Sunday, July 15, 2012

podcastin' son of a gun

Well well well,

I must say, I really enjoyed the activity we did for the first half of 504 class on Friday. I feel like I got a lot out of working with other people to design the soda ban lesson. Members of my group worked collaboratively to prepare a really well thought out plan that I would really actually attempt in my future history classroom. Overall I was pleased with what we did and the librarian was extremely helpful.

She told my group about a pathfinder resource that is created by the librarian or teacher that provides a list of possible resources a student can look to when doing a paper, project, etc. It would include links to different websites that the students could use to search for credible sources and other useful items like citation guidelines.

Also, I was fortunate in being in a group of smarties and hard workers to spend my class time with designing a killer lesson. booyah. 

If you had asked me a month ago if I would ever podcast, I would have said no way. But here I am sitting in the afterglow of my first podcast publication, actually feeling like I could make podcasts work for me in a classroom setting. I had one idea in particular that struck me. 

While in a future history classroom I would like to use podcasts as a way for the kids to create their own and give their own "fireside chat" a la FDR in the 1930s and 40s. I think that given enough thought I could come up with several other historical figures that I could ask them to podcast in their style. I could see this as a good method to help students put themselves in the shoes of historical figure and feel the past in a more memorable way. 

I am sure I will come up with even more ways I can make podcasts work for me in the classroom once I get a bit more experienced with them. I think the idea in general is a good one, I just don't particularly enjoy hearing my own voice. I don't know why, but I guess I'll have to get over that one quickly. 

Overall, I'd say Friday's 504 was a good class. useful. fun. engaging. informative. I approve ;) 

And now, song of the post:
Enjoy, fellow MACers. You guys are star shine and bubble gum. Until next time...


  1. I love your "fireside" chat idea! I think this would work great in my future biology classroom, too! I could have students take on the role of prominent scientists throughout history and give a talk about noteworthy discoveries. Hmmmm...I am liking this more and more as I ponder the possibilities... :-) Thanks!

  2. I also thought that I would never podcast. My only previous experiences with podcasts was listening to foreign language lectures, downloaded from iTunes. I never thought that I would be making one, particularly as an assignment for a grad school class. However, I'm thankful for the new proximity I have to podcasting. I feel greatly empowered, now that something that seemed so distant and professional to me has now been broken down into a "how-to" guide, given as a handout in class.

    And your "fireside chat" idea sounds like a GREAT one. I hope that you do get a chance to use it in your future classroom! What a great way to make history come alive in a modern way...

  3. Really like the idea of having the students create podcasts. Students could share their work with each other, maybe create their own exit-ticket assessments, and explore the work of other pod-casting historians.