I still did not find much in the podcasts that I would use in class. I did find a fun trivia podcast but it was too difficult for middle schoolers.
I could see having students make podcasts as an alternative to writing a paper. Students would be more motivated to write for a podcast than a research paper. That is the key to podcasts: student motivation. I also could make my own podcasts of lectures or student instructions. Students could also make podcasts for morning announcements.