Assignment: Create a podcast for a trip.
Reflection: Doing this podcast made me think of how best to present information in an engaging manner. I thought about just reading a list of things to do in Washington D.C., but that wouldn’t go very far in capturing the interest of a listener. Instead I tried to really put the listener in a tourist frame of mind by using sound effects that might be heard in the city, as well as the excerpt from Martin Luther King. Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. In essence, this is a new spin on the age-old instructional practice of having students stand up in front of the class and give a brief report on a subject (i.e.: “What did you do over the summer?”) Creating a Podcast requires students to plan what to include, prepare a script, record their own voice (which is often a daunting task in and of itself), find sound effects, and edit everything together into a pleasing final product. Extensive use of computer software and hardware is required, and this type of project is ideal for helping students explore various technologies to put a new spin on a tried-and-true educational practice.
Standards Addressed: TL-III. Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum. Educational technology leaders model, design, and disseminate plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning. TL-IV. Assessment and Evaluation. Educational technology leaders communicate research on the use of technology to implement effective assessment and evaluation strategies.