Monday, June 6, 2011

Speech Podcasting/External Peer Review

During the Fall semester in 2010, I got to teach 4 speech classes at Fossil Ridge, and we worked on a great project while I was there. We created podcasts of rough drafts of speeches and posted them on a web page with the written text. These were then anonymously peer reviewed by Greg Pierson's Forensics class and Kim Salz's AP Language classes using google docs. The speeches were then revised and the final versions were posted.

A significant portion of the class--over 10% of all students participating in the four classes, and I would guess maybe 80% of the students who actually submitted to the national project--were then published on the This I Believe webpage.

The rough drafts and the podcasts were all available on Fossil's Web Page before they created a new layout for their system. The links for This I Believe still work.

Since the main focus of the project was to have students meet the requirements for getting published on this nationally recognized program, I think the anonymous external peer review process with podcasts is another successful way to use technology in education.

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