This is Part 2 in my podcast series. Part 1, Listen Up! is all about finding podcasts to listen to with your students, your own children, yourself. This post is about creating your own podcast and how you can easily do this with your class. As I said in my last post, this all came about because a few of my colleagues were curious about and interested in finding and then potentially creating podcasts with their students. I remembered reading this from Richard Byrne, Practical EdTech. In his post, he shared some tools for creating podcasts and included Synth and Anchor along with short tutorials for getting started with each. This post focuses on using Synth.
Being the curious person I am, as well as one who likes to be helpful (part of the high quality connections I like to forge), I continued to look around. Here are some other things I found (please note that the articles are in Medium. You may need to use your Google/Twitter/email account to read them if you read a lot from Medium):
First is Seven Ways to Use Synth (a podcasting app) with K12 Students including Setting up a Class Podcast and Student Accounts.
This links to the Synth for Educators portion of their website and has information for students, and teachers including how to use Synth on a session-only basis without using an email to log in so that even your youngest users can become broadcast journalists.
This is the “explore” page from Synth. It has numerous podcasts you can listen to with your students as well as some things that might inspire you to do in your own classroom.
You can use Synth both as an app on your smart phone or tablet as well as through the web-based option. I used the web-based option and it was really easy to do. Each is 256 seconds and you can link them together into one.
For more reading about how educators are using Synth in their classrooms, you can check out the Synth Educator Blog Series where teachers share how they got started with creating podcasts in their middle school classroom.
Part 4 is mainly how teachers can share amongst each other but I am including the link because this may be a great way to highlight the great things the people you work with everyday are doing.