While researching podcast use, I stumbled across a Ning for Educational Vodcasting. A vodcast is a podcast with video content. Vodcasts and podcasts have been in use in the university setting for about five years now, since the Duke University initiative of 2005 where all students were issued iPods. The most common use of the podcast in education is to make recorded lectures available online. This technology is now being used by some K-12 educators as well. However, podcasting has not been widespread. (see Why Podcasts Haven’t Revolutionized Education Yet)
The most exciting potential effect of podcasted lectures is to turn the traditional instructional sequence on its head. By creating podcasts of lessons, contact time between individual students and teachers could be maximized. Students could listen to the lessons outside of class, allowing time in class to be spent in problem solving, laboratory work or remediation. I wonder how many teachers/professors are exploring this potential….