Our school does not own any iPods.  How can this be?  I just don’t get it!  It is so easy to pick up an iPod, plug in your iSpeak and then take voice memos of authentic learning experiences.  When I was walking out the door for an art field trip to the Shanghai Art Museum, I snuck my hubby’s iPod out of his school bag.  It was a present that the girls and I gave to him so I should be able to “borrow” it when I see fit, right? :)

The Biennale Exhibit at the Shanghai Art Museum was a perfect opportunity to record some of the teachers and kids talk about their impressions of the art at hand.  I was amazed about how seriously some of the kids took their role when I was interviewing them.  Some of the kids were very art centered while some of them struggled with the exhibits meanings, but one thing is for sure.  Once the iPod came out, everybody pushed their conversations up a notch.  The kids sought out information about each exhibit and started conversations about what various exhibits were trying to portray.  

Listen in on some of the conversations! Thank you to our fabulous art department teachers of Sepi Johnson, Jason Maddock and Kristi Thornbury. It was a great day and the teachers and students are eager to share some of their experiences with you!

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2 Comments to “Experiments with Podcasting”

  1. This use of recording equipment, the iPod in particular, seems like a great way to get students invested in documenting their experience at an event, in this case a museum. I have also started to realize as I work on podcasts myself that the skill necessary to synthesize the raw data and reformulate it into a coherent piece, seems very similar to the essay writing process.

    This project seems like a great first step to something great. A few years ago, I read article about people using iPods at museums that I found relevant to your post:

    http://mod.blogs.com/art_mobs/

    Imagine having kids view an exhibit, go back to the classroom think of the experience they want to create for other students, create a podcast, exchange it with their peers, then go back and view the show listening what their peers felt as they viewed the same work. Talk about opening minds to other peoples’ perceptives.

  2. Leonor says:

    I started Podcasting about a year ago and it is more exciting than blogging. I love podcasting maybe because i love music so much and radio programs when i was still a kid.