To be quite honest, I've learned a ton these past two weeks in preparation for my podcast. I went from not really sure what a podcast is in the first place to having about 12 on my iPod. Podcast, the word, is a mixture of the words iPod and broadcast. I learned that from Wise-Women.
Awe man, I loved Eagle Nest Radio! These kids have exceptionally good podcasts. They were very impressive. I thought I was listening to at least 6th graders talking. I liked how they had a host and the host would introduce a different person who covered other areas and topics. Nice and very entertaining with good information and some jokes in the mix.
Another thing I've learned about podcasting is that content is important, very important! No one wants to listen to a bunch of babble. Content, Content, Content. That is what we tried to achieve in ours. We tried to eliminate any kind of filler talk and only record things that have depth and meaning to them. This wasn't to hard to accomplish because we interviewed Dr. Strange for our podcast and discussed the future classroom. Also, a male and female voices on a podcast go good together. The contrast between speakers is needed and the different gender voices do the trick. I noticed this as I listened to Practical Principals. The male and female voices were very distinguishable from one another. If you have a bunch of guys or girls with the same sounding voice it is hard to tell who is speaking.
All in all, podcasts are excellent ways to be informed and a powerful tool for learning. I like that they are personal topics that you can explore. For example, I really enjoy Sci Fri on NPR, but allot of times I'm not able to listen to it when it comes on the radio. So, I just subscribed to their podcast. Now, I have plenty of juicy Sci Fri podcasts sitting in my iPod waiting for my ears. These informative talk shows can be accessed anywhere by anybody. How awesome is that!