Monday, July 16, 2012

Soda Ban, Lesson Plan, Podcasts...Oh My!

      Class this week was a lot of fun.  I really enjoyed seeing the students from Scarlett!!! Their advice for teachers was much appreciated : )

          I really liked creating a lesson plan with other people in my discipline.  Thinking of a lesson plan on my own was fun, but I liked hearing how other people approached the topic.  In the world languages group, we decided to break up into groups based on our different languages.
          Our media specialist was very in tune with our group.  She was able to sense that we were trying to force a group lesson plan when we all seemed to struggle with agreeing on a particular format.  She helped us get to the point where we felt okay to break off according to language and come up with our own subgroup plans.  I think what ended up happening was each group took a current or past ban and used it as a base to discuss human rights and government involvement.

           Doing the podcasts was a lot of fun!! It's always fun hearing my recorded voice.  I especially loved hearing what other people said!  I am interested to see how podcasts can be used in the classroom.  I know iTunes U has a lot of great podcasts on certain subjects from various universities, but I wonder how teachers could incorporate podcasts into the classroom.  I initially thought of a class website that would house these files and students could use them to review material covered in class.  Maybe even the students could post a podcast discussing what they have learned during a particular unit.  I don't know, but I am excited to see how it will all play out!

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