In effort to keep the tradition of foreign languages in Language Academy, my morning mixed group of 6th-8th graders created a Food Podcast of their favorite foods. The project required them to find an audio translator on the Internet of their foreign language of choice. Some students used Babylon and others used Forvo for language translation. Then they created slides on PowerPoint of their favorite foods. Using GarageBand, they put together the slides and created a podcast translating the food into their foreign language. It was a multitasking lesson that required students to use various software to produce a foreign language project. Students choose languages ranging from Tagalog, to Swahili, to Arabic.
It always brings pride to me when my students produce great work using technology. Equally rewarding is when my teachers learn to use technology and integrate it into their lessons and curriculum. My TEKA program (Technology Education at KIPP Adelante) is a year round technology professional development created to help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. The first projects in this year’s program was to produce podcasts for their classroom. I am very excited to share some of the wonderful projects produced by my teachers. Great work!
I find using Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote slides as cleaner ways to create images for Podcasts on Garageband. Obviously you can use many other editing programs to create jpeg files for your Podcasts, but the simplicity of slideshows and the resolution is just right for Podcasting.