Vocabucasting – Session 1

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Its 8:30 and I’m at my first ILC08 session, Vocabucasting – Podcasting with Vocabulary Development.  In my very own science class I am always looking for ways to develop scientific vocabulary using technology.  As a matter of fact, this week my classes are working on creating Motion Vocabulary enhanced podcasts.  To get an idea of what Vocabucasting is, check out the Student Technology Showcase on the topic.

First of all, take a look at the Vocabucasting wiki created by the presenters Allyson Schut and Sandra Oliver.  They have lots of great resources there.  Below are the basic steps for creating a vocabucast.

  1. Create a List of Words for Your Students – Keep it short, especially at the beginning.
  2. Have Students Define each Word – Use textbook glossaries, online/computer dictionaries, or “define: your word” on Google.  Depending on the amount of techology in your classroom you might have students write down their definitions on a piece of paper or type them out on a computer.
  3. Select a Picture for each Word – You can use Google Images, but I would suggest using a Flickr Advanced Search and choosing Creative Commons images.  Take a look at the list of image resources on the Vocabucasting Wiki. The images students will use should be downloaded to a location they can easily find later (like the Desktop).
  4. Record the Podcast using Garageband – First start with an introduction like a real radio show, such as “Welcome back to Mr. Wood’s Vocabulary Show today’s words are…”  Also show students how to add a short piece of music from Garageband.  Using Garageband have students add one image at a time to the Podcast Track line.  Under each picture students add their word and defintion.  Finally, they add a closing and some music.  Take a look at the Garageband directions provided in this session.
  5. Share the Podcast – Depending on your district policies you may or may not be able to put your podcast online.  However, no matter what the policies are at the very least you can have students share thier files with each other.  To do this in Garageband go to Share and then Send Song to iTunes.  If you are looking for a place to put your podcasts online you can use iWeb that is already set up to be hosted on a MobileMe account some other place or use Podomatic.  On a side note if you have Moodle you could put them there too.  That’s what we do in my classroom.  The recordings are protected by usernames and passwords, but available from school or home for students and families.

Okay, I’m off to Session 2!

Joe

Photo: Mr. B Podcasting about Gaming by Leon Cych on Flickr

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