• Jeff Madlock

5 Podcast Ideas to Finish out the Semester

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It’s almost here!  Christmas! We’re kidding, that’s not the only thing that is close.  So is the end of the semester. With the end of the marathon in sight, it’s sometimes difficult to keep the momentum with the students and with yourself going. Luckily, during the school year, there are so many opportunities to keep the students engaged and to use their voices to enlighten and educate not only themselves but those close to them. So let’s take a look at 5 surefire ways to get your students excited about creativity and podcasting.

1 – Fall extracurricular activities are coming to a close. It’s time to interview the players, the band members, the cheerleaders, the coaches, the band directors, the sponsors… ok, you see where this is going. The big deal here is to make sure we provide a guided interview for those people.  What was the best part of the season? What are you looking forward to for next season? What song best describes the football season, band marching show, school spirit? You get the idea, now open the floodgates and watch the student ideas flow like an unstoppable river.

2 – Use the holidays to get your students talking. Thanksgiving isn’t just a writing prompt, it’s also a great way to create multiple episodes. Start with the tried and true “What are you thankful for?” and let the students build from there. Christmas? Well, that’s a no-brainer: so many opportunities for students to create interesting episodes, covering topics that run the gamut from family traditions to how people celebrate the holiday.

3 – Podcasts covering performances. Yep, the holidays give and keep on giving. From Choir to band and everything in between, the opportunity to record and report on school and community holiday events is a goldmine of learning, writing, and discussion.

4 – What’s coming up next? Creating a podcast to promote discussion about upcoming events and opportunities can get a lot of students involved. From what big changes are happening for the seniors who are graduating to Spring extracurricular activities. Make it about them and their growth and the experience will remain with the students for months, possibly years.

5 – Hobbies.  This one is a year-round topic. Students have so many different events in their lives and many have some really neat hobbies they indulge in. Helping students find their voice is the objective. That initial attempt may be as simple as collecting stamps or playing video games. Provide that moment and then nurture it.  Most likely it will grow and grow.

We hope you have a great end of the semester and your students create so many podcasts, your holiday breaks are filled with listening! If this list is helpful, please don’t hesitate to share. As always, email us or catch us on Twitter if you have any questions and/or suggestions.

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