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What is a podcast?
A podcast is a digitally created audio recording that is shared with others.
Terry James Resources
for the 'how-to' of podcasting in the classroom:
Podcasting at School
by Kristin Fontichiaro
Podcasting for Teachers: Using a New Technology to Revolutionize Teaching and Learning
by Kathleen P. King and Mark Gura
How to sites for podcasting: Nathan Toft and Jane Smith
Very comprehensive site of how-tos for mobile learning and podcast making:
Wes Fryer on Podasting
Larry Mishaw, a grade 7 & 8 teacher and I will be embarking on a project to have students learn how to create a podcast related to their history class.
Imagine that you could go back in time and interview one of the historical figures that we've studied during this unit. Who would it be? What would you ask them? Try to find out how their lives compare to our current Canadian society...
Students will develop an interview of a historical figure involved in their unit and role play an interview with them in pairs. You will need to demonstrate and understanding of the themes and personalities of the period, as well how that might compare to our lives today or even how the person might have had an impact on our lives today.
We are starting with these overall Curriculum Expectations in mind and will be choosing some to be assessed:
identify some themes and personalities from the period, and explain their relevance to contemporary Canada.
compare methods of conflict resolution in both historical and contemporary situations.
communicate the results of inquiries for specific purposes and audiences, using media works, political cartoons, oral presentations,
written notes and descriptions, drawings, tables, charts, and graphs (e.g., create captions for political cartoons of
use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes
generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience;
identify some media forms and explain how the conventions and techniques associated with them are used to create meaning;
create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques;
reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts
Drama and Dance:
research and dramatize material from various sources (e.g., material from autobiographies, history books);
Examples of Podcasts:
Good section on podcasting
Sound Recording Resources:
We'll be using
an open-source software that allows students to record and edit their podcasts.
Watch a 15 minute screencast tutorial to learn how to use Audacity from Tony Vincent:
Here is a great website for help with Audacity
How to record
Audacity - Record HO.pdf
How to edit recordings
Audacity EdTech - Editing HO.pdf
How to clean up noise in a recording
Noise Removal HO.pdf
More online tutorials about Audacity
How to download and install the Lame Encoder
Need a sound booth for recording? Here's one idea for a DIY version:
Finding Sound and Music Files:
Royalty Free Music
Flash Kit-Sound FX
Four Bees Free Music
Engage and Activate Prior Knowledge:
Showing students examples of podcasts. What are they? How are they similar to other kinds of media we use? How are they different?
Organizer that outlines elements of a podcast (create it together with smart ideas)
Organizer that outlines the kind of writing/interview project that students will be creating (create it together using smart ideas)
Should share a rubric today or at beginning of next day. How will the project be assessed? (Teacher, peer, self)
Small group/Partner work:
Time for partner work with the organizer to plan their project.
Learning how to use Audacity
Whole group demo (15 minute screencast by Tony Vincent - see link above) followed by individual/partner work to try it in the lab.
Attaching a microphone and adjusting audio settings (with our Network there are 3 issues - make sure microphone is not muted by double-clicking the volume button in the task bar, make sure that Real Tech Audio is set in Preferences within Audacity, make sure you plug in the mic before you launch Audacity)
Creating multiple tracks
Editing tracks (quick mix, taking out mistakes)
Importing music (finding and downloading copyright free music, looping, changing volume on parts of the track)
Rehearsing narrations and beginning to produce the podcast
Continued work editing and producing the podcast
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"