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One of my high school teachers used podcasts in a few of the courses I took with her. I really enjoyed them. I’ve always liked when a teacher reads a book out loud to the class – it was relaxing yet intriguing – and that is how a podcast is, too. The podcast that I listened to was Serial (http://serialpodcast.org/). It just sounded too good to not check out! The teacher who used podcasts in my class used a mystery once, and I can remember my classmates and me talking about it outside of class, which is a great sign of its success. I like the fact that we have so many digital resources, but I hope the new never fully replaces the old. Hearing this podcast, although from 2014, I have hope that old-fashioned radio never goes out of style.
I like the idea of using digital storytelling to add to a podcast. I think it would be so fun to listen to a few sections of Serial and then have my students create their version of the end of the story. Since, as the article “What is Digital Storytelling, and Why Do It?” claimed, (http://www.edudemic.com/guide-digital-storytelling/ digital storytelling) digital storytelling “requires a clear organization of thought, discipline, and problem solving skills — all of which can translate directly into more traditional essay writing” this would be a great way to have my students collaborate and use their creativity in a way that’s fresh! I’ve always been a big fan of writing, but I understand that not everyone is. In art class I would have this creative, amazing vision for a project but then when I got it on paper it looked like a kindergarteners’ preliminary sketch. Due to this struggle, I can understand a students’ frustration with essay writing. It can be hard to figure out what you want to say sometimes. A student may know how they feel and what they think, but they may not be able to express it through the written word. Because of this, using digital storytelling could be a wonderful way to aid a student in their process of expression.
One part of podcasts that worries me is students’ attention spans. I don’t remember it being a problem in my past experience, but I wonder if it could be. I bet using a mystery story would be a great choice of a podcast because of its sheer excitement and mental stimulation. I would worry about using a podcast like the ‘Pardon the Interruption’ Sports Center one that was mentioned in the article because it might not be arousing to all students.