Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Podcasting Ideas

So, I am working on the podcast for the firsties and their families. I must say, it is a great amount of work and prior thinking to get books ready that are not to long and not too boring! I am always looking for great books or books from my childhood.  But there are other things that teachers can do with podcasting other than reading books. Now, next  yr, with the firsties, we will just do that for starters. We will see where it goes, but I am thankful for this list for other ideas.

  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.

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