In the summer of 2006 Nathan Toft downloaded Apple’siTunes software, curious about the 99-cent songs hehad heard about. This move introduced him to the exciting world of podcasting. He quickly got Jane hooked and the two teachers, who are both joggers,loaded up their iPods with a vari ety of shows theydownloaded from the I nternet. This was the start oftheir pod-casting adventure.
We have been team teaching Junior grades for the past five years. We share a similar interest in technology and its application in the classroom. This year, we are each teaching a 5/6 class, and we plan our units together and combine our classes whenever possible. We both maintain class websites and blogs and collaborate on the portableradio.ca website. We also act as “computer contact teachers” in our school, assisting staff with all things technological. Being teachers as well as techies, we surfed the Net and found two podcasts in particular, Room 208 and Radio WillowWeb, that we were eager to introduce to our students.
What is Portable Radio?
Portable Radio ( portableradio.edublogs.org) is a podcast made by our two grade 5/6 classes at A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, just outside Ottawa. We named the show Portable Radiobecause our classes are housed in portable classrooms and podcasts are played on portable MP3 players. Of course, podcasts like ours can also be listened to directly on any computer with Internet access.
Our classes produce a podcast about every two weeks. Each podcast is about 15 minutes long and showcases both what’s going on in class and what our students are interested in. It’s like having our own variety show that gives our students the opportunity to interview people, make radio dramas, read their stories, and provide audio highlights of our field trips. The shows are a