Podcasts and Digital Storytelling

After reading about and listening to podcasts and digital stories, I have started to change my mind about the place of podcasts and digital stories in the classroom. What Teens are Learning From ‘Serial’ and Other Podcasts states, “Students can listen to content two-to-three grade levels higher than they can read, according to Monica Brady-Myerov.” This does not surprise me because part of the challenge of reading is knowing how to pronounce the words. If students are listening to the words, they do not have to try to pronounce them. Many students know the definition of words when they hear them, but it can be harder for them to understand the definition of the words if they read them.

I also believe the digital stories have a place in the classroom. Meaningful Stories: How Teens Connect with StoryCorps and Podcasts sums up my reasoning behind using digital stories in the classroom when they say:

Classmates can spend much of their waking lives alongside each other, taking notes, completing projects and participating in events. But for teens, getting to know one another is often the domain of intimate friendships or curated identities on social media platforms. How well do students get to know one another and the people who are truly important to them? What kinds of deeper bonds are teens making with one another?

Digital storytelling is a way that students can learn about one another. It can help students open up more than if they were speaking in person. It can also help students listen to others who they would not associate with on a regular basis.

Some disadvantages I see with using podcasts and digital storytelling are the common problems with technology and the oversharing of stories that could lead to embarrassment of one or more students. I also see the problem of obtaining permission to publish podcasts and digital stories because parents/guardians and administrators need to agree along with the classroom teacher and every student.

I think it would be interesting to see if students are able to create in this form using topics of math or science, but I do not know when or how I would use these forms in my classroom.

My biggest takeaways came from the podcasts I found. Math, #EdTech, and Fashion with @bowtieJoe23 – HoET102 was the best podcast I found. It talks about different ways to incorporate technology and other subjects along with life skills into the classroom. It also talks about finding the right fashion style for you. I am a huge supporter of teaching more than just the topic subject (in this case, math) in the classroom, but I want to be able to find ways to incorporate other subject areas and life skills into my classroom as well. The tips given in this podcast were not exactly what I am wanted to hear, but it was good to hear that other educators feel the same way. As for the fashion, I was happy to hear that it is alright to stand out in your wardrobe as long as you can notice the separation between personal and professional situations, and you keep your wardrobe comfortable.

I also highly recommend listening to the following digital stories:

The Meaning of My Life

A Day Without Math

Me and Coaching Story




  1. You make some solid insights on digital story telling and podcasts! I never would have thought about how listening can help students pronounce difficult words! That sounds much more effective than when students read aloud and become embarrassed when they do not know the pronunciation.


    1. I agree. It is always hard for students to learn to embrace the fact that they do not know everything. I was shocked by this realization at first, but I think podcasts would greatly help with vocabulary in the classroom.


  2. You have some great different points. I think that podcasts and digital storytelling can be both helpful and unhelpful. I think its great that students get to share their story and have their classmates see what and who they are. I think that yeah oversharing can be a problem but most students aren’t going to share what they don’t want other to know. It’s up to you on what you share. Overall I think that they are very useful in and out of the classroom.


    1. Jalee,
      I agree that students are not going to share what they do not want others to know. However, sometimes students do not think about the impact they have when sharing; some things that could be shared might not bother the person telling the story, but they could bother another person in the story.


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