Showing posts with label history podcasts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label history podcasts. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Homeschool History - A Podcast Series for the Family

About eight years ago there was a BBC podcast series called A History of the World in 100 Objects. It was a good series that featured short lessons about objects in The British Museum. New episodes haven't been added in years, but the series is still available to listen to online. I mention that old series because it did make good companion material for world history lessons. Similarly, the BBC recently launched a new podcast series that offers good history lessons for kids.

Homeschool History is a new BBC podcast series that is made for the whole family to listen to and learn a little history lesson. Each Homeschool History episode is fifteen minutes long. Three episodes are currently available to listen to right here on the BBC Radio 4 website. Those episodes are Mary Queen of Scots, The Space Race, and The Restoration. A new episode about Charles Dickens will be released on Monday.

Applications for Education
This morning I listened to the The Space Race episode of Homeschool History. Even though I knew the content of the episode I still found it nice to listen to the episode.I think that I'd be able to get middle school and high school students to listen to at least five minutes of each episode of Homeschool History.

I'd add Homeschool History to my list of "learning at home" resources to recommend to parents of middle school and high school students.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A History of the World in 100 Objects and Podcasts

A History of the World in 100 Objects is a one hundred episode podcast series from the BBC. Each podcast in the series examines an object from The British Museum. The podcasts explain each object's significance in history. Each episode in the series is about fifteen minutes in length. Some of the objects featured in the series include an Egyptian clay model of cattle, an Arabian bronze hand, and The David Vases.

Applications for Education
A History of the World in 100 Objects could be a good companion to the BBC's History of the World interactive object timeline. Students can listen to the podcasts and look for the objects on the timeline. The podcasts could be good supplementary materials for a multimedia history ebook.

H/T to Open Culture.

Monday, June 27, 2011

BBC Witness Podcasts - History Told By Those Who Experienced It

Earlier today I asked my Twitter network to share some of their favorite history podcasts. One of the podcasts that was mentioned over and over was the BBC's Witness podcasts. The BBC's Witness podcast series offers short, under 10 minutes, audio recordings of newscasts and interviews with people who experienced historical events first-hand. There are currently 168 episodes in the series and more are to be added every day.

Applications for Education
The BBC Witness podcast series could be a nice addition to the resources you share with your history students. The combination of first-hand accounts and news clips provide students with a different perspective than they will find in a textbook. The BBC Witness homepage offers links to additional resources related to each podcast episode.

Thank you to everyone on Twitter who recommended this nice resource. I've already enjoyed listening to a couple of the podcasts.