Educational Podcasting

ENGL 101: English Composition  

The podcast that I chose to listen to is one that fits in well fot those of us who wishes to teach English in high school.  The podcast is entitled English composition and the professor, named Nicole Bailey, is the author of the podcast. Although this podcast is designed for college students, I feel that this information will benefit high school students as well, since as teachers our job is to prepare students for life beyond high school, be it college or the work force.  The particular podcast that I have chosed is one about taking notes from lectures.  She brings out some good information, for instance she warns about trying to write down everything which defeats the purpose of taking notes.  An important lesson she brings out that students can use in order to learn what to write down during lectures is to look at the syllabus before class, and the description for that day would tell you which points to write down.  Another point is to try to determine what will be on a test or what is important for an essay, for instance if a student has a test on grammer, then the notes that a student should focus on would be just those rules concerning grammer.  The instructor inadvertly give clues at times what should be written down, for instance if a teacher repeats a topic multiple times this indicates something important and should be written down.  Other times things should be written down would be if the teacher writes something on the board or in a power point presentation, this shoule be written down.  Finally, if the teacher gives the definition to a term, and ask the class the meaning of the term, this too should be written down.  There are a number of other points within this podcast that gives basic reminders on how to take notes, which is important because too often all of us forget the visual and audio clues as to what is important vs what is not important. 

Nicole Bailey is a professor at Central Pennsylvania Community College and what was new to me is something that I have never done in all my years of college and that is actually using my syllabus as a clue to what I should be focusing on when I attend my classes.  I found this podcast on itunes u which can be found by going to Apples website, but I have also enclose a link which is as follows:

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