AudioBoom is all about podcasts. From accessing ready-made content to creating your own, it is an ideal podcast hub for teachers and students.
While AudioBoom is a great way to explore educational content, it's not specifically built for education, which can be a good thing for a broad base of podcasts.
From creating playlists to sharing learning resources with an entire class, the uses for AudioBoom are wide. For those wishing to go on further into podcast creation, this platform also helps with marketing and monetizing – worth keeping in mind for those media education classes.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about AudioBoom for teachers and students.
What is AudioBoom?
AudioBoom (opens in new tab) is a one-stop-shop platform for podcasts. Not only does it provide a way to create podcast recordings but it also acts as a hub for organizing other podcasts. This allows you to manage multiple podcasts, making it a valuable tool for teachers who want to organize educational content into categories.
This isn't a closed platform since you can still listen through the preferred platform, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and TuneIn, to name a few.
AudioBoom has some great content that's educationally useful, plus more mainstream material, all of which does require some prep work before using it in the classroom.
Creating podcasts can be done using any device, allowing students to work on their projects both in class and outside the room, making this great for a flipped or remote learning classroom.
While AudioBoom started with an education focus, it is now aimed at the general market as a tool for podcast creation and organization on a business level.
How does AudioBoom work?
AudioBoom can, primarily, be a way to access podcast content. This is organized with image tiles for a very engaging way to browse. Everything is well organized so it can be easily searched. AudioBoom Originals and the AudioBoom Network extend the wide world of podcast content available.
In fact, there are now a lot more podcasts from the wider network than there are originals.
AudioBoom lets you subscribe to a podcast and follow it on your platform of choice, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, RSS, Spotify, Amazon Music, CastBox, Deezer, iHeart, Stitcher, and TuneIn.
Teachers can create a list of podcasts or episodes that relate to a specific topic and have students listen to each one. Then a quiz can be given to check how well that material has been assimilated and understood by the class.
What are the best AudioBoom features?
AudioBoom is a great way to get students working creatively to record their own podcasts. This is an engaging way to have students present work back to the class, allowing a student or group to cover a topic that the others can then listen to and learn from.
This is ideal for remote learning so students can create and listen on their devices and in their own time.
AudioBoom also allows for distribution of the podcast across networks. While this could be a good way to have students create their own regular podcasts, or teachers do the same, it's more of a tool for learning about marketing and advertising.
The platform offers analytics tools that offer feedback on how a podcast is doing – also a useful experience for students that may wish to go into this area in the future. As podcasts continue to grow in popularity, this platform provides a way to educate students on how to use that media for whatever they may need it for in the future.
Since each show can have collaborative input, students can work in groups on a project.
How much does AudioBoom cost?
AudioBoom starts at $9.99 per month to have a podcast running on a monthly basis. Or you can pay $99 up front to cover an annual membership. For those already running a popular podcast with over 10,000 plays per episode, pricing is bespoke, with potential to make money through advertising revenue.
The basic account gets you unlimited episodes per month, 10,000 plays per month, distribution across platforms, advanced analytics, and embeddable players.
AudioBoom best tips and tricks
Work as a group
If you're paying for this tool then you likely want to get as much use as possible so group project work, with student collaboration, is a great option.
When a podcast is created, have everyone listen and then get the creator to make a quiz. This helps students learn to share information as well as others to learn from that.
Set audio homework
Have a weekly podcast listening task so students can learn from the content of the podcast and also understand what a professional episode should sound like.