Social Media and Education

Podcasting comes to 4th grade

Posted on: March 29, 2010

Recently, our technology department made me aware that they had installed a podcast server for use by our district. They told me how to access it if I wanted to play around while they worked out the bugs. It doesn’t take much of an invitation to get me interested in exploring new ways for my students to learn.

I put a little blog together and posted information for parents about a project we were starting. Then, I found out the server was not ready to go public. I connected with a few other teachers in our district and we began sharing ideas of how we used technology in our classrooms. After a quick start, we began to fizzle since we could only share and upload ideas while we were at school.

Last week, several of us were able to attend a seminar by Apple on using Podcast Producer effectively. That was the shot of inspiration we needed. I asked my students to write about the ways technology integration has been helping them be successful students. I am looking for extra MacBooks because these kids do not want to wait for me to help them. A once-through on the procedures was all they needed. Unbidden, they are planning how to make more podcasts about each of their subjects. Isn’t it fun when kids don’t want to wait to be taught? I love this job.

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