Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Throughout the year my students have completed several podcasts and I've not been very pleased with the masses as only 1/5 of the groups do a decent job.

There are some elements of podcasting that I've been sure to include in each project. Still, it doesn't seem to be enough to push students into the successful category.

Essential Podcasting Elements
  1. Creation of a script or storyboard.
  2. Clear requirements and guidelines.
  3. Periodic due dates.
  4. Documentation of images/copyrighted information.
  5. Listen to podcast examples prior to start.
Struggles in podcasting with whole classes:
  1. Last minute scrambling to get podcast published.
  2. Developing ownership in the project.
  3. Adequate space to record quietly.
  4. Students suddenly locked out of iPhoto, can't incorporate photos.(Think this is a network issue, though it affected kids doing iPhoto books, not so much podcasts)
I'm not ready to give up yet so I'm thinking about how to improve the process for next year.
Improvements for next year:
  1. First time podcasts are short, and viewing of podcasts is for feedback purposes. (We did this but the second podcast came too late.)
  2. Try single group podcasts - one group per week instead of whole class. This step eliminates the noise factor and may help to develop ownership in the podcast since it would be the only podcast published in a given week.
I'd love your feedback. Have a listen to some of the podcasts in the archived link on our podcast page. Note the links at the top of the page are not podcasts, but iPhoto books. To view the podcasts you'll have to start at the bottom and work up.

1 comment:

  1. I really think the deadline thing is key throughout. Kids who don't have their script done when it is due, can not go on. Kids who don't have all pictures downloaded, same thing.

    You could also pick one script a week that becomes a podcast. All students still have to do the scripts.