Saturday, February 18, 2012

Blog Assignment 4

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Langwitches Blog: Podcasting

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Primary School educator who focuses on technology in the classroom. Her blog can be found here.

1st Graders Create Their Own Read-Along Audiobook

In this post, Mrs. Tolisano walks us through the process of recording the reading of an audiobook and integrating a readable script to enhance it. She also notes how into it her students become as they follow the motions of creating their very own audiobook. What's interesting here is how engrossed the students become in creating the audiobook when the programs they use to create it (such as Garageband) give them feedback on their performance - allowing them to tailor their inflection and wording as they see fit. It seems that this feedback, and the changes they make to their speech, truly garners a sense of ownership in the project - which undoubtedly motivates them to do their best. Participating in this process likely helps in promoting creativity as well.


In this post Mrs. Tolisano speaks of the necessity of repetition in order to fully understand a language other than your primary language. She had her students make a production of 'Purim' in Hebrew. After each student recorded a few sentences, SMARTboard and Garageband were utilized together in order to edit each of the sentences into the final podcast. By doing this, not only were the students able to write a script, make a podcast and practice, collaberate, and edit creatively, but they were also exposed to the Hebrew language.

More information about Purim can be found here.

Podcasting With First Grade

In this post (which is an earlier post on her blog), Mrs. Tolisano talks about the benefits of podcasting with younger students. By having each student participate, each student had a sense of ownership in the project, and shy students 'came out of their shell' in order to take equal part in the podcast. The possibilities for learning from this are colossal; the students can improve their listening, speaking, comprehension, oral fluency, and technological prowess all by participating in the creation of the podcast.


Podcasting can be beneficial for students of all ages. By using programs and hardware to help the creative process along, much more can be gained than just proficiency with the technology used. Self esteem can be bolstered, talking and comprehension can improve, and connections can be made with other classmates.

These posts will help in creating our podcast as well. Scripting, recording, editing, finishing, and finally publishing are all important steps that this blog presents in an understandable way. The Psychotic Salmon Berzerkers will definitely refer to this blog during the creation of our podcast!


  1. Hello Daniel,
    This week's blog assignments will definitely help with the podcast that's coming soon. Langwitch's blog was truly wonderful and inspiring. So many skills were mastered from just one assignment for those young students. And they took it very seriously. I hope you listened to one or more of their podcasts. I checked out: Dinosaurs Before Dark, and Vacation Under the Volcano. I noticed a few of us really liked the Flat Stanley. Their little voices will melt your heart.
    As a secondary instructor you should get a lot out of Joe Dale's- Benefits of Podcasting blog. He gives several reasons for using a podcast regularly in the classroom. They can be a win/win for teachers, students, and parents.
    When using a podcast as a teaching tool there is a good amount of material to be gained at Judy Scharf's Podcast Collection. She goes past advice and jumps right into in-depth planning, research, and grading a student's podcast.
    Those were the three instructors out of the seven I chose to read/listen and summarize for my blog #4.
    Good Luck to you and the Psychotic Salmon Berzerkers!