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Posted by Team APATA | Oct 20, 2021

Podcasts, everyone has one, knows one or has found their tribe through one.

Daniel Wang discovered podcasts in seventh grade.

“In 7th grade, I had a lot on my mind. I wanted to have an outlet to share my voice, but YouTube was too daunting and blogging was too boring. After being gifted my first phone, I remember browsing through various apps and landed on the Podcasts app. Curious, I opened the app and began listening. A whole afternoon whizzed by, and I knew from that instant on, I needed to start a podcast.”

Through a lot of trial and error and a whole bunch of pre-planning that never felt right Daniel found a tribe that spoke his language, The Podcast Movement“I was missing what I had set out to do originally — share my unique voice to the world on what I cared most about.” Read about Daniel’s journey into podcasting here. 

It was Daniel’s research into podcasts that inspired him to create his own podcasting curriculum and resources for students in middle grade and high school, or Year 9 – Year 12 in Australia.

This is a guide for students by a student!

Daniel’s Student Podcasts website provides a step-by-step plan for students to follow in setting up their own podcasts.

The StudentPodcasts.com guide has 9 easy-to-follow chapters that breakdown even further to help students through each and every step required to create podcasts from the ground up.

  1. An introduction to podcasts
  2. Getting ideas
  3. Choosing a name and cover art
  4. Podcasting logistics
  5. Planning your podcast
  6. Recording your episode
  7. Editing your episode
  8. Publishing your episode

You want resources? There are also printable resources to help students plan.

Daniel’s podcast – How my Town Found The Universe was a finalist in the 2020 NY Times Student Podcast Contest.

The Teacher Experience

12 Reasons to Publish Student Podcasts to a Global Audience written by Tim Cavey, educator and host of the @TeachersonFire podcast, is a great read where Cavey focuses on the question: What is the educational value of publishing student podcasts?

Cavey’s 12 reasons will motivate you and your students to explore the wonderful world of published podcasting.

One of the sessions from the 2020 Soundtrap EDU Summit that focused on the benefits of student podcasts was Empowering Student Voice through Podcast Creation’ with fifth grade teacher Stevie Frank, hosted by Matt Miller. Frank worked through podcasting via Soundtrap with her class and discusses not only how the platform integrated into her experience but how her class full of younger kids went about creating their podcast.

For more head to the website : edu.soundtrap.com

NPR Student Podcast Challenge

The annual NPR Student Podcast Challenge received over 2000 amazing entries for the 2021 challenge. Read and listen to the full list of 2021 finalists here.

“Sibling drama, identity crises — so much climate change — and of course: the challenges of school and life in the pandemic. This year NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge has all those things, and more. For the last few months, students all over the country have been doing what we do here at NPR — recording interviews, editing tape, creating home studios and reading their stories into a microphone. This year’s contest brought us more than 2,600 podcasts from 47 states and the District of Columbia.”

Listen to the NPR SPC 2021 favourites below.

The Middle School Winners of the 2021 NPR Student Podcast Challenge were Sayre Middle School. “The school has a maintenance staff of five. And now, the unsung heroes who make up that staff are the subject of a podcast that’s won the middle school top prize. Read and listen here.

The High School winner of the 2021 NPR Student Podcast Challenge was Kriti Sarav with her podcast, My Very Own Bully, the story of her struggle to embrace her Indian-American identity.

Check out the full list of the 2021 NPR SPC finalists, there may be more than one that resonate with your students and would inspire them on their podcasting journey.

The NY Times Student Podcast Contest

Celebrating its fourth year, the NY Times Student Podcast Contest drew entries from 1,500 students. Daniel Wang, creator of www.StudentPodcasts.com (top of this article), was actually a finalist of the 2020 competition.

Discover the winners of the 2021 NY Times Student Podcast Contest HERE.

Teenagers around the world are asked to submit a five-minute podcast about anything that interests them. The NY Times Learning Network provides a guide to creating your podcast : Making a Podcast that Matters – a guide with examples.

The 2022 contest will run April to May next year.

Podcast Plays

We discussed Radio Plays and podcasting in our article on The Parsnip Ship, a Brooklyn-based company that hopes to revolutionise the way you hear theatre with live events and audio podcasts that are eclectic and transformative, creating communities in person and digitally. in this article we also provide a Radio Play Resource to help you and your students explore and create your own radio plays.

Now it’s Your Turn

Podcasting is a form of communication that provides students with a opportunity to share their voice. How often we repeat this phrase. In the performing arts sharing your voice is the utmost goal. Sharing stories is at the very core of what we do.

Here is the link to our APATA Student Podcast Resources pdf below.

We hope this inspires you to explore podcast making with your students. Maybe your dance students can come up with a topic? What about your music students, circus students?  This is a platform that is not restricted to the classroom. Performing arts teachers, whether school or studio-based, we know you have students bursting with ideas! We’d love to listen!

Australian Performing Arts Teachers Association -Student Podcast Resources- Oct 2021

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