Sunday, April 16, 2006

Listen rather than read?

Catching up on some reading, collaboration and social bookmarking and a few blog posts over the Easter break. A good time to scan and read a few feeds and visit and edit my blogroll links.

David Warlick (regularly read his 2 Cents Worth blog feed) is providing alternatives to blogging for those who prefer to listen to his thoughts on his Connect Learning Podcasting on the fly. He has been very busy lately blogging and podcasting several conferences. David is selecting several blog postings each week, recording them as a podcast and posting them to his Connect Learning blog for those who would prefer to listen rather than read.
Recent episodes feature thoughts on games, teacher blogging and interviews with various conference attendees. Audio adds a raw dimension and a variety of voices and messages as I multitask!
Podcasts are proving increasingly popular for teacher professional development. Reasons include improving bandwidth and access, easy to use tools (to subscribe and download), portable devices (or laptops), busy teachers and leaders looking for flexibility and increasing choices of stimulating materials with opportunities for collaboration and review. One of my favourite online collaborative community sites is Learning Times.

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