When Suddenly...We combined learning how to use the field recorder and practicing our storytelling skills. "When suddenly..." is s storytelling activity where each person in the group adds a sentence to the story and ends their bit with the words "when suddenly..." Students said their part of the story into the field recorder -- we are learning how far away to hold the recorder, at what angle to hold it and how to adjust if we are whispering or yelling. In the weeks ahead students will learn how to edit audio, starting with editing these stories!
Design ChallengeAll of the classes did the Ready, Set, Design Challenge. It is based on an activity described here. Each student (or pair) received a paper bag containing a slip of paper with the challenge “I need to keep my hands warm”, as well as 2 paper coffee filters, 3 thin plastic straws, and 3 large paper clips. With the materials in the bag, students had 15 minutes to come up with a prototype that addressed the challenge. And it was challenging! They could use tools to work with the materials, but they couldn't add anything new to the structure (like tape). The materials were a little difficult to work with, but all of the participants came up with interesting solutions.
At the end of the 15 minutes students shared their designs with the class. We had solutions that were similar to mittens or muffs, solutions that involved blowing warm air into the cavity where you placed your hands, a double ended lamp, and so many other possibilities. There was lots of revising and rethinking during the design process. The conversations between students were great! I haven't tried this activity before, but I think it is a keeper! Below are some photos of students working on their designs (link).
Structure of a Radio ShowIn preparation for our big radio project, we listened to the first 8 - 10 minutes of Road Trip Radio Episode 1 (link). The goal was to get a sense of what a variety style radio show sounds like. We identified the following parts of the show:
- introduction with theme music
- what the show is about
- fun facts
- coming up later...
- you're listening to...
Coming UpOver the next few weeks students will be learning how to edit audio and they will be getting more experience with the field recorders.
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