Enhanced Podcast

What is an enhanced Podcast?

It is an audio recording with pictures to put it simply. They can be used in the classroom to effectively communicate information both verbally and visually. Having pictures or examples of what you are talking about is very beneficial to learning and helps people with different learning styles to get the same information. It is also a great way to communicate with others in far away places because if you post the podcast to the web, anyone can listen and learn from it. The photograph to at right shows GarageBand, a popular podcast editing tool.

Sample Podcast Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview
Creating an enhanced podcast is important for students of this modern digital age. Students need to be able to communicate information in multiple formats suitable for the web, podcasting is one of those. In this lesson, students will combine geography/science and language arts all into one project.
We recommend this lesson for grades 4-8 but could be adapted for grades younger or older.


2. Communication and Collaboration
    Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
5. Digital Citizenship
    Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

Wisconsin Common Core State Standards - Language Arts
Presentation of knowledge should include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations where appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to the task and situation.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Standards - Geography
Describe and give examples of ways in which people interact with the physical environment, including use of the land, location of communities, methods of construction, and design of shelters


Student Assignment/Rubric (zip/indd)
Student Assignment/Rubric (pdf)

Sample Cherry Podcast

Sample Script


{Sound effects music and/or jingles}


Brooke Taylor – Olive Yellow

Shelly Schaub - Maroon

Beth Seal - Purple

{Intro music}

{East Ender}




Welcome to Education Studies Podcast. Your home for information from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ES 380 class, we have all your teaching and technology information provided to you by Shelly Schaub, Beth Seal, and Brooke Taylor.  Today we are trying our own enhanced podcast using our Google My Maps lesson plan. Students would be able to create an enhanced podcast by creating a script of a paper that they had already written about their fruit or vegetable. Our example is based on the fruit commonly known as the Cherry. A Cherry paper by Shelly Schaub.

[Bag of cherries - BT]


Sweet red flesh with a stem sticking out and that pesky pit in the middle are so good on hot summer afternoons. A sweet or tart, healthy treat packed for a picnic, the cherry provides hours of fun gobbling and pit spitting the bite sized fruit.  Cherries are a popular, healthy treat that has a history reaching across continents. Its habitat and the uses of the fruit have been very important in Wisconsin history.

There is not only one kind of cherry; there are many varieties that differ in taste, color, and uses. One of the most popular types of cherries is the sweet cherry. Cherries are all in the family Rosaceae under the genus Prunus and subgenus Cerasus. Sweet cherries are of the species Avium which are related to other cherry species as well as plums, pear, strawberry, rose, potentilla, and peaches. These common relatives to the cherry are known throughout the world.

[Dried cherries - BT]

Cherries originated on the continent of Asia mostly near the Caspian and Black Seas. The earliest evidence of cultivation is from the Chinese at least 3,000 years ago by some estimates. To the Chinese and other ancient cultures like the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans cherries were known as mazzards. The name we know as cherry came from the Greeks who decided to call them Kerasos from which cherry is derived. Native trees are also seen north of Iran and into Europe having been suspected to have been transplanted by traders and distributed by birds.  Cherries were very popularly cultivated in East Asia for the beautiful double flowers sculpted into a weeping formation or trees that stand neatly trimmed and tall. Festivals have been made in Japan specifically for celebrating the cherry blossoms.

[Blossoms - BT]

{Two Seater}




 [Washington monument - MS]


Cherry blossoms have become a part of the United States’ culture in the nation’s capitol. The city of Tokyo decided to give the U.S. government a gift after hearing of First Lady, Helen Taft’s love of the cherry blossoms that she had seen on a trip to Japan. A shipment of two thousand trees arrived in Washington D.C. in January 1910 but the trees had fallen prey to disease. So they sent a new shipment of trees that arrived healthy on March 27, 1912. The First Lady and Viscountess Chinda, the wife of a Japanese ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River near the Jefferson Memorial. The rest of the three thousand twenty trees were planted in the East Potomac Park and on the White House grounds. The trees were part of the famous collection in Tokyo on the banks of the Arakawa River in the Adachi Ward. The beautiful blossoms became so popular in the coming decades that an annual celebration began in 1934. After WWII, the United States sent back cuttings from the trees in Washington D.C. to Japan to restore the collection in Tokyo that had been virtually destroyed by the American bombings on the region during the war. The trees are prized for their finely grained, reddish tinted wood. This deciduous tree has its leaves appear after a colorful display of flowers.

[Fruit on tree - BT]

The flowers are generally about three centimeters wide and are gathered in a bundle. The bundles of flowers can consist of anywhere between two and six flowers on long stems. Just as many other fruits, the cherry reproduce using its flowers as insect attractors. The insects collect the pollen and fly to either another flower on the same tree but tend to do better when cross-pollinated with other cherry trees in the area.  The leaves are an oblong or ovate shape with a toothed margin. They are arranged opposite and single on the stem. The pinnate venation is also quite evident on the leaves. The fruits that come from the maturing of a fertilized ovary are arranged in a drupe or small cluster of red fruits attached to the tree by a long stem.

{Half Moon Bay}


The cherry has been cultivated for years by different cultures for their fruit. The cherry can be used in a variety of ways for human consumption. The most obvious way that cherries are consumed is fresh off the trees. Preserves are another popular way that cherries are kept for long periods of time.

[Jam - BT]

They are put in jams and jellies that can be combined with other berries. Some examples of preserves and spreads are cherry jelly, cherry almond butter, white chocolate cherry peanut butter, hot cherry salsa, and BBQ cherry garlic glaze.

[Bottled wine - BT]

Wine and beer are also popular drinks that can be made from the juice of cherries.  Cherry baking has almost unlimited possibilities because of its sweet nature and the ability to combine with other substances.

[Pie filling - BT]



 [Cherry Poptarts - BT]




 [Cherry fruit leather - BT]

Examples include cookies, cakes, tarts, crisps, pie, cobbler, muffins, and bread just to name a few. Cherries are not only good for making edible items but provide a great nutritional value as well. Sweet cherries are a good source of potassium, which in the last few years has been shown to reducing the risk of hypertension and stroke. Potassium can also have a positive effect on reducing blood pressure.

Melatonin is hormone produced in the cherry pineal gland that supports antioxidant activity and promotes healthy sleeping patterns. It has been shown to help reduce jet lag but the cherries must be eaten in usual amounts to be useful. Other benefits include cancer prevention, cardio-vascular disease, inflammation, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Other nutritional information shows that cherries are very good for you. In a single serving size, a cup or twenty-one cherries, there are only ninety calories, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, with three grams of dietary fiber and only sixteen grams of natural sugars; cherries are quite healthy.

{Musical interlude – Kick flip} [Cherry Jello - BT]





The cherry is still cultivated around the world and has only spread in popularity. Cherries are still popularly cultivated in East Asia and Northern Europe extending down to the Mediterranean. In just the United States the sweet cherries cover most of the Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Utah, Montana, and Idaho. Cherries are also popularly cultivated in the Northeast, including Maine, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., New York, and New Jersey just to name a few. The Midwest also has a large cherry industry that is still very prominent. In the Wisconsin peninsula at the beginning of the 20th century the cherry industry was booming.

[2 men - SS]


 [Cherry spitting – SS]

Over three thousand acres had been planted by 1909 and were requiring hundreds of labors during the season, so many in fact, that workers were brought in by train and steamboat. The trend of growing cherries was started by two men, A.L. Hatch and Professor E.S. Goff in the small town of Sturgeon Bay. They found the area was perfectly suited for growing cherries. Soon after cherry orchards began springing up all over the peninsula and by 1959 Door County was known as Cherry land and was growing 95% of the United Sates tart cherry crop.


[Girls picking in tree –SS]

The alkaline soil and shallow limestone deposits have proved to be quite suitable for cherry production. The location also proves to be important in cherry growth, the waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay prevents an early frost and gives gentle winds that allow for effective wind pollination reducing the need to rely on insects. Twelve to fifteen thousand pickers would migrate to Door County for the bulk of the summer to ensure the cherry harvest was brought in.

[3 women - SS]



[2 girls – SS]


My great grandmother, Genevieve, was one of those pickers but she was native to the area. She recalls that she was in the cherry orchards from the time when she was about four until the time she was married when she was twenty-five.  Genevieve began working in the fields so young because she was brought along with her mother when she worked in the fields. She remembers having to try and keep the stems attached to the cherry for the “rich folks in Chicago.”

[2 girls with buckets]

Harvesting the cherries by climbing the trees and standing on ladders holding large buckets in the summer sun while the wind was blowing is what she remembers most. Enjoyable but hard work, she recalls during our interview. Realizing a family connection to the cherry industry that was and is still important to Wisconsin agriculture was quite humbling. (Shelly talks about her experience with her grandma in the orchard picking)

[Maraschino cherries]




[Nutrigrain bars]



Researchers at the University of Georgia have been looking into the biotechnology of hardwood trees. Studies of conifers have been quite prominent but this study looks at how in vitro propagation could be used in popular, commercial hardwood trees. The study was trying to find that they could develop trees that would grow faster, increase wood quality, and make them insect repellant. This would have a tremendous effect on commercial forestry and our environment. The cherry tree was being looked at because of its high quality wood used in furniture and cabinetry. As you can see, cherries are a very important part to the United States both historically and currently. The impact that cherries have made on Wisconsin industry has given this fruit an honored place in Wisconsin culture. They have circumnavigated the globe making their importance global.



We hope you enjoyed learning about cherries through an enhanced podcast. If you have any questions about the lesson content take a look at our website at https://sites.google.com/site/shellyschaub/home/  or email us at shelly.schaub@gmail.com. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

{End music – East Ender}


This site was created by Shelly Schaub in collaboration with Beth Seal and Brooke Taylor
If you have any questions please contact Shelly at shelly.schaub@gmail.com