Teacher Review For Radio Rookies

Real Voices. Real Issues.

Christine F.
Classroom teacher
Van Wyck Junior High School
Wappingers Falls, NY
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
My students create an imovie documentary in which they narrate the experience of a fictional immigrant whose character they create. To help them make this person as realistic and believable as possible, I plan to play them the recordings from students who recount their own immigration experience. We will explore those aspects of recording that are compelling, emotional,vivid, etc, paying particular attention to how the reporter added sound for effect, which my students will have the option to do. I will also use this site to help students select a topic for their argument essays. Often students have difficulty coming up with a topic to write about. This site has several podcasts on a variety of current topics that students can explore.
My Take
What I like about this site is that is contains youth produced radio documentaries. It asks the students to think about: What do I think about this issue? What has been my personal experience with this issue? What about my experience leads me to agree or disagree? The answers to these questions lead nicely into a unit on argument writing. The site is also organized by topics such as search by topic such as dreams, education, family, loss, race, violence, sexuality, all issues that are relevant and meaningful to students today. I also like the resources for educators such as information on how to report a story,or how to teach interview skills.