High School Innovations:
New "Audio Storytelling Through Podcasting" Class
With HEF Innovations in Education funding, a new high school English class was fully equipped with iPads, software (“Worklet” for collection and “Anchor” for production), microphones and more to enable students to learn to produce documentary-style audio stories as heard on programs like "This American Life." Students develop their own personal voice and style, while also learning practical skills necessary for finding work in both radio and podcasting. This equipment and the techniques of podcasting taught in this class can be applied to many other disciplines and class settings throughout the schools of Holliston. After the first semester class, new classes using podcasting techniques spun off from the original concept, including student podcasting projects in Probability & Statistics, and soon to be launched English electives called “True Crime Narratives” and “Voices of Holliston.” Teachers Sarah Kuhne and Becky McLean proposed this innovative concept and discovered that this new way of teaching was incredibly challenging, exciting and ultimately rewarding. Sarah says that introducing the Audio Storytelling through Podcasting class “changed me as a teacher.”
Becky and Sarah demonstrate the podcasting applications on the rugged iPads
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