Kids can be big - they can also inspire bigger ideas
How do you build a curriculum that helps teachers inspire the future generation of creatives in the digital classroom? DC Public Schools Arts Department was intent on creating a resource for Teachers to implement new ways of teaching and evaluating competency through innovative technology. One of those initial pieces being Podcasting since each DC Public School had received a podcast recording kit via equipment and resource updates in schools. Our goal was to help educators implement new and innovative ways of teaching and evaluating competency through the use of technology.
To achieve this, we focused on podcasting as an initial tool, leveraging the fact that each DC Public School had received a podcast recording kit through equipment and resource updates. We conducted Professional Development Days Webinars on behalf of DCPS teachers to provide guidance and support for incorporating podcasting into their curriculum.
Drawing on our experience with the Kids Can Be Big Podcast - a successful student-run program at the Staton Elementary Creative School, we used this model to develop a custom curriculum for the DC Public School Visual Arts Department. This included Animated Video Training Modules that highlighted the benefits of podcasting in the classroom and provided activities for creating curriculum tools through podcasting.