I thought I’d share my brainstorm list of various ways a teacher can use podcasting as a tool in an English/Language Arts classroom.
A dozen ideas for student-created podcasts in Language Arts:
- Book reviews – Students can record their reviews and discussions of books to share with the world, or just their schools. This would be a nice way to hear from other students about their thoughts on various texts.
- Book reports – These could be done in numerous ways. One example would be as a Last Minute Book Report.
- Character dialogues and skits – Student read, script, rehearse, and record role plays as characters.
- Mock author interview – One student acts as the interviewer; another acts as the author. The interview should prepare a list of questions, give them to the “author” for review, and the two conduct an interview in podcast format.
- Audiobooks – Students can read favorite passages as teasers for other students.
- Vocabulary reviews – Students take vocabulary words and write skits using them in context. Students begin the podcast by presenting an original definition. The skit is presented. The vocabulary is discussed.
- Grammar raps – Students write and perform songs/raps to help reinforce grammar skills.
- Sharing work – Students read their own writing to share as a podcast. This could be done with any genre.
- Old Time Radio Show – After students listen to a performance and study the genre, students write, script, and perform their own.
- Debate – Students debate a research topic.
- Conversations with the past – Students interview various people about their experiences – grandparents, elders, teachers, political figures… In preparation for the interview, students need to generate researched questions for discussion. These can be tied to another content area or a topic related to literature.
- Tour guides – Students narrate places they “visit” in their reading. The Globe Theatre for students studying Shakespeare, a walking tour of Maycomb if students read To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.
There are also a number of useful or exemplary podcasts you can use as a model:
- Coulee Kids Podcast
- Who Said — a literature game delivered as a podcast
- Radio Nostalgia Network
- Book Voyages
More to share?