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Podcasting: Unleash the Power of Storytelling in Your Educational Community

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Friday, December 4, 12:45–1:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Rhett Hughes  
Carla Jefferson  

People's Choice winner. 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, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
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, Anchor, QuickTime, SoundCloud, Soundtrap, Voice Memos, etc.
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
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.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

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. Provide some background information to include: why podcast, how it gives students a voice, how it can help bridge the digital equity divide, and how it is the perfect tool to incorporate the 4Cs of 21st century learning.
IV. Get it started! - Discussing simple and fairly inexpensive materials that are needed to get started.
V. Getting down to the nitty gritty - Tips and Tricks on how to structure your show, developing a schedule that assists with consistency, ways to share your podcast and improve your audience
VI. 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.
VII. Getting the Help you Need - Overview of online resources and podcasters who can help provide insight
VIII. Closing: wrap up with a Q/A

Supporting research

Your Personal Learning Network Professional Development on Demand by William I. Bauer -

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

The Power of Podcasts by Christopher J. Nesi - 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 is an instructional technology coordinator for the Darlington County School District in South Carolina. A 22-year veteran educator, Jefferson has been a classroom teacher, curriculum facilitator and school- and district-level administrator. Her passion for technology and teaching has led her on a journey to assist her district in making a digital transformation. Jefferson works with administrators, teachers and classified staff on effectively integrating technology into their learning spaces. Jefferson and colleague Rhett Hughes co-host the #dcsdtransforms podcast where they spotlight innovative work in their district and share new and creative ways to effectively integrate technology into the classroom. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Certified Apple Learning Specialist, Google Certified Educator/Trainer/Innovator, Google CS First facilitator, Remind Connected Educator and a member of the Remind Advisory Board. Jefferson has been recognized as a 2010-2011 Darlington County School District Honor Roll Teacher and as the 2016 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for South Carolina. She currently serves as a member of the South Carolina ASCD board, is the chair for the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) Instructional Technology Roundtable and is a member of the ISTE Digital Equity PLN. Jefferson is passionate about digital equity and helping people understand that it’s the blend of equity through access and opportunity that will change the game in our learning spaces.

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