Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Task 2- podcasting

As a teacher, I would use a podcast for my art class when we go on a field trip to visit a museum or art gallery. I know that when I go visit museums and art galleries I want to know what the art work is about. Some pieces of art have a small blurb about the work or an artist statement next to the work telling you some information about the piece. But for the most part, the art is usually just on display without any explanation. Some museums offer headsets where you can hear audio about the particular art piece but not always.

So I would create a podcast of the art work we saw during our visit explaining what the students saw. Similar to the two podcasts that I included in my task 1 about podcasts. To reiterate, the first podcast was about art history where you could listen to someone talk about a particular piece of art work; but no images were involved. The second one was a teacher who made a video podcast of the students art work; just music in the background no verbal language involved. I will be combining both podcast into one. I would incorporate both visuals and audio so that the students can remember what the art work looked like while I describe the details and importance of the work. I think this would be a great review for students to help them think of any questions they may have had about a particular piece of art; once they know the meaning of the artwork.

My students will use podcasts to select one piece of art work they saw and describe their initial impression about the piece before I told them the facts and details of the art work. In addition, I will have them talk about how they felt after hearing my explanations and why they felt that way.
Then I will pair up students to listen and view their partner’s podcast and share explanations with each other. Once every student has exchange input with another student; in class, we would have a discussion as a whole if anyone shared any similarities and or differences about any particular piece of art. Or if they have any general questions or thoughts about the field trip.

The 21st century skill that I will be addressing is “Learning and Innovation skills.” These skills include critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. Allowing students to reason effectively and make judgments and decisions. Communicate clearly not only using the podcast in being clear when speaking but also being able to talk on one with another person. Plus they also get to listen and receive feedback.

These skills will be concentrated on specifically with the use of the podcast because they will be using critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. Students will think critically about what concepts and/or questions they want to address within a particular piece of art. They can be literal, figurative, or philosophical; whichever route they decide to take will help them to think beyond what they already know. They will be communicating with their classmates and collaborating with each other on their thoughts and ideas. The podcast acts as a liaison between me their teacher and the students because I will not have to use valuable class time to have a conduct this discussion; this may have taken approximately a week to discuss and talk about if a podcast were not invented. I would only have to use one day allowing the students to hear about their classmates discussions between the partners. Students will have access to view the podcast at their convenience; of course I would set a due date for when they would have to have completed the assignment so that their partner can listen and hear another student’s podcast.


  1. Hey, I like the fact that when students finish their podcasts, they have access to other students' podcasts as well. This is both beneficial to the teacher (so they can see all of the podcasts) and to the students (so that they can see what everyone else did and saw). This podcast activity will definitely satisfy the 21st Century Skill: Communication and Collaboration. Good job :)

  2. I really like how you explore the idea of podcasts being useful in both instruction (your podcost) and assessment (student's podcast). I think podcasts can be a great way for students to demonstrate what they have already learned while teaching them new 21st century skills at the same time.