Ready to raise the volume on classroom creativity and teamwork? Incorporate podcasts to pump up the fun and boost active-listening, writing and collaborative skills. Have a look at these 10 ideas to engage and excite your students.
By Melissa Campeau
Jump-start your journalists
Reporters rove and record interviews, then edit their pieces into a news show. Sport fans, for instance, cover the basketball team while politicos track down the student council scoop.
Create. Perform. Enjoy!
Have students write original radio plays (or find some online), experiment with sound effects and act out the speaking parts. When they’re done, host a classroom audio-play festival!
Geography lessons take flight when your students partner with peers on the other side of the world. Swap podcasts with another class and share insights into holidays, customs, music — anything goes!
Get ad savvy
Students sharpen media literacy skills by dreaming up a fictional product, then scripting and voicing its radio campaign. The rest of the class listens to the ad before discussing and dissecting the message.
Make ’em laugh!
Let your natural-born entertainers shine. Students create a weekly five-minute podcast to broadcast to the entire school — including interviews, musical performances, comedy sketches — the sky’s the limit!
Are your students crafting a speech? Learning a second language? Record a practice session so they can assess their delivery. Then help them course correct by tracking their progress.
Here’s a trick for keeping field trip excitement alive. Have students record their observations while on location at the museum or zoo. In class, pair the audio with video to document the adventure.
Assign a little family-tree detective work. Students interview and record relatives to find out who first came to Canada or what school was like when their grandparents were their age.
Try software such as Podbean (podbean.com, from $3 per month) or Audacity (audacityteam.org, free) to get your project up and running in no time. When podcasts are ready, play them for your class, post them to a blog or consider going global with a directory service such as the one-stop shop podfeed.net.