I am so excited! I just stumbled across this on Facebook. I have another way to bring relevant current events to my students. I’ve received great interest from my kids when I use newsela. Now I have podcast to add to the agenda. I’m thinking writing responses, persuasive essays, research inquiry, and teaching standards such as generating questions. This is technology I can use well. I love a good story, but nonfiction fosters engagement and discussion so easily. Click on the title below to learn more.
Update Review May 22, 2017
This podcast is divided into multiple segments with highly expressive presenters, Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas. When I first saw the podcast was 24 minutes, I thought, oh no, this is simply too long. Once I began listening, I realized the format covers multiple topics. This means a teacher would need to preview, then notate the beginning/end of each segment. Since this a method that is effective for auditory learners, plus provides practice in active listening, then my opinion is that it’s worth my time. Each episode, written by number Ex: Episode 1, has Conversation Starters for the family/class and links to written articles. If you use only one section in the podcast, you could push the link to the entire podcast and included features through an app such as Bloomz, Remind, or your website.
Introduction 0:00 – 1:44
Planet 9 1:45 – 7:12
Conversation and Creative Story told by young girl, Birdy 7:14 – 9:05
Commercial 9:05 – 9:50
Origin of Humans and How our Brains became Smarter with Seaweed 9:50 – 17:50
Conversation with Kids 17:55 – 18:30
Gratitude is Healthy 18:35 – 22:20
Conclusion 22:21 – 24:16
In the first segment about the search for Planet 9, I thought about how it could be used during a solar system or for a research unit. Questions I would model during this podcast would be: How can kids and adults with simple telescopes help scientists with sophisticated technology find this planet? Why do scientist estimate the size of this planet to be 15 times the size of Earth? Visuals could be present for groups to collaborate in putting the planets in the correct order, generating questions, and coming up with a practical plan of how to answer these questions.
How our brains become smarter was mildly interesting. Mainly I wondered if so much seaweed and eating diet evolved our brains, what will be the long term effect of how we eat today? I could research, but I might not like the answer. 🙂 In the Gratitude segment, I can visualize setting up a classroom environment of respect and appreciation.
As you can see by the time segments, I’ve noted you can move the cursor forward and backwards to play only the parts relevant to your lesson. My final thoughts: I think I will use pieces of this. The hardest aspect will be making the time to preview and jot down the times. It helps that the conversation starters and article links included tell you which topics will be presented. This will save time because you know if a topic may coordinate with the current or future standards which need to be addressed.