The Atoms Family: Using Podcasts to Enhance the Development of Science Vocabulary

Putman, S. Michael; Kingsley, Tara
October 2009
Reading Teacher;Oct2009, Vol. 63 Issue 2, p100
Academic Journal
The article offers an educational tool using podcasts to enhance science vocabulary development in fifth graders. The lack of research on podcasts in education and on vocabulary instruction in content area classrooms are addressed. The authors wished to discover how access to weekly podcasts of science-specific vocabulary affect students' vocabulary development compared to those who received only regular instruction and if students given access to podcasts consider them effective in enhancing their vocabulary development. How the authors organized their classroom instruction and created and incorporated podcasts into their classrooms are discussed.


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