Willowdale’s teachers produce podcasts as a complement to their curriculum. “Sometimes classes podcast at the end of a unit to celebrate what they’ve learned,” Vincent says. “Other times, students who accelerate in a lesson create a podcast during their center time.” Vincent ensures that teachers need focus only on the creative side of the podcast, while he takes care of the technological aspects.
Not that the tech end is complicated. “Podcasting is an umbrella term for audio on the web,” says Vincent. So if you have a computer and Internet access, you can do it. Also, it’s inexpensive. Only after the eighth episode (the school now has 19) did Willowdale invest any money in new equipment: a headset microphone from Logictech for $30.