What are they?

"A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of files (either audio or video) subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication. The word is a neologism derived from "broadcast" and "pod" from the success of the iPod, as podcasts are often listened to on portable media players" (Wikipedia, "Podcast").

How can I use them to promote reading?

Several years ago, podcasts seemed to be a hot topic in education, but since have taken a back seat to other technology. However, podcasts promote reading just like booktalks. Having a collection of podcasts for students to browse through when you are unable to suggest books to them keeps them from walking away empty-handed.

Students can be encouraged to create their own podcasts to review recently read books.

Where can I find them?

SCASL offers several podcasts:

2010-2011 SCYABA Nominees

2009-2010 SCYABA Nominees (same page as above; scroll down)

2010-2011 SCJBA Nominees

2010-2011 SCCBA Nominees

2009-2010 SCCBA Nominees (same page as above; scroll down)

2010-2011 SCPBA Nominees

SCASL Members can also access the most recent year's podcasts through the forums on scasl.net.

You will have to be logged into SCASL to access these:

2011-2012 SCYABA Nominees

2011-2012 SCJBA Nominees

2011-2012 SCCBA Nominees

iTunes is a great resource. You can find these podcasts there:

Nancy Keane's Booktalks Quick and Simple Podcasts
South Carolina's own Anne Lemieux.s Summer Reading Booktalks

How can I learn more?

Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand site offers a free download of a 32 page booklet to help you find podcasts and create your own.


"Podcast." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., 12 Mar. 2012. Web. 13 Mar. 2012. <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast>.