Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blog Assignment 4



Langwitches Blog
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1st Graders Create Their Own Read-Along Audiobook.

In this post, Ms. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano talks about the podcast she made with first graders. She read a book to them one chapter at a time and then discussed it as a class. Afterwards, she typed up all the questions and answers students had came up with during that time. Then, the students recorded the questions and answers from the "script" she had written. Each student had a chance to record their voice. Ms. Tolisano writes about how shy and quiet students were coming out of their shells because of this. Through this process, she was seeing students improve in confidence level and voice expression. Just some of the skills addressed through this were speaking, presenting, voice acting, oral fluency, and comprehension.

Judy Scharf "Podcast Collection"
Podcast Collection

Judy Scharf includes benefits of podcasting in education, tips and suggestions, and tons of other resources for creating a podcast in her "Podcast Collection". She defines a podcast as a "radio-style" talk show. She writes about how podcasting is easy to do, and that every educators should take advantage of it as a resource. It can convey any information, so any teacher can use it for whatever their needs are. Some of her tips to succeed are making sure you spend enough time learning the software you use so you are comfortable with it, let students have a choice of topics, have example podcasts for them to listen to, allow plenty of time for completing the project, and allow students to show as many people as possible their presentations, because they will be very proud of their work.

"The Beneļ¬ts of Podcasting in the Classroom" by Joe Dale
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Joe Dale's post includes a video about podcasting in the classroom. One of the benefits of podcasting that he lists is how podcasting is an effective way of interacting with students outside of the classroom. For example, students who are absent can watch podcasts, so they do not get behind in the class. Another benefit is that it promotes creativity and innovation. It is easy and makes learning more memorable for the students. Also, parents can hear and see what their children are doing in school. He includes links for podcasting video tutorials which I believe will be helpful in the future when I do my podcast.


  1. Hi Alison, I really enjoyed your blog post. I didn't read the Podcast Collection by Judy Scharf. However, you did an excellent job in relaying the information she gave. I agree with you that Joe Dale's information on using podcasting to connect with students who are absent is a great idea. I didn't see any spelling or grammatical errors. Overall, great job!

  2. Alison,

    Good post. I see that you know how to use the clickable links, so I might suggest that instead of saying "Langwitches Blog
    View blog at" You might do this.
    Langwitches Blog
    It's more visually appealing than having the url visible like you have it. Other than that, I thought you did a great job covering the posts/videos that you chose.