Students in Beth Collier’s class at Rockwood Summit High
challenged themselves to try something new. They entered a National Public Radio (NPR) podcast contest and poured themselves into making their project a success.
The contest goal was to answer one of several prompts. The class chose the topic, “What do you want to change about the world? What's a big change that you want to make in the future?” The students shared how they’d like to be treated by others in a podcast about inclusion.
“We spent many hours researching podcasts, listening and watching,” said Collier. “We took time to come up with the statements and put them in an agreed-upon order. Then, we used a video app to practice recording ourselves so the students could go back and watch and listen to themselves to give feedback to each other.”
Once the students were ready, library media specialist Elaine McKenna brought in a high-tech microphone to record the students. Each student voiced part of the podcast. All four students involved in the podcast were dedicated to the project from start to finish. Even though the podcast took months of hard work, every student said they would do it again. They even suggested topics for additional podcasts.
“I would do a podcast about recycling,” said sophomore Dillon Kaufmann.
Sophomore Anna Rose said, “I would talk about having more therapy dogs in schools.”
There were hundreds of entries for the NPR contest. When the contest results were announced, the team was happy with the results.
“We received an honorable mention, of which I am so proud," said Collier. "To even be considered was such a huge honor."
Check out the powerful podcast below.