Friday, September 21, 2012

Blog Post # 4

Flat Stanley Book
Langwitches 1st Graders Create Their Own Read-Along Audiobook

This was a really neat idea. The teacher took some students out of the classroom to record their voices, while another teacher kept reading to the students in the classroom. They were recording the book they were reading. I like this, because instead of calling on them to read in class this let's them play with the way they read aloud. They don't have to sound monotone, and if they do they can re-record until they're happy with how they sounded. When you listen to the recording you can tell the student's are excited about reading their part. The student's are learning to use different technology, and are also much more engaged in the activity. I would absolutely love to do something like this in the future. The step's they took while doing this are also there if someone is interested. When we do our podcast I will remember to have fun with the way I record my part.

Langwitches Flat Stanley Podcast

Yet again this was another really cool idea. I'm really starting to like Langwitches blog. This time she had her students read "Flat Stanley." Then she had them make their own Flat Stanleys that would be "sent" around the world to wherever they chose, and they would tell about their adventure in the podcast. This enabled them to learn about a place in depth and also have fun doing it. For example, one of the locations was Israel. Well, the student needed to know what it was like in order to tell about it, so they had to research it. I think this is a great way to incorporate all types of learning, and this shows there are no limits to the ideas you can come up with.

Joe Dale Podcasting in the Classroom

Starting off Doug Saunders say's that podcasting is an effective way to interact with students outside of the traditional classroom. This is important to do, because keeping students attention can be a challenge. Especially in today's classrooms. Saunders also say's that podcasting allows for creativity and innovation. This generation of students has never known a world without technology, so why not incorporate it into their learning? Podcast allow a more in-depth learning experience, because they are teaching concepts to others, according to Kourtney Bostain.

Podcasting is handy if students are sick and they need the information they would miss. The teacher can record his lecture, and put it on a website or wherever he/she chooses. Harry Dell created a podcast of a book instead of just reading the book in class. This had his students much more intrigued. One student said she liked the sound effects another says she and her family listens to the podcast's when they are in their car. It was convenient how links were provided at the end if I would want to podcast in the future. What these examples showed me the most was to have fun with a podcast and think outside the box. They are meant to challenge you and deepen your understanding.


  1. I hope this assignment showed you the benefits of podcasting in a classroom. Refer back to that website on apostrophes that Bailey Hammond sent you. "Say's" doesn't need an apostrophe, "students attention" does.

  2. Jessica, I enjoyed reading your comments. I can tell from your comments that you know the benefits of using podcasting to enhance learning skills of many students. A suggestion I would offer for improvement is to watch your use and non use of the apostrophe when writing on your blog. I also noticed on your blog page that your buttons for twitter,skype,and facebook are missing. The addition of those buttons are in Activity #6. I like your graphic on this page too.