Creative Podcasting for the Elementary Set by Kathy Shields This was a very useful, nuts and bolts session that was the best thing I did today. Thank you Kathy and everybody that participated. Kathy described her use of podcasting in elementary classes. Then she opened things up and had several audience members discuss their experiences with podcasting. Very informative… Her are a few things she or audience recommends: Let students listen to a few preselected podcasts and develop a list of traits of good podcast. Someone in audience suggested playing movie without video and looking at (listen at?) how the video carries so much message and how you have to speak in a special way to communicate, active acting voice. Build teams with roles; sound engineer, artist, senior writer (although all write some) >sound engineer can download background music, artist can make 200 x 200 pix ‘cover’, senior writer can write description for episode. First time (when student learning all nuts and bolts) keep the cognitive load light, let them pick the topic within the givens. Also don’t put too much emphasis on the research yet, do some research, but the first time through it is not about the research, add that later. Write a script, take it through the writing process. Bring groups up in front of class to practice, then debrief and give positive feedback and suggestions. Record with audacity – students often like to share the microphone in the middle as opposed to taking turns with headset, especially if they are practiced. Export as MP3, post to podOmatic. Make sure to name site and podcast the same thing, makes finding easier. Use “Episode 1: [title]” to name podcasts. Get groups to comment on one another’s podcasts. Encourage parents to comment. Train parents. Get principal, community to comment. Kathy has a great site with info re podcasting: ripplingpond