Podcasting with Youth: A Quick Guide for Librarians and Educators

Libraries Unlimited. Jun. 2020. 73p. pap. $30. ISBN 9781440870354.
Maxwell, a school librarian in London, highlights the simplicity, flexibility, and usefulness of podcasting. It’s easy to implement, he argues, and incorporates well into the curricula. Maxwell takes readers step by step through the process of producing a podcast: brainstorming, recording, posting, and marketing. Readers who aren’t familiar with the various computer programs and apps that can be used will appreciate the author’s level of detail, and his conversational tone will put even podcasting novices at ease—anyone who can follow directions will be able to get up and running quickly. Emphasizing that podcasting takes very little to get started, he discusses equipment and programs, giving specific recommendations, sources, and prices. While marketing and promoting the podcast are important, Maxwell stresses that perfection isn’t. Creating podcasts provides opportunities for students to engage, collaborate, and learn from mistakes.
VERDICT After diving into this excellent resource, readers will feel confident that they can launch podcasting programs in their schools. Highly recommended for librarians and teachers interesting in beginning podcasting with students.

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