Our School Radio! Podcasts and New Media as an Educational Tool

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Concept by: Alessandro Pumpo

SUGGESTED COMPUTER PROFICIENCY: BASIC

Description

Given the recent rise in the popularity of podcasts and web-radios, it’s no surprise that audio narratives are making their way into the classroom. They offer an engaging way for teachers to educate students about new information and communication technologies merging project-based learning with digital media analysis and production skills.

This course will present podcasts as a technological tool to make audio or video content regularly accessible online, hence provide the participants with the relevant knowledge to prepare educational web radio Episodes, and start a web radio program in their classes.

Morevoer, building an archive of recordings is awesome but sharing them with a community is even better! It gives valuable insight into what pupils are doing in your school, letting parents feel more intimate with their child’s education and showcasing your prospectives. Thus, the course will prompt participants to see the benefits of starting a web radio program not only in their classes but in their schools.

Consider how a classroom  or school podcast radio station may promote the following:

  • Self-confidence: Not everyone is great at being in front of the camera. A radio can be far less intimidating and help building confidence speaking in public speaking even for kids who may be stifled by the camera.
  • Speaking & Listening: Radio can be a fantastic tool for developing these skills.
  • Inclusion: Radio is a tool for communication. Having a radio run by pupils, for pupils and a wider community, can help build an air of inclusion around the school.
  • Teamwork: Running a school radio will require dedication and teamwork — valuable traits for pupils to learn at school!
  • Student Voice: The school radio can be a perfect place to create that forum where pupils can have opinions and a say on their education.

In the course, we will define the concept of a Podcast, detailing its qualities and characteristics and the ways this technological option can be implemented in the context of the class to offer a flexible, innovative and motivating alternative to teachers. Participant will work individually and in teams to realize how to walk their students through the process of analyzing the techniques that make for good storytelling, interviewing and podcasting, and finally have them produce their own original podcasts.

A note for those teachers who may be technophobes: please don’t be intimidated by this technology-dependent lesson! Programs for audio editing are intuitive and easy-to-use, especially for many students. If you are a novice to audio recording, you may want to attempt to create your own one-minute podcast as a way to experience firsthand what students will encounter during the process.

Learning Outcomes

This Podcasts and New Media course will help the participants to:  

  • Identify the topic of a podcast;
  • Determine the right equipment for a podcast;
  • Find the best software to record and edit a podcast;
  • Publish podcasts live on social media or keep privately;
  • Incorporate place-based engaging activities in their lessons;
  • Use creative writing techniques to improve, motivate and infuse passion into art and technology;
  • Construct audio- stories with structure and vital plot points;
  • Conduct investigations on a range of subjects;
  • Build confidence and self esteem;
  • Understand the value of communication;
  • Improve their talk and listening skills;
  • Work as a team.

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Company staff;
  • Government & policy makers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

Head teacher of ICT Courses: Iacopo Falciani

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us (teachertraining@europass.it or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Specifics

  • Activities: all courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: all our courses guarantee a Certificate of Attendance
    if 80% of the lessons will be attended.
  • Lessons: classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: participants will have free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

Next courses in Barcelona

  • 30 March - 4 April 2020
  • 29 June - 4 July 2020
  • 13-18 July 2020
  • 10-15 August 2020
  • 31 August - 5 September 2020
  • 14-19 September 2020
  • 12-17 October 2020
  • 9-14 November 2020
  • 30 November - 5 December 2020
  • 14-19 December 2020
  • 11-16 January 2021
  • 8-13 February 2021

Next courses in Florence

  • 20-25 July 2020
  • 17-22 August 2020
  • 21-26 September 2020
  • 19-24 October 2020
  • 16-21 November 2020
  • 18-23 January 2021
  • 15-20 February 2021
  • 15-20 March 2021
  • 19-24 April 2021
  • 17-22 May 2021
  • 21-26 June 2021

Next courses in Dublin

  • 6-11 July 2020
  • 3-8 August 2020
  • 7-12 September 2020
  • 5-10 October 2020
  • 2-7 November 2020
  • 7-12 December 2020
  • 4-9 January 2021
  • 1-6 February 2021
  • 1-6 March 2021
  • 5-10 April 2021
  • 3-8 May 2021
  • 7-12 June 2021

Number of participants: max. 10.

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