Podcasting is a really interesting idea, particularly in an L2 classroom. There are so many great activities that can be done with podcasts. For instance, I could imagine doing a news broadcast with my students in French about what is new in their community. Every week, two students could record a podcast, we could listen to it, and do some listening activities around it. In social studies class, the students could do research on a topic and then interview each other on the findings.
I wonder though if students would really be more motivated to do such an activity then when doing presentations in class. The author of the article claims that web distribution of students’ work motivates them to put their best foot forward. But who is their target audience? I guess putting their podcasts online is more exciting than just presenting in class, but it would be nice to have an idea of who your audience is.