Podcasting with First Graders
This post was about a first grade teacher that started making podcasts with their students. Not many people would think to let a first grade class make podcasts. Before I continue, let me tell you what a podcast is! For those that do not know, a podcast is a digital file made and uploaded to the internet for downloading. This particular teacher let students record themselves acting out, on audio only, books from the Magic Tree House series. They were so involved in the whole process. Not only did they act it all out, they also helped edit the podcast for the final product! The students get to see just how many people have heard them when people comment on this blog with their location. I think this is a great way to help students understand technology and have fun while learning different skills.
In the blog, Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom, they are giving specific reasons why podcasting is useful in school. Podcasting in the classroom can be used to record daily lectures for students who may have missed school that day, be useful for curious parents, and other teachers to use. Students can do podcast projects where they are the ones acting it out. This video makes the valid point that by using a podcast, we are making learning more relevant to this generation. This generation of students have always had technology at their fingertips. Why not make learning the same way as every day life for them? I agree that this can promote student creativity. They can use their imagination when creating a podcast. One thing I learned from this is that podcasting can help students access higher levels in Bloom's Taxonomy.
After reading this, I learned that podcasting is not only useful in the ways mentioned above, but it is also helpful for language learners. They created a podcast of just the sounds and words they needed and created a whole lesson on it. They incorporated different technologies along with the podcast. Podcasts can help students hear different sounds they have to learn for a language. I thought this was a great way to use this technology. After reading and watching everything about podcasting, I think this is a great way to keep students connected in class. In another class of mine, I was asked how would I keep parents involved in the students school life. I said podcasting. I definitely stick to my answer after reading/watching these. It is very helpful to have audio about what the students are learning for not only the student but also the parent and teacher.