Lesson 1: Audio Learning
Unit Two Lesson One: Audio as a main format for learning
Students will learn about different audio learning sources and how to plan audio learning in the classroom
Audio learning happens in and out of the classroom. Students listen to the radio, podcasts, audiobooks and other audio sources. Related to the classroom, there are many ways that teachers can integrate audio learning as outside learning. Some courses at the college level are offered fully in audio format. Students download the course content and listen to the information. One drawback that many find with audio learning is that it is similar to direct instruction, except without the visual benefits.
Surveying Audio Learning Online
Before integrating audio learning in your classroom, it is best to see what is out there already. It is possible that there are previously created audio learning experiences that your students could use. If not, and you need to create your own materials, it is helpful to listen to what is already out there in the form of podcasts, audio books, and other lectures. By surveying what is already available, you can get ideas of how to structure your audio learning and also how to post them online. Many people use blogs to post their audio lectures. Visit these sites to see a small sampling of audio learning resources on the web. Many of these are directed towards college and adult learners. Khan Academy has video visuals, but it mostly audio learning, and is aimed at all ages.
Audio learning in the classroom
A tried and true method for using audio learning is listening to audio books. Audio books have been around for a long time and can help many students connect with the text. In Edutopia, Grace Rubenstein extols the benefits of audio books for the reluctant reader or readers who need assistance for comprehension. You can still find audio books at your public library, but there are many online resources for audio books that make them very accessible to anyone with an mp3 playing device. Browse around Audible.com to get an idea of the thousands of books out there for students to listen to.
Now it is time to determine what place audio learning has in your current classroom. Some possible ways you can integrate audio learning are:
-Homework for a flipped classroom -Introduction to a topic -Differentiated instruction when you have already covered a topic using a different modality -review for students who need reteaching
Think about how often your students are required to use their listening intelligence. How could you add audio learning into your instruction?
Using the discussion tab, discuss the different uses of audio learning described above and their benefits and drawbacks.
Continue to Unit 2, Lesson 2: Integrating Other Modalities