Transforming Your School's Community Through Podcasting

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Maria Montemayor  
Nora Olivo  
Alberto Valdes  

Podcasting is a powerful way to empower a school community, especially in a time when anyone can use easy tools to produce their own. Come and learn to create your own school podcast with very simple steps using GarageBand for iOS and its powerful and professional features.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Headphones:

Apps needed to be installed in your devices:

iOS GarageBand App (When applicable)

Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Subject area: Career and technical education, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: 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.
For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Though existing as a concept for less than two decades, podcasting has already become a new way for humans to share their thoughts, ideas, and stories with other people around the world. Over 50 million people listen to podcasts each month, that means there’s an authentic audience to whom share your stories.

The purpose of this session is to share how our school community, students, teachers & parents were benefited from creating a Podcast to extend learning and news using GarageBand and give you all the tips to start producing your own.

Garageband is an easy and powerful app to create great quality podcasts. This is your opportunity to create a genuine relationship with your listeners while using their imagination as your stage. Whatever your passion might be, podcasting has become one of the most effective ways to share it with your school community.

In the session participants will learn about:
* The importance of Podcasting when reaching out your school community, local and national.
* Apps and equipment recommended for creating your podcast
* Share sample podcast ideas
* Learn basic and essential Garageband skills for creating a podcast using an iPad.
* Demonstrate how to easily share and distribute podcasts through some of the best Podcast streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, amongst others.


2 min - Introductions
3 min - Quick talk the importance of Podcasting when reaching out your school community, local and national.
5 min - Share apps and equipment recommended for creating your podcast
5 min - Share sample podcast ideas
25 min - Learn basic and essential Garageband skills for creating a podcast using an iPad.
15 min - Demonstrate how to easily share and distribute podcasts through some of the best listening platforms as Spotify and Apple Podcast.
5 min - Sharing - Final Thoughts and Reflection

Supporting research

Start That Podcast!

Listening to Themselves: Podcasting Takes Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Teaching the Research Process Through Podcasting

Teaching Podcasting: A Curriculum Guide for Educators

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Maria Montemayor, Educreative Coaching

María Montemayor is a 1st grade teacher at Euroamerican School of Monterrey. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Book Creator Ambassador and Seesaw Ambassador and has given PD workshops for teachers on how to effectively integrate applications such as Book Creator, Clips, iMovie into the classroom, among others. María is a passionate teacher who loves to integrate technology in the classroom to enhance creativity and innovation to her students. Project-based learning, curriculum integration, and balanced literacy are some of the skills she strives to develop in his students.

Nora Olivo, Euroamerican School of Monterrey

Technology integration specialist who supports K-2 teachers to integrate technology. Work alongside Kindergarten through 2nd grade students and design new and engaging lessons and resources to integrate technology tools into the school curriculum. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator, Book Creator, and Seesaw Ambassador. I enjoy learning the use of new applications, their features, and finding new ways of integrating technology into the curriculum of the different grade levels in which I work. I am the co-producer and host of the podcast "Charlas EDUCreativas. "

Alberto Valdes, American School Foundation of Monterrey

Alberto Valdes is a Technology Integration Specialist and is responsible for supporting teachers in the effective integration of technology in the classrooms as well as designing and implementing professional development for different schools in Mexico. He's an Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Professional Learning, Book Creator Ambassador, Seesaw Ambassador & Google Certified Innovator. He's the creator of the .EDU Conference in Monterrey, Mexico.