Creating Podcasts: Within The Outsiders Unit – Exploring Personal Pursuits & Originality

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My final blog post of the academic quarter in my graduate program in Digital Education Leadership is here, and I am eager to share my finished individual project: Creating Podcasts: Within The Outsiders Unit – Exploring Personal Pursuits & Originality. This is a topic that I previously explored in my post,  ISTE 7: Global Collaborator – Assessing Podcasts and their Creativity. I did that blog post in connection with a long-standing need to redesign the culminating project that ends the guided reading unit of The Outsiders; the unit was crafted using the backward design model. The assigned reading for this course came from Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay Mctighe. Until this project, I had never officially used this model before. It puts you in the mindset of always having the end in mind and keeping your eye on the prize if I can use some useful euphemisms.
I will not have the opportunity to implement the full unit until next year when I have the ability to restart the year and teach The Outsiders to a new group of students.  But I do have an opportunity to implement podcasting as an option in my reader’s workshop unit at the end of this year.  It will be an option for the culminating project, and at least by that point, I will have some examples to build a repository for my students to listen to and learn from.  I do love allowing student choice in projects because it gives them autonomy to explore a technology that they might be much more familiar with than I am, and usually, I end up learning something right along with them.

Creating Podcasts Within The Outsiders Unit – Exploring Personal Pursuits & Originality

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