Supporting Literacy through Podcasts
The University of South Florida has added a new resource to their iTunes U store for literacy, language, literature teachers and other educators. Through the collaboration efforts of The University and the Florida Department of Education a resource for supporting the learning and teaching of literacy was developed.
Lit2Go provides access to audio formats (MP3) of many historically and culturally significant poems and stories. A website has also been developed to accompany the Lit2Go iTunes U store. The website (http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/) also provides a print out of the stories and poems. The collection includes famous classical authors such as Poe, Twain, and Shakespeare.
The Florida Center for Instructional Technology, which is housed within the University of South Florida, has headed the production/and development of the materials. The Center hired talented voice actors to record the numerous stories and poems available on the iTunes Store and website. The website provides a search by author or story to make it easier to find specific stories or poems to incorporate into your lesson plan. The iTunes store makes it really easy to download the stories and poems to your mp3 player for easy offline access. You will need to have iTunes downloaded to your computer to use the iTunes U store. iTunes can be downloaded from the apple website (http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/)