We are youth radio advocates. Producing podcasts in educational settings not only meets core literacy standards, but also gives students a way to express what matters to them in a creative, and guided project-based learning setting.
Podcasting requires collaboration, research, writing, voicing, technical skills, time management, organization, critical thinking, and the list continues.
For more on teaching podcasting in the classroom check out the Montgomery Media Arts Institute site at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leonardo Museum SQuid Exhibit
Mini Golf Classic with SQuids
Taking Heroism Out of History
Funded by the Utah State Historical Society, this podcast series project set out to see if we couldn't make history feel more personal. Based on a selection of interviews with men and women ranchers Suzi had done when she worked on the Southern Utah Oral History Project, middle school students chose a rancher they could relate to and swapped stories, finding what they had in common and blending their voices into a shared story. It was a multi-generational far reaching project, and though at first the project was a hard sell to these teens, it turns out that storytelling can break barriers.
Stand Up or Fall Out!
Integrating activism and art (ActiveArt), 8th grade students from City Academy Charter School in Salt Lake City took a stand and a voice about nuclear testing and waste storage. They studies the historical issue in Utah by reading Downwinders: An Atomic Tale; interviewing fallout survivors of the 1950s Nevada Nuclear Testing; camping, reflecting, painting, writing, and photographing affected areas in the desert; and creating ActivismArt (placing nests of "nuclear-active eggs" around and staging a full-size cutout of a Plutonium Blond Bombshell at a SLC Gallery Stroll and a HEAL Utah mini golf fundraiser.
1957 Miss Atomic Bomb, Lee Merlin
A group of Salt Lake City teens at City Academy Charter school pay homage to an often unnoticed slice of local Utah history, the Jewish community. They tell the deeply personal stories of three Jewish Utahns, a former soldier during the Holocaust, a historian and author, and a business owner.
Utah's Jewish Roots:
A Community of Memory
Frankenstein Radio Play