Using Podcasting to Enhance a Lesson

Podcasts are a great way for teachers to share a voice with their students. Many creative podcasts already exist for many subjects. In Psychology, one of the most intriguing podcasts is The Psych Files by Michael A. Britt, Ph.D.  In the Psych Files podcasts, Mr. Britt finds many creative ways to bring psychology content to life. A perfect example of this is his podcast episode, “Did B.F. Skinner Raise His Children in The Skinner Box”.

In “Did B.F. Skinner Raise His Children in The Skinner Box”, Mr. Britt conducts a faux interview with B.F. Skinner. By utilizing an image of B.F. Skinner while the audio of Skinner addressing questions plays in the background, it helps to bring Skinner to life.  Podcasts like “Did B.F. Skinner Raise His Children in The Skinner Box” can be very beneficial in the classroom because they can help student to identify B.F. Skinner as a real person and not just a name in the book.

Today’s students have grown up with digital media. They are used to looking at images on screens and hearing voices come out of speakers. Many of my students do not like to read.  By using digital photos and adding voices to podcasts, students will become more engaged with the content.

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