On Friday, at the National Assocation of Biology Teachers meeting in Minneapolis, I gave a workshop on Participatory Media. The session was designed to introduce teachers to participatory media tools through the concept of student projects. That is, what are students in biology courses across the country, doing with these new web 2.0 tools? In my travels, I have the good fortune to meet some amazing teachers and see the work of some equally amazing students – I wanted to showcase them. And, in the process, hoped that NABT participants might be inspired to give a few of them a try with their own students.
Together we walked through 10 different projects that 9th/10th grade or AP biology students had created using web tools like VoiceThread, Animoto, ToonDoo, Bookemon, Facebook, Google Earth, and creating podcasts. Then, because the group was small (but mighty!), we decided to try our hand at creating a podcast together. We broke into three small groups – one wrote the script, one picked some photos from a collection I’d put together on a jump drive, and one brainstormed ideas on how such a podcast might be best used.
Here’s the online slideshare from the session but maybe the best way to give you a feel for it is to share with you the podcast that the group created. In the space of about 10 minutes, here’s what a creative group of biology teachers and one PowerMac did together. Fabulous.
This is the audio version, the enhanced version (with photos) can be downloaded onto an ipod or droid.