Why Podcasts are Good for Kids
Do you have a long car ride ahead for Thanksgiving or just looking for activities to do with your kids off screens? How about a podcast? I love podcasts and listen to them with my kids often because, as I’ve written about before, we have a rule in our family about not using cellphones in the car. Every time we hear a new one we learn something, and it sparks conversation and debate. Furthermore, as Stephanie Hayes writes in the Atlantic:
“The absence of images in podcasts seems to be a source of their creative potential. Without visuals, listeners are required to fill the gaps—and when these listeners are children, the results can be powerful. Numerous studies have found that children between the ages of seven and 13 respond more creatively to radio stories than to stories shown on television. Audio stories prompt kids to draw more novel pictures, think up more unique questions, and solve problems in a more imaginative way than TV tales.”
Here are my top 3 favorite podcasts to listen to with my family–along with a few titles of recent shows:
For this week’s Tech Talk Tuesday let’s talk about podcasts. Here are some conversation starters:
-Do you ever listen to podcasts at school? If so, are there any you like?
-What do you think of listening to something other than music in the car?
-If you were to do a podcast, what would it be about?
For more discussion ideas, you can peruse past Tech Talk TuesdaysTech Talk Tuesdays.