Constructionism means that we learn best by creating artifacts of our learning. This is what is happening when we take notes in a lecture even if we never look at the notes again. Social constructionism suggests that contructionist learning is even more powerful when we create those artifacts with the intention of sharing with another learner.
One of the marvelous things about web resources is that we are no longer restricted to using text based resources. The tools and techniques for creating audio and visual artifacts are easy to use and essentially free.
Podcasts are an example of web-based artifacts that can be used to support a constructionist approach to learning. Podcasts are simple digital audio recordings that are stored on a web page for distributed access. There are many free podcasting tools and services that can be used to create podcasts that form part of the conversation of learning. Podcasts are particular useful for language learning, which is to a large extent an auditory process. Teachers can easily prepare lessons and learners can easily submit practical assignments.
What are your experiences with podcasting and what tools and techniques do you use? Why not create a podcast and add it to the web page in this unit?
Glen and Fernanda were talking about the weather, activities in Moodle, disengaged students and podcasts.There are many ways to record a podcast. And podcasting can be very useful for language training. What is your preferred system for podcasting? If you would like, please embed your podcast on this page with a description of your system.
Glen and I were talking about the weather, activities in Moodle, disengaged students and podcasts.
I used Podbean to upload the mp3 file created with Pamela Call recorder in Skype, them embedded the code in moodle using Adding a resource/create web page. (Fernanda)


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Glen used GRecorder to record the Skype conversation and then used Hipcast to retrieve the MP3 file from my Gmail, encode and post.




There are many ways to record a podcast. And podcasting can be very useful for language training.

In this podcast I used Audacity to record the MP3 File and GCast to create the podcast. I took the GCast HTML code and used the Toggle HTML Source button on the Moodle text editor to allow the embedding of the GCast code. Unfortunately, GCast is no longer accepting new free accounts and will begin charging for their service as of Feb. 1, 2010.





Maybe this is the simplest yet. Using Drop.io to record an audio clip.
Discover Simple, Private Sharing at Drop.io

This little audio clip I recorded by phoning a Drop.io telephone number using my Skype Out account. Worked very nicely and very fast!! Discover Simple, Private Sharing at Drop.io
Here is another new service Woices that links your podcast to a geographic location. I did mine for North America so I'm not sure if that means that it won't be audible elsewhere.






What is your preferred system for podcasting? If you would like, please embed your podcast on this page with a description of your system.