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Are you podcasting in your classroom? Podcasting is a great way to provide deeper learning for students and empower them to have their voices heard and shared with a wider audience.  And students love to engage with audio content!

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Podcasting also hits speaking and listening goals and is a cross-curricular activity. Best of all, you don’t need a lot of equipment to get started. The tools you need to help your students create their own podcast stories are in their pockets or their laptops.  This guide will help you select the technical tools your class will need and part 2 of the blog will lay out a curriculum of how to teach them to write like a public radio reporter. See below for some student podcast samples, and a checklist of equipment to get you set up to start creating!

Listen to Adam Pizzi’s Class Podcast

Listen to this Brookline 8th grade science class’ science podcast around sediment.

Listen to Mr. Godsey’s Class Podcast:

Here’s a list of basic equipment and software that you need (including your computer):

A Recording Device: Many computers have built-in microphones. This will be useful for recording the student/reporter’s voice but you’ll also need a portable mic.  Students can use their smartphones or you can purchase recorders and microphones.

Audio Editing Software

  • Soundtrap – (Mac, PC, Chromebook, iPad) FREE trial, low cost subscriptions for schools
  • Garageband (FREE on Mac only)GarageBand comes pre-installed on most Apple computers. Also free on ipads.

 

A Plan to Publish the Podcasts

 

All the software is quick and easy to learn, but here are some useful Audacity tutorials for beginners:

If you are creating podcasts in your classroom using different technology and tactics, please share ideas with us in comments! Stay tuned for the Podcasting Part 2 blog for ways to help you think about best practices for preparing interviews and stories, and structuring the format and content of your podcast.  

  1. I really love the idea of podcasting! I have already used to record students’ voices and stories thanks to Spreaker studio,which allows the teacher to add special sound effects,like clapping, laughing, the bang of a gun,etc.
    You can add them whenever you like,
    Great podcasts, great effects!

    • Thanks for sharing Caterina! If you post student podasts online be sure to share with us!

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