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Podcasting Contests for Students

Back in episode 16 of Tech Tip Tuesday, we talked about how teachers can use audio to create new learning experiences for students. For anyone who is already podcasting in the classroom, or has even been thinking about it, there are two great opportunities available for your students.

First is the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, a contest that has students and teachers competing for the chance to have their segment featured on Morning Edition or All Things Considered. The contest ends on March 24, 2020 and is for students in grades 5-12. Teachers are expected to work alongside the students to create a podcast which is between three and twelve minutes long. You can visit the Student Podcast Challenge homepage to find more information about the contest and numerous resources for creating a podcast with students.

The second opportunity is the third annual student podcast contest held by the New York Times. This contest runs between April 9 and May 19, 2020 and will have students ages 10-19 competing for the chance to have their work to be featured on The Learning Network. Submissions must be less than 5 minutes. Visit the contest website to find more details and some great resources for teachers looking to teach students how to create podcasts.

Both of these contests are great opportunities to motivate students to create podcasts and show off their creations! Contact one of the BCS tech coaches if you would like some additional help on preparing to teach podcasts with your students. Already using podcasts in the classroom? We would love to hear some of your student’s work. Contact a tech coach and we may even feature some of your student’s work on our own podcasts!

About the author

Colby Burris

Colby is a product of Bradley County Schools and spent 17 years teaching instrumental music at Walker Valley High School before becoming a tech coach in January of 2019. He is a Google Certified Educator Level 2 and an Apple Teacher. Colby specializes in audio, video, and graphic media creation and integration.

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