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Podcasts & Popcorn


Stephanie Bean,, 7th grade Social Studies Teacher
Davis Middle School, Hampton, Virginia


Popcorn & Podcast
Students at Davis Middle School create podcasts as the culminating project for our unit on the 1920s


 

In December 2007, my students at Davis Middle School in Hampton, VA completed the school's first podcasting project. I developed directions for my 7th grade students and had them create a podcast as the culminating project for our unit on the 1920s. It was the week before winter break and I thought this would keep the students' attention focused. In groups of three, my students created talk shows that featured important figures from the 1920s, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, and several others that are outlined in the Virginia Standards of Learning. One student was a host and he/she interviewed two other guests from the period. The podcast concluded with a commercial for one of the popular consumer goods at the time. The students could select the radio, car, or vacuum cleaner. In the computer lab, the students used several programs, such as iphoto, Safari, PowerPoint, and GarageBand. The students created PowerPoint slides to introduce the show, transition to commercial, and conclude the show. They used Safari to collect images of their person from the 1920s to work with in iphoto.

Popcorn & Podcast
In groups of three, my students created talk shows that featured important figures from the 1920s, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, and several others that are outlined in the Virginia Standards of Learning



Lastly, the students used GarageBand to compile all of the images, record their commercials, and complete the podcast. This project took one full week to complete and was such a success we invited parents and school board officials to a Podcasting and Popcorn party to view the projects and celebrate our success.

Popcorn & Podcast

The students used GarageBand to compile all of the images, record their commercials, and complete the podcast


The city's technology department was so impressed they provided DVDs for each student to have a copy of all of the students' podcasts and their pictures. The students were even featured in our local newspaper, the Daily Press. Since completing the first podcasting project on the 1920s, I have used it several more times, including an "All About Me Podcast" at the beginning of this school year and an "Industrialization Podcast" to conclude our most recent unit. Podcasting is a technology-rich, exciting adventure to take any class on in any discipline.


Stephanie Bean
7th grade Social Studies Teacher
Davis Middle School
Hampton, Virginia
sbean@sbo.hampton.k12.va.us

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7th grade Social Studies Teacher
Davis Middle School
Hampton, Virginia
sbean@sbo.hampton.k12.va.us