Project Audio: Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts

Are you looking for a timely, engaging project-based learning activity for 21st-century learners? Here's a fine one. A carefully scaffolded, richly detailed plan asks scholars, working individually or in small groups, to create original podcasts. Part 1 of the lesson plan reviews elements of good storytelling. Part 2 examines good interviewing techniques. Part 3 models podcast editing, and part 4 covers elements of producing a podcast. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Instructors should create their own short podcast to become familiar with the process and to be able to guide pupils through the project
  • Review the elements of effective storytelling
  • Share the assignment with parents and guardians to secure their permission and support for the project
Classroom Considerations
  • The 2018 resource was updated in April 2020
  • Although the contest deadline for submissions has passed, the activity is still appropriate
Pros
  • Includes a link to a list of writing prompts that may be used for the podcasts
Cons
  • None