Podcast: Research

Summative Assessment

Category #3: Multi-Media Communication

What's a Research Podcast?

Originally, a "mashup" of the words "i-pod" and "broadcast", the term "podcast" has come to mean a digital recording which can be downloaded as an MP3 file and played on a digital device such as a computer, tablet or MP-3 player.

In a research podcast, the audience learns about a topic the podcaster explored as a text connection to a specific literary work.

Click here to explore different podcasts from NPR.


Follow these steps...

Step # 1

Create a Google-doc draft of a podcast script/guide and place it in the folder for this summative assessment. This document should include the following:

            • MLA Heading
            • Introduction- Welcome audience to podcast and introduce yourself.
            • Bullets which include the following "talking points":
                • offer an explanation of the literary work (title and author) you read
                • share the connection or question you chose to research
                • discuss what you discovered as a result of your research ( let your audience know exactly which research source(s) you are referencing)
                • share how your research has shaped (or is shaping) your understanding of a literary work or topic
            • Closing - Thank audience for listening.


Step # 2

Edit and revise podcast script/guide. Create a hard copy of the "final" draft.

Step # 3

Select music to use as an introduction to your podcast. This music will also serve to signal the conclusion of the podcast. (NOTE: Sound files must MP3 files.) Use Soundzabound (find passwords here) to select music to use as an introduction to your podcast. This music will also serve to signal the conclusion of the podcast. (Note: Sound files must be MP3).

Step # 4

With the "final draft" hard copy of your script/guide in hand, find a quiet place to record your voice. (See Mrs. Juster for an MP3 recorder.)

Step # 5

Use Audacity to combine voice/music recordings into one MP3 file which is your final product - your podcast.

Need a refresher on Audacity? Check out this video.

Step # 6

You'll create ONE slide in photo story. This slide should contain a photo that represents either the literary work you read or your research topic. It should also include the following text:

Research Topic

A Research Podcast by Your Name

Step # 7

Follow the directions in PhotoStory (skipping over the "record your voice" step).When prompted to "customize motion" be sure to select 300 seconds (5 minutes) so your full podcast will be played.

Step # 8

Add your completed MP3 recording (voice & music combined) to Photo Story.

Step # 9

Edit, refine & "publish" your completed podcast. Keep all versions (including the movie file of the final version) in your folder for this summative assessment.

Click here to view the research podcast rubric.

Click here to learn how your summative score translates to your overall course grade.