I think my students would enjoy listening to podcasts, but it depends on the topic. My Spanish students would be very interested in hearing from native Spanish speakers who are around their same age. Podcasts with humor or story lines would be of interest to them. We teach Night by Elie Weisel, and a lot of students are very interested in the Holocaust. If there are podcasts out there with interviews of Holocaust survivors, they would be very interested in that. In 11th grade, we teach Fallen Angles by Walter Dean Myers (Vietnam story) and I would imagine the 11th graders would be interested to hear from those who were a part of that war.
I think my students would like creating podcasts more than listening to them. The high school years are a very self-interested time. They would think it's cool to hear their voice online. I'm hoping it would motivate them to do better work knowing that anyone could listen to the final product (especially peers from other classes or mom and dad!). Plus, I think podcasts allow more room for creativity and personalization that perhaps an essay would limit for some students.
My Spanish students would be nervous (at least at first) to speak Spanish online. I think they would need to hear from other foreign language learners who have done the same thing before they try it out.
Ideas related to my curriculum I have already explained in my podcast about the top five ways I could use podcasts in a language arts and/or Spanish classroom.
Podcasts that I personally like include:
Podcasts that benefit me professionally include: