If you’re anything like me, there is a good chance that one of the most oft-used apps on your phone or computer is the one that plays podcasts. It used to be that if you wanted to produce a show, you needed a studio, a lot of equipment, and possibly a radio tower.
However, these days, thanks to a grant from the CDS Parent Association, CDS has its own portable podcasting studio to support students in becoming designers and creators through the use of technology. The podcasting studio includes high-quality microphones, headphones, an audio interface, and simple filters that help to block background noise.
This trimester we’re running a podcasting Exploratory for interested Middle School students. The students are researching, writing, prepping, and practicing what they want to say, with the goal to record a 10-15 minute professional-quality show by the end of the trimester.
It’s been interesting to see how different students approach the challenge; some know exactly what they want to talk about and are ready to jump right in, while others are methodically writing a script and doing research. Topics include Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, favorite books, what it’s like to be a kid, and sports.
We will spend the last couple sessions of this trimester recording our podcasts in the pop-up studio.
Keep a lookout—or an ear out—when it comes time for IGNITE Faire at the end of the year, when you’ll have an opportunity to hear the results of all this hard work and creativity.
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