PODCASTING WITH TK
We recently did a Podcasting 101 webinar style workshop with TK of Bondfire Radio. We were joined by kids across the country as she showed us how to create our podcasting environment, what types of tools to use, and a bunch of other great inside information that you just can’t learn anywhere. We are so honored to have TK because she is a great resource in radio : she currently co-hosts and produces a 2-hour LIVE talkshow podcast 3 mornings a week without fail (I qualified the statement so much because it illustrates her hustle :)); she brings a entertaining voice and perspective to advocacy; and she comes with a wealth of professional insight. TK also directed an audio dramatization of 1920s science-fiction short story The Comet by W.E.B. DuBois.
How Can My Learner Use Podcasting?
Here are a few examples of a way you can use podcasting to engage your learner:
- Storytelling, Audio Narratives: Create your own dramatization of a play or short story. Voice a great speech or letter. Or, write your own story. You can act it out with friends, make cool voices and use sound effects.
- Variety or Interview Talk-show: Do you have a child that’s really into video games, or animals, or some curious topic? Are they talking your ears off about it? Give them a PLATFORM with a podcast. Let them learn to organize their thoughts and ideas into cool segments. They can get friends involved to interview or even reach out to some of their favorite people to be interviewed on their show.
- Current Events Show: Students can do a new show and discuss current events that matter to them.
- Historical Show: Or have them weave their own stories about historical figures and events using primary resources. They can read quotes in old time voices and gain an appreciation for the transformation of the English language and use sound effects to add drama.
- Multi-host Round Table: A group of students can put together a round table to discuss topics of serious interest between new music or entertainment chat – our older children are forming their worldview and might like a forum for discussion about matters of ethics or controversy.
Or any combination thereof!
Your student can make their podcast as long or as short as they like, as often as they like, and publish when they like. They can collaborate with other members of the class. They can see the value of planning and executing their own production. Tons of learning happens in the process.