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Unserious Satellite Radio

Unserious Satellite Radio

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Now Playing>> Band: The Rolling Stones Record: Tattoo You Track: Start me up Ok, pod-casting is not new. BUT(A big one) why not make it new. You would think that kids would jump for joy at the chance to digitalize their voice. Not! Old news. They play life-like video games at home, in the car, in the waiting room, why would reading a story, telling a joke, or announcing a video sporting event into a ten-dollar mic get them jazzed? It doesn't. So, here's how to start 'em up again. You need to make it cool. The word cool isn't new, but the concept of cool is fluid. The meaning is always changing. How do you follow the cool trend with kids? 1. Listen to them talk to each other when they think you are not listening. 2. Watch cartoons. 3. Yes, play a video game or two. 4. Ask them what's on their IPOD or in their CD player. 5. Value what they enjoy and talk to them seriously about it. Here's my coolness. Music is cool. I've created a faux radio station on my school website for story pod-casting. "Channel 28- Unserious Satellite Radio- The Dragon- We're all WRITE and Never Wrong!" That's the intro, with music in the background. I usually hire some spunky personalities to record the intros and then add the stories whenever a student has a publishable piece. Music jump starts their motivation to work hard on a story so they can publish it on the radio station. I also let the kids pick some of the music or genres for the intros. Cool. Here's the link to my website so you can hear what I'm talking about. Nothing to it, but to do it.

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Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Senior Editor at Large

Cool (so to speak) idea. What gear do you need to get started on something like this?

Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

1. Computer
2. Cheap USB mic (I use a logitech $12.98 at walmart)
3. Recording Software, which usually is preinstalled on most
computers. (garage band or audacity)
4. Music
5. Some time to fiddle with the software to learn it.

Have any problems? Just ask.

Bobbie's picture

Thanks for sharing the idea and for being so blunt. Your point about listening to students cuts right to the heart of the matter. You can have the very latest and newest of resources available to enhance your lessons, but if you aren't reaching out to the students and accessing the flow of 'coolness', you very well could be wasting the money spent on those resources. Music is also fluid, but almost always cool. Tapping music as your resource may not have been innovative, but it was definitely smart.

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