Podcasts: really easy

My students tend to be visual, auditory, and social learners, and I’ve been wrestling with this reality for a while now. I handed out ‘worksheets’ to my students the other day, to prepare for their exams. But really, it’s not very helpful to them, because filling out information on a worksheet doesn’t help them study as much as I think it does.

So yesterday, I made four podcasts. Each of them contains an audio track designed to help them fill out one of the four review sheets for the final exam, and compares ancient history with modern times. Food for thought, if you will. A couple of students listened to one of them last night, and I hope that the other six students will listen to the others today and in the next few days.

I was amazed at how easy it was to create a podcast. GarageBand made it incredibly easy, actually. It was so easy, it took a while to realize that easy did not mean good. The last time I made one, I didn’t have a script, and I merely extemporized. It was terrible, even when I added pictures to the audio recording. This time, I wrote a script, and then recorded that. These four podcasts were too long, but I think I have a better idea of how long to make the script, and how to cut it up with several stingers and musical accompaniment.

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  1. One advantage

    one advantage of writing scripts, though, is that I can publish BOTH the podcast, and the script. For students with learning disabilities or auditory difficulties or attention deficit challenges, this can be highly advantageous. They have the chance to read and listen simultaneously, and have clarity about what they’re encountering.

    For my students, any such advantage is good.

  2. Dude, if I’ve been making podcasts for years, how hard could it be? 🙂

    Once you’re comfortable with the pace and length of the pieces you want to do, you’ll want to ease back on the full bore scripts and shift over to bullet-points of points you want to be sure to hit, and let things flow a bit more naturally. I think your kids will appreciate the difference in conversational tone. It’s the difference from someone reading out of a book to you and someone talking about a book with you. Pretty big shift, really, and a big difference for the listener.

    Good on you, mang.

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