Podcasting to Preserve History

BY Margaret Glennon

Nauset Regional Middle School

Project Description
The main goal of this grant is to have students produce short podcast episodes highlighting historical events from our US History Curriculum as well as local history. Students will work to research, write, edit and produce an audio podcast which will be made available to the local community. Podcasts can be widely distributed and will allow students to gain more 21st century skills using a new creative platform.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The project will be evaluated on both academics and the success of the podcast episodes. Academically, students will be evaluated on their research, writing and production of the podcasts. Ideally, the student created podcasts will reach and audience outside of the classroom. This will be determined by hosting the podcasts on a website and reviewing the analytics.

Benefit to the students and the school
The benefits for the students and the school are numerous. Individually, students will get to work with a creative medium that many have not been exposed to yet. Additionally, they will get to publish their work and gain further skills with researching, writing and production. As a school and Cape Cod community, the podcasts have the potential to showcase the talent that is part of Nauset Middle School and bring attention to local history and figures.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
January-February 2018: Create project guidelines/present to students
February-March 2018: Student research and writing
April-May 2018: Podcast Production
May-June 2018: Editing and publication

 

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