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Podcasting in the classroom
Podcasting in the classroom
This presentation is intended for teachers at Anytown Highschool.
The purpose of this presentation is to:
Tell you about the summer reading book reviews podcast
Show why you might want to include podcasting in your work with students
Suggest ideas for integrating podcasting into the classroom
Provide resources for teachers interested in learning how to create podcasts with students
Summer reading book review podcast!
Students in Mrs. Smith's 9 th grade English class selected books to read for fun over the summer. They're creating a podcast to report back and share their thoughts on what they read. After creating discussion questions and sharing their interpretations with each other, the students recorded their conversations about the characters, plot, and themes in the book for the podcast.
Is podcasting a good idea?
Teachers are responsible for meeting the objectives of the curriculum. Can you really afford to take the time to learn and use this new technology? Will you be able to integrate this technology into the curriculum and can this project move students toward the relevant learning results?
Yes! Here's why and examples of other schools who have successfully used podcasting to achieve great learning results.
Integrating podcasting into the classroom: what are the advantages?
Collaboration & Creativity
Students can make podcasts that include anything from interviews with veterans, to descriptions of how to add fractions. In many examples, students are motivated to do their best work when communicating with a wider audience and creating a professional product. Growing up with a large amount of media at their fingertips, students are usually interested in creating and presenting content that is similar to what they see and hear. Podcasting allows them to create a multi-media product they can have ownership over and share with a wider audience.
Sarah Morgan, a young adult librarian at Chesire Public Library in Connecticut didn't anticipate the level of interest in podcasting when she began a workshop for teens. Now she assists the active student editorial board brainstorming topics, writing scripts and recording content for several teen-generated podcasts. She finds that podcasting is a great way to empower teens to be creative, share their opinions, and get involved in the library and says, “Part of the appeal of podcasting is that something they do can be available world wide” Murdoch, James. "On the Air at the Library: Teens Sound Off through Podcasting." Voice of Youth Advocates (2006 ). In this way, the ability to share content with a wider audience is motivating for students.
Not only are students motivated to create their best work, podcasting engages students who might otherwise be tuning out. Many students learn best in a hands-on manner, working on projects to apply and integrate what they've learned.
To create a podcast, students need to review their material, decide what they are going to say, plan and rehearse together, manipulate audio recording and editing equipment, mix clips, and, finally, add music and sound effects.
After they initially record their presentation, another process begins: students may want to listen to their work and figure out what might not sound good and come up with a plan to fix it or make the presentation more clear; finally students need to edit their production to create the finished product. This process requires students to engage a wide range of abilities to plan, create, collaborate, analyze, synthesize, edit and improve their work. Instead of passively listening to information they may soon forget, podcasting allows students to be actively engaged in their learning, and share their knowledge.
This process engages a host of higher level skills: synthesizing information and communicating to others. Diane Chen, a school library media specialist at the John F. Kennedy Middle School, worked with elementary school students on a podcasting project. Teachers involved reported that the most positive aspect of the project was the students excitement (http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/830000283/post/1790007579.html?q=student+podcast%2A&).
Other teachers who have tried using podcasting in the classroom similarly report engagement, and application of a variety of skills and abilities.
In project-based learning, students may be more invested and feel more ownership and pride in their work because they participate in the planning stages of the project, and see process from start to finish. While younger students may be frustrated by not achieving the goal right away, and may want to break down the project into pieces by identifying benchmarks and small goals to work toward, working on a project over time can help students learn how to plan: they need to write scripts, gather information and citations, record, revise, and think about things they might do differently in future projects.
Podcasting is a great way to practice writing! When students create podcast scripts they write for an audience and purpose as well as integrate writing into other tasks, so the exercise may not feel quite as laborious. Many students may dislike writing, but love texting their friends. With a meaningful audience, students often are motivated to communicate through writing. Podcasting is a great tool for self-expression and creativity in this way. What's more, listening to their work on the podcast gives students perspective on their writing – a great tool for improving and appreciating their work!
Communication & Creativity
Podcasts are a great tool for communicating with a wider audience, self-expression and creativity. In addition, creating podcasts can make intellectual property rights come alive: making podcasts, students gain experience using audio clips with permission and giving the proper attribution. By making and publishing creative content, copyright issues become less abstract as students put these concepts into practice. Students will remember receiving recognition for their work and understand the importance of doing the same by crediting others.
Slow down, speak clearly, & introduce yourself!
Think about what you're saying and how you're saying it: plan ahead and use language that's right for your audience (not too technical or jargon-y, for example).
Have something to say and some reason to say it: think about why you are telling your audience about your topic and what you would like listeners to take away from your production. You might have knowledge, experience, a new angle on a news item, or information to convey. You might want to tell a story describe an experience or a skill to share.
You might want to build on previous episodes and develop an idea to carry a conversation and topic across episodes.
Ideas for podcasting!
Here are some ideas for podcasting and programs other teachers are doing:
Podcasting poetry slams
Oral histories projects
Review books, music and movies
Talk about materials and services available at the library
Share creative writing such as poems, short stories, journaling, personal essays, or perform live music
More ideas for podcasting!
Create talkshow programs
Audio tours (could be a fictional or historic place, as well as park, museum etc.)
Report on the news from the local school community to the international
Create magazine-style shows that discuss travel, health, entertainment, or shopping
Cooking shows or recipe reviews
Mock advertising or public service productions
Report on science fair projects
Don't forget to join forces with:
The theater and/or music dept in your school
Public radio station in your town
The public library
Student organizations: e.g. drama club, writing club, school newspaper etc.
Free, open-source software for recording and editing sounds
Create, find, share podcasts. Helpful site for publishing podcasts and show notes.
Ioda Promonet http://www.iodapromonet.com/
Promotional music distribution network. Gather music here from independent artists to use in your podcasts.
A helpful book:
Fontichiaro, Kristin. Podcasting At School. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited. 2008. Provides 125 potential podcasting lessons with detailed descriptions with evaluation rubrics.
Podcasts by students
Radio WillowWeb: http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/Radio/
Radio WillowWeb is a podcast for kids and by kids from the students at Willowdale Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska.
School in the Coulee Podcast: http://www.sdlax.net/longfellow/sc/pc/CouleeSchoolStudents.xml
The Coulee kids study amphibians, write letters to soldiers, and share personal narratives and much more in these fabulous podcasts.
A free educational kids teaching kids project from a teachr and students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA.
More student podcasts!
The Education Podcast Directory http://epnweb.org/ See student and class podcasts
TeenLinks: Hennepin County Library http://www.hclib.org/teens/Podcasts.cfm These podcasts are original presentations by Hennepin County Library Teens
Podcasts and Teens http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Podcasts_%26_Teens A great wiki that links to podcasts created through partnerships of public libraries and teens
Award-winning student podcasts School Library journal staff report on three New York schools that were recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education for podcasting projects: “ Elementary School: Karen Kliegman and Noel Forte of Searingtown Elementary School in Albertson, NY, for “Meet the Candidates,” a fifth-grade project focused on the 2008 presidential election. · Middle School: Lindsay Cesari and Patrick Donahue of Durgee Junior High School in Baldwinsville, NY, for “Element Commercials,” which highlights the use of digital storytelling to produce commercials, and then using the commercials to pitch products in an environment similar to the reality TV show, “The Apprentice.” · High School: Belinda O’Brien, Susan Casement and Cindy Rubenstein of Minerva DeLand School in Fairport, NY, for “People Who Changed the World,” a program in which students read biographies and autobiographies of people who changed the world. The goal is to have students analyze where they could apply similar qualities and ideas to their own lives.” http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6668406.html?q=podcast+students
Chen, Diane. "Podcasting with No Dollars - Practically Paradise - Blog on School Library Journal." School Library Journal - Books, Multimedia, & Technology-Children & Teens . Web. 24 July 2009. <http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/830000283/post/1790007579.html?q=student+podcast%2A&>.
Fredrick, Kathy. "The Web is Alive with the Sound of Podcasts." School Library Media Activities Monthly 24.6 (2008): 46-47. Print.
Harlan, Mary. "Poetry Slams go Digital." Focus: Teacher Librarians on the Leading Edge . Apr.-May 2008. Web. 25 July 2009.
Ishizuka, Kathy. "Follow the Leader - 12/1/2005 - School Library Journal." School Library Journal - Books, Multimedia, & Technology-Children & Teens . Web. 24 July 2009. <http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6286437.html?q=podcast+students&>.
Junion-Metz, Gail. "Ipods in the library? You Bet! Here are ideas on how to use them to enhance learning." School Library Journal . 1 July 2007. Web. 24 July 2009. <http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6456395.html?q=student+podcast%2A&>.
Murdoch, James. "On the Air at the Library: Teens Sound Off through Podcasting." Voice of Youth Advocates 29.5 (2006). Print.
Richardson, Will. "Making Waves - 10/1/2006 - School Library Journal." School Library Journal - Books, Multimedia, & Technology-Children & Teens . Web. 24 July 2009. <http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6376082.html?q=podcast+students&>.
"Three New York Schools Win ISTE Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award." School Library Journal . 1 July 2009. Web. 24 July 2009. <http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6668406.html?q=podcast+students&>.
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