Podcasting With 1st Grade
"Believe it or not, but having an audience matters...even to six year olds." - Langwitches Blog
I think creating podcast with any age group is a wonderful idea. After reading the blog and actually getting to listen to the first grade class's podcast, I think podcasting would be a fabulous idea to incorporate into lesson plans involving story telling. The first grade class did an interview still podcast where students posed as the main characters, Jack and Annie, from the book Vacation Under the Volcano from the Magic Tree House series and explained the culture in ancient Roman times and, of course, the catastrophic event of Pompeii. They talked about gladiators, the Greek and Roman gods, the clothing of the time and volcanoes and earthquakes. It incorporated history, mythology, science and even fashion. It was very informative and quite adorable!
Making a podcast with the kids is an amazing idea because it helps with comprehending the material, public speaking, presenting information, storytelling, performing and technology. It helps shy and quiet students come out of their comfort zones and the outgoing students to perform and feel like the center of attention. I also like how the entire class was involved with speaking parts and editing. And I'm sure it made them very very special when other classes and teachers from around the world listened to your podcast and commented on it.
Here's the link to the blog and podcast. If you're looking for something to put a smile on your face, I recommend listening to their story. It's pretty nifty!
Studies have shown that in order to completely comprehend a new word (especially in different languages), we have to hear it in its context and place in sentence structure at 70 times. Podcasting a class learning a new language can be very helpful. By taking the class and recording them saying the words, what they mean and how they are used, the teacher can come back with a podcast of the students and let them listen to what they are learning, and let others from around the world listen and even help critique the class.
The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom
Joe Dale did a podcast on how using podcasts are very beneficial in classroom settings. Podcasting is an interactive way of teaching your students because it requires them to get up and be engaged in the activity whether they are learning scripts or learning how to edit and save files to the computer/Smartboard. It helps students venture into the world of technology and helps them find their inner creativity and cultivate their imaginations. It's also beneficial in that the parents can come in and not only see, but listen to what their kids are doing and learning in class.