5th Grade is working has been working writing some personal essays. Instead of the normal Print and Publish, 5DZ decided to publish their essays in the format of the NPR radio program “This I Believe.”. The kids produced these in GarageBand, then posted these to our SAS video Portal that accepts MP3s and are then embeddable into the kids’ blogs.
Here are the flow of the lessons that went into this.
1st-Kids had writing and editing of thier writing done in the classes before I arrived to teach the tech pieces. This included Writers and Readers workshop model that we use for peer revisions. Kids also posted the text of their essays on their individual blogs and using PQP they made comments/revisions on each other’s work.
2nd-Once Edititing was done kids practiced their recording using Voice Candy to record their essays and practice their fluency and voice.
3rd-I gave the kids a short session on GarageBand. This included starting/stopping recordings, using the spacebar and the Return key, and splitting a clip to making quick edits.
4th-The kids did their recordings and made their edits as needed
5th-We exported the podcasts and uploaded them to our Media Portal.
6th-Using the embed code off of our portal we were able to embed the MP3 player into blog posts (that you are seeing here).
These podcasts are below for your listening pleasure.
Josh—Circle of Life
Kenneth—Preserving Endangered Animals