The Podcast Challenge

The Podcast Challenge


Foothills Films. The NPR Podcast Challenge at Ventana Vista & Manzanita Elementary schools. Mr. Noah Mickey-Colman. Curriculum Technology Integrator So it started with a story
on NPR about a podcast contest that students could participate in starting
in fifth grade at each of our schools Manzanita and Ventana Vista we thought
it’d be a great way to get kids involved in participating in something that had
real-world applications like a contest but also being able to explore learning
of creative digital tool like creating a podcast. Each school has taken the
project and sort of made it their own so at Ventana Vista we are doing the
project in the immersion classrooms as well as the English classrooms Ventana
vista the teachers there also made it their own by deciding to
embed the project into the science content standards that they were already
teaching so the students were researching famous scientists and then
creating a podcast for through that lens. Podcast challenge is something like a radio contest I’m pretty sure where we enter podcasts on famous
scientists that we have researched like me, I’m
Thomas Edison. So we’re doing about Charles Darwin he is a naturalist really
where’s the script or what we’re doing is right here. At Manzanita we took more
of a project-based learning approach where students could essentially come up
with whatever topic they wanted for their podcast and create it from there
so each school we have a variety of topics.
Do students have too much homework. I found that a lot of parents are really
tired of helping. So I’ve noticed that students are extremely engaged in the
project from the get-go not necessarily everyone knew what a podcast was so it
was kind of interesting to explore that learning with the students of what is a
podcast why are they important who listens to them what do you learn from
them what are the different topics that are covered in podcasts. Neil deGrasse
Tyson or the man who killed Pluto was born in 1958. Music and
background please. I’ve also noticed that especially with the students who have
been picking their own topics they’ve really taken the learning and the sort
of importance of what they’re learning to a really deep level because they do
have the ownership of deciding exactly what their podcast is going to be about. People stress
getting higher. When they used to do social media. Because I really wanted to
look I really want social media my mom doesn’t want me to have it until I’m 13 so I wanted to see why she doesn’t want me to have it.
So what do you think now. It’s also sort of flipped kind of the traditional power
dynamic between teachers and students because students have been able to
actually interview their teachers for their podcast so they’re able to ask
them interesting questions and find out things about their lives that they might
not find out normally in the daily instruction. Reflecting on an interview with Ms.Castro, Director of Global Citizenship Education. She taught us that it
wouldn’t be called foreign languages because it’s kind of like a negative way
to put it I think that’s what she said but it would be world languages.
Additionally we have students at Manzanita that have interviewed our
principal about some of our school policies and and really pushed her to
explain why we have some of the policies that we do have at school so it’s been
interesting to see kids understand our school and our teachers from a different
perspective. Kids need more lunch time than they actually
get. What do you think? I think we should have have 25
to 45 minutes because kids need to relax and socialize to
actually learn manners and learn how to talk to their peers I found them by
researching how much lunchtime kids actually get. Are you going to share what you found with your Principal? Yes. At Ventana Vista students really pushing
the envelope in terms of their learning with having to do the podcast in a
different language I personally have never created a podcast in another
language. It’s hard enough for me just to
understand it so these kids are creating the content they’re writing their
scripts in another language they’re recording sound effects and doing all
sorts of things in their target language which has really been fascinating and I
think has really helped them to build vocabulary and deepen their learning in
that way. So another thing that has really been interesting and watching
this project is how much each teacher in each fifth grade classroom at both
schools have been willing to put into this project it’s it’s not something
that’s you know built into what we already do so they’ve really had to put
in a lot of effort to help plan the project and build out the logistics for
the students to help them be successful and it’s been a really big and time
investment for them and for me but I know it’s really been worth it and I was
been really impressed by how much the teachers have been willing to do it
because of how engaging and spend for their students and how much learning has
been taking place.

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