For my final project in my Teaching Multimedia course, I have chosen to create a lesson for podcasting. Of all of the forms of media I have tried this semester, I think this is the one I am the most excited about for next year! I cannot wait to have my students try out podcasting for the first time. For this lesson, I started small. Just like we did in this class. A single interview, with a single subject. I think that my students won’t be as intimidated about trying out this new form of media since I have given them their choice in subject matter and the interview requirement is for only one person. I just hope they can enjoy podcasting as much as I did!
Grain Valley High School
Grain Valley, MO
Creating a Podcast using Audacity
Overview and Rationale:
Students will conduct an interview to create a podcast that will be edited in Audacity.
- Students will conduct interviews.
- Students will learn to record interviews using the recording app audioBoom.
- Students will learn to edit recorded footage with Audacity to create a podcast.
Overviews and Timeline:
Activity 1 (One 50-minute class)
The teacher will introduce the class to podcasting by having students individually listen to each of these podcasts:
Lori King Example
KC Star Example
While listening to these podcasts, they will be responding to these discussion questions posted in Canvas: At the beginning of each podcast, what does the reporter do? What is one thing you liked about each podcast? What is something you would change about each podcast?
For homework, students will respond to a discussion thread in Canvas requiring three potential topics for a podcast story that they would like to do.
Activity 2 (One 50-minute class)
Students will come to class with at least three ideas of potential podcast stories they could create.
As the teacher conferences with each student, they will begin to flesh out each of their podcast ideas. They will begin considering subject/subjects for interviewing and questions for interviewing.
By the end of this class students will have at least one subject chosen and interview questions decided.
For homework, students will interview their subject(s) using audioBoom. Once the recordings are complete, they will be uploaded to the users online audioBoom profile.
Activity 3 (One 50-minute class)
Students will come to class prepared to edit their podcast during this class period. The teacher will share a tutorial of Audacity, so that they can understand how to put their footage together. The teacher will also share an article with resources for royalty free music, “Avoid copyright and use royalty-free music for video production,” via a link on Canvas.
For homework, students will finish creating their podcast using Audacity.
Activity 4 (One 50-minute class)
Students will come to class with their podcast finished in Audacity. Working in groups of four, they will peer coach each other’s podcast, using the Podcasting Peer Coaching Form. Once each student has coached with two peers, they will make revisions to their podcast, and upload the finished podcast to their online audioBoom profile, so they can share it with the teacher.
For homework, students will finish editing their podcast, if necessary.
Students will record an interview with at least one person on the subject of their choice. Students will record that interview using audioBoom, edit the recordings using Audacity, and submit the finished podcast after uploading it to their online audioBoom profile. Grading will be based on the attached rubric.
Goble, Don (2012). “Avoid copyright and use royalty-free music for video production.” Retrieved from: http://www.jeadigitalmedia.org/2012/07/06/royalty-free-music-for-video-production/
JEA Curriculum, “Lesson: Audio for Multimedia Broadcast.” Retrieved from: http://curriculum.jea.org/lesson-audio-for-multimedia-broadcast/
Podcasting Peer Coaching Session
Does the podcast include an introduction to the interviewer and the subject?
Is the podcast under five minutes?
Does the podcast have smooth transitions?
Is the audio in the podcast too loud or too quiet?
Can background noises be heard during the podcast?
Did the podcast include music? If so, was the music placed well or was it a distraction? Be specific.
Please list THREE things you liked about this podcast.
Make notes from your coaching session here: (During this time, you should discuss your podcast.)
Podcasting Homework Sheet
Activity 1 Homework: Due Tuesday, Sept. 26
Students will complete Canvas discussion, entering at least three potential podcast topics.
Activity 2 Homework: Due Wednesday, Sept. 27
Students will conduct an interview with at least one subject for their podcast. They will use the interview questions developed during class time.
Activity 3 Homework: Due Thursday, Sept. 28
Students will complete the initial editing process in Audacity.
Activity 4 Homework: Due Friday, Sept. 29
Students will complete the finally editing process in Audacity, if necessary.
Podcasting Rubric Name: _____________________________________
(Adapted for SBG from JEA curriculum)
|Overall interview concept
||The interview has an introduction and conclusion.
||The interview appears to be well planned and has no mistakes or inconsistencies.
||The audio is level and music doesn’t appear to be louder than others unless done so intentionally.