Blogging+Podcasting= Engaged Learning!

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Tots17_Blogging

Session Description

Combine blogging and podcasting for tremendous learning in your primary classroom. Blogging platforms and podcasting tools in the Apple, Google or Microsoft-powered classroom will be shared in hands-on activities.

What steps can you take to get there with students?

Step #1: Reflection

Reflection: Top 10 Reasons to Blog

  1. In groups of 4-5, introduce yourself to others
  2. Take a look at the Top 10 Reasons for Students to Blog
  3. How are you showcasing student accomplishments in your classroom now?

Prepare to Share to the Whole Group:

  • How could it be different with a blog?

Step #2: Read Blogs, Articles, or Engage

Make Conversations Happen

Step #3: Select a Blog Platform

Divide up into small groups and pick ONE of the following (unless you want to do more) to explore:

Share take-aways via this Padlet

Step #4: Select Podcasting Solution

Podcasting Solutions

  • Voxer.com (Android/iOS/Web): Use this mobile or web-based tool to record "voxercasts" featuring students, staff and community. Easily share links to audio. Here are some examples.
  • Shadow Puppet EDU (iOS only): Snap pictures of great learning or displays, then combine them with your audio narration, mix in music, then share as videos online.
  • Hokusai (iOS): This audio editor (try Audacity on Win/Mac laptop or Beautiful Audio Editor on Chromebook) makes it easy to edit sound. In-app purchases extend functionality.
  • Podcasting with Microsoft Sway or Powerpoint+Office Mix

Podcasting Gear

Need some gear to get you started with Podcasting recording? Read this blog entry!

Podcasting Ideas

The following come from this article at WeAreTeachers.com:

  1. Current Events Newscasts: Practice nonfiction reading skills by having your students do weekly or monthly podcasts on an interesting current event.
  2. Reading Radio: Have your students make short radio broadcasts summarizing the books they are reading.
  3. Roving Reporters: Send your students out into the “field” (a.k.a. the school) to interview key players in important school events.
  4. Celebrate Culture: Have your students record podcasts about important cultural months like Black History Month or Hispanic Heritage Month and then present them to the school or parents to commemorate the events.
  5. Bring Your Teacher Home: Send a little bit of yourself home with your kids by podcasting important parts of your lessons.
  6. Podcasting Library: Have your students collaborate to create a library of podcasts from which future students can learn.
  7. MusicCasts: Have band or orchestra students create podcasts for each instrument, detailing specific notes, sounds and characteristics of each instrument.
  8. Awesome Audio Tours: Give your students the chance to be tour guides for new students at your school by having them podcast school tours that kids can listen to when they enter.
  9. Podcasting Pen Pals: Record interactive or encouraging podcasts and then send them to another classroom in another state or country.
  10. Reenactments: Have your students reenact important events in history using period language and vocabulary.

Step 5: Decide Where to Save Audio

When podcasting, it can be difficult to find a reliable place to host your audio or video over the long term. Consider one of these locations:

Enhanced podcasts (video)

  • YouTube,
  • Google Drive or
  • OneDrive
  • Seesaw Class Blog (vidcasts)

Audio only

  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Seesaw Class Blog (vidcasts)
  • Write About