The two iPod Shuffles I bought for my classroom came in today and I’ve loaded them up with several files that I am going to try as an initial assignment.
The first thing I am going to have them try is to listen to a radio play from 1945 that I’ve downloaded from this site. If they manage to get a library of plays online, it will be an excellent source of material.
As the grand majority of the kids in my classroom will never have even listened to a radio play before, I think it will be an interesting experience for them. As well, I think they’ll enjoy the advertisements built into the file for "Signal Gasoline. The gas that lets you go farther." Straight from 1945. Interesting.
I’m going to have the kids do a few basic plot questions and then work through things like structuring a play, how the characters are portrayed and how they change. Finally, I want them to examine how the audio, the actual sound of the play, affects their perception of the characters. How have the producers used simple sound effects and music to produce these effects? How do they work together?
I’ve recieved two Shuffles and I am going to order a third one, that way everyone in my class can work with a file in under two school weeks ( I have 23 students ). It will be interesting to see how this experiment goes. We begin final exams on June 23rd so I am hoping that I have enough time to work through two sets of files.
As an aside, another interesting post by Bud at On the Cutting Edge-ucation about having kids record audio files as time capsules to themselves which they can listen to later in the school year. As he says, not a podcst, but still an interesting idea.