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Introduction

Podcasts are audio or video files that are created as a series of episodes and distributed over the Internet. Software products are available that automatically maintain all podcasts that you subscribe to by automatically downloading new episodes, or you can manually choose to download or stream a particular episode. A podcast can be downloaded and played on a portable media player, or on a computer using media playing software. Anyone can make a podcast using a computer, free recording software and a microphone.

Considerations

  1. Check at the earliest opportunity whether any of your students are likely to be excluded by the podcast. If so, discuss with each of them how you can take other, equivalent approaches.
  2. Record at the best quality you can and exclude background noises.
  3. Recorded audio can be replayed and this may benefit some deaf students - consider doing more with audio or being supportive or students who ask to record sessions.
  4. Consider using the podcast Show Notes to describe what has happened in the audio in either summary form or full transcript form, depending on the nature of the podcast and its learning value.
  5. Severely or profoundly deaf students will not be able to use the audio directly and you will need to engage them in other ways.
  6. Be clear about the value of learning in the recording. If you need to provide alternative materials they should offer equivalent benefits, not necessarily identical content.
  7. Do not pre-script podcasts in order to create an accessibility 'transcript' - this is likely to significantly limit the benefits of the podcast for others.
  8. Good educational podcasting often leads to learning conversations - think about providing other ways into such conversations that may complement the podcast as a source for ideas. 

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