First Graders Create Their Own Read-Along Book
The process of how first grade students were able to make their own read-aloud audiobook is explained in this blog post. Two instructors tag-teamed to make this happen. One instructor would go ahead and script out the next chapter, while the other teacher took a group of students to record them reading the book. In the end, an audiobook made by them was finished. It was a really neat idea.
I really liked this idea and would definitely use it in my classroom one day. It's enjoyable for the students, and they are really engaged in the activity. They are able to listen to themselves and correct it if something is not right.
Flat Stanley Podcast
Many people have heard about Flat Stanley, but this approach of incorporating him in a podcast is very unique and creative. Students were asked to chose a location of their choice and find a library book about their location. They could even do internet research about this location. Together with their parents the children were asked to read the book and make a script that included certain criteria like where they went, how they got there, what they did while they were there, and how they got home. Their Flat Stanleys visited the world!
I loved this project. I remember doing a Flat Stanley in elementary school, but this activity using a podcast took it to a whole new level. I would definitely use this in my classroom as well. This activity is beneficial for the students in MANY different facets. First, the students learn so much about geography. They are asked to chose a location and do research on it. Could it get any better? Next, students are able to be creative. They get to make up a story about what their Flat Stanley does on his trip. Students are able to expand their minds and make up stories using the geography they learned about. All around, this is an awesome project!
The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom
Joe Dale describes several benefits that podcasting in the classroom possesses. A couple of the ones that he stated that stood out to me were the relevance of it to students. It also promotes creativity and innovation. A third benefit of podcasting in the classroom is that it allows parents to see what their children are learning and doing at school. These are just a few of the many benefits that he discusses in this post.
So, back to the questions from the beginning. Why Podcasts? Why Do We Do Podcasts? I believe these two questions have been answered in all three of these posts that I have talked about. We do podcasts for the MANY benefits that they offer. From creativity, relevance, to even learning different subject matter in a fun way like geography with Flat Stanley. That is why we do podcasts. They only bring many benefits. There is no reason that we shouldn't.