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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Blog Post #4- Podcasting

1st Graders Create Own Read Along Book
      I'm excited to get to experience this in my classroom. A lot of the material we read or listen too emphasizes how the student should be hands on with their education. Usually I can only apply that to secondary levels, but this demonstrates that self teaching can start early. In the post Lang mentions that the students wanted to do numerous recordings until it was "just right". On their own without prompting the children experimented with their pitch, fluency, voice, and speed. These are public speaking skills that are valuable in almost any career.
A young boy reading a book
Listening-Comprehension Podcasting 
      Looking at the pictures of the students putting their voice clips in order on the SmartBoard it was obvious that they were learning more than the Story of Esther and Purim. They created the script, recorded it, and then put it order to create a fluid and coherent piece of work. The students were the cast and crew in their own production. More than a just a technical skill they learned to collaborate as a class, and not just as a group. I do not speak Hebrew but, recording,and listening to any language in proper context repeatedly would make it easier to learn. With this one podcast those students gained so many things.
The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom
      Podcast are good for more than just making read along books. Podcasts allow differentiation in a classroom, using this technology helps bring new and relevant information. It gives a more in depth look at the material and can even trigger an emotional response from students making want to be more involved. It gives the opportunity for project based work, this builds and prompts self reliance and higher order thinking. Aside from teaching aspects podcasts are convenient they are easy to upload, and accessible anywhere you have an the necessary media. More importantly podcast allow parents to be involved with their children's education. In this video it seemed that the whole school was involved and that they were genuinely interested what they were learning.