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How Listening to Podcasts Helps Students Read and Learn

Posted on 11/08/2017

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High school English teacher Michael Godsey’s External link opens in new window or tab favorite work by William Shakespeare is Hamlet. But a few years ago, he stopped teaching External link opens in new window or tab his students about the centuries-old classic in favor of a story that was unfolding in the fall of 2014: Serial External link opens in new window or tab, the podcast.

When he first started teaching with podcasts, students were applying English Language Arts critical thinking skills to podcast episodes, much like they would after reading a book. However, the more he taught with podcasts, he began to discover that his students were learning in ways he hadn’t anticipated.

Godsey developed lesson plans External link opens in new window or tab for teaching with podcasts External link opens in new window or tab and started hearing from teachers around the country about how podcasts were getting students excited about learning again.

For a list of other education podcasts you may want to use with learners, visit 16 Education Podcasts to Check Out in 2017 External link opens in new window or tab

Source: KQED News; EdSurge