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Podcasts Are the New Essays: Promote Student Voice With Podcasting

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Saturday, December 5, 10:45–11:35 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Daniel Nemerow  
Ellaine Reyes  
William Watts  

Discover how podcasting with your students can improve literacy in kindergartners to seniors. Inspire the next generation of authors and content creators. Learn about the podcasting process, tools to manage your podcasts and gear to get started. Promote student voice, expand community partnerships, and share ideas with the world. #PodcastsAreTheNewEssays

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Sign up for a free account on Podomatic or Anchor
Sign up for a free account on Soundtrap

Download Nearpod app for the presentation

Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Podcasts are one of the fastest growing mediums in the world today with over 86 million active listeners. Discover how teachers use podcasting to empower students to create an authentic product that contributes to a world-wide discussion. Attendees will discover the podcasting process and review lesson examples. Also, attendees will participate in a group podcast, and work hands-on with podcasting equipment. Opportunities will be available for participants to ask questions and collaborate on podcasting projects to take back to their school. Attendees will leave with a digital resource full of tutorials, tip sheets, and links to purchase podcasting packages.


We will review the steps to podcasting 1) Planning, 2) Recording, 3) Editing, 4) Publishing, and 5) Listening. Attendees will discover podcasting hardware (microphones, devices) and software (Soundtrap, Anchor, Podomatic)for podcasting. Finally we will discuss project ideas that teachers could take home and implement the next day.

Educators discover three ways to implement podcasting tomorrow
podcasting with Professional Learning Networks and as Professional Development
Teachers podcasting with students to deliver content/instruction
Students podcasting and publishing their takeaways from lessons

Supporting research

Podcasts improve literacy

Digital Literacy
“Podcast Time”: Negotiating Digital Literacies and Communities of Learning in a Middle Years ELL Classroom

Teaching through Podcasting

Project Audio: Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts

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Daniel Nemerow, Gainesville High School, PWCS, VA

Daniel is starting his 6th year as an instructional technology coach. Previously a math teacher and VSTE teacher of the year award winner, Daniel‘s focus now has largely been on the implementation of teacher tools in the classroom to change how students have access to and are assessed on content objectives. Daniel has four kids, a wife of 15 years, a puppy, and flutters between Gryffindor and Slytherin depending on his mood. Dan’s Areas of Expertise: Khan Academy Ambassador, Common Sense Ambassador, Nearpod Certified Educator, Edpuzzle Certified Coach, Flipgrid Certified, & Google Certified Educator. @MrNumero on Twitter &

Ellaine Reyes, Charles J. Colgan, Sr High School
William Watts, Charles J. Colgan High School

Mr. Billy is the technology coach at Colgan HS. He is PWCS born and raised. His career began as a special education teacher at PACE West School, followed as the instructional technology coach at Ellis Elementary School. Mr. Watts is passionate about mentoring students to build healthy relationships in person and online. Mr. Billy is a father of two daughters, a husband to an understanding wife. He is a giant AV nerd and does a decent Cookie Monster impression. Billy’s Areas of Expertise: Common Sense Ambassador Video Creation Podcasting @MrBillyWatts on Twitter

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