Langwitches page are podcasts of Ms. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano ‘s first grade class; they are practicing many skills including listening, speaking, comprehension, oral fluency and technology. I now believe podcasts are a good way to help children develop social skills. This is great because it gets everyone involved and working together on assigned tasks; something certain children will need to be comfortable with throughout life depending on whether or not they work in groups or are on a team.
I’d have to say there were many things I will suggest to my group when working on our podcast. I read that reading from a script did not sound as good as being able to just flow with your podcast, so first I would suggest we don’t have a script. We most certainly can write down key points to mention, but we should practice saying them so the podcast sounds more natural. Annunciation is also a big thing when it comes to recording, mumbling will not cut it! I also read that changing tones to go along with what you’re saying is a good idea too. It’s almost as if you are performing on stage; because you are performing, just behind a microphone and a computer screen.
Helpful Podcast Links:
The Beneﬁts of Podcasting in the Classroom by Joe Dale
The Practical Principals with Melinda Miller and Scott Elias
Judy Scharf Podcast Collection