Archive for April, 2007

Karen’s Mashups-Show 4-Elementary Student Productions

Monday, April 30th, 2007

This show features podcasts created by elementary students. Having students create podcasts is a great way to reinforce content area skills through motivating project-based learning. It also helps students develop a range of higher order thinking skills and real-world proficiencies in technology, communications, and much more.


Featured in this show are:

Our City from St. Andrew’s Priory School
(segment on Hawaii )
This show produced by 3rd graders tells about their home, Hawaii. This is one of the shows from the Our City podcast, a collection of student-created podcasts from schools in different cities. It is managed by Tony Vincent of Learning in Hand. Tony has all the planning materials and support you need to produce a show right on his site. This is a great way to get started with podcasting for schools who want to try it, but may not be ready to commit to producing a regular show. Check it out!

Jamestown podcast from Jamestown Elementary
(segment on the Jamestown settlement)
Jamestown Elementary in Arlington, VA has a busy group of podcasting kids! In addition to their regular show, they have podcasts on Famous Americans, Jamestown 2007 (celebrating the 400 years of the first colony in Jamestown, VA), a Guide to the Smithsonian Institution museums, a Guide to Monuments on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and more. They’ve also produced some great video podcasts, which we’ll feature in a future show.

The CarverCast from G.W. Carver Elementary
(excerpt from “A Peculiar Podcast!”)
G.W. Carver Elementary has students in a variety of grade levels, including kindergarteners, producing podcasts. Some are theme-based. Others include books talks and original stories. The excerpt featured here was produced by kids in a special after-school program sponsored by their PTA.

Room 208 from Wells Elementary
(segment from “What Should a Classroom Look Like in 2015?”)
Bob Sprankle is a pioneer in the area of podcasting with students. Mr. Sprankle and his students have created audio, enhanced, and video podcasts on a wide variety of topics. Their bonus shows include fields trips, interviews, literature circles, concerts, and more. (Mr. Sprankle recently transitioned into a new job as the school’s Technology Integrator, and Room 208 is now Room 209. They are busily working on a new podcast, so stay tuned.)

WKSN student news from Kate Sullivan Elementary
(segment from WKSN student news broadcast)
This school in Florida does a daily broadcast of their student-delivered news and announcements. Most shows are seven minutes or so in length. Each show starts with the pledge and a patriotic song, followed by the school menu, the weather, a word of the day, a today-in-history feature, special school events, school announcements, and more. Some pre-produced announcements and “words of wisdom” from the principal are also included. Producing a podcast from your school announcments is a relatively easy way to get started with student podcasting and also provides valuable information to parents and others.

ColeyCast from Tovashal Elementary
(segment from “Human Body Systems”)
This podcast is created by the talented 5th graders in Mr. Coley’s class in Murrieta, CA. (This show was also published as an enhanced podcast with embedded images, so check that out on their web site.) Each show features a different topic from social studies, science, and language arts. Mr. Coley also has a StudyCast show to help students review for tests.

Radio WillowWeb from Willowdale Elementary
(excerpt from “Writing Traits” podcast)
This well-known podcast was started by Learning in Hand’s Tony Vincent and is now facilitated by Cathy Greenwald. Students at Willowdale Elementary from grades 1-5 produce these entertaining shows that span a variety of subjects. Radio WillowWeb’s web site also has a lot of good information about what you need to get started podcasting.
Here’s one other great student-created podcast we couldn’t get in: Portable Radio from Ottawa, Canada.

See you next time!

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Karen’s Mashups-Show 3-Libraries and Books

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

This episode features podcasts for librarians, library media specialists, and everyone who loves books. This episode was inspired in part by my friends Becky Hart, Director of Instructional Technology at the Hot Springs School District, who will be presenting at the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media conference, and Donna Baumbach, ed tech extraordinaire and author of the SUNLINK announcements blog, must reading for library media specialists.


Featured in this episode are the following:

(segment on sharks)
This is a video podcast hosted by Sonja Cole, former middle school librarian and English teacher. (Since this episode of the mashup is audio only, we weren’t able to include the video, so make sure to visit the Bookwink web site to see the great video.) The mission of this podcast is to inspire kids in grades 3-8 to read by providing information about lots of great book and authors. Episodes air monthly and are about three minutes long.

BiblioTech from the Kankakee Public Library
(segment from BiblioTech Podcast 4)
This podcast is from a pioneer in library podcasting, the Kankakee Public Library in Kankakee, IL. The BiblioTech podcast is targeted at future-looking librarians and staff. It covers topics in library technology via interviews with experts in field. The library also airs other podcasts such as recording of library events, discussions with authors, teen poetry slams, and more.

District Dispatch from the American Library Association Washington Office
(interview on social networking)
The Washington office of the ALA features news for librarians and others interested in library-related issues. Shows air several times a month and vary in length. Topics include things like library advocacy, copyright, freedom of information, library funding issues, legislative issues, and more.

Orange County Library System in Orlando, FL
(Teen Tech Week segment)
The Orange County Library System (OCLS) offers several different podcasts, including ones for children and teens. Some shows highlight program offerings like their lending of video games and their Teen Tech Week. Others feature storytelling, author discussions, and library events. Most shows are between 5 and 15 minutes long. OCLS has a nicely organized podcast web page, with podcasts offered in a variety of formats, including MP3, WMA, and some MP4 video (with an audio only MP3 option). The library also offers a service through which you can text message them for answers to questions. Excellent! We’re always on the lookout for innovative uses of SMS.

Western Kentucky University Library
(segment from library tour)
The Western Kentucky Library produces a variety of podcasts ranging from audio library tours and book readings to lecture series and special event shows. The audio tour is divided conveniently into 9 short 2-3 minute segments, each of which highlights a different part of the library. Other series’ episodes vary in length. One I found particularly interesting was Faraway Places, a lecture series featuring scholars doing research in foreign countries.

ColeyCast from Room 34 at Tovashal Elementary
(segment on literature circles)
ColeyCast is the official podcast of Room 34 at Tovashal Elementary. Mr. Coley’s 5th grade students produce this podcast several times a month. Topics include content area studies like explorers, weather, and human body systems, as well as literature circle book reviews like the one shared here. Stay tuned for more highlights from ColeyCast on a future mashup.

Booktalks – Quick and Simple from Nancy Keane
(segment on “Is There Really a Human Race?”)
Nancy Keane is a book lover and an experienced school librarian. She is known for her web site and workshops on “booktalking,” short recommendations of books designed to grab listeners’ interest and get them to read the book. Now, she has this podcast of booktalks available, and there are over 100 episodes available with new ones coming all the time. This is a great resource to get kids reading!

Here are a few other library-related podcasts that we weren’t able to include:


Pierce County Library, Tacoma, WA

School Library Journal(includes a new poetry podcast)

Our next show will feature podcasts produced by elementary school students. If you have a favorite, let us know by email or by posting a comment! See you next time.

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