Podcasting for Schools ?
The idea proposed by Sathish and his friends here seems to be creating a podcast (Podshaaala) for various lessons and lectures and search them interactively. Most teachers do not also have any kind of computing resource. How to record their lectures ? The search across the podcasts is based upon some kind of tag. There is some kind of suggestion saying you can record it on some media (CD's ?) and have students download it. Techniques for recording what is being written on the blackboard is also being discussed. The impetus of the talk was more on getting data from the audience on what needs to be done and the possible directions for it. One possible way (suggestion from my side)is to check what this "Gyan Darshan" channel is using. This is because, they transmit via satellite and they cannot afford to be data intensive. Having done some work with satellite broadcasting, i think that might give some clues. There are also a few feedbacks from the audience that podcasting might *not* exactly be the bridge between teachers and students !! The need here is to also look at what the OpenCourse Ware from MIT is doing in terms of course distribution !
Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 11:57 AM