Since I tried to use podcasting in an after school club called Brad FM at a local school, I’ve been looking out for teachers who are using blogs and podcasts. It hasn’t been easy but I recently found Brett simplying by by typing “education” into iTunes. He hasn’t actually named his podcast yet but the blog is called EDTech OZ.
I’m sure there are hundreds of of teachers out there that are using blogs and podcasts, but this is the first I’ve mananged to find. Here you can follow his experiment. podcast 7 is a good place to start. Its a primary class – Year 7 and they are trying to produce an audio show.
- Brett is the editor in chief of the whole show. They have shared out the various roles of presenters, audio engineers, researchers, copy editors etc.
- The students perceive that other students throughout the school will hear their work – so they think of it more as a school play or a performance rather than a class room exercise
- Because of the audience aspect they are much more critical in their choice of language. They gone beyond simply copying plagerised material off wikipedia and started re-writing
Aged 12 these kids are quite a couple of years younger than my BradFM crew, so its natural that they have more structure. But listening to this podcast, I realise now that perhaps I was being over ambitious in trying to get my 14 year olds to completely write, produce, perform and engineer their own shows. Still, that is the nature of the podcasting medium: anyone has a voice. I am looking forward to listening to episodes 8 & 9 of Brett’s show to see what they produce. Will it be too scripted and feel stilted? Whatever the outcome, this is where its happening. This is where real study and research is taking place – in the classroom. Go Brett!
Brett’s class are also using a Class Blog to talk about imigration issues raised by their reading the book “Boy Overboard” by Morris Gleitzmen