Some things I like about podcasting is the fact that students become “content producers” rather than“ content consumers”; they are actively engaged in the learning; they are practicing their speaking skills and it allows you to showcase for parents what you are doing in the class without having to invite them in.
Realistically though, I am not sure how successful I would be in implementing this in the class. It seems like it would take an awful lot of time and I am not sure how manageable it would be with a class full of 8 /9 year olds.
How I think I would perhaps try a podcast is with their speeches they write for a mini Concours d’Art Oratoire (as this is a school-wide event already in place.) They would need to be short, simple and done individually. I also like Coley’s idea of incorporating lots of questions to engage the listener. I could perhaps put this on my blog for parents? Not sure. I often have quite a wide range of reading ability levels. I know some would still struggle with lots of practice and coaching. I am not sure I want to broadcast this on my blog? I do think it is possible but it would require some thought as to how to best proceed.