If you’ve been thinking about creating a podcast, this is the time to do it. If you’ve been thinking about having your students create podcasts like Tony Vincent’s students did way back before podcasting was trendy, this is the year to do it. Creating a podcast has never been easier. In fact, you can record, edit, and publish a podcast on your phone.
Good and Free Tools for Creating Podcasts
Today, Anchor is my go-to recommendation for creating podcasts. It lets you do all of your recording and editing in your web browser and or in their free mobile apps. Equally important, Anchor lets you publish to all major podcast distribution networks with just one click. Here’s a tutorial on using Anchor in your web browser. Here’s a tutorial on using it on your Android device.
GarageBand for Mac or Audacity for Windows will give you and your students the most options for editing every possible aspect of a podcast. It will also take the longest to master. Pat Flynn offers good tutorials on using both of these tools for podcasting. Here’s the one about GarageBand and here’s the tutorial on using Audacity.
Podcast Ideas for Students
I published this list around the same time last year. I think it is still a good one.
- Summarize the week’s lessons in their own words.
- Explain tween/teen culture to parents/ grandparents.
- Weather reports/ forecasts (shout-out to my friend Mal for that idea).
- News and sports shows.
- “This Day in History.”
- “Math is Hard” – fun examples of bad math in the real world, like when my local McDonald’s advertised apple pies at 2 for $1 or 1 for $0.49.
- Book critiques/ reviews.
- Video game reviews and tips.
- “Know Your Classmates” podcast. One student interviews another to share fun facts like favorite hobbies, pets, or music.
- Short story podcast. Students write and then narrate short fiction stories. Check out Story Spectacular for some inspiration.