Podcasting Activity

This week I am beginning a new task with my Year 10 class. So far this year we have looked at photography, movie creation and coding. I wanted to finish the year with something that I am very interested in and will be fun for the students. I had come up with a couple of ideas; one was to create a TED Talk style presentation and the other was for creating a Podcast. I gave my class the choice and they (quite rightly) voted for Podcasting. Below is what I will be providing the students with as our starting point.


A podcast is a digital medium consisting of an episodic series of audio, digital radio, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a neologism and portmanteau derived from “broadcast” and “pod” from the success of the iPod, as audio podcasts are often listened to on portable media players. Merriam Webster defines Podcast: a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet.[1] Wikipedia contributors, “Podcast,“  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Podcast&oldid=634757873 (accessed November 24, 2014).
For this task you are required to create an episode of a podcast on a topic of your choice. You will work in groups of 2-3 and produce a “high quality” recording using applications including Skype, Quicktime, Audacity and Audition. You will also use your laptop, microphones and headphones. You will also need to investigate methods of hosting a podcast for people to subscribe to. The podcast will need to be at minimum 15 minutes long and a maximum of 30 min. To achieve this you will need to plan at least one topic each and discuss for around 5 minutes. You will also need an introduction. As you will see that most podcast have a theme that they stick to for the whole epsiode ie movies, technology, health, fitness or even a tv show. If you have not listened to a podcast before you may find iTunes has many podcast in its “podcast” section. If you have an iOS device there is also a podcast app that will allow you to find podcasts. Some of Mr Brown’s favourites are inlcuded: Serial - A real life investigation into a high school murder No Such Thing As A Fish - From the people who make QI, 4 interesting facts for the week Connected - A weekly panel discussing Apple and the impact of technology on our lives Analog(ue) - A show discussing how technology makes us “feel” Accidental Tech Podcast - A group of nerds discuss tech, Apple, programming and anything around This blog post (from Casey Liss - a famous Podcaster) explains the process used by some of the more professional podcasts.

Year 7 Social Media Lesson

So I thought I would share the lesson I taught to my year 7 classes last week. It was tweaked during the week and in the last lessons I didn’t even use Quikpad (mainly because it didn’t work). I didn’t have time to cover the section on having “real friends” as our lesson go for about 40mins. Hit the read more to read more


  • Students get laptops and login
  • Explain that lesson is on using Social Media properly and why it is important.
  • We will be covering topics that we believe is very important and in no way are we promoting the use of Social Media.
  • Take a poll on students that use Social Media like Facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr
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  • Talk to students about the age restriction of most Social Media websites
  • Poll student’s on what involvement their parents play in them using Social Media:
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  • Poll students on Peer pressure to have Social Media
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  • Show youtu.be/-e98hxHZi…
  • Discuss with students that putting images on the Internet is one part of their “Digital Reputation”
  • Explain:
  1. Your digital reputation is defined by your behaviours in the online environment and by the content that you post about yourself and others.
  2. Tagged photos, blog posts and social networking interactions will all shape how you are perceived by others online and offline, now and in the future.
  3. A poor digital reputation can affect your friendships, relationships and even your job prospects - so protect your digital reputation.
  • Ask students to open a word document
  • ask them to write down 2 ideas for ways to ensure a good “Digital Reputation”
  • Best answers:
  • How do I protect my digital reputation?
  1. Think before you post, send or blog!
  2. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  3. Set your profile to private—and check every now and then to make sure the settings haven’t changed.
  4. Keep an eye on photos tagged by your friends and remove ones that are offensive.
  5. Remember, online information could be there forever. Your personal information may end up being seen by people you don’t know, including potential employers.
  • Now students need collect their answers as a group
  • Move into groups of 4-5
  • each group will be given a piece of paper with a shared notepad URL from Qikpad
  • students go to webpage
  • as groups the students copy and paste their ideas to the shared notepad
  • as a group the students then remove repeated items
Having real friends
  • Statistics have shown that ¼ of friends that 12-15 year olds have on Facebook, they have never met
  • Ask students to work in their groups to come up with a list of reasons why it is important to only be friends on Social Networks with real friends
  • Use the same qikpad for quick collation of the information