I am deep in the planning stages of a project for my students to complete here at the end of the year. The premise is that they must devise some dramatic rendering of the functions of a cell. They have to include all of the different organelles and their functions within the dramatic framework. Their final product can be a play, puppet show, cartoon or comic strip/comic book. The play, puppet show and cartoon will be podcasted, while the comic will be viewable online. I found a very cool opensource program for animation called Pencil. I'm thinking of using ToonDoo for the comic, but I'm not entirely satisfied with the rigidity of its interface. I haven't even begun to explore podcasting tools. If anybody has any suggestions, I'm all ears.

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Comment by nlowell on March 31, 2007 at 7:42am
A podcast is distributing content via RSS feed. Typically it's a repeated distribution -- daily, weekly, periodically. In my case it's episodes of my audiobook.

A one-off distribution like this distributed as a podcast is going to be a bit of overkill. Like getting cable so you can watch a half-hour special on TV.

You *can* do it, though. Wordpress has a plugin called Podpress that appears to be very popular.
Comment by Shawn Moore on March 31, 2007 at 12:51pm
We are trying to do this as a "see-you can do this with the students" kind of thing. Maybe podcast is the wrong term, but I'm thinking of uploading to TeacherTube and then embedding the video in my class webpage.
Comment by nlowell on March 31, 2007 at 1:09pm
Yup. That's not a podcast, but it's a cool idea just the same.

One of the problems we face as we stake out the landscape here is making sure everybody knows the nomenclature.

Let us know where/when this stuff makes it online. I love seeing what kids can do.

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