"The word podcast is a play on the word broadcast combined with the word iPod (one of the most popular portable MP3 players)." "You can listen to podcasts on your computer, burn them to CD or transfer them to your MP3 player. You're in control of when and how you listen."
From: What is a podcast?

See Allanah's Appleby Showcase for great examples of how you can use this technology to improve oral literacy, share the joy of books, and have fun while learning.
For more information on how this podcasts blog was a finalist in the international EduBlog awards, see this blog post on Create Readers.

Books Go Global
Books Go Global
Books Go Global A new wiki with multimedia book reviews from students around the world. Currently at Grade 4 (Year 5) level.

1001 Flat World Tales
"We are using the story telling format of 1001 Nights to tell a new story, a story of our world. The format of 1001 Nights is unique, with thousands of different stories embedded within the one main story. We hope that our student stories will become "never ending tales," with each links to different individual stories embedded within our one overarching story. Our story starts here!"

Callaborative Stories
Podcasts From Bucklands Beach Intermediate

Digital Storytelling

"Digital Stories are short, personal, multimedia scraps of TV that people can make for themselves."
Have a look at the BBC Digital Storytelling site.

Ideas for your classroom reading programme

Sites such as Teachertube and YouTube have some great ideas from other teachers. Here's an example for your literacy programme:
Lively Loud Reading Fun with the Crazy Professor’s Reading Game by Chris Biffle

Video - What if Barbie had a bookclub?
A new form of book review...