Assignment: The assignment involved recording a creative podcast on a topic of my choice. I chose to do mine as if it were an episode of a fictional show titled “Science With Simon,” which could be the type of recording that students might create in a classroom environment. I used my trusty Blue Yeti to handle the audio recording (which I highly recommend for any classroom environment where the students are doing audio recordings), GarageBand for the editing, and Freesound for all the effects.
Reflection: Making this podcast helped me think about how to present fairly technical information in a format that could be understood by anyone, as well as figure out how to use audio to actually enhance the presentation rather than just as extraneous special effects. I thought of presenting some basic information about a computer because most people are at least familiar with a computer and have heard of some of the basic components such as a hard drive or USB port, so there would be a fairly universal common language for anyone listening to the podcast. It was a little tricky trying to distill the various aspects of a computer down to a few essentials that would fit within boundaries of this assignment (it was suggested that we keep the podcast limited to around 5 minutes) but I think the result works fairly well, and the effects add some extra information such as the clicking of the needle as it reads the hard drive and some blips and beeps that are meant to indicate computations.
Standards Addressed: TL-I Technology Operations and Concepts. TL-III.A.5 Design methods and model strategies for teaching concepts and skills that support use of media-based tools such as television, audio, print media, and graphics.