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Browse, search, and record with crowdsourced podcasting tool

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Subjects & Skills

Communication & Collaboration, Creativity, English Language Arts

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Creating Media

Pros: There's tons of content to explore, and kids will love creating their own podcasts.

Cons: Limited search features and privacy controls might frustrate users, and teachers will have to dive deep to find relevant, appropriate content.

Bottom Line: With teacher guidance, students can access and create innovative audio files that cross a wide range of topics.

For a flipped classroom, create per-topic educational playlists that connect real-world issues with academic disciplines, then post these playlists to your class website as resources. Let students chronicle their class experience by embedding these found or self-created podcasts to personal websites or their own playlists.

Let students use the site to gather related podcasts into playlists and then create their own podcast to describe how and why those podcasts relate to one another. Let them create their own radio show that draws together stories from many different sources.

audioBoom is a tool for accessing and creating podcasts. Users can generate their own podcasts (by uploading an existing recording or using the site's own recording tool) or search a host of resources from media and education outlets. From Shakespeare to the science of sound, listeners can explore informative, up-to-date stories about a range of topics that range across all academic disciplines. While the site isn't geared specifically toward educators or kids, high school teachers and students can use audioBoom podcasts to supplement instruction in class or augment out-of-class learning for homework or a flipped classroom.

After creating a free account (which can be linked with a social media account), users can navigate through nine categories of topics such as culture, knowledge, and current affairs. Each podcast can be added to the user’s feed as posts, playlists, and likes. In addition to accessing the podcasts through the site, teachers and students can embed the sound files elsewhere (on personal websites and social media) or share the QR code and RSS feed associated with each podcast.

There's some great content here, but you'll have to dig: The tiled images that appear on launch can be lurid and tabloid-like, and aren't always classroom-ready or clearly relevant to learning. That being said, teachers who do some digging will be rewarded with some thoughtful, well-produced content that covers a wide range of subjects. It's also great that kids can create and submit their own podcasts, both through the site itself and through using another device to capture their recording. Though teachers and students should be wary of posting their work publicly on the site, this is a neat opportunity for searching and synthesizing others' creations into a coherent, thoughtful narrative about a topic. Overall, this is a neat tool to introduce kids to the world of podcasting, but proceed with caution through some uneven user-generated content. 

Editor's Note: audioBoom has moved out of the education market and now provides a platform for professional broadcasters to distribute podcasts.

Learning Rating

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Kids can customize their experience by creating playlists and uploading their own audio files. The screen layout can be a little overwhelming, but it's fun to browse the huge range of videos on hand.


Though the quality of content varies drastically, some of the professionally produced podcasts are great resources for research or class discussion on a wide variety of topics.


Kid-friendly setup and navigation plus good help and FAQ pages make for easy use. Sound files can be easily embedded and shared, but transcripts mostly aren't available.

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Privacy Rating

Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users.
  • Personal information can be displayed publicly.
  • User-created content is not filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify data are available for authorized users.

Ads & Tracking Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.

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