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!
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.