June? eTwinning? It must be podcasting...
I met up with a lovely bunch of French teachers (from France) and teachers of French (from Scotland) last night and this morning I'm helping them discover the wonderful world of the podcast. It's also been a great opportunity to update a few links on where languages teachers can go to get help and resources for podcasting.
I'll not have much time so I'm just showing how you can produce a regular 'learning log' podcast of what goes on in your students' world à la Radio Sandaig, and how that can develop into something more explicitly around assessment for learning by plugging Adam's kids' Rate My Mates two-stars-and-a-wish.
Your royalty free podsafe music is brought to you today by Incompetech and the Google search phrases "sheep bah mp3" (which leads to these great animal sounds) and "traffic noises" (which leads to some worryingly wide ranging car crash sounds). Freesounds.com is also one of the easiest ways to get great sound effects (thanks, Oscar). I'm also going to be reminding us all how important it is to right-click everything to save it to your computer first, before importing to your radio show or podcast in Audacity. The group you can see above took my guidance on reducing background noise in a vibrant classroom - turn the underneaths of desks into your recording studio.
I'm hoping there'll be time at the end to talk about how this is going to look in the classroom, how collaboration is going to take place. It might all happen on the eTwinning TwinSpace (podcast on how to use it on the MFLE) or on a more ad hoc basis through a Google Doc or wiki. Above all, the role of the teacher has to be made clear. The teacher isn't clicking, cutting and generally getting in the way. The teacher's standing back, suggesting good ways of developing things further, sharing tips and learning from what the kids might have to offer.
For those wanting to get going straightaway without installing on the computer you can use Portable Apps or the French versions at Framasoft and Framakey (thanks to Phillipe for that). You'll also want to check out your French legal stuff for getting parental permission for podcasting.