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Podcasting: Pedagogy

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Importance of These Tools

These Tools Help Students:

  • Understand that our voices have power
  • Understand that our experiences and stories matter
  • Realize the power and importance of listening to others
  • Develop empathy and understanding for people who are different
  • Find strength in stories

Information from StoryCorps Education


So what is StoryCorps?

"StoryCorps gives people of all backgrounds, typically two at a time, the opportunity to record meaningful conversations and archives the recordings at the Library of Congress." StoryCorps offers recording consultations you can register for on their website or see the icon below to record with them.

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Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan #1: Why do our stories matter?

Why Do our Stories Matter?

45 minutes
  • Reflect on the mission of StoryCorps
  • Reflect on stories recorded by other students
  • Reflect on the power of sharing personal stories and listening to others' stories
  • Reflect on the question, "What makes a story important?"
  • Applicable Common Core Standards
Lesson Plan #2: Tips for effective interviews

Tips for Effective Interviews

45 minutes
Lesson Plan #3: The power of active listening

The Power of Active Listening

45 minutes
  • Reflect on the power of listening to others
  • Reflect on the power of being listened to 
  • Understand and define "active listening"
  • Learn and practice active listening techniques
Lesson Plan #4: Strengths in our stories

Strengths in Our Stories

45 minutes
Lesson Plan #5: Power of people from our pasts

Power of People from Our Pasts

45 minutes
Project Idea: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

The Great Thanksgiving Listen

2-5 hours in class, 1-3 hours outside of class
  • Learn about StoryCorps and the interview concept
  • Use question to develop a story and articulate a shared experience
  • Create a primary source using technology (and enter it into the historical record)
  • Write archive-quality titles, summaries, and key words
  • Applicable Common Core Standards

Helpful Documents

Project Audio

Project Audio

The New York Times' Project Audio is a great resource for educators wanting to "merge project-based learning with digital media analysis and production skills." In 2018, the newspaper released its first-ever student podcast contest along with a series of lesson plans for teachers to use when introducing students to the podcast experience. The lesson plans guide students through analyzing storytelling, interviewing, and podcasting techniques. By the end of this mini unit, students will be able to create a five-minute podcast.

Exemplar Podcasts

Lesson Plans

Part I: Podcasts and Storytelling

Part I: Podcasts and Storytelling

Part II: Podcasts and Interviewing

Part II: Podcasts and Interviewing

  • Analyze and practice effective interviewing techniques (refer to Radio Rookies video)
  • Examine the elements of an interview
  • Practice using a smartphone to record
Part III: Podcast editing

Part III: Podcast Editing

  • Delete sections of audio
  • Move audio segments around
  • Stitch audio segments together
  • Add additional sounds
  • Fade audio in and out
  • Save and export an audio file
  • Turn a three-minute recorded interview into a one-minute audio story
Part IV: Producing a podcast

Part IV: Producing a Podcast

  • Come up with a topic (choose one question to address during the podcast)
  • Create a plan (what components do the students need for their podcast?)
  • Gather audio source material
  • Edit and publish the podcast (see Ms. Bannerman's podcasting class on SoundCloud)


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