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Creating Podcasts
Subject: Technology
Grade span: 8 to 12
Duration: 5-6 sessions, 45 to 60 minutes each
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Living and Working with Technology
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Who knows how many future reporters and newscasters you might inspire! In fact, don't be surprised if you have students in your class who are already podcasting and can help with the project. Creating podcasts allows students to experience the pleasure of sharing their work with an audience as they learn about communicating through electronic media. For example, after discussing what's been happening in their afterschool program, students might write a script for a news show that they will record and turn into a podcast, "Afterschool News."

Learning Goals:



If you have never tried podcasting before, don't be afraid to ask someone, maybe an older student, to help you. This type of project will excite and motivate your students. But the main point is not to be afraid to try some form of this activity, perhaps just audio at first. Your students will love you for it!

What to Do:

Introduce podcasts Writing scripts for podcasts Record the podcast Publish the podcast

Extension Activities:

Teaching Tips:

Teaching Tip Podcasting Software

As podcasting grows in popularity, more user-friendly software is becoming available, literally on a daily basis. At this time, two of the most popular audio podcasting software include Audacity (mentioned in the lesson) and Apple's Garage Band, for Mac computers. Many other types of software, such as presentation software like PowerPoint of Keynote, allow users to save work as a movie or an Internet broadcast. Because the technology is always changing, spend some time exploring and asking colleagues (and students) what they use. You will be surprised what software is available for podcasting!

Teaching Tip Remembering the Copyright Law

Music can make a podcast more interesting, as background music or an excerpt between news segments. If your students plan on using music or reading materials by other authors, be sure to review copyright laws with them.


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