Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blog Post #5

Flat Stanley Podcast. Langwitches Blog 

In this blog post a first grade teacher explains how she is introducing the use of podcasts to her students. She tells them the basis of the podcasts and gives them guidelines to creating a successful podcast. The project they are given for their podcast is Flat Stanley. The first graders, along with their parents, are to read the book Flat Stanley by Jim Brown. The book is a bout a little boy who was crushed by a bulletin board. Just like a pancake!! After reading the book they were given a homework assignment to pick a location around the world that they would want to be sent to if they were a Flat Stanley. The children's borrowed books from the library and used the internet to determine the following:
- The Location (City, State, Country and/or continent)
- How did they get there (transportation)?
- What did they do at the location?
- How did they get back home?
 I thought this assignment as awesome! I was a part of something similar to this when I was in elementary school. In my assignment we sent a Flat Stanley to other people around the world and they sent him to other and people and so on until finally Stanley returned to my mailbox I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Description of how podcasts work
The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom

In this video Doug Sanders explains some of the benefits of using a podcast in the classroom. He tells about how podcasts allow for creativity, incorporate videos, and allows for differentiate in projects. One huge benefit of using podcasts in the classroom is the fact that students who are out sick have the ability to learn over the podcasts that are uploaded to the internet. This video also explains that uploading these podcasts is easily done it is not a difficult time consuming task. ANother benefit to using podcasts is that parents can see exactly what their children are learning at school. This video also show a few interviews of actually children who tell how much they enjoy the podcast and give some of the same examples i stated earlier as the benefits of using podcasts.

Judy Scharf's Podcast Collection

On this cite it shows a few notes in which Judy Scharf explains what a podcast is. In her words a podcast is basically a cross between a broadcast and an iPod. She calls it a "radio-style" talk show. She also tells that podcast are cheap all that is required is a computer, microphone, and software. On this page there is also a link to two videos how to create a podcast as well as podcasting on teacher tube. In the first video is basically explains how to create a podcast and the simplicity of it. In the second video it talks about the concepts of a podcast, how to use a podcast, and other educational ways to use podcast.


  1. Chris,
    Glad you got excited about podcasting, especially the Flat Stanley assignment. You did a great job summarizing the parts of the blog assignment, but I would have liked to have heard your unique ideas for how this might be used to coach! I am sure that the opportunities are endless. You have a unique perspective because you will be both coach and teacher, and will have a harder time than other teachers to create a balance of those responsibilities.

    I also have a few critiques of your writing; mostly your grammar. I noticed many issues with sentence structure, such as run ons or fragments, as well as punctuation. For example, the sentence "This video also explains that uploading these podcasts is easily done it is not a difficult time consuming task" is actually two conjoined sentences. If you have time, please let one of your group members review your podcast, ask one of us to look at it, or please visit This page of the OWL gives links to help on mechanics, grammar, and punctuation that may be a guide to you regarding these aspects while you are working on your blog post. Even coaches need to be able to present themselves well in writing in order to be an example to your athletes and students! This class is here to help you start an intellectual trail via technology to set yourself apart from teachers and future teachers who shy away from it; be sure to represent yourself well!
    Also, when adding Title and ALT modifiers, be sure to remember that the Title tag is the source, and the ALT is the description. The tag that shows up on your blog, the Title, is the source or URL where you found the image. The ALT is the description that is read aloud to any blind persons who might visit your page. I know learning HTML is tricky and it is easy to confuse these two, but the more practice that you get, it will become second nature!
    Keep up the hard work,

  2. "... is a bout..." about, not a bout

    "...The children's borrowed..." children, not children's

    "...podcasts allow for creativity, incorporate videos, and allows..." allow, not allows (The first allow is correct.)

    "This video also explains that uploading these podcasts is easily done it is not a difficult time consuming task." two sentences. See Carly's comment.

    "ANother benefit..." Another, not ANother

    "... of the same examples i stated earlier..." I, not i. Can you think of a better word that stated? What about gave? Or provided?

    "On this cite it shows a few notes..." site, not site. Notes? It that the correct word to use here?

    "... that podcast are cheap..." podcasts, not podcast. Podcasts is the plural of podcasts. I do not understand why so many people use podcast as both singular and plural.

    PROOFREAD your posts!

    Thoughtful and interesting.