Breakout session: Podcasting

Find an untold story in your community/connected to your community in some way to add depth and interest. Our students tell their own stories all too often; engage them in the stories of others and help them on their way to maturity.

Find a new audience for your podcasts. Parents are usual. In this example (on Japanese Friendship Dolls), the script had to be approved by the curator of the Milwaukee Public Museum. (check podcasts) &
(sample podcast projects)

Idea: What are the backgrounds of the memorials in your area? How to honor veterans? (join in a national collaborative project -he’s waiting for more people to join in – create a project to honor our nation’s veterans). Possibility: Take some pictures of local veterans’ memorials, turn them into a movie, post it to YouTube, and post it to the wiki. Challenge: create a project in your community that connects students and veterans. Create the project online then post a link to the wiki.

Podcasting turns students into historians, brings primary sources to life, and fosters a sense of maturity.

Tool recommended in this session for podcasting with phone: Gabcast –

Video tools recommended in this session for podcasting:GarageBand & iPhoto (MAC) MovieMaker (PC)  Audacity (Mac or PC)

Interesting. They have a tech-ed class for 6th graders. Hmm…the constraints of 42 minute class periods are making my spirit of creativity feel overly limited…

Goodbye free Gcast :(

It is a sad day – I received an email from Gcast (the free podcast creating tool which allows one to call from any phone and create a podcast) today. Gcast announced that beginning April 1 they will be instituting a $99 fee and some access limitations on accounts. Bummer – Gcast was my podcasting tool of choice. I have been looking into some tools like and I know some people who really like Gabcast. Never a dull moment, and thankfully many new things to try.