Audio is a powerful medium. Overlooked, but extremely powerful.
While video gets all the attention, audio programs –basically podcasts — have been steadily growing recently. This week, I began the new semester by upping the ante for 5th and 6th grade students, showing them how to become producers of content. To start off, I got them to think of themselves as owning their own radio show. A news show, a sports show, or a show about events in the community.
How do they plan and create content? What are the elements of a good show? Good information? A nice pace? A strong personality? Music? Sound Effects?
I plan to use some of my prior radio experience to get students to create their ‘shows.’
The software we will be using is Audacity, which is really powerful software. All computers in the Computer and Technology Lab are now loaded with Audacity, and we just got started understanding how tracks and buttons work, and how to export an editable audio file, to work on it as we move along.
I’m sure you’re wondering: how could digital natives get so excited about ‘old media’? You would be surprised!
‘Salt River Radio’ is the tip of the spear of something bigger I have in mind. I am also looking for input from anyone with radio experience, who would like to be a part of this project, either as a guest instructor, or otherwise.
Stay tuned, if you’ll pardon the pun.