1st Graders Create Their Own Read-Along Audio Book
Sometimes we doubt the ability of younger children. We may say that they are to young to read, they will not listen to directions, or organizing a fun activity is a nightmare. Ms. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano had different thoughts on what younger children can do. She took a group of first graders, yes first graders, and allowed them to do a podcast. Allowing these children to experience with podcasting not only shows them how great technology is, but allows them to practice their reading, grammar, and listening skills in a FUN way. After reading and listening to Listening-Comprehension-Podcasting, also provided by Ms. Tolisano, I realized that not only does podcasting allow students to practice their reading and grammar skills, but it also allows them to transfer into "different characters" so to speak. These children did an entire podcast in the Hebrew language. After recording their parts, the children had to organize each recorded part so they story would flow right. This ensured the teacher that the students comprehended the story. If you listen to it you will hear how much they thoroughly enjoyed it.
After listening and reading each of these post I realized how important and neat podcasting is. Children can spruce up their fluency, comprehension, enthusiasm of reading, and listening skills in one simple activity.
Mr. Saunders states in his video, The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom, podcasting is very important in the classroom. Podcasting allows a teacher to record the class lecture and students can review it on their class blog to help them study for test. If students are out sick they can watch these podcast and never miss a day of class. A literature teacher and his fellow co-workers podcasted a story for students to listen to. This allowed students to enjoy the piece, because emotions were added and it made the story more interesting. Podcasting has several benefits in the classroom. It benefits absentees, students who do not like reading, or students who want to act.
I found several techniques I would like to use for my own podcast. Adding emotions and a differentiation of voices adds character to the podcast. Once I land a teaching job, I will coordinate podcasting into my classroom. It adds another dimension in the learning environment.