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10 Podcasting Projects Every Teacher Should Try

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May 22, 2013 - by Erin Macpherson
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podcasting projects for teachersIf orange is the new black, podcasting is the new oral report. And now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools.  Here are ten ideas to try in your classroom today.

  1. Current Event Newscasts:  Practice non-fiction 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 for future students to learn from.
  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 times in history using period language and vocabulary.

Question for you:  Do you use podcasts in the classroom?  How?

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Report Inappropriate Content Jsharry

09/06/2013 16:10:56

I have one student with autism and one with Down's syndrome, neither of whom speak very clearly. I'm wondering if making a podcast would be useful or frustrating for them, even though they have speaking more clearly as a goal on their IEPs. Thoughts? Thanks.
Report Inappropriate Content swynnell

06/25/2013 12:01:15

Uhm... If "podcasting is the new oral report" why bother? Why not have the students actually learn to give ORAL reports. Remember, innovation does NOT reference earlier or more easily accessed technology.
Report Inappropriate Content Dr. P.

06/22/2013 21:12:24

The students in my class have of a variety special needs, including Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabled, and Cognitive disability. They all love technology. I can't wait to try these with my students. Thanks!
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