As part of an investigation for a book proposal, I took a look today at the offerings of iTunes podcasts. The selection of both audio and video podcasts is very varied . I spent a whole morning looking around (this is work?) and found a great gem.
[I am doing my listening on my iPod but as iTunes is free, you can listen to these online.]
At iTunes U, there is an initiative from the University of South Florida called Lit2Go in which educators are creating audio files out of public domain works. Organized both by author and subject, the Web site shows the wide range of titles from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
For those students struggling to finish [or dare I say start?] their required summer reading, this growning compendium of stories can be used to listen to while reading the text.
On the Web page [not in iTunes], you can click on a title and another Web page appears with information and a way to download the .mp3 files (without using iTunes). Here's an example of the Aesop Fable, "The Fox and the Stork". The audio file is one minute, thirteen seconds, the text can be viewed as a Web page or downloaded for printing as a PDF file.
Ah, summer reading!