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  • Lesson Plan Alejandra Peredo Ortega

  • Not only knowing about technology is important, but also using it is an essential skill for life. In this project, students will have the opportunity to explore the four phases in creating a podcast while using a number of different digital tools to support their learning, understanding and creativity. Young students are usually very enthusiastic about it and I'm sure this activity is going to be absolutely rewarding.

    OVERVIEW: Students will develop their learning autonomy at the time they enhance their listening, reading and speaking skills. MAIN OBJECTIVE: Students will expose a topic they had chosen during the course by creating 3-series podcast for presenting the topic. It will be uploaded to You Tube. Age: Teenagers and young adults Level: B1 B2 Time: 7 weeks Material needed: PC or laptop with Internet access Microphones Assumptions: Although many of them may be familiar with podcasts, producing them can be a complete different experience for them. It is advisable to allow them time to fully read the background information about podcasting and the technical requirements needed so that they get familiar to them before they start producing materials. Predicted problems and solutions: Students might not focus on the topic and there would be no time for all the activities so the teacher should act as a moderator guiding them. It is important to give them the opportunity to make decisions about their own learning experience. This project aims at giving students the chance to explore other ways of showing what they have learnt and express themselves.To accomplish this goal, students need to have access to Internet and a solid disposition to use technology.

  • Procedure:

    ACTIVITY PROCEDURE TIME 1. Research Students will enroll in different Coursera courses, so they work on selected

    topics according to their interests. Therefore they will use the knowledge they get from the course and some suggested sites.

    4 5 weeks

    2. WebQuest Students will read and use a WebQuest to get involved in the world of podcasts and to develop one of your own. http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=242078

    1 day

    3. Planning, scripting and developing slogans

    It's time to gather all the information they found on the chosen topic. Students will think of a name for their podcast. It is highly recommendable to have a consistent format for each episode. Students will write a script to start recording. They will also create a slogan; it will help make the podcast memorable. http://slogan4u.com/ http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/depts/IMC/podcasting/WriteYourPodcastScript.asp

    1 week

    4. How to use audacity for your recording

    Students will install Audacity a free, easy to use cross-platform into their computer. Then they will record and edit their audio. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    3 days

    5. How to edit audio and add music and sound effects.

    Students will add music and sound effects using podsafe audio. http://www.flashkit.com/soundfx/ They can also add audio effects using Audacity. http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/audacity1/index.html Then, they will import audio to a standard format, i.e. mp3., save and export their project. Using Movie Maker, they will create a video using pictures related to what you say along the voice recording. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/movie-maker#t1=import

    2 days

    6. Uploading your work.

    Students will publish their movie on You Tube. After their video is published they will send the link to it in an email message to the group, friends and family, so they can watch their work and comment.

    1 day

    7. Reporting to the class.

    At the school Mediateca, students and teacher will watch and comment on their classmates podcasts. 1 day

    Extra help: http://alad.cele.unam.mx/modulo9a/unidad24/Podcasting_Booklet2014.pdf

  • STUDENTS WORKSHEETS Step 1: Preproduction

    https://magic.piktochart.com/output/1697150-making-a-podcast-guidelines

    Is the topic presented in an interesting and imaginative way?

    Is the format attractive? Is the content well structured and organized? Step 2: Recording

  • Step 3: Postproduction

    Can the voice be heard clearly without interfering noises or background music?

    Are the audio effects used to enhance the content and presentation?

    Did the podcast adhere to the copyright guidelines and its use of music, pictures, etc.?

    Step 4: Publishing

  • WATCHING AND COMMENTING

  • EVALUATION RUBRIC Once they have submitted the link to their video they will be evaluated according to the rubric below. Note that the "Score" column represent the weighting assigned to each category.

    Excellent Good Fair Poor Score Content Purpose, topic Research

    The purpose of the podcast series is related to your Coursera course. Research is supported by citations. The episodes include factual information and opinions.

    The purpose and topic are clear. The research represents several reliable sources. Opinions are included occasionally.

    The purpose is vague, but the topic is somehow related. The research is only based on a source. Opinions are not related to the topic.

    The audience may be unsure about the purpose and topic of the episodes. The research is unsupported. Opinions are not included.

    3

    Content sequence

    The content is delivered in a creative way. Episodes are well organized and the transitions are smooth.

    The host understands the concepts and how to explain them to others. Episodes are well organized and there are transitions.

    Episodes show lack of understanding of the central ideas. Transitions are not smooth.

    The sequencing of ideas seems to be random and hard to follow. Episodes are not organized and there are no transitions.

    3 Format Episodes include

    intro music, an opening phrase, a good transition in the content, final comments and outro music.

    Episodes include intro music, good transition in the content and final comments.

    Episodes include intro music. The transitions are not smooth and there are not final comments.

    Episodes do not include music, transitions are not smooth and there is not opening or final comments. 2

    Production Editing and Enhancement

    Very high quality audio. Episodes are clear. There are not outside noises to interfere. Sound effects are used effectively to create atmosphere and transitions.

    Audio is clear and maintains a strong level. Sound effects are used effectively.

    Audio is understandable, but has quality issues that distract at times. Sound effects are used somewhat effectively.

    Audio level is low. Edits are sloppy and create confusion. Ambient noise is distracting. 2