Tech Trends: Motivating students to gain ownership of their learning with Podcasts

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Artifact Introduction: During our fourth week in Introduction to Educational Technology, we were to explore The Horizon Report which is a report that is released every year that releases the newest technologies and their application and influence in educational settings.This report addresses the following questions: “What is on the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide? Which trends and technologies will drive educational change? What are the challenges that we consider as solvable or difficult to overcome, and how can we strategize effective solutions?” (Johnson, Adams Becker, Estrada, & Freeman, 2015). After reviewing this report, we were to select one of the mentioned tools or trends, analyze it’s effectiveness in our classrooms by conducting research and then create a tool or artifact to describe or give an example of this tool’s possibilities in our classroom or school.

I was motivated by the section of Rethinking How School’s Work and the article titled How to motivate students to gain ownership of their learning by Angela Watson. In this article, Angela talks about increasing student engagement, responsibility, and critical thinking all by simply changing the way we think about educators, to more  of a facilitator role. All of this can be done when we give student’s the reigns on their own learning.

I had already been exploring the idea of podcasts in the classroom  and developed a podcast idea of my own where students listened in for homework, to increase their Spanish comprehension. However, after reading this article and conducting additional research on this concept, I had an even better idea. Having the students create the episodes for the podcast series, handing them the reigns for their learning, giving them the responsibility of teaching their classmates and allowing them to think critically to develop an episode. It was fabulous!

Therefore, I decided to create a mini episode where I “sell” this idea to the other dual language teachers at my school, because I believe all of the students (from the youngest to the oldest) can utilize this tool to increase their speaking ability, listening comprehension, and confidence in the target language.  This idea could even grow to become a school-wide podcast where students record weekly or monthly podcasts that we post on the school website, it has so much potential!

Reflection of Learning/Standard Connection: The modality principle states that individuals learn better when listening to audio narration rather than on-screen text. In this podcast idea, students will be listening to their classmates speaking in Spanish and not seeing any text at all. The redundancy principle states that having both on-screen text and narration is redundant and impedes learning.  (Clark & Mayer, 2011) Therefore, creating a Podcast is ideal for this situation because there is no redundancy. While creating the podcast, it is important to teach students to keep the narration in mind to ensure that they make a plan, speaking clearly and slowly.

  • AECT Standard 1.2 Using: For this podcast creation I had to use Audacity (& all of the effects it offers) to create a podcast that enhanced my abilities and ideas as an educator.
  • AECT Standard 3.1 Creating: I created a podcast for my fellow teachers which facilitated the employment of the modality and redundancy principles in presentations.
  • AECT Standard 3.2 Using: While creating this podcast I had to keep the narration in mind to ensure that I was speaking clearly and slowly.
  • AECT Standard 4.3 Reflection on Practice: For this assignment I had to analyze various artifacts and trends. After choosing my trend, I conducted research in order to reflect on the development and implementation of this technology within my classroom. This entire process helped me grow as an educator.

Artifact: Tech Trends Podcast & Episode #1 Que Dice Podcast (Sample)

References: 

Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., and Freeman, A. (2015). NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. Retrieved from http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2015-nmc-horizon-report-k12-EN.pdf

Watson, Angela (2015, January). How to motivate students to gain ownership of their learning. Retrieved from http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/2015/01/how-to-empower-students-to-take-ownership-of-their-learning.html

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About jasminequezada

I’m extremely lucky to call Boise Idaho, an outdoor haven of a beautiful little city, the place I call home. I teach 4th grade dual language. This means that I teach native English speakers, Spanish, and native Spanish speakers, English, by using both languages to teach the regular 4th grade curriculum to nine year old’s. I also have an extremely creative and inquisitive seven year old son who keeps me playing, laughing, and on my toes all day long, he is my favorite person. My boyfriend’s name is Victor and he is my partner in discovering the outdoors, which is why living in Boise is perfect for us! While I enjoy being outdoors, I also love technology and all of the doors it has opened to humanity to learn, grow, and evolve. This is why I consider it vital for myself as an educator to delve deeper into this technological world so I can continue to serve as a guide for my students, in their discovery of the world.

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