Make a Radio Show for your Class!

 

I am having my students create a podcast to show off a certain skill that they know about computers. This is my first time using a podcast with the iPads, so feel free to chime in if you know of a better way to go about doing this.

I have four iPads and four rows of students, so I figured that I would divide each row into groups and give them an iPad. I used two apps to get this done.

Rec Pad $2

BossJock $10

Basically, what I had the students do was use Rec Pad to record themselves reading their written script. Then I Sent it to Bossjock and ordered it into a recording.
It was a lot of work, but the payoff was a few great recordings. In hindsight, maybe I would have students investigate more about certain skills, so I wouldn’t hear so many explanations about control shortcuts, but it was a good first run around.

another thing was that Students handled their iPads a lot so the recordings came out scratchy, I would try to do a better job of having them listen to their recordings. This can be tough because if you have an hour of class time, students can do multiple re takes until they are satisfied, leaving your lesson to stretch out over weeks of time.

Overall I think that the podcast idea is a good one.  I spent a lot of time with this combination, but it came out great. Next time I would just move the files over to audacity and do it all at once. but, you live and learn, so take note, because your students will love this assignment!

 

Educational Technology Opportunities

Teaching about technology in school is my thing, but I have realized that there are plenty of other opportunities from companies and organizations outside of my school that can help get students excited about learning new things about technology and even might help propel them into a STEM field later in life. Below I will make a list of good programs or websites that are helping to put technology into the hands of K-12 Students (that I know of).

Google Ninja Program: The Ninja program is a free tutorial site that allows users to learn about specific Google products and services. This is great for teachers, parents and students who want a fun and easy way to learn about Google Apps.

Technovation, Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program for Girls. This program looks really exciting, it is a free program that teaches girls how to build a sample business plan and how to code an app. No prior knowledge is necessary. It looks like it is a lot of work, but the experience and results are very compelling! First place in the Middle School category wins $5000 and a trip to Silicon Valley to pitch their app!

MIT App Inventor: App Inventor is an Android app creation software that helps using a block style way of coding to help students create an Android app!

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