Podcasting will be implemented as a method of reviewing content and providing a platform for online discussion in 11th grade Honors European History class. This plan will be put into action for the unit on “The Rise of Europe”, the first unit of the course. Due to the nature of this action plan, it can easily be adapted and applied to each unit of the course as deemed appropriate. This plan will provided students with valuable review of the very extensive content covered in the course. Traditionally in Honors European History, little time can be spent on review, as time limits are very strict. By allowing review to take place outside of the classroom via podcast, more time can be spent in class for qualitative educational practices. Additionally, students will retain the opportunity to comment or ask questions regarding the podcast review sessions, making the review session truly interactive. Therefore, this action plan will make use of technology to free up one-on-one class time with students for higher quality teaching and learning, while providing students with an additional outlet of communication with the teacher as well as with each other.
Since this action plan can easily be applied to all content areas, it effectively applies to Pennsylvania State Academic Standards 8.4.12 A – D. These are all of the standards for World History. The podcasting action plan is not a content-specific plan, and therefore can be applied to all content areas within the study of World History.
The action plan directly adheres to the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) with particular emphasis on four sub-standards. Standard 2.b is implemented quite obviously. Since podcasting is an additional method of communication and since the podcast can be subscribed by all students regardless of classroom section, it quite naturally represents the standard. The dual formats of audio file and discussion through email, blog, or even classroom discussion further solidify this point.
NETS-S 3.b and 4.c are covered by this action plan for similar reasons. Students will be using a multitude of resources to review content from the history course. In addition, students will actively decide when to use such resources for the purposes of their assignments. The podcast will serve as an additional resource for students to use, a reality that will encourage them to make informed decisions over when to use it and for what purpose.
A fourth NETS-S standard that will undoubtedly be exercised is 5.b. Students will learn to appreciate the usefulness of technology to aid them in their studies. Since podcasting allows students to study in more ways than what might be deemed traditional, making their lives easier, their attitude toward technology will be positive. Podcasting allows for a different style of learning that will serve diverse and tech-savvy students while encouraging other students to learn the productive value of using...