Podcasts & Sketchnotes

At the beginning of this school year, I had GRAND plans for sketchnoting. And I failed. My plan was to have 49 Mystery Hangouts where students would learn about the states and keep a journal where they sketchnoted their information. Yeah, that didn’t go as planned.

But sketchnoting is still on my mind. As the year ends it’s a great time to try new things. Experiment. We all do it. That’s when I decided to introduce my students to podcasts. I have a plan to have my students podcast next year, but in order to do that, they have to know what a podcast is. While they won’t get to start a podcast this year, it will help me work out some of the kinks for next year.

Student Sketchnote 1

I went on a search for an engaging podcast: something fun. After listening to Check This Out podcast with Brian Briggs and Ryan O’Donnell talk about podcasts for kids and tweens, I ‘checked out’ (see what I did there?) Kids Listen. Kids Listen lists great podcasts for kids. The subjects include science, history, stories, and creativity. I settled on The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel. This podcast is an adventure story about Mars Patel and his friends, some of whom mysteriously go missing and the adults don’t seem to be worried. After listening to one episode, the students were hooked!

img_2043This is where I brought in sketchnoting. One complaint I hear over and over from teachers in my school/district is that the kids just don’t listen. I agree. The CELDT scores would also concur. By drawing the story, what they envision, they are forced to use different parts of their brain and listen. At first, a few students liked it but wanted to watch the episode. I explained that there wasn’t anything TO watch. They were not fans of this. However, by the end of the second episode, I didn’t hear any complaints. Some students had no problem drawing. Others listed the events in a note-taking style without any drawings. Others listed events and placed the notes in bubbles.

This has been a great activity. They come in each day asking if we are going to listen to Student Sketchnote 3Mars Patel. I have to beg them not to listen on their own and go ahead. Others have settled on finding other podcasts they can listen to. I am thrilled, and excited, by their response and the possibilities. Next year, I plan to incorporate podcasts into my lessons more often.

 

TLC Ninja Podcast

TLC Logo v3I’m so excited to see this come to fruition! For quite some time, I’ve been wanting to start a Podcast. I LOVE the idea of sharing, communicating, and collaborating with others. So a while back, I contacted @CoffeeNancy (Nancy Minicozzi) about joining forces on this. And she agreed!

Yesterday, we taped our first podcast (using Blab – this is where you can see us too, total bonus!). We’re even in iTunes! Now do you see why I’m so stoked? We’re totally legit!

So the premise is that you, the audience, decide what is discussed. What do you want to know more about? Want to talk about something awesome YOU are doing? We also intend to keep it short and sweet. We all have busy schedules, so our podcasts will be no longer than 15 minutes.

How do you join in on the fun? Go to TLC.Ninja (yes, our domain is .ninja – that’s how awesome is this?). You can listen to us here, see when our next podcast is taping, and contact us with YOUR ideas. We will normally be on Blab (even if you just want to watch us live) every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7 pm pst (unless otherwise stated). The podcast will be available on iTunes by the following Wednesday.

Join us next Monday (8:15 pm pst) when we talk to Tracy Walker, a CUE LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Finalist, about her ‘BIG’ idea.