All ninth grade English honors students have been working on podcasts in Ms. Dunn’s class. A podcast is an audio file that you can listen to on a smartphone or computer. Often times podcasts are made for informational purposes. The students got to choose their own topics. The topics are all uniquely individual. Ms. Dunn, the English honors teacher, said, “There is such a fun variety of topics- Bigfoot, the history of names, stupid criminals, the education grading scale, Disneyland injuries, water bears, ASL etc.”
According to Ms. Dunn, she decided to do this assignment because she thought it would be an interesting way to teach students informational skills. Ms. Dunn said, “I noticed as I was listening to podcasts that often times they have to do research to find out more about their topic, and I thought that creating a podcast would be a fun, relevant alternative to the traditional research paper.”
Kallysta Strong, a ninth grade honors student, said that at first she and her partner Claire Duncan, also a ninth grade student, could not decide on a topic. About a week later they had a revelation and finally decided on The Office vs. Parks and Recreation.
Adam Krieger, another ninth grade student, said, “My podcast is on water bears. They are little microorganisms that can survive anything, even the vacuum of space.”
The honors English students finished their podcasts on March 16th. After they finished recording students had the opportunity to listen to one another’s.
Kallysta Strong said that she listened to several podcasts, including Andrew Hammond and Jaymon Jordan’s about Bigfoot.. She said that theirs was really funny, because they used funny accents and music.