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TUNED IN: There's Still Time For Students To Enter NPR's Podcast Contest



TUNED IN: News and notes from High Plains Public Radio

Students and teachers - grades 5 through 12 - have until March 31 to enter the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. More info from NPR:

Here's how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then your teacher can submit it to us.

This contest is for teachers with students between 5th and 12th grade. Each podcast should be between three and 12 minutes long. We'll announce our winners in April. The winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition or All Things Considered.

Full details are here. This is a special link for teachers, who will need to submit entries on behalf of students.


Speaking of NPR and the classroom …

… I recently stumbled across an article on the topic, Listen Up! 5 Reasons to Use Public Radio in the Classroom by Monica Brady-Myerov.  ?

Here they are:

1. Evocative Writing: When you have no pictures to show your readers what you are talking about, radio reporters must rely more on carefully chosen words that allow listeners to form pictures in their minds. In this profile of a politically active 11-year-old, the words bring the main character to life. Listening is a great mode of delivery for informational “texts”. Public radio stories can be a great example of spoken academic language. 2. Emotion: Both print and radio reporters interview people for their stories. But only in radio do you hear how someone sounds when they voice their thoughts or opinions. You can hear if they are angry, sad or scared. This gives students a powerful connection to the speaker. In this look at unequal policing the emotion is raw and clear. 3. Pacing: Radio announcers use techniques in their voicing that keep you listening. They create drama with their voice. They speed up or slow down to guide your ear through the story. This story takes you to a little league watch party in Chicago, and its artful pacing keeps you engaged and wanting more. 4. A Sense of Place: Audio stories often take the listener into the story with ambient sound that makes you feel like you are in a different place. A story about antibiotics and chickens starts in a hatchery where little chicks are peeping. 5. Length: In under 5 minutes, public radio stories give students lots of the background they need to understand the story. But they also leave them wanting more, asking questions. And that’s where we want, right? Wanting more. In just four minutes students can get an overview of the Scottish independence referendum and consider how this will impact Scotland’s future.

-Are you a teacher using High Plains Public Radio or HPPR Connect programs in your classroom? Email me at bdavis@hppr.org and let me know.


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