The Next Generation in Broadcasting
When I open up the newspaper, magazine, or watch television I have to be completely engrossed and focused on what I am doing. However, when I listen to the radio, whether it be talk or music, I have the freedom to drive, run, or even grade assessments. Radio allows people the ability to multitask and acts as a mobile medium that people can enjoy on the go. To this day, radio remains one of the most effective advertising and educational tools in our society.
This past semester students in my radio podcasting elective learned the power and influence that entertainment media outlets such as podcasting have on the rest of the world and created several podcasts of their own. Students were given opportunities to express themselves on a variety of topics and settings using Audacity; a free digital audio editor and recording application.
Students created an introduction to SIS for potential students wanting to know more about the school through the eyes of their peers. They also created their own Lonely Planet guide focused on a city of their choice where they detailed information ranging from food, lodging, transportation, safety, and even “nightlife” through the eyes of a middle school student. They were able to recognize news, and report on current events through the use of persuasive and informative language.
Most students worked in pairs and were able to collaborate and publish a variety of interview, storytelling, and karaoke podcasts while using a variety of effects. Podcasting, and technology in general should no longer be viewed as a personal distraction from learning and should be welcomed with open arms as an alternative way of learning and presenting one’s own ideas. Podcasting allows students to make a global connection with the work they produce as opposed to one connection with a teacher. To check out a few of the podcasts, please visit my blog at: http://sarahqavi.geckos.sis.org.cn/radiopodcasting/ or create some podcasts of your own!
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