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Empowering Student Voice Through Podcasting

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYOD

Wednesday, June 26, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: 118A

Monica Brady-Myerov   Liana Holmberg  
Elevate your students' voices with powerful podcasting. Teach how to write compelling stories and communicate information clearly. Learn how to capture and edit sound using smartphone apps. Using audio will enable students to share their perspectives, interview community members and make them feel like empowered storytellers.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: It would be helpful to have either Soundtrap (a downloadable collaborative tool to create music and podcasts) or Audacity (a free open source platform for clipping/editing audio software) on your device.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

How are podcasts relevant in classroom instruction and how does creating media content facilitate learning at a deeper level? In light of the Common Core State Standards' shift toward the use of nonfiction, podcasts provide a unique way to build critical thinking skills, and creativity, while adhering to state standards. The purpose of this presentation is to show attendees how to use storytelling and technology as an engaging way to learn and connect with students. Create a makerspace in your classroom and teach your students to be podcast writers, recorders, and producers. Podcasting is a great way to facilitate deeper learning and motivate students with real world stories. This session will go beyond the basics of the elements of what makes a podcast, to going deeper into the steps and tools/skills for podcasting projects with your students.

Rachel and Monica will provide new instructional pedagogy for teachers to be able to implement advanced podcasting within their classrooms right away to support student engagement. Podcasting is the perfect project to motivate students and empower self-directed learning. No matter your educational goals, attendees will learn how they can use podcasts to strengthen language literacy for their English learner students, or focus on the story’s audio narratives to analyze for storytelling and writing techniques.

Rachel will share her challenges, takeaways and successes with creating podcasts with her students and attendees will get hands-on, creating a short podcast themselves. Attendees will listen to sample student podcasts and walk through their own podcast project steps with free tools/resources like Soundtrap (a downloadable collaborative tool to create music and podcasts) and Audacity (a free open source platform for clipping/editing audio software). Attendees will leave with the step-by-step process to write and produce a podcast and tangible lesson plans they can implement in their classrooms.


Monica Brady-Myerov, a veteran public radio journalist and edtech founder and Rachel Roberson, the humanities and news education curriculum manager at KQED will walk the participants through the process of creating podcasts, demoing as if the participants were students. They will describe the lesson process through the eyes of a teacher, how to think about the lesson and navigate it. And they will discuss the roles of the students in podcasting themselves: 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.

They will share out real teacher experiences, challenges and takeways, along with sharing sample podcasts from students so participants can listen to the finished product examples.

After learning about the creation process, attendees will partake in their own device-based activity with peer-to-peer interaction. Participants will take out their devices as we walk them through the process of making a podcast themselves on their laptops or phones. Attendees will experience first-hand how their students will explore student driven inquiry and research and how they 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.

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 and others.

Supporting research

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Monica Brady-Myerov, Listenwise
Liana Holmberg, KQED Education

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