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Podcasting for the Classroom: Enhance Learning Through Audio Storytelling

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Wednesday, December 2, 2:10–3:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Michael Hernandez  
The ability to speak and be heard is one of the most powerful experiences students can have. In this hands-on session, learn how to integrate audio storytelling to enhance your existing curriculum. Resources, best practices for integrating podcasting in your learning space and sample projects will be provided.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Mac
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A smart phone with audio recording app, such as Voice Memo (iOS) and editing software like Garage Band (iOS, MacOS) are required to complete the hands-on portion of this session.
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.
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn how to integrate digital storytelling in classes of all grade levels and subject areas as a means to check for learning, develop student voice, and ignite passion for learning. By using mobile devices and simple editing software, they will be able to facilitate independent and collaborative project-based learning in their classrooms. The project produced in the session will be a take-home artifact that they can share with their students and colleagues.


Intro (5 min)
Story and purpose (5 min)
Interview tips (15 min)
Writing/Recording interviews (10 min)
Garageband demo (5 min)
Editing (15 min)
Best practices (5 min)

Supporting research

Instead of worrying about screen time, worry about creativity time (MIT Media Lab):

Teachers turn to podcasts (EdWeek):

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Michael Hernandez, Mira Costa High School

Michael is an award-winning teacher, author and consultant in Los Angeles whose work focuses on media literacy, digital storytelling and innovation in learning. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader, Google for Education Certified Innovator and PBS Digital Innovator. Twitter: @cinehead Instagram: @changing.the.narrative

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