This semester in my two undergraduate sections of “Technology 4 Teachers” at the University of Central Oklahoma, I’m having my students take a 20 question multiple choice final exam. This is the only multiple choice assessment I’m giving all semester, as the rest of the course is project based with six different themes. I decided to go with a final this semester because I want my students to spend a little more time studying our course themes, particularly Creative Commons, Fair Use and Copyright. This evening after finishing my final exam (and successfully exporting/importing the questions from one WebCT/Blackboard course to the other) I recorded a twelve minute phonecast using iPadio (a great free tool, btw) which is a final exam study guide. I got the idea for doing this several years ago from Eric Langhorst (an amazing US history teacher in Liberty, Missouri) but haven’t had an opportunity and taken the time to create one myself until now. I posted a link to and the embedded version of this phonecast to both my class blogs for each section, on EduBlogs and KidBlog.
In addition to helping my students prepare for their final, I’m hoping this use of iPadio and phonecasting will give them more ideas for how they can use phonecasts to support learning with their own students when they get into classrooms of their own. The audio quality of this phonecast wasn’t great since I recorded it in my kitchen (where there are a lot of reflective, hard surfaces) but it is passable. I didn’t use the iPadio iPhone app either, I just called the provided number to record the phonecast. I want to demonstrate for my students that ANY phone can be used to create a phonecast, so this is something anyone can use in creative ways to support learning. 🙂
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