A podcast is a digital audio file that is made available through the internet. Students can produce a podcast individually or collaboratively.
This option is a great option for students who may struggle with writing and prefer to express themselves orally.
Educators can also use this to present learning materials to students. If podcasts are stored on a website that students can access, they can review lessons as often as needed.
digital audio recorder or computer with microphone
device with audio editing software
speakers or headsets
Be sure to have enough recording devices for the number of groups or individual students
If there are not enough recording devices, consider scheduling students/groups
Create a rubric to share with students at the outset that contain the learning outcomes they need to include in their podcast.
Have students listen to a few exemplar podcasts on a related topic.
Flexible groupings of pairs, trios or quads. Some students may prefer to work alone.
Have students determine their topics
Here is an example of a class podcast created by Nick Marino’s Grade 4/5 class in Vancouver, BC. The class worked on an unit of study that looked at family history called, “How Did We Get Here?”. The podcasts consist of student’s interviewing their parents and grandparents. Nick Marino was interviewed at two local radio stations and the podcast has been featured on CBC Radio. Click here to listen.
Students should listen to examples of podcasts and listen for the speakers expression, pacing, and cadence.
Students should make notes about what they want to record. Some students may prefer to write out exactly what they want to record and others may be able to speak from an outline of notes.
Podcasts can take several sessions to plan, record and edit.
If students are bringing their own recording devices to school, this is a great opportunity to have them leverage the technology. But consider assigning students to groups so that students without personal devices are paired with ones that do.
Students may need a quiet space to record their audio.
Students may want to conduct interviews with other students or family members depending on the assignment.
Grouping: Students can work in alone, pairs or small groups of 3-4. Students can also work on a class podcast.
Students will need to become familiar with editing software in order to produce their podcasts.
VoiceThread is a cloud based podcasting tool that allows students to create narrated slide show presentations or speak to a graphic. Students will need to create an account in order to use this tool.