Comments on PODCASTING:
I remember when I was in junior high school, I had an English project where I used a tape recorder to produce a mystery story. It was done like an old radio drama complete with bad sound effects. What I remember enjoying about that assignment was that it was interactive. I got my family members to portray the character voices.
Well, recording capabilities have sure changed since then. After listening to Mrs. Edmison's third grade podcast "Roamin' with the Romans," I realized the enjoyment of producing something that was collective was still very much the same. I enjoyed seeing how audio production is being awakened by students using so many forms of technology. As a language arts teacher the possibilities are exciting, but the teaching opportunities are so vast. Podcasting involves, organization, reflection, articulation, collaboration among many other skills.
Some things I noted from the podcasts I listened to were: using a host with personality; appropriate background music and sounds to keep interest, articulation and fluency is most important. I also want to get acquainted with Garage Band.