Podcasts and digital storytelling have been around for quite awhile. I have never been excited about podcasts just because it’s a recording of someone talking the whole time. I tend to get bored when listening to talk shows and start multitasking. By the time the podcast is over I have been so busy doing other things I have forgotten what the podcast was about. Digital Storytelling is exciting for me to listen to. I think the reason for this is because there are pictures that I can see while the storytelling is taking place. My senior year of high school my government teacher had our class do a digital storytelling project. My class who was very hard to be educationally entertained was finally excited about the assignment. After all the groups had completed their digital storytelling the teacher let us pretend they were movies and bring snacks to class.
When listening to the podcasts this week I went in with an open mind and told myself that podcasts would be great. Five minutes if that into the podcasts I found myself making lists in my head of what all needed done this week and weekend and trying to plan on how to get everything done by the due dates. As the podcasts played I was in and out on listening. When reading the articles it said that students enjoyed the podcasts, if that’s the case I will take a vote in my classroom to find out the opinions of the other students.
When listening to the digital stories I listened to the ones about personal reflections and I couldn’t stop with the 3 that we were to choose I continued to listen because I was fascinated with peoples stories and the pictures they had go along with their stories. (If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a visual learner)
After reading about podcasts and digital storytelling being used in the classrooms I find myself wanting to test this out in my future classroom. I feel like if students were motivated and encouraged to learn when the teacher was using pod casts and digital story telling in the classroom, I should be interested in trying to implement it in my classroom. I think that these two tools will be encouraging to students in their learning. It will give them a technology experience that they can use later on in the future!