Exploring the Use of Podcasts and Vodcasts: Multimedia Tools for Word Learning

Comput Sch. 2014;31(4):251-270. doi: 10.1080/07380569.2014.967622. Epub 2014 Dec 2.


The study investigated the impact of podcasts and vodcasts accessed through an iPod on fourth- and sixth-grade students' vocabulary acquisition. Students were randomly assigned to either a podcast group or a vodcast group. Regardless of group assignment, each student completed three six-minute podcasts or vodcasts a day for three days. On average, students learned four out of nine words taught regardless of group assignment. The vodcast group learned significantly more words compared to the podcast group at the receptive level and at the expressive level. Student comments indicated that iPods should be used to teach and to review words.

Keywords: adolescence; iPods; mobile learning; podcasts; vocabulary instruction; vodcasts.