Blogging+Podcasting= Engaged Learning!
Step #1: Reflection
Reflection: Top 10 Reasons to Blog
- In groups of 4-5, introduce yourself to others
- Take a look at the Top 10 Reasons for Students to Blog
- 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
- Listen to Marie Schmidt share her insights
- Listen to PT England School podcasts about ramping up engagement and reading outcomes
- Learn more about Tara Martin's BookSnaps
- Why Listening to Podcasts Helps Improve Reading Skills
- Teens Create Podcast as Final Exam
- Fifty Creative Writing Prompts for Student Blogging (Contributed by Dr. Bruce Ellis)
Step #3: Select a Blog Platform
Step #4: Select Podcasting Solution
- 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
Need some gear to get you started with Podcasting recording? Read this blog entry!
The following come from this article at WeAreTeachers.com:
- Current Events Newscasts: Practice nonfiction reading skills by having your students do weekly or monthly podcasts on an interesting current event.
- Reading Radio: Have your students make short radio broadcasts summarizing the books they are reading.
- Roving Reporters: Send your students out into the “field” (a.k.a. the school) to interview key players in important school events.
- 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.
- Bring Your Teacher Home: Send a little bit of yourself home with your kids by podcasting important parts of your lessons.
- Podcasting Library: Have your students collaborate to create a library of podcasts from which future students can learn.
- MusicCasts: Have band or orchestra students create podcasts for each instrument, detailing specific notes, sounds and characteristics of each instrument.
- 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.
- Podcasting Pen Pals: Record interactive or encouraging podcasts and then send them to another classroom in another state or country.
- 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)
- Google Drive or
- Seesaw Class Blog (vidcasts)
- Google Drive
- Seesaw Class Blog (vidcasts)
- Write About