't dropped in on this discussion yet, I encourage you to do so.
Audio books and podcasts have a lot in common. I'm wondering how many of you are as addicted to podcasts as I am. While I listen to podcasts almost every day, I have never drawn upon podcasts in my teaching. After reading this fascinating blog post, "How Podcasts can Improve Literacy," by high school language arts teacher Michael Godsey, I am eager to give this a try.
From the very beginning, the students in Godsey's class were totally engaged in listening to the podcasts. Even so, Godsey was concerned that the students were not "reading." However, when he started using the scripts from the podcasts, that all changed. Students were highly motivated to read these scripts.
Check out this brief blog post and share your thoughts. If you have used podcasts in your class, let us know how it has worked for you. Also, please suggest pods that would be good choices for adult literacy education classes.
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP