La Chureca, Nicaragua

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

For Teaching With Technology: Podcasting

After listening to the podcast about the students at Willow meadow Elementary School, I have generated five ways I can use podcasting in Spanish Instruction:

Podcasts can be used in the following ways to assist instruction in the Content Area of Spanish:

1. Giving How to's:  teachers can use a podcast to give instructions/directions of how to make a podcast in Spanish = Teacher Generated.

2. Listening Activity: Teacher makes listening activity in Spanish and has students listen and respond to questions about the information/conversation they are listening to in Spanish for comprehension = Teacher Generated.

3. Festival of San Fermin: Students responsible for a segment of a show commentating about the history and current events of the "Running of the Bulls and Festival of San Fermin in Spain"= Student Generated.

4. Grammar Rules/ Info Sharing Song: students make up songs that will help them remember the latest grammar rules/ information they have learned in Spanish and post tehm as a podcast to share with the class = Student Generated.

5. Podcast Study Guide: Students get to teach each other what they have learned over the course of a unit in Spanish by creating a radio show podcast of the important themes to study for in an upcoming exam = Student Generated.


Sam Ley said...

I especially like the idea of having students make up their own songs and create podcasts to share with the rest of the class. This is an activity that can generate a lot of student enthusiasm, since they will get a chance to share their own creative work and hear the work of their peers. It's also good that it deals with grammar rules, making them fun and memorable. Since it is a student-created song, the grammar that the song deals with with be more easily retained. I think it would be good to give students a chance to create songs about other things as well, not just grammar rules. Even creating their own "pop song" in Spanish would give them the chance to use commonly seen verb forms (subjunctive, conditional, etc.) in a real life setting.

I think that giving instructions for how to complete a task in Spanish can be a tricky situation. It's obviously ideal to give students the most exposure possible to the target language. However, it's possible that the students may not understand the instructions as well as they could in English, or would at the very least feel anxious about understanding the instructions well enough to complete the task well. One consideration could be to make bilingual podcasts, at least to start students off and ease them into the transition of taking instructions entirely in another language, while making it possible for them to successfully make a good podcast, or complete any other given task at hand.

Meaghan Cabot said...

Veronica and I had the same idea about using podcasts for listening exercises which I think is a great idea. They would help eliminate distractions such as visuals and keep students focused solely on the listening. I also enjoyed her idea about sing podcasts to make radio shows of what to study for within a lesson or unit. That would be a great way to introduce new topics or just to have students aware of what they are going to look for.

I think the idea on giving instructions on how to make Spanish podcasts wouldn't be as beneficial as it could be. I know that for myself I like to do hands-on lessons with technology so I think perhaps it would be best to leave that in the classroom and not to the podcast.

Mrs.Nichole R. Haun said...

Great Ideas VER! Keep this thing updated, I hunger for tidbits of your life! lol that was dramatic! I'm going to try and keep mine updated as well! Love you!