Thursday, February 18, 2010

Journal #2 Using Podcasts to develop a global perspective NETS III, V

Elliott, J., & Maguth, B.M. (2010). Using Podcasts to develop a global perspective. Learning and Leading with Technology, 37(5), Retrieved from

The article was written by a doctoral student from Ohio State University and a High School social studies teacher from Columbus Ohio.  They spoke in how podcasting in a 10th grade class has been a great learning experience for the students not only in venturing into the us of technology but also of understanding and enjoying to learn about global issues.  The students put on roles of different kind of people in the world that might have individual opinions about world global issues.  The students were even able to learn techniques to emphasize certain scenes by adding music and special effects, as well as make commercials to make it more fun. 

What did the students gain from using technology and "podcasting"?
The kids felt that they had to make it better because it would reach several audiences, so they felt it was pretty cool to be able to be part of something more and then feel good after knowing that other aside from just their class could get something from their research and hard work.

What kind of programs did they use and how did they use them?
The high school used recorder their scripts in a program called "Garage Band" that comes in Apple.  Yet Audicity is another free program that can be available for both PC and Mac.  They were able to edit clips and place music, special effects and add commercials into the clips as well as adjust volume levels to enhance certain scenes in their debate.  They kids were than able to modify it into an MP3 file.

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