Primary School Podcasts

We have been participating in a great project lately – write an environmental themed podcast as part of the LA21 initiative with Wicklow County Council. Three primary schools in Greystones, Co Wicklow were invited to take part St Laurence’s National School, St Patrick’s National School and Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath. The area has a great of natural beauty like the waterfall in nearby Powerscourt.

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The workshop was divided into 3 sections – Learn , Create & Share

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The workshops started with a presentation by our tutor Peter Baxter on what a podcast is and where to find them.

Then the children worked together to decide on a suitable theme that was relevant to them. Once that was done they worked together to research and write their scripts.

The students learned how to record and edit their voices then on apps and software and finally how to share them via digital media.

The results are original, clever and very creative. They are the results of a collaboration between the students and facilitation and guidance by their wonderful class teachers and Peter.

The classes ranged from 2nd through to 5th class and there are definitely some budding presenters and media producers in the area!

Thanks to the students and teachers from the schools for making Peter so welcome and thank you to Wicklow County Council and LA21 for making this project possible.

How To Write A Podcast Script

When you are starting to think about podcasting often the last thing you might consider is what you are going to say. I don’t mean generally as in the topic or theme but more specifically – what EXACTLY are you going to say?

The ability to be talk “off the cuff” and to be interesting and informed is a rare skill. More often that not the presenters you hear on the radio have a team of researchers providing them with relevant data or statistics in real time. They have most likely sat through production meetings during which the theme of the show has been discussed in great detail as has the opinions of the presenters and maybe even how they will react to a particular answer or question.

A more relevant skill for podcasting is the ability to have a prepared script or detailed notes and to read them as though they are not actually being read. In other words to make them sound “real”.

Sometimes it is worthwhile starting at the end and working backwards – in other words how do you want to finish and then work towards that.

We record lots of podcasts and it is still our standard Modus Operandi – here is an example of a template script from The Songschool Show – you can see there are 3 main sections

Intro 

Content 

Outro 

During the Intro – the presenters will introduce the show and them selves and outline what will be happening during the podcast.

The Content contains the various segments of the show – in this case different songs that the various contributors have collaborated on. The presenters will often anchor these segments with comments such as “Thanks for that and now let us meet the next group”

Finally there is the Outro – the presenter / presenters will thank the listener and the various contributors and then include a CTA ( Call To Action) this could be to invite listeners to email the show with their feedback or ideas, tweet or share on facebook etc.

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The style above works well for a show format but there are of course many other types. One that we love is the audio tour guide – part digital heritage, part cultural, part geographical, part physical. The type of podcast that encourages the listener to go out and take a trip at the leisure with the presenter.

We worked on the award winning iWalk series for Failte Ireland and our director Peter Baxter wrote scripts for their “Rock N Stroll” and “Dublin In Film” podcasts. For these Peter had to research extensively and then also walk the routes many times in order to gauge how the experience might be for the listener.

There was a specific brief in terms of the audience which was very influenced by demography. The audience was estimated to be under 25 yrs of age and so the content particularly language, references etc were tailored to suit.

Here are copies of the scripts   Rock ‘n’ Stroll iWalk and Dublin in Film iWalk

And here are the finished podcasts

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We hope that these tips help you to create better scripts and ultimately better podcasts.

So in summary – a few tips.

PREPARE WELL –  because Proper Prior Planning Produces Perfect Podcasts !

PRACTICE –  practice, practice and practice some more before you start recording.

CONSIDER YOUR AUDIENCE – (use the old Who, What, When, Where and Why as a reference)

So Who are they, what do they like? When would they like to listen and for how long – is it a commute, a class period etc Where will they listen to the podcast? On a train? In school? So make sure that your content and language is age appropriate if the audience is a class or if it will be heard in public. Perhaps the most important of all is Why ! Why would they want to listen? Ideally because they want to so always be aware that if people aren’t engaged in your podcast they will simply turn it off. Invite them to participate if it is a live show or if it is a regular show invite them to contribute comments, feedback or ideas and reference this in your future podcasts – i.e. thanks to our listener Joe Bloggs who suggested that we so X, Y & Z.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback or ideas on our blog. You can email us (info AT Createschool.ie) , follow us on twitter or facebook or subscribe on YouTube

Thanks

Joseph & Peter

The Createschool Team

http://www.createschool.ie

SDCC Podcast Competition

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Just a quick reminder, there are still a few FREE podcast workshops up for grabs and don’t forget our fabulous Podcast Competition.  

Free Workshop

Why not increase your chances of winning our Podcast Competition by booking one of our FREE Podcast workshops. These workshops are delivered by Createschool and will take place in your school. This exciting and innovative workshop is intended to encourage students to focus on environmental themes and collaborate with fellow students to create podcasts about their chosen environmental topic.

 

There are two workshops available on 9th February and two on 12th February 2015.Bookings will taken by phone or email – 01 4149000 ext 2791 or 6069 – glee@sdublincoco.ie or astafford@sdublincoco.ie . They will be delivered by Peter Baxter from Createschool and for more information about us please go to www.createschool.ie

 

What is the Competition?

Create your own podcast with an Environment theme. Write your Script/ News report/ Interview or VOXPOP and get recording. Win a fun day out for the whole class! Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 13th March 2015. For further details please click here

Please note Podcasts should be no more than 5 minutes long

  • Podcasts must be uploaded using the online form.
  • For further information please contact astafford@sdublincoco.ie 
  • Judges decision is final.

You can find out more & enrol on line by clicking here

 

The following downloads may help in the creation of your podcast.

 

http://audacity.sourceforge.net

 

https://www.apple.com/ie/mac/garageband

 

They asked us for some help and so we created this handout – our Podcast SDCC Tips !

 

Good luck!

Download a Podcast Kit

Apart from being amazing digital tools, iPads are incredibly versatile and can be used for all manner of creative things. With that in mind we have put together a very simple kit of equipment, accessories and apps that you might need to make Podcasts with not just your iPad but with any mobile recording device, pc, laptop, etc.

Click here to download a pdf of The Podcast_Kit.

We intend to continue to review and add to the kit and already have a few new accessories for capturing audio that we are reviewing and will publish shortly,

We hope that you find this useful.