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Keywords: Podcasting, research, recording
Subject(s): Social Studies, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Acad for Academic Excellence, Apple Valley, CA
Planned By: Sarah Greif
Original Author: Sarah Greif, Apple Valley
Students will be able to record themselves reading a section of assigned chapter.
Students will be able to type notes using their Macbook Airs
Students will be able to record information gathered and create a podcast.
The technology standards covered will be the following:
ISTE Standards:
1. Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
2. Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
3. Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
4. Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

Anticipatory Set (approximate time):

We will conduct a class discussion with the students. They will raise their hands to contribute what they already know about Greece. The list will be written on a KWL anchor chart. Approximate time (30 min).
Students will take turns approaching the anchor chart and writing
what questions they may have about Ancient Greece. Approximate time (30 min).

Direct Instruction (approximate time):
1. The class will get a chance to listen to a podcast created by the teacher. They will listen and follow along in the book. Each student will be given an iPod Shuffle.

2. Using their MacBooks, they will type what they heard on to Pages or Microsoft word.
After the teacher prints out the studentís notes, the teacher will then have students do
a walkabout to share what they wrote.

Guided Practice (approximate time):

1. Students will read the assigned chapter. They will then use Google, Yahoo, or Dogpile to conduct more research on the section of the chapter that was assigned to them.

2. The teacher will guide the students in a highlighting process. Students will highlight the important main ideas in their notes. They will then be guided in a step-by-step process to create a script to read for their podcast.

3. Students will practice recording themselves on the computer. Once they are
satisfied with their recording, students will save their recording on their iPod
Shuffles. They will wait for the teacherís direction on how to submit a podcast.

Independent Practice:

1. Students will be given an opportunity to choose a book of their choice to read. They will type into pages or a word document the title, author, and a summary of the story.

2. Students will provide a personal response on what they learned from the book.
3. Students will construct a three question quiz to be recorded at the end of their discussion.

Required Materials and Equipment:
Macbook Airs
Bluetooth headsets
iPod Shuffle

Assessment and Follow-Up:
Students will play their podcast for the class. The audience will take the quizzes as an assessment. Lastly, students will create another podcast and save it to their iPod Shuffles

Students can practice speaking, listening, critical thinking, and research skills with this lesson. They also can improve in technology and implementing this lesson is a more engaging hands-on learning experience.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Literature books
Social Studies Textbooks
Making a Podcast on any topic of their choosing.
Links: Link to What is Podcasting?
Materials: MP3 Players, Headsets, Middle, Hardware Devices
Other Items: 30 IPod Shuffles, $49 each, total of $1470.00
30 Speaker/Headsets, $10 each, total of $300.00