I have been creating podcasts with my students for almost a year now, and I have witnessed some wonderful content being produced, but I haven't seen anything like what I just witnessed this past week! We have just wrapped up our Making a Difference at Home program, and the students recorded their reflections about how successful they were at implementing their action plans. Most of our podcasts are roughly 6-7 minutes long; however, this time I received so much content from the students that I had to create 3 separate podcasts just to allow their voices to be heard! This is unprecedented! I usually choose a few contributions to be included in a podcast, which means that not all student work makes it; but this time the writing was so well done, and the students were so proud of their work, that I had to find a way to include all of it. Two of the samples are included in our classroom podcast, MPRadio
, whereas the third sample is included in our school podcast, Parkland Radio
. It was a magical moment to witness the sense of pride exhibited by the students as they recorded their reflections. I wonder how successful this would have been if it was treated as a traditional writing assignment that would have been read by only one person in the world...me.