Podcasting Integration Ideas for Instruction

A podcast is a series of audio or video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated download, through Web feeds, to portable media players and personal computers.

General Ideas

· Sound Seeing Tour: Take portable recorders on fields trips. The podcasters describes what they are seeing, thinking, and feeling as they move through museums, habitats, historical sites, etc.
· Daily Reporter: Each student takes a turn telling about the school day or special school event.
· Student Almanac: Students pick a day in a given month and create a listing of facts about that date. They could include famous birthdays, historical events, weather observations, etc. Episodes can be recorded ahead of time and then posted on the proper date.
· Process Streams: Record a movie of what's been written on an interactive whiteboard. Examples include diagrams of processes and steps to math problems.
· Study Guides: Students make unit review for tests and quizzes.
· Sound Stories: Acting out student-written stories and dramas. Dan suggests making these serial episodes so listeners have to tune in again to see how the story unfolds.
· Poetry Slam: Create original poems and record them expressively. Publish them separately or as collections of poems.
· Our View: Students participant in a round table discussion about a classroom topic or news story. Opinions are shared constructively.
· Today in History: Students are assigned a day each month to tell about the historical events that took place on that date. Students research context, events, and implications.
· Lost in Time: Quiz show where students describe a date or event in history without giving it away. Listeners email their guesses for the date.
· Add It Up: Students design mathematical puzzles with hints. Listeners can email their answers to the podcasters.
· Where in the World: A global podcasting quiz show where students post hints about where they live. Listeners email their guesses. Check it out in iTunes.
· Word of a Day: Students select a new word to teach others. Students could go to people to see if they know what the word means and how to spell it.
· Book Talk: Review books in a podcast.
· Spelling Bee: Publish your weekly spelling list as a podcast.
· Pod Pals: Create a podcast for students in a partner school. Send episodes back and forth to get to know each other.
· Pet Talk: Everyone loves to talk about their pets. Students can talk about topics like pet selection, habitats, care, and training.
· Career Talk: Record job shadowing experiences. This could be organized through a school's guidance counseling office.
· Liar's Club: Student listeners are the fact checkers for this podcast because the episode contains factual information and some inaccuracies. The following episode addresses the inaccuracies of the previous show.
· Sport Stats: Connect sports statistics to what they mean to coaches, athletes, and fans.
· Sign Casting: Video podcasting for the hearing impaired.

- record word of the day, sports, craft corner…and more

http://www.newfound.k12.nh.us/elemtech/Podcast8-Summer.mp3 - Students from Bridgewater Hebron Village School bring you summer safety tips, book reviews, and even a few jokes.

http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/Radio/ - Radio WillowWeb,
Radio WillowWeb is a podcast for kids and by kids from the students at Willowdale Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska.

http://www.ahisd.net/campuses/Cambridge/podcasts/arevalo12.m4a - Mrs. Arévalo's Class discusses classroom centers



http://www.newfound.k12.nh.us/elemtech/prize_speaking08.mp3 - Prize Speaking is a January tradition at Danbury Elementary School. Each year every student from kindergarten to fifth grade chooses a poem to memorize and recite for the entire student body. Top students from each grade stand and recite for the public at an evening assembly. This community event been happening at DES for over thirty years! In this podcast you’ll hear parts of student poems as well as staff and students talking about this long-standing event.


Social Studies
http://www.ahisd.net/campuses/Cambridge/podcasts/arevalo10.m4a - Mrs. Arévalo's Class class does planet research

http://www.ahisd.net/campuses/Cambridge/podcasts/pn-foss.m4a - Mrs. Nicholson's 2nd grade discuss science experiments

http://www.newfound.k12.nh.us/elemtech/des_podcast2.mp3 - Students find ways to give back to the community.

http://www.newfound.k12.nh.us/elemtech/podcast4-Revolution.mp3 - Students read about and researched the American Revolution and post this podcast as a way to share some of their new learning and favorite parts of this study.

http://www.newfound.k12.nh.us/elemtech/podcast3-Abenaki.mp3 - The kids studied the Abenaki tribe of New Hampshire and report here on what they learned. Their intent was to make it easier for kids in other parts of the country to learn about native New Hampshire people.

http://www.newfound.k12.nh.us/elemtech/podcast5-ScienceFair.mp3 - This year’s science fair at Bristol Elementary School. Each year fourth and fifth graders (and a few thirds) research a science topic and use the scientific method to answer their hypothesis. The show highlights some of these projects.

Fine Arts

Middle School

http://www.gfschools.org/education/components/docmgr/default.php?sectiondetailid=12216&catfilter=1120 – students podcasting grammar instruction


Social Studies

http://www4.grand-forks.k12.nd.us/education/components/docmgr/default.php?sectiondetailid=13676&catfilter=1402 – classroom created podcasts after a field trip


http://www.nmsa.org/portals/0/media/podcast/TMLE_ep26.m3u - teacher talking about using podcasts in the Science classroom

Fine Arts

http://middleschoolartteacher.blogspot.com/ - a middle school art teacher’s podcasting blog site

http://web.beaufort.k12.sc.us/education/components/docmgr/default.php?sectiondetailid=26932&catfilter=936&PHPSESSID=971480b7f01c161d66f55d8a20b96b9f#showDoc – general news/events around the school

http://www.pluggd.tv/audio/channels/stetson_middle_school_podcast - general school news/events

http://www.mrdeis.com/index2.php?catID=30&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1&option=com_podcast – general news/events at a middle school

High School

http://web.mac.com/rcairnes/iWeb/Albemarle%20High%20School%20Podcast/Albemarle%20High%20School/Albemarle%20High%20School.html – high school book reviews and other projects

http://www.podfeed.net/podcast/Amphitheater+High+School+Podcast/11054 - general podcasts about school news/events

http://web.mac.com/rcairnes/iWeb/Albemarle%20High%20School%20Podcast/Albemarle%20High%20School/Albemarle%20High%20School.html – high school book reviews and other projects

http://www.podfeed.net/podcast/Amphitheater+High+School+Podcast/11054 - general podcasts about school news/events

http://www.fresnobee.com/903/index.html - general school info podcasts



Social Studies


Fine Arts