Podcasting as a Guidance Tool

One of the interesting and hugely beneficial aspects of the Downers Grove Summit last week was the diverse group who participated. They were mostly high school teachers, but a number district administrators from other districts where there, as well as one student. One member who shared a unique and valuable perspective was a guidance counselor. He contributed a great deal of insight and was especially intrigued by the guidance applications of podcasting. Here are some of his suggestions:

  • Podcast important parent meetings for incoming freshmen, graduation, etc. There are many parents who, because of schedules, can not attend all of these meetings, but would benefit from having access to the audio.
  • Podcast school open house events. Record the principal’s address to the entire parent attendance, and then record each teacher’s presentation to parents of their students.
  • As students visit colleges and universities during their junior and senior years, ask them to record what they see during their tours and their impressions.
  • Ask classes to produce podcasts at the end of the year, introducing incoming students to the routines and expectations of their new and higher grade.

Many thanks to Bill Gebhards for his insights.

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.