Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Let's make more podcasts..."

I asked my friend Alex to help me create some audio for a podcast Carrie, Cathy and I are creating for the EIT final project. Alex is great at odd voices and ad-libbing bluster and surprise. So Alex and I met in Brandon, Iowa half-way between Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls. Brandon is home of Iowa's Largest Frying Pan, but not much else - certainly no convenient Wi-Fi spots. So when I decided to use Andrew Carnegie, for whom I had no research, instead of Nikola Tesla as an interviewee, I panicked -for a moment.
Enter the Kindle. My Kindle uses the 3G network, not Wi-Fi so as long as there were some cell towers around Brandon, I could access Wikipedia. I never thought that Wikipedia would save the day, but it did. Not only did we get the Edison interview done, but we also recorded Carnegie. When we were finished, Alex said "You know, we should do more of these technology history podcasts. You can do the research and I'll write the scripts!"
I don't think he knows about the additional work we'll do with GarageBand, but it was great to see someone outside the cohort enthusiastic about the technology and what we're teaching. I'm excited about this project, and I'm excited that teachers from different disciplines can work together to create a project relevant to our students. Go team!

Picture of Andrew Carnegie from Wikicommons.


  1. It is so cool how all of the technologies we are learning about are connecting. World's Largest Frying Pan, huh?

  2. This is unique that you are "reaching out" to the un-initiated, JOni. Sounds like you have a serious partner in crime. Could you imagine working together to create podcasts of popular people? You ca post it on your website. I have seen students research actual interviews with famous people and then piece those actual words together to create an interview.

    Good luck,


  3. I'd love to hear your podcasts! Will you post them here or somewhere?

    I've heard podcasts where one student interviews another student who had researched a famous person in history. BOTH students have to know a great deal about the subject in order to be successful. It also helps them appreciate what it takes to be an interviewer!

    Just how big is that frying pan? Wait! I can look it up on the internet!

  4. Way to go Jenni!! I can't wait to listen to these podcasts!!