I led a fun workshop at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City today, working with seven lead teachers who already integrate technology into their curriculum in various ways and assist other teachers with digital teaching methods. We did a KWL activity halfway through our workshop on podcasting with Garageband, and did the last part (what we “learned”) at the end of the workshop. These were the results. (Click the image for a larger version.) Based on this product, it looks like participants learned a lot!
We had a lot of fun creating an enhanced podcast together, complete with some vocal transformations! 🙂 It was nice to do a six hour podcasting workshop rather than just a three hour session, which tends to be more common for me. I think everyone walked away with some good skills with Garageband and at least a few ideas for using podcasting in their instruction.
One of my own takeaways from the session was to remember that we need to understand and respect the technology integration “stage” each teacher is in. ACOT research from the 1980s indicated five distinct “stages” of technology integration development for teachers in immersed environments:
Although my own bias is to encourage teachers to embrace student podcasting and podcasting for student projects, it should come as no surprise that many teachers (particularly those at secondary levels) first see the value of podcasting in recording their lectures so absent students can get that information more easily. Rather than be frustrated by this, I was reminded that this sort of “adoption stage” perspective when it comes to technology integration is quite natural. The key, I think, is not remaining “stagnant” as a teacher or a learner. Hopefully these teachers will continuing growing in their instructional uses of technology, so they utilize podcasting not only as a means of content transmission, but also as a modality for student expression and remixing of their understanding of studied content. Additionally, I hope the teachers will embrace podcasting as a powerful assessment option.
I added quite a few links to my podcasting workshop curriculum in advance of today’s workshop. I was struck, as we were working together, how counter-cultural it is in education today to suggest that students should regularly CREATE CONTENT and SHARE KNOWLEDGE with their peers and others via the web. One question that came up several times today was, “Are there lots of classrooms out there doing podcasting?” The answer I gave was there are some, but not many, certainly not many relative to the large numbers of classrooms we have across the nation.
The idea of encouraging students to appropriately re-write and remix their learning, in addition to “receiving” knowledge through a traditional, read-only “transmission” based teaching mode, remains a novelty in the vast majority of classrooms I continue to work in and around here in Oklahoma. There are tremendous instructional possibilities for podcasting, but I have to remind myself that each workshop is an opportunity for participants to take “baby steps” forward in their digital pedagogical development. I am not writing this with the assumption that I somehow “have arrived” and have all the answers when it comes to digitally infused teaching methods– I certainly don’t. Each time I teach I have new opportunities to learn and grow myself. We’re all learners, although in certain contexts some people have more “expert learner” skills in particular areas. That was the case today, I know I learned right alongside the workshop “participants!”
The bottom line today, I think, was that we HAD FUN together learning some new skills and creating some new knowledge products in the form of enhanced podcasts. Learning is a journey, and today was an engaging and personally satisfying leg of the trip. Hopefully it was for the other participants as well! 🙂
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- Online Petition: Oklahoma City Public Schools Must Adopt Balanced Internet Content Filtering Policies - 2012
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- Set Up a Moderated Class Blog on Posterous - 2011
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- Podcast371: Cartooning Around in Language Arts by Malia Triggs - 2011
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