Distributing Listening Materials for Use In Class and Outside

Bill Pellowe (Kinki University)

Featured speaker presentation at the Sojo University English Language Teaching and Learning Forum (Listening).
Co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT; Monday, February 2nd, 2015.

Class Sets of Devices



Class set guidelines:

  1. Sync all devices to one computer.
  2. Put a number on each device.
  3. Assign a number to each student.
  4. Have a place for each device.
  5. Keep them locked up, and control the key.
  6. It's best if students use their own earphones.


"Bring Your Own Device" Concerns:

Essential Concerns

Sharing Files

You can put listening files onto a web server and give students links to those files. If you're using DropBox or GoogleDrive, you'll have to "share" the files first. The URLs might be long, so you may want to create QR codes.

Share a DropBox file

Share a Google Drive file

Make a QR Code with the QR Stuff site

Create Podcasts (The affordable, least-technical way)

If you have a DropBox account, you can use JustCast to create a podcast. The free version of JustCast limits your RSS feed to 3 items, while the $5 per month version doesn't have this limit.

(Please note: In this video, I download the RSS file to show you the contents. However, you would probably never have to download that file for any reason, so don't let that part of it put you off.)

How do students subscribe to the podcast? This is probably the easiest way:

  1. Copy the URL of the podcast web page.
  2. Make a QR Code of that URL.
  3. Students can use the QR Code access the page on their phone
  4. If they have a podcatcher (podcast app) on their phone, they can subscribe. Otherwise, they can click the links to listen online.

This video illustrates these steps:

Create Podcasts (A pricier, more technical way)

If you're using a shared web hosting service such as LinkSky, you can install WordPress (a blog content managment system) and use the PowerPress plug-in for podcasts. Your website will have an administration section (usually called "control panel") where you'll find an installation button for WordPress. This video illustrates the process:

How to make a podcast episode with WordPress (note that the audio file had already been uploaded to the web server)


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Panagos, T. (2013) "The Future of Education: BYOD in the Classroom". Wired. Online: http://www.wired.com/2013/09/the-future-of-education-byod-in-the-classroom/

Pellowe, B. (2006). "QR Codes and mobile language learning. JALTCALL 2006 Conference, Sapporo Gakuin University, Hokkaido, Japan, June 3-4, 2006. Slides and handout available online: http://www.eltpodcast.com/qrpres/

Vincent, T. (2010) Classroom iPod touches & iPads: Dos and Donts. Online: http://learninginhand.com/blog/classroom-ipod-touches-ipads-dos-and-donts.html