March 21, 2006

Edinburgh Schools Podcasting: sttamCast 1: Edinburgh

P1010002 I've included the MP3 file here for the edublogs podcast iTunes feed, but you can go over to the new St Tam's Cast weblog and leave your comments there for the St Thomas of Aquin's students I've been working with for two hours this past two weeks. They have produced a superb podcast about their city, Edinburgh, as a guide for Hispanic tourists. I'm sure they would appreciate a comment or two in Spanish, too ;-)

Download sttamcast.m4a

You need Quicktime (free download) or iTunes (free download) to view this podcast

As always, here are their quotes for the day. It rammed home a few points:

  1. Kids like editing. We need more computers to allow them to work collaboratively at this stage of the podcasting process.
  2. Kids love having an audience. It doesn't take much to give them that. We need to give them a worldwide audience more often.

Anyway, here are their comments (all students 13 or 14 years old):

Emilie
The most enjoyable part of the process was knowing that other people will hear what we’ve done. One thing I disliked was hearing my own voice, but when I heard everyone else it was OK.

Laura
Translating our English conclusion into Spanish was the hardest bit. I am looking forward to reading the comments on our podcast.

Nuala
I thought that podcasting in Spanish was good fun and more children should get the chance to do it. I thought that maybe everyone should have got to edit and do what they wanted with their own part.

Emma
I enjoyed finding out new meanings to words and learning different things. It would be good to do it again.

Lewis
The best part will be finally being able to listen to it all together. I also really enjoyed the recording process. The hardest part was recording the sound clearly and well.

Adriana
Recording was fun. Knowing that the podcast is going to help people is satisfying!

Grace
I enjoyed writing a dialogue on my city and recording the content. The most difficult part was recording as I had not done it before.

Niamh
I really enjoyed writing the information for the podcast. I would have liked to have the opportunity to edit the podcast. However, it was really fun recording it. I would like to make another podcast sometime!

Jamie
I really enjoyed learning all the technology of podcasting. The trickiest part was recording. It was a nice change from Spanish.

Vittoria
I really enjoyed recording our parts. I thought it was a bit hard getting our words right and being clear and  loud.

Richard
I loved recording it but it was tricky working in a group. Podcasting should be used at all schools.

Jack
I found the best, but the most difficult part of the process was recording. It would have been better if we had all got a chance to edit but it was still fun.

Robbie
The recording of the podcasts was the funnest part of the podcast. The hardest part was writing the podcasts. I really enjoyed it and can recommend it!

Sean
The best part was getting to record on the final production. The hardest part was making sure there was not background noise and that the pronunciation was correct. It’s helped me learn.

Ross
I liked podcasting because it was easy to use the kit and the guy was really friendly. There was one thing I disliked about it: it was easy to mess up as the microphone picks up everything. It was good because it’s a wee break from doing written work.

Carlo
I liked learning how to do new things on the computers. The hardest part was recording as you have to trust other people. This was difficult and fun. I think we harder knowing many people would listen to it.

Joanne
Recording it was the best part but getting it together was the worst. It would be better if we edited ourselves and put our own music in.

Kirsten
It was good fun learning to do the editing on Garageband but quite hard to learn ☺

Imogen
It was difficult learning how to do the editing but after it was fun putting the tracks in, recording and adding music. Overall it was really good and it made learning Spanish more enjoyable.

John-Paul
I think the most enjoyable part was recording – it was really fun. The hardest part was recording also because we always messed up. I liked just making the podcast because it taught me a lot.

Holly
The most enjoyable part was recording. The most difficult part was recording.

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