Podcast? What is that?

Podcasts are a good source of information, entertainment, and education. Perkins recently released a Podcast called eLearning to go. I mentioned it to a colleague of mine, and she responded “what is a podcast? I have never listened to one before”. A Podcast is a digital audio file made available on  the internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. Here is a step-by- step guide on how to download the various apps that allows you listen on iPhone/android phones, or on your computer. 

Perkins' eLearning to Go logo with text, "Perkins Podcasts"

Phone/Tablet

  1. Open the Google or App store: Search Podcast and several applications will appear. Below are the top rated:
    • Apple users: Apple Podcast (free) Overcast (free) Castro (free) Spotify (free)
    • Android users: Google Podcast (free) Spotify (free) 
  2. Install the Application you feel is best for your listening pleasure. Both Google Podcast, and Apple Podcast received the best reviews. Once you have downloaded the App, you will give your preferences about what podcast you are interested in listening to.
  3. Download podcast, and start listening. You can search a particular podcast, go to what’s trending, or pick a genre you prefer (sports, politics, education).                         Google Podcast logo and text, "Listen on Google Podcasts" Apple Podcast logo and text, "Podcasts"

Computer

  1. Open the website associated with the podcast, for instance The Interview TED.
  2. Choose which episode you want to listen to, and push play. 

The Interview TED logo

I personally listen to Podcasts all the time. When I am at school, cleaning the house, going for a walk, or traveling in my car.  They make my drive and cleaning both entertaining and educational. I have even shared several with colleagues and students. We discuss them afterward, and share our views on the topics discussed.  Some of my students have even made recommendations of their own. A blind friend of mine described it as “old time radio hour” which he said he loved as a kid.  So, go ahead a listen, and let me know if you find any podcast that you particularly enjoyed or you if you need recommendations. 

See the first Podcast Post: Podcasts About or For People with Visual Impairments

Collage of podcasts