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What is a podcast?


Introduce podcasts to students.

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Updated 5 months ago

1. Word cloud
120 seconds
What is a podcast in a few words?
2. Slide
60 seconds
A podcast is an audio or video program that you can listen to or watch over the internet. Podcasts are usually series of episodes, like a TV show, but you can listen to or watch them at any time. You can listen to podcasts on apps like Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
What is a Podcast?
3. Slide
60 seconds
Podcasts were first launched in 2004 and have since become incredibly popular - in 2020, 50% of all Americans have listened to a podcast! The word “podcast” is a combination of 'iPod' and 'broadcast', and the first podcast was called the 'RSS-Only Radio Show' The most popular podcasts are not always the longest running. The most popular podcast ever is 'Serial' - which was only 12 episodes long!
Did you know?
4. Open question
300 seconds
What do you think makes a podcast interesting?
5. Drawings
450 seconds
Brain break: Draw a unicorn sitting on a cloud surrounded by a rainbow.
6. Poll
60 seconds
What is a podcast?
  • A social media platform
  • A digital audio file available on the internet for downloading or streaming
  • A type of video game console
7. Poll
60 seconds
What is the origin of the word 'podcast'?
  • It's a combination of 'iPod' and 'broadcast'
  • It was named after its creator, Adam Podcast
  • It's derived from the Greek word 'podia', meaning 'to listen'
8. Poll
60 seconds
'Serial' and 'This American Life' are examples of what type of programs?
  • TV shows
  • Movies
  • Podcasts
9. Poll
60 seconds
Which device(s) can be used to listen to podcasts?
  • Smartphones
  • All of the above
  • Computers
  • Tablets
10. Poll
60 seconds
Can you make your own podcast?
  • No
  • Yes
11. Open question
180 seconds
Work together in pairs: What are some ways that podcasting is different from other types of media such as radio, TV, and movies?

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