One of the biggest technological advances in the educational experience, especially in higher education, has been PowerPoint. These slide shows assist in keeping professors on track; keeping students’ notes organized; and provide something for students to look at to keep them interested in course content. You will see Power Point and other technologies being used at Hampstead Middle School NH and other locations that may be focused on adding more technology to the classroom as time goes on.
As technology has continued to advance, interactive materials have become more salient. Now, classrooms at all levels of education have included another technology in their educational experience: podcasts. The creation of the word “podcast” is debated. Most sources say that the word originates from a combination of “iPod” and “broadcast.” If one goes on iTunes, one can find dozens of podcasts on any subject that one could imagine. There are podcasts on everything from video games to car repairs, pets to comedy, and now lectures. Lectures put on podcasts, or coursecasts, have started to become more popular as of recent.
Why are podcasts getting so popular? Mainly, because it allows for review and reinforcement for students. If there was a day where the topic was particularly confusing to a student, that student would be able to access the lecture so that they would be able to listen to it again, and attempt to comprehend what they had not the first time. Teachers have also used podcasts to introduce supplementary material that he or she may have been unable to discuss during the normal class period. These materials are often helpful when students need extra explanation of certain topics without wanting to interrupt the time that they are in the classroom. Podcasts will likely see more use at every educational level as time goes on.