PodPals: Using Podcasting and Peer Mentoring to Enhance the Reading and Listening Skills of Elementary School Students
A Professional Development Series
PodPals is a Professional Development Series designed to incorporate the technology of podcasting into the existing “reading buddy” program in the school. The eighth graders will be able to read and record a lasting product to help with their buddy’s reading and listening skills, while improving their own technological skills. This workshop will enable us to assist our students in achieving this goal.
Reading Aloud to Students and How it Benefits them.
Wednesday May 6, 2009 3p.m. to 5p.m. Meets in the Library
Basics of Creating a Podcast
Wednesday May 13, 2009 3p.m. to 5p.m. Meets in Computer Room
STORYTIME 21 st CENTURY STYLE:
Students and Teachers Collaborate in Small Groups to Create a Podcast.
Wednesday May 20, 2009 3p.m. to 5p.m. Meets in Computer Room
Technical support will be available in the library and adjoining computer room on Wednesday afternoons from 3p.m. to 5p.m., through year end. Please stop in for Questions and Answers, Experimentation, or Creating Your Own Podcast.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Welcome and overview of series.
Benefits of Reading Aloud.
Tips for Reading Aloud.
Brainstorm other Methods and Ideas for Reading Aloud.
Reading Aloud is Beneficial to All Students including ESL/ELL Learners.
Book Suggestions for Reading Aloud Grades K-3.
Brainstorm other Book Suggestions for any Age Level.
BENEFITS OF READING ALOUD
Helps improve literacy skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
Children listen on a higher level than they read.
Enables students to experience literature that is above their own reading level.
Introduces students to different genres, writing styles, topics, authors, and characters.
Encourages students to think about the reading and
participate in follow up conversations.
Can motivate students to read independently.
ADDED BENEFITS FOR ESL/ELL LEARNERS
Listening to other readers increases understanding
of vocabulary and language patterns.
Listening to a more fluent reader increases fluency
and comprehension. This models what a fluent
reader should sound like.
TIPS FOR READING ALOUD
The selection is important. Choose something that is age and subject appropriate.
Read with expression.
Use inflection and change your voice.
Give different characters different voices.
Read at a pace that is not too fast or too slow.
Become familiar with the reading ahead of time. Select something you like, as well.
Choose a book conducive to reading aloud.
WHEN READING IN A CLASSROOM SETTING
Stop at appropriate intervals to allow for questions and look at illustrations.
Encourage students to ask questions when reading is completed.
Ask open ended questions about the reading.
Book Suggestions for K-3 Reading Buddies:
A. Lincoln and Me by Louise Borden
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
Don’t Need Friends by Carolyn Crimi
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Where’s Your Smile Crocodile? by Claire Freedman
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Owen by Kevin Henkes
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff
The Scrubbly-Bubbly Car Wash by Irene O’Garden
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
Curious George by H.A. Rey
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Knuffle Bunny: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems
A podcast is a digital audio recording that can be shared with others.
A podcast can be created on the computer and then converted into an MP3 file.
The finished product can be played on the computer, transferred to an iPod or MP3 player, burned to CD, or uploaded to the web.
HOW TO CREATE A PODCAST
We will be using Audacity: A free software program that can be downloaded onto your computer.
- Audacity may be installed from a CD if internet access is not available.
Versions for Windows and Mac are available.
A microphone will also be necessary.
Recording in a quiet place, or soundproofing, helps make a better podcast.
Download Audacity 1.2.6 version from:
You will also need Lame_enc.dll from:
- This file is also listed as MP3 encoder under Optional Downloads on the
Audacity Home Page.
-This file allows Audacity to export MP3 files.
-Plug the microphone into the computer.
- Control Tool Bar
play record pause stop - audio control options
-Press the record button on the control panel.
-Record what you would like to say.
You will get a screen that looks something like this:
- This is your voice Voice.
TIPS FOR RECORDING
If you need to stop speaking, press the pause button. If you hit stop, another track will be created when you start speaking again. It is possible to align two tracks to flow continuously, if necessary.
Tracks can be deleted by clicking the X next to the track name and be recorded again.
Once you have a track with your voice on it, you may edit out any portions you are not happy with.
Envelope Tool Draw Tool
Zoom Tool - Editing Tool Bar
Time Shift Tool Multi Tool
The two editing tools you will be most concerned with are the:
Selection Tool- selects areas of the track that you want to edit or listen to.
Time Shift Tool- allows track to be moved left and right.
Functions of Other Editing Tools:
Zoom Tool- zooms tracks in and out so voice inflections can be seen better.
Envelope Tool- changes volume over time.
Draw Tool- modifies individual samples.
Multi Tool- allows access of all tools at once.
ADDING SOUND EFFECTS AND/OR MUSIC:
- Sound effects may be created on your own, or existing sound effects may be imported from the internet.
Music may also be imported from the internet.
Two resources for this with fewer copyright restrictions are:
http://www.freesound.org for sound effects, and
http://www.ccmixter.org for music.
These sites are created by artists that allow for the use of their work, but it must be cited.
ADDING SOUND EFFECTS AND MUSIC:
- find music or sound effects you wish to use use.
- download it to your
- click on:
- select a file from your
- it will be automatically
inserted into your
FINE TUNING THE PROJECT:
Individual tracks can be listened to and edited by muting the tracks you don’t want to listen to.
Tracks may be moved with the timeshift tool , so that they start at different times.
The volume may be adjusted on each track.
A track may be looped by selecting, copying, and pasting it, next to the original track, again and again, for the desired length of time.
EXPORT AS MP3:
Make sure to Save as Project
first so you may edit in the future.
Export as MP3.
The first time you attempt to
export an Audacity project as
an MP3 file, you will have to tell audacity where this file is saved. This step only has to be done once.
CREATING SOUND EFFECTS
- Potatoe Chips- leaves rustling
- Coconuts- horses running
- Hammering metal or wood
- Knocking on doors
- Shutting doors
WHY ELSE CREATE A PODCAST?
Allows for Playback so Students may Work at Their Own Pace