For this project, fourth grade students had the opportunity to reflect on the importance of being a good listener. The teacher provided "sentence starters" like "Listening means...." and "When someone listens to me..." to guide them. The teacher helped the students think about their responses and write them down. Then the students practiced reading them aloud. Finally, she recorded them reading their responses. (She used a Tascam handheld digital recorder with built-in microphone, but an external mic. would have been better for the quality of the recording). The audio files were edited in GarageBand. Then, the kids created some art. The teacher photographed the art with her iPhone, and then created the enhanced podcast on iMovie. She used music on freemusicarchive.org. The kids were very excited to see the final result.
Please share any ideas you have about podcasts/digital storytelling!