I am enthused to have learned yesterday and today about two new podcasting collaborative project and contest opportunities for students.

The first came from Maria Henderson, who told me about Dan Schmidt’s new “Where in the World? A global geography podcasting quiz!” project. According to the announcement flyer, the shows are:

created by students from all over the world focused on learning about geography, community, and culture. We want your students to be a part of it!

Seven shows are already up on the podcast feed, and more are invited! Students can listen to each episode and then email their guess about what location is being described to the published teachder’s email address. In addition, students can submit their own podcast episode! Read the flyer (PDF) and get all the details, students of any age can submit a podcast and participate! GREAT idea! (Dan presented a couple of weeks ago in Oklahoma City on podcasting, btw, and my notes from his session as well as a podcast recording of his presentation are available.)

The second podcasting opportunity was discussed by Bob Sprankle and Cheryl Oakes in the latest “Bit by Bit” podcast, and it is the 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition sponsored by NASA. I’m disappointed that my son’s 3rd grade class is too young to submit a podcast! Here are the highlights from the website:

“How Will Space Exploration Benefit Your Life in the Future?” Exploration provides the foundation of our knowledge, technology, resources, and inspiration. It seeks answers to the fundamental questions about our experience, responds to recent discoveries and puts in place revolutionary technologies and capabilities to inspire our nation, the world, and the next generation. Through NASA and it’s partners, we touch the unknown, we learn and we understand. As we take our first steps toward sustaining a human presence in the solar system, we can look forward to far off visions becoming realities of the future.

The 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition is an Education and Public Outreach project designed to inspire and motivate the next generation of explorers and to compete effectively for the minds, imaginations, and career ambitions of America’s young people.

Students will create an audio recording or video short to answer the question:
“How will Space Exploration benefit your life in the future?”

What great projects! Game on!

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6 Responses to Check out new podcasting opportunities!

  1. I just wanted to say thanks for pointing out these two podcasting projects! Though I won’t be participating myself, I know a couple of teachers that will defintiely be interested. I’ll pass along the flier links to them. Thanks again!!

  2. Thanks for passing on the podcasting opportunities. I had heard about the space exploration podcast competition, but was very disappointed when I discovered that it was only for American students. Once again, the Canadians (and others) are marginalized and left out of what could have been a fun and educational opportunity. I thought the world was getting flatter….

    However, I will certainly check out the “Where in the World…” podcasts – sounds like it could be a great and positive way to introduce podcasting to students!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anna Adam says:

    Thanks for the mention! I’m the crazy person who actually produces the RSS feed and volunteered to do all of the coordinating for the project. Send in submissions everyone! It’s quick, easy, fun and very educational!

  4. David Stone says:

    Very cool! Once again Wes, thank you for sharing. Although we are still just getting off the ground with our student podcasting, I can’t tell you how excited students are with using these tools in the classroom. I look foward to checking out this project. Thank you Wes!

  5. Helen Mowers says:

    Just wanted to mentiont that the “Where In the World” podcast belongs to Anna Adam, a campus instructional specialist in Texas. Dan was kind enough to do the “shout out” to let everyone know about the project, but she does the hosting and posting. I shared this with a group of teachers this summer at a workshop and they are so excited about the concept–the podcast can incorporate all grade levels and works across the curriculum. It’s also relatively easy, so the focus is on the content, not the method! Hope lots of teachers help their kids post a “where”cast!

    Thanks, Wes for sharing such a great resource!

  6. […] The 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition is an Education and Public Outreach project designed to inspire and motivate the next generation of explorers and to compete effectively for the minds, imaginations, and career ambitions of America’s young people. The theme of the NASA podcast contest should be able to deal or answer the question: How will space exploration benefit their lives in the future. Students will need to submit a short but unique audio or video podcast that will run for 60 seconds. […]

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