While I kept three of the teams occupied with a discussion of a list of Eleven Creative Questions, I took one team to an adjacent office I had set up as a ‘recording studio.’ I used my new, $99 Zoom H1 recorder on a tripod. It worked great once we got the proper recording level, and started being careful about not touching the tripod or this sensitive microphone.
A few of the students read in fake British accents, which was a fun emulation of the BBC, “A History of the World in 100 Objects” podcasts.
I am now in the process of editing the recordings in Garageband, adding music, etc. I became convinced Garageband was a better way to go than Audacity by the informative tutorial made by Jason Heath. I would strongly suggest watching this, as in his experience, Garageband vastly improved his workflow in producing podcasts.
I’m trying to not be a teacher-martyr, but I know I’m going to consume most of my week, getting these student podcasts edited and uploaded.