Podcasting day at the Guardian !

A wonderful morning at the new Guardian Education Centre near to St Pancras Station where teachers and advisers turned out for a conference called ‘Raising Achievement Through Podcasting’ from the Guardian in association with Lightbox Education.

The Guardian is at the forefront of podcasting, serving over 30 million online users worldwide. The Guardian podcast team will share its vision about podcasting as well as give practical ideas. Key speakers will also include Doug Dickinson, an independent ICT consultant, and Emily Drabble, Guardian learnnewsdesk senior editor. There will also be sessions from practising primary and secondary teachers who regularly use podcasting and a chance to see and find out about the Guardian News and Media Education Centre (formerly the Newsroom) at its new home in the newspaper offices.

The sessions kicked off with my service manager of learn.co.uk, Lisa Spillar ,setting the path for the experience  and she was followed closely by my friend Dr Baldev Singh who got peoples’ brains into the groove with challenges about the changing faces of technology and globalisation.

Next up was me … I talked of the educational implications behind the use of podcasts and suggested that children should be allowed every opportunity to record and publish digital sounds in  very many contexts. Podium was my tool and the audience quickly appreciated the reasons it was given a BETT Award in 2009.

The idea of the morning was to give conference attendees opportunities to gather their thinking about podcasting and to relate that to their personal setting and also to gain information about how the Guardian supports and champions such work. Their ‘front end’  at learn.co.uk is well worth a visit as is learnnewsdesk.

I felt that this was achieved in a very graspable way for the diverse group present.

The education centre at the Guardian have many sessions on offer to teachers … well worth checking

Image: ‘As far as the eye can see … and the heart can reach’  - D Dickinson - 2009

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