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Students Create Podcasts to Communicate "Claims and Arguments"

Nancy Branom, English teacher, at Edmonds-Woodway High School understands that there are multiple ways to communicate ideas and share a powerful message.  With the help of Librarian Karen Rautenberg, Branom’s Writing Workshop class engaged in the art of storytelling by creating their own podcasts.  

Allowing students to use technology in this way produced some impressive results.  “The students found great interviews, they used music creatively, and all the kids said it was challenging to put it all together, yet realized how powerful the spoken word is -- so different than writing,” states Branom.  It was obvious walking into the classroom that students clearly took ownership of their learning and worked hard to tell their story.  

Take some time and listen to this student made podcast about immigration.

Branom was willing to take a risk with this project and it paid off.   Like any new venture, there are often some bumps in the road the first time around.  Some students did experience some technical difficulties with technology tools during the editing process, but in the end they still found a way to tell their story.  By simply allowing her students choice and creativity, Branom’s assignment used technology to help transform learning and reach the upper levels of the SAMR scale.

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  1. What an impressive project and outcome for Karen, Nancy, and students. Listening to the immigration podcast, it is clear that the learning target of effectively communicating using a claim and argument structure to “evoke an emotional response or convey a political or social message” was met and exceeded. Thanks for being willing to share, Nancy.

  2. Follow up article in US News and World Report


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