Home › Professional Development › Strategy Guides Strategy Guide Podcasts are serial recordings, posted regularly online. Robert Rozema describes a podcast as "a blog in audio form" (31). Basically, producing podcasts is the technology-based equivalent of oral storytelling. Much as oral stories and news have been shared with listeners by medieval bards, Native American storytellers, and others, podcasters share news and stories with their listeners, who download the files online. Podcasts can be used for any purpose a text might serve-they can tell fictional stories, share and comment on recent events, inform listeners about a topic, and persuade listeners to take an action or adopt a stance. Students can produce podcasts that fit any genre, including audio diary entries, analytical commentary on readings or current events, informational recordings that explain concepts, and persuasive and argumentative statements.
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50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check OutAudio Broadcasts and Podcasts: Oral Storytelling and DramatizationReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice Students begin this lesson by discussing what makes a good, vivid story and creating a working checklist of the criteria for a good story. back to top War of the Worlds Travelogue: Students can use this online tool to explore background information about the 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. Plot Diagram Tool: This online tool allows students to graphically map the events in a story. Further Reading
60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom by Terry Heick Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology. It may lack the visual appeal of iPads, or the student credibility of a BYOD program. It may not be as forward-thinking as we’d like here at TeachThought, but Google Classroom excels in providing solutions for a broad swath of teachers who have a variety of expertise and comfort level with education technology. So below are (at least) 60 thing you can do with Google Classroom. 60 Smarter Ways To Use Google ClassroomSpeak to Me: Teaching with VokiGrades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Vote for Me! Making Presidential Commercials Using Avatars After researching political platforms of past presidents through primary sources and other resources, students create commercials for these presidents using Voki, an online web tool that produces speaking avatars. Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Dialect Detectives: Exploring Dialect in Great Expectations Great Expectations is rich in dialogue and in the dialect of the working class and the poor of Victorian England. Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation Classroom biography study offers high-interest reading with a purpose, as students begin with inquiry and research, summarize and organize their information, and prepare oral presentations to share with the class. Grades 2 – 3 | Lesson Plan | Unit Jazz Up Writing Workshop: Writing Biographies of African American Jazz Musicians Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
10 Podcasting Projects Teachers Should Try in the ClassroomIf orange is the new black, podcasting is the new oral report. And now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools. Here are 10 ideas to try in your classroom today. Question for you: Do you use podcasts in the classroom? How?Teacher's Guide on The Use of Podcasting in EducationWhat is a Podcast ? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary a podcast is a " digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the internet for downloading to a personal audio payer." in other words, it is a digital audio file that is created, shared and heard. Podcast can also be in the form of videos streamlined online, however, video podcast is known as vidcast or vodcast. Educational Uses of Podcasts Podcasts can be used for several educational purposes. 1- Recording for this you will need a microphone and an audio recording software like the ones mentioned below. 2- Test your Podcast Always make sure you listen to your podcasts and redo the parts that you dont like until you finally get the vesrion you want then move on to the next step 3- Publish your podcast You can use online platforms for publishing your podcasts. Tools to create your podcast Here are some of the softwares you might start with to create your podcasts . 1- Audacity 2- Garage Band
Rummaging for Fiction: Using Found Photographs and Notes to Spark Story IdeasReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice Found notes and photographs can provide inspiration for pieces of creative writing. back to top Online Photograph and Document Resources: Use these resources to search for interesting found images and notes. Literary Elements Mapping Tool: Use this online tool to map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution. Further Reading Albers, Peggy. NCTE Executive Committee. 2005.
20 Ways To Use Edmodo In The Classroom20 Ways To Use Edmodo In The Classroom Using edmodo in the classroom isn’t rocket science. Edmodo is essentially an education-focused social media platform. This makes it much less of a headache to use in schools compared to twitter, Google+, or other more popular sites that bring with them various real-world hangnails. You share messages, post documents, and form groups to collaborate. The presentation below from seyfert6 offers 20 specific ways to get your classroom started, from allowing planning committees to meet digitally, to gathering project-based learning materials or sub plans. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
Voki in the Classroom: Four ActivitiesLooking to enhance students’ technology and 21st-century skills? Voki is a free Web 2.0 tool that allows kids to create talking characters. The site features educational resources, including teacher-submitted lesson plans. Users can customize characters to resemble living people, animals and cartoons. With free Voki accounts, users can create unlimited characters. Students will enjoy the following technology integration activities: This...Is...ME! Try this as a fun icebreaker at back-to-school time. Vocabulary Rundown This is a great activity for language arts, English or foreign-language classes. Fictional Characters Come to Life Begin this public speaking exercise by having students design their interpretations of famous characters from literature. Historical Figures Want to spice up social studies or history class? Animoto in the Classroom: Activity IdeasUsing Wikis in the ClassroomEvent-Coverage Tech: Classroom IdeasReal-Time Chat Tool: Student Activity Ideas