Creating Podcasts in Your Classroom

Location: Room Tower View Lobby, Table 25

Participate and share

[Participate and share : Poster]

Monday, June 26, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Room Tower View Lobby, Table 25

Monica Brady-Myerov   Shalini Rao  
This workshop will show teachers how to use podcasting to gain skills and knowledge that align to their curriculum and empowers student agency. Podcasts can be a vehicle for students to find their passions and voice. The process of creating fosters ownership of learning.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: 6-8
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Teachers : Model digital age work and learning
Students : Empowered learner

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a new instructional pedagogy for teachers to be able to implement within their classrooms right away. The workshop will break down the process of creating podcasts, step-by-step, to show that technology is not a heavy lift in the classroom, and teachers will leave with resources, instructional strategies, and sample podcast creation lessons to implement in their classrooms right away. Research says around middle school, the listening levels and reading levels converge and listening has been proven to be a dominating influence on reading comprehension. The objectives of teaching with podcasts to empower students, goes beyond an engaging hands-on activity, to one that will be able to help build student literacy and understanding for all students. Teachers will learn how to weave in writing standards and to empower student agency in a blended learning environment. Teachers will leave with project based learning podcast ideas to engage students and connect their learning to the “real world” beyond the walls of the classroom.


Auditory Learning: 10 min.
Monica Brady-Myerov, a 20-year veteran reporter for public radio will outline research to link listening, literacy and vocabulary acquisition to show the value of teaching with podcasts. She will lead groups of participants through the process of creating podcasts, demoing as if the participants were students. She will walk participants through the process - first researching, summarizing and discussing the research, generating questions for interview subjects, writing a script, voicing and recording on easily accessible tools and editing the final podcast.
Examples: 10 min.
Presenters will share two different types of podcasts teachers can facilitate. ONe will be a science inquiry based podcast. It will include interviews with scientific experts. The other will feature immigrant interviews and storytell. Participants will listen to some sample pocasts
Process: 15 min.
Participants will take out their devices as we walk them through the process of making a podcast. Shalini Rao, a 10 year teaching veteran, has been teaching her 5th grade students how to create podcasts for a project on immigration. She will share her classroom experiences. Attendees will experience first-hand how their students can develop both their technical skills (recording and editing sound) and soft skills (interviewing, speaking) that are transferable to other higher order thinking activities like writing, reading comprehension, researching, and communication. The session will emphasize how good writing and storytelling can make global issues interesting and easy to understand.
Tools: 10 min.
Participants will be guided through an exploration of a variety of recording and sound editing tools. At the end of the workshop participants will be armed with the knowledge of the tools and processes of how to help students create podcasts. Participants will also be asked to take out their iphones and record a summary of what they learned and what they will be taking back to their classrooms. Tools included: Audacity, Garage Band, Soundtrap VoicePro andothers.
We Make a Podcast: 15 min.
Through peer-to-peer interaction, participants will put together everything they’ve learned in the session to make their own podcast. Teachers will see that making a podcast requires students to act in the role of the storyteller or reporter. By starting where a student already has an interest, students connect with stories about people and topics that interest them. Listening to these stories, asking questions, and editing their audio all make the learning process a much deeper experience. They will build overall listening and language skills along with strengthening their academic vocabulary.

Supporting research



Monica Brady-Myerov, Listenwise

Monica Brady-Myerov is a content area specialist in audio and its use in the classroom and an expert in fact-based reporting and narrative storytelling. She is a 25-year veteran public radio journalist, as well as the host and the founder of Listenwise. Before Listenwise, she was Senior Reporter and Assistant Managing Editor at WBUR in Boston and her reports have been heard on NPR, Marketplace and numerous other outlets nationally and internationally. She is a content area specialist in audio and it's use in the classroom and an expert in fact-based reporting and narrative storytelling.

Shalini Rao, The Park School

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June 25-28, 2017

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