The greatest technology I have used is the podcast. In today’s society, podcasts are the newest, greatest thing, and most importantly, free. iPod was the word of the year in 2005 and most students have some device that plays mp3s or mp4s, whether it is a cell phone, computer, or mp3/mp4 player. The lesson plan I created for podcasts includes developing student-produced podcasts as both a teaching tool as well as an assessment tool.
Creating podcasts gives students the opportunity to also develop skills using computers, software such as PowerPoint, Excel, movie editing, and other industry specific software, as well as a variety of hardware, along with Internet and RSS feeds. This constructivist approach allows students the flexibility to use their own creativity as well as motivate the students to produce quality podcasts due to the fact that the podcasts are then showcased worldwide on iTunes.
This activity although designed to enhance the learning of science labs, can be adapted for any subject matter. I have found that when students learn that they will have to teach what they learn, it motivates them to pay more attention to detail and can provide excitement in the classroom when students can create their own product.