A few words to the teacher
Things I have learned
- You will need to build some time in for the students to "explore" . They will want to listen to every loop- and this is a good thing. Knowing what they have available will help them when they are producing. With middle school, I planned on 40 minutes of "getting to know garage band" also known as "being annoying with sound"!! You could introduce various aspects of garage band over time and then spread the exploration out. That method does require a lot of vigilance on the part of the teacher.
- Teaching kids to NOT stop, delete and start over when recording is a challenge. It will take less time if they keep going when they make a mistake and edit the mistake out later. To this end, teaching the kids to pause, especially at the end of sentences is really important.
- Any classroom activity or lesson that involved manipulatives worked really well for a podcast. If the students were in teams or groups, one student's responsibility was to take the photos of the activity. The podcast could become the final product for some or all of the students. (They have to write the script before they record their voice- so if you had your students write in a math journal after the math activity, that writing activity could become the script for the enhanced podcast.)
- Save one or more podcast on the same topic to use as instructional tools for students who need more remediation or for those who are absent or for use with other classes.