Podcasting in the ClassroomLisa Shears4th Grade G/T TeacherWoodbridge Elementarylshears@comcast.netWebsite:http://collaborate.oaisd.org/index.php?&site=ze_lshears§ion=344&action=siteBlog: http://blogs.oaisd.org/53
Laying the Foundation • Introduce the concept of podcasting to students. • Visit Wikipedia and read definition. • Internet research • Play different podcasts for students. • Students listen to student-created podcasts and critique podcasts. • Discuss what makes a good podcast: • Voice – rhythm, tone, pitch, clarity • Content – interesting, relevant, flow, length • Music choice/Sound effects
Planning • Name, Logo, Tagline: • Let students take ownership by letting them think of name, design logo and write tagline. • Decision based on student vote or teacher choice • Tagline Resource: How to write Taglines • Logo Example: Woodbridge Waves Logo • Tagline: • Radio WillowWeb – “Radio for Kids, by kids” • Woodbridge Waves – “Bridging our World to Yours…You listen you learn”
Pre-production • Brainstorm Segment ideas: • Great Resource: Radio WillowWeb • Assign segments and roles: • Host • Recorder • Editors • Loop creators • Schedule segments for podcast: students are continually working on a segment • Writing: • Integrate Podcasts into writing workshop. • Use the writing process: planning, pre-writing, editing, presentation • Practice Presentation: Students practice presentation in front of peers for critique.
Production Recording: Audacity – downloadable free program from: • http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ Microphone – USB microphone will provide better quality. Teach one or two students how to record using the program. They will then train the next students who will be recording.
Post-Production Editing: • Use Audacity to edit: Train one or two students to train the others • edit content • add “bumper music” • sound effects Creating Music Loops: • Super Duper Music Looper ($10-$15) • Search for Podsafe music on iTunes Music Store Adding Sound Effects: • www.findsounds.com • www.therecordist.com Save project and export as an MP3 file Post MP3 Project to your host Website/Blog Submit to iTunes – others can subscribe to your podcast.
Resources Learning in Hand– Good introduction and outline to Podcasting for teachers Radio WillowWeb – The pioneer in student-created podcasts. Audacity – download program and access online help. Super Duper Music Looper – easy program for students to create music loops. The Recordist – free sound effects Find Sounds – free sound effects Apple Education – podcasting in education Woodbridge Waves RSS Feed - Mrs. Shears, 4th Grade Woodbridge Elementary