This show highlights history-related podcasts that can be used in your classroom. They’re also great resources for differentiating instruction. Try giving them to students to use for review. Or use them as enrichment opportunities for those few students who always finish ahead of everyone else. Have students use them as springboards for further research or their own multimedia presentations. The possibilities are endless.Loading...
Featured in this episode are the following:
Profile America from the US Census Bureau
(segment on Robert L. Johnson )
This daily podcast features short 1-minute profiles of American figures, facts, events, and places. These short shows are suitable for younger elementary students. Each day in February, the show profiled figures in African American history.
Mattâ€™s Today in History from Matt Dattilo
(Austria Annexed by Germany)
This podcast features important events from each date in history. Each show, produced by Matt Dattilo, is about 10 minutes long. This podcast could be used as a warm-up or enrichment activity. Back issues could be matched to topics being studied in class. Transcripts are included on the web site.
Great Speeches in History from Learn Out Loud
(FDR – The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself)
This weekly show features speeches from history, including ones from Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, and many others. Some are re-enactments, while others are historic recordings. The shows are anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes long and are suitable for a variety of ages.
Colonial Williamsburg â€“ Past and Present from Colonial Williamsburg
(Thomas Jefferson vs. Patrick Henry)
These podcasts from Colonial Williamsburg cover early American history, often from through conversations with historic characters, such as Thomas Jefferson and Benedict Arnold, as interpreted by Williamsburg actors. Some shows feature interviews with present figures, such as historians, authors, and museum staff. The shows are typically about 15 minutes long and air weekly. Enhanced podcasts are also available.
History Podcast from Jason Watts
(John Paul Jones)
This history podcast, produced by Jason Watts, focuses on a different person or event each week and includes shows from guest podcasters. (This is a good way to try your hand at podcasting!) This show could be used for review or enrichment of in-class topics, as well as for general knowledge and enjoyment. Episodes
The History Capsule from Mystery Play Internet Radio
This podcast features â€œhistorical newscasts, period music, and the sounds of history,â€ including cultural pieces like radio plays. Most of the episodes are around an hour long and include several segments that could be listened to individually. The focus is on American history with lots of great WWII content. This authentic content gives listeners a feel for the time period and helps bring history alive. It would be an interesting tool to study critical media literacy (a very important topic) by looking at perspective, point of view, and bias.
THANKS to all of you for making this great content available.
Here is another history-related podcast that didn’t make it into the show:
Organization of American Historians – Talking History
They’ve suspended their podcast (hopefully temporarily), but there are lots of great back episodes to use.
Our next episode will feature podcasts of interest to school library media specialists, including library podcasts, literature circles, book talks, and more.