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This learning module instructs and guides students on how to upload a media file to a podcast channel, specifically Podbean.com. It can be used to supplement any course content as a project. For instance, a student can produce an audio file on any topic and then publish it to a podcast channel as part of an oral language project. Poetry readings, musical performances, or reporting the weather are just a few ways to incorporate podcasting. This project could last several weeks.
Using emergent technologies is an important skill for the 21st century learner to apply, not only in class, but also in their personal learning networks, college, and future career. Moreover, this product can be used in K-12 schools to address the media skills embedded in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for career and college readiness benchmarks. For instance, the English Language Arts Standard for speaking and listening in Grade 2 states (2.5 Presentation of Knowledge): “create audio recordings of stories or poems.” Podcasting would be an excellent vehicle for this task. A similar standard for presenting content in multimedia is included in grades 3-12 CCSS.
The learning module includes the following components:
• a podcast interest and technology skill level questionnaire;
• a pretest and posttest on technical terminology (with answer keys);
• an 18-page PowerPoint presentation on the technical terminology;
• a K-W-L chart activity;
• a 7-minute screencast to demonstrate the procedures; (See YouTube video link below)
• a 6-page how-to guide with glossary to serve as a desk reference when performing the task;
• a student checklist of procedures and outcomes for self-assessment of the criteria;
• a rubric for the teacher to evaluate the project; and
* an 18-page teacher guide with research basis and instructional strategies.
Goal Statement: Students will successfully upload a media file to Podbean.com for an oral language project by following the steps in the screencast and supporting how-to guide. The learning context is during class time in the computer lab or on a home computer. Students will need to have already learned how to create an audio or video file and save it as a MP3 format on a flashdrive for school work.
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I completed this project during my doctoral studies, so it includes the research basis for the use of podcasting. I think you're really going to like this product, as I've put over a semester of effort into creating and pilot-testing it!
Technology resources: If you have never asked students to produce audio files, here are some hardware and software to consider. To create an audio recording, there are different options depending on the type of computer (PC or Mac) or mobile device (Android or Apple) you have. Just make sure the audio file you produce is sharable with all types of platform users; MP3 is the most shareable file type. You'll also need a headset with a mic. If you have a Mac, use QuickTime to make a recording. A free audio software application that works on both PC and Mac is Audacity. It's easy to use and offers online support. It is a full audio editor, which means you can remove errors with a clipping and trimming tool. Refer to the support pages on those applications for instructions.
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