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VIDEO: Zoom should be used for more than meetings — have students make podcasts

Video conferencing used to be the stuff of science fiction. Now we use it almost daily in our homes, schools, and offices. But video conferencing applications can do a whole lot more than fill your day with meetings that could have been emails.

A podcast assignment for high school students on the poetry of Emily Dickinson (Tim Kitson)

The video above shows just one example of how a student Zoom meeting can be elevated to a new level by creating a podcast episode.

Zoom can record meetings without a time limit and save those files locally or on the web. This makes publishing student work easy within a classroom or school setting. The videos can easily be posted to Youtube and reach a wider audience with a few extra clicks.

Podcasting has exploded in popularity in the United States in the last few years, and definitely throughout the coronavirus pandemic of 2020-2021. Assigning students to make a podcast with Zoom offers them fun, authentic, educational experience with broad applications.

Go for it.

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