CRO Podcast | Episode 2 | Podcasting in Your School

CRO Podcast | Episode 2 | Podcasting in Your School


[MUSIC] Hello this is Scott Sheeler, welcome to
our College Radio Ohio podcast, Episode 2. In this podcast,
we’re going to discuss the Anchor app, and how it can be used in your classroom,
and your school. Podcasts are an audio medium that allow
you to kinda tell a story, right? You might tell a story for entertainment,
or to display knowledge, or to call for action of something that
needs to be called for action for, right? So just like video,
just like when we’re writing text, it is another way to get your
message across and to tell a story. In many formats of podcasts,
you can subscribe to them. So that way with a podcast sort of app,
you can then get a notification, or it automatically goes into your list of
podcasts that you should be listening to. This is really convenient to make sure
that you have people that know when your podcasts are out, if they’re
interested in hearing every single one. The College Radio Ohio podcast right now
is just hosted in YouTube, on our channel. But, maybe in the future we move it, but
right now it works where it is there, and that’s possible for
anyone to do it that way, as well. You could just put it anywhere, as long as
you [LAUGH] as long as you know where it is, I guess that’s the important part. As well as your listeners, your
listeners also need to know where it is. You might remember actually two years ago,
we did a video on podcasting. And we gave some resources
on how to do it, as well as maybe what you can listen to. We decided to add another one because
honestly, this app is very exciting to me. And we think that it could be something
that could add a lot of value to your school. All right, so what is the Anchor app? The Anchor app is a great app that
allows you to record your audio, and essentially make a station out of it. And if you choose,
you can take any audio that you have, and the audio could be something that you
just record from your phone, locally. Maybe with a microphone or headphones. You could add music interludes
that they allow you to add, just to add some sorta space
inside of your audio podcast. You could actually interview someone, meaning that you could actually take a
telephone number of someone and call them. And it will automatically record it for
you. And also, you could also do call-ins,
sort of a voice mailbox. That people are saying, hey, here’s my
audio, you could use this in your podcast, or on your station. So the term station is used in Anchor,
because a station is almost like Snapchat. That you could put anything
on your station, and it will actually disappear from
the public after 24 hours. Or, when, you always have access to it, or you could choose to add it to
a podcast and make it permanent. And what’s really nice also is that
app will also allow you to add a podcast to the Apple Podcast store or
the Google Play Music store. So it will actually help you go through
their process and get it approved. So that way people of different devices
can listen to your podcast, as well. Another thing from their website you
could do, cuz their website is very full featured as well, is you could actually
just load your audio straight from there. For example, this one,
which I’m hosting both on our College Radio Ohio YouTube channel,
as well as on the Anchor app. I was just gonna load it in after I kind
of do some editing and stuff that way. So that might be a way that
you could also use it, even if you don’t want it to be kind
of an instant, really easy podcast. So let me tell you about my
experience with this podcast, so far. One, it’s really easy. So I made a podcast up called
A Walk to Misremember. And really what the concept
of the podcast was, is I literally recorded myself
using my phone and my earpods. And I essentially recorded whatever I saw
walking from my car to my office building. I don’t know, I see a lot of cars, the parking lot I found a spot
that’s way closer than I parked. And I’m conferring if I should walk
back to my car, and then get that spot. But then you’re like, well,
I’m gonna then spend more time walking, kinda defeats the purpose, but at the same
time, it’s like, that’s a cool spot. [LAUGH] So I literally would just talk
about random things that I saw or see it. Now, if it doesn’t sound interesting,
you wouldn’t be alone. [LAUGH] I’m not sure even my
mother thinks it’s interesting. But what it did was allow me just to
test it out and see how it worked, and it worked really well. So I would just record, and then I
could actually submit that to Apple. And maybe that would honestly
be ten minutes of work, with essentially what I would have to do
is add it to the end of the Apple store. I would record maybe for
about three minutes or five minutes and then I would just go ahead and
put a description on it with my phone. And then I would say, all right,
send and make a podcast. And that was a podcast. It literally would go from that to
publish in about ten minutes of work and that includes audio recording. And there wasn’t planning, so
that obviously wasn’t there too. So there’s a really easy tool to use. So that’s one reason I
think it’s really great. Two, the Anchor app also
kind of has its own stations in it that people are using and
showing. So, it isn’t just for creating,
it also could be for finding. So you can, or
people can host their stations, and you could just subscribe to them. So if you find someone interesting
that has a station in the app, you could just follow them. And kind of get the catch up
of the stories as they go, and it doesn’t even have to
be an official podcast. Again, what’s nice about it is if
you just put on your station but you don’t want to make a podcast,
it will be there for 24 hours. And then it will be not able to
be seen by the public after that. What you will also see
when you’re using it, it’s the ability to do
call ins is really nice. So you could just give someone your
name within the Anchor app, and they could actually just
leave you a message. So I actually asked a few
former coworkers and friends to actually kind of do their own Walk to
Misremember and they did that, as well.>>[Erin] I decided to do a Starbucks run. My Starbucks for my school is probably as
far as the Starbucks is from Mount Hall. And so,
I can do that run in the morning, and then I can drive to school, and I just
literally have to cross the parking lot. Which does not give me much time for
organizing or preparing my thoughts. But that’s also why I go into work
probably about an hour early every day.>>[Ben] I think the most pertinent thing I can
tell you is that I’m carrying a bag of leftover deep dish pizza. Because the universal language of love
is a deep dish pizza with sausage, so, Looking for a nice balmy day,
hovering around 100 degrees today. And we’re gonna get after it,
as we make our way.>>Yeah, and that was really easy, I just
could quickly add up to my station and then make it a podcast. Another thing I also did was I also
tried during the interview, right? So if I wanna talk with someone
who’s an expert in something, I could just call them up using the app. And it will record from when they
answer to when they hang up. And so, that’s something that
is also really easy to use. And here’s a sample.>>I mean you have a telephone.>>I do.
>>Most of us probably do.>>I do, yeah, I’m pretty cutting edge.>>Yeah, that’s what I hear about you.>>[LAUGH]
>>So I appreciate the test phone call, and you might make an appearance on
the next College Radio Ohio Podcast.>>I can’t wait, I appreciate it. I have a laundry list of
interview requests, but I’m happy to make time for it.>>All right, so I think one thing that
think about to whenever you’re doing this is you still want to think about
the quality of sound, right? So, some things to consider. You still wanna consider your environment. My Walk to Misremember podcast, I didn’t really pay attention
to any of these, right? Except, I didn’t pay
attention to the environment. My could have been a better more kind
of closed environment to do it, and as well as I probably could
have use a better mic. However, it worked, I would definitely
at least urge people to use earpods, or earphones, or
whatever that have a microphone on them. And I think that honestly is how a lot
of people are going to do it, and it’s really easy. Especially if you’re just trying to
disseminate information to people that need to know that information. I highly recommend that. But, let’s think about how this app, or how these podcasts could possibly even be
used in your classroom, or with students. As well as maybe professional development
with your fellow staff members One good way I could see is if you had
your students make a podcast for, say, a course or unit, right? So meaning, you’re having a podcast
that’s all about biology, or all about history,
time and history, right? Maybe the Reconstruction Era,
and so what you could do is maybe have those students go through
and kind of explain various topics, right? So they’re not only creating a script,
or something that they’re gonna say or talking points. But then they’re actually going to give
them and share them to the world, right. So there’s another aspect of them, not
just writing something down for your eyes, [LAUGH] and your brain, but
actually for the greater world. And that can be a really cool way to have
students just be able to give their voice and their personality. And actually be useful for someone maybe who actually wants
to learn about that concept. Or maybe in future semesters or
years, then you could just share the podcast with some students as
another way to learn that topic. Or maybe you could have them
discuss different concepts that are tough to learn in biology and
really allow those students to. Again, tell them as they know them, and
that way students in the future could hear them and just get it from them. Another one that you could do is
possibly just have a podcast with student short stories,
papers, or poems, right? So especially if you are teaching some
sort of writing class, and you wanna give your students more of a voice and
show them that their voice matters, right? You could do a podcast just for a unit, maybe since it’s a Halloween time,
or if it’s the holidays, right? You could have them tell a story about
that and put those all in one collection, and have those all be different podcasts,
or maybe multiple stories in one podcast. You could really choose how
you would wanna do that. Another example or an idea, another idea could be an audio
version of a school newspaper, right? So possibly,
instead of having students only write, they could also give this sort of medium. Maybe a recap, or maybe it could be in
addition to, maybe of a student who, once you just tell the stories. Or give kind of a, hey,
here’s what’s coming up in the newspaper, you should check it out. So it can almost be a commercial, or could just be a straight reading
of the school newspaper. Maybe it’s someone else who
wants to serve in that way, who may be isn’t one of the editors or
the writers on the newspaper. Another way that podcasts could be used is
maybe have students interview community members for a different topic. Maybe it’s something to have empathy for a certain area, or
if it’s family members, right? Or maybe you want them to interview
a business person to talk about what it is doing business. Prepare them for whatever field that
they might be interested in, right? So you could actually
have students do that, or really you could do that, [LAUGH] right? If you’re a faculty member, if you could
actually interview people like that, and bring that into your classroom. And try to give students
those life experiences, and at least hear others talk
about those life experiences. You could also have
a podcast at your school that deals with issues that are affecting
every school in our country, right? So, whether it be bullying or
having positive behavior or identity and self, right? You could have students and
teachers talk about those experiences, and how they went through as students. And maybe other students
talking about those things, and how they are affected by them, right? So you could have this
podcast that could just be really just affecting the culture
of your school, as well. Another good example could be if you
just wanna recap club meetings and sporting events. For example,
maybe you have a club meeting and you just wanna kind of have
an audio record of it. And you just wanna give a quick recap and
say, okay, in this meeting, we did this, and this, and this, and this, and this. And this could make it real easy for
you to kind of go over what happened the previous meeting,
and talk about it that way. Or, maybe you wanna have someone
just recap sporting events. Maybe you wanna have interviews of players
and coaches, and have someone say, they did really great today,
this person pinned, got his first pin. That could be, I guess bowling or
wrestling, right? But they did their first, they had
their first pin, and then so and so. And so a way of not just giving
sport announcements at the morning [LAUGH] announcements, right? But actually kind of letting those live on
beyond that morning announcement, right? Things could live on more than that, and that could be something
that could be really great. And that is something that could be
really great for an athletic director or different coaches and,
of course, the students. Now obviously, these are all ways that
a podcast could be used in a school that affect a classroom of students. But there’s also a lot of ways that
you could use these podcasts to affect professional learning, or
professional development in your schools. And so you could even have one that
individuals teachers could kind of run, and try to encourage and help other
teachers just learn and try new things. One example could be just taking the time
to interview various teachers, and having them actually, just talk about different
things that they’re doing, right? We all wish as teachers and educators that we could sit in on more
classes and watch expert teachers do this. And maybe this is one way to kind of share
the stories of what’s going on in your classroom. Or maybe you know of a peer that,
you’re really doing this really cool unit. Can you tell about this so
everyone can hear what you’re doing, and maybe other people will be inspired
by the methods that you’re using. Maybe remember it’s about the pedagogy
right, not about the technology. So those methods and how those are affecting the individual
students in the classroom. So you could really just tell
those stories over a school. Perhaps, even another thing you
could do is just really create that culture of learning, right? Continuing to remind teachers
of how great their work is, and how it affects their students, right? And so, there really are a lot of
opportunities that you could give there, as well. So a podcast could be a really way to
do it, and I hope that you check out, maybe Anchor to see if that is
one thing you might wanna do. So, if you want to check out the podcast
that I made up just to test it out, it is listed below in
the description of this video. Or, if you’re in Anchor app, you could see
it there, cuz you are using it, right? So you could check that out,
you could see how easy it is, [LAUGH] to actually make a podcast. I really didn’t put a lot of work into it. It sounds like I’m bragging about
how little of work I’m doing, but really that’s true. But really, I think it’s important for you to see that it is not too hard,
and it won’t take up too much time. If you wanna get your message across, or have your students get their
messages across, as well. So I hope you enjoyed this podcast,
I hope you are able to check this out. And we will see you next time at
the next College Radio Ohio Podcast. [MUSIC] For more information information
about College Radio Ohio, go to collegeready.osu.edu, or follow us on Twitter @CollegeReadyOH. [MUSIC]

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