Monday, October 30, I take myself on a field trip! I will be visiting Dutch Fork Elementary School to learn the “subscription” side of Podcasting. I am preparing a 5th grade class to create podcasts. Of course when I initially planned it, I was still fuzzy on podcasting, so their task isn’t a podcast except that it will be an audio file that will be downloaded on the Internet. Their task is to research a time period, and then record a radio broadcast where they as deejays have traveled in time to their assigned timeframe. They have to find two music selections (which we will purchase from iTunes), do a news story (which hopefully we’ll pull from StreamlineSC), and one advertisement (which they will hopefully create from scratch.) Fot legal purpsoses, the radio broadcasts that are going to be made available for download will only contain snippets of the song selections. The students presentation to the class, though, will contain the full version. We hope the students have a lot of fun researching their time period, and selecting their pieces for the podcasts. Mrs. Byrd-Fort of DFES is going to show me how to get the RSS feed so that wew can make the subscriptions available.
At Gilbert Elementary School, I am going to see the technical side of their news program. Our schools use the same program, Visual Communicator, but I am having audio problems—the kids like to call it tunnel talk or old chinese movie talk. I hope to bring back to my school the solution to this problem.