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Powerful Storytelling Through Podcasting

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYODex

Sunday, June 23, 2:30–4:00 pm
Location: Franklin 5-6-7, Marriott

Rhett Hughes   Carla Jefferson  
In today's digital age, audio recording is often overlooked as a mode through which students, teachers and districts can tell their stories. Learn how you can leverage the power of podcasting and see how it can break down barriers and establish or improve digital equity in your educational community.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants should have some kind of voice recording software. What software participants use will depend on what device they have. The presenters use MacBooks with GarageBand, but we will be helping teachers with whatever software they bring. Suggestions include GarageBand, QuickTime, SoundCloud, Soundtrap, Voice Memos, etc.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

1) Participants will be able to use what they already have to create a podcast.
2) Participants will develop a layout of a podcast they would like to create professionally - for their institution or with students.
3) Participants will have an understanding of the process for podcast creation.
4) Participants will learn pro tips for avoiding pitfalls.
5) Participants will explore avenues for publishing their podcasts to their target audience.


I. Brief introduction of the presenters
II. Poll the room to determine the audience
III. Facilitators discuss how audio enable students to tell their stories and how it helps create equity within their educational communities
IV. Why podcast? - Session facilitators will share why they created their podcast. Attendees will share why they're interested in creating a podcast.
V. Our journey - Facilitators will share how podcasting has been used to reach a wider audience of teachers, and how that in turn has led to student projects and creations giving them a voice. Additionally, how student podcasting has helped students with the 4Cs (communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration) of 21st century learning
VI. Get it started! - Discussing simple and fairly inexpensive materials that are needed to get started.
VII. Getting the Help you Need - Overview of online resources and podcasters who can help provide insight
VIII. Getting down to the nitty gritty - Tips and Tricks on how to structure your show.
IX. The Devil's in the Details - Developing a schedule that assists with consistency
X. Getting the Word Out - Ways to share your podcast and improve your audience
XI. Audience participation time. Facilitators will assist participants in creating their own podcasts in the following ways: examine the tools available on their devices and at their institutions, spend time using the tools to create and edit an audio recording, and work on uploading that recording somewhere to host it. Finally, the facilitators will assist the participants with developing ideas for their own podcast or to develop ways that podcasts can be utilized in the classroom with students.
XII. Closing: wrap up with a Q/A

Supporting research

Your Personal Learning Network Professional Development on Demand by William I. Bauer - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0027432110386383

Handbook of Research on Teacher Education and Professional Development by Christie Martin and Drew Polly

The Power of Podcasts by Christopher J. Nesi - http://chrisnesi.com/the- power-of-podcasts-and-podcastpd-hoet037

Pegrum, M., Bartle, E., & Longnecker, N. (2014). Can creative podcasting promote deep learning? The use of podcasting for learning content in an undergraduate science unit. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(1), 142-152. doi:10.1111/bjet.12133

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Rhett Hughes, Darlington County School District
Carla Jefferson, Darlington County School District

Carla Jefferson (@mrsjeff2u) is an Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Darlington County School District. A 21 year veteran educator, Carla has been a classroom teacher, curriculum facilitator, and school level administrator. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Certified Apple Learning Specialist, Google Certified Educator/Trainer/Innovator, Remind Connected Educator and a member of the Remind Advisory Board. Carla currently serves as a member of the South Carolina ASCD Board, is the chairperson for the SCASA Instructional Technology Roundtable, and is a chairman of the ISTE Digital Equity PLN.

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