Audio Learning

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Introduction:

Have you ever listened to an audiobook or podcast? What a great way to pass the time while on long car rides and exercising! Now is the time to integrate distance audio learning into your classroom. Your students spend hours in the car, waiting around at activities, exercising, and otherwise listening to their iPods, iPhones, iPads, and so many other iDevices. Give them something to learn while they're plugged in. Recording and posting audio for students to listen to has never been easier for a teacher. Accessing the audio and other ancillary materials has never been easier for the student.

In this mini-course, you will learn how to create and disseminate audio learning experiences for your students. You will also take some time to understand when is the best time (both for content and purpose) for your students to be learning in an auditory manner. See many examples of how teachers at all levels include both auditory learning and the variety of ancillary materials, many of them interactive, that can accompany the auditory learning. We will delve into everything from external podcasts, videos, and audiobooks, to self-made files.

Listen and Enjoy!

Topics:

  • Create and disseminate these lectures/podcasts,
  • Explain differences unique to auditory learning
  • Understand situations where auditory learning is most effective
  • Create ancillary material to accompany the audio files
    • Effectively assess students using auditory learning

Lessons:

Unit 1: Modalities of Learning

Lesson 1: Learner's Perspectives

Learners will understand learners' perspectives on modalities

Lesson 2: Teachers' Perspectives

Learners will understand teachers' perspecives on modalities

Lesson 3: Differentiated Instruction

Understanding differentiated instruction


Unit 2: Audio Learning

Lesson 1: Audio Learning

Learners will understand when and how to use audio format as a main source of learning

Lesson 2: Integrating Other Modalities

Learners will understand when and how to integrate other modalities with audio learning


Unit 3: Creating Audio Learning Materials

Lesson 1: Teaching Technology

Learners will learn about the technology needs for audio recording

Lesson 2: Learners' Technology

Learners will understand technology requirements as a learner

Lesson 3: Putting it all together

Learners will troubleshoot how to post an audio learning file and discuss the pitfalls and tips and tricks


Unit 4: Assessing Student Learning

Lesson 1: Assessing Student Learning

Learners will create online assessments for their audio learning assignments

Lesson 2: Reteaching

Students will give examples of how they can use both auditory and other teaching styles to reteach the same material


Audio Learning Summary

References and Resources

“Is Differentiated Instruction a Hollow Promise?” by Chester Finn, Jr. in The Education Gadfly, May 1, 2014 (Vol. 14, #18

“Listening to Literature” by Grace Rubenstein in Edutopia, June 2006 (Vol. 2, #4, p. 14).

“Orchestrating Multiple Intelligences” by Seana Moran, Mindy Kornhaber, and Howard Gardner in Educational Leadership, September 2006 (Vol. 64, #1, p. 22-27).

“Teaching to What Students Have in Common” by Daniel Willingham and David Daniel in Educational Leadership, February 2012 (Vol. 69, #5, p. 16-21).

“When Pedagogic Fads Trump Priorities” by Mike Schmoker in Education Week, Sept. 29, 2010 (Vol. 30, #5, p. 22-23).