We just finished a great conversation over on EdTechTalk with the “It’s Elementary” webcasting team of Lisa Durff, Jose Rodriguez. Alice Mercer, Maria Knee, and others who joined via the chat room. Lots of great links and ideas were shared, but I’ll comment on two briefly.
Alice’s classroom podcasts, published to her Edublogs website, include great examples of student-created podcast shows as well as recorded class discussions about different topics.
One of the most innovative ideas shared during the podcast, by Maria I think, concerned the use of her school’s “robo-dialer” program to actually PUBLISH student podcasts directly to parents at their homes, over POTS. I think this is a SUPER idea.
One of the issues we often hear discussed (and lamented) in schools is lack of communication with parents. The digital divide is real, and even if you’re publishing student work on the Internet, there are generally at least some (and perhaps many) families who don’t have an Internet connected computer at home. Maria’s idea offers a great way to address this challenge.
Her school district has invested in a phone dialing solution which permits school officials to send out mass audio messages to parents, usually in the evenings, about school announcements. Connect-ED is one product that provides this functionality. Maria figured out you can load up WAV files into the system, and then have it “push out” the recorded audio file to all the parents. So, she was able to use Audacity and save student podcasts as WAV files…. voila…. Instant podcast publishing right into the homes of all the kids at school. What a great idea, and a super way to not only leverage a communications technology the school district has already invested in… but also extend that “authentic audience” of students creating podcasts at school into homes where parents may have not previously had a chance to hear their students’ podcasts.
I love this idea!
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On this day..
- Technology Integration for Common Core (Velma, Oklahoma Presentation Resources) - 2013
- Podcast393: Reflections on UnPlug'd 2012 with David Truss & Gail Lovely - 2012
- Evernote as a Syncable, Offline Database for High School CX Debate Evidence - 2011
- Strange podcast download spike - 2008
- Thoughts on video annotation and 1:1 computing - 2007
- Podcast179: Podcasting in the Elementary Classroom - A Conversation on EdTechTalk - 2007
- Talking about podcasting with elementary students - 2007
- Update on "Invent the Future" After School Club / Scratch Programming - 2007
- Teaching with Videoconferencing - 2006
- Real or fake teaching test? - 2006