The 2017 Infinite Dial Study by Edison Research and Triton Digital recently unveiled the latest research around digital audio, social media, mobile, smart speakers, and podcast consumption.
No surprise that podcasting continues to be a growth medium, as 40 percent of Americans 12+ say they have listened to a podcast, while 24 percent say they have listened to one in the past month, up from 21 percent one year ago. In addition, six in ten Americans are now familiar with the term “podcasting,” a number that has risen 22 percent in two years.
To capitalize on the growth of this engaging tool, StudySync is introducing a new audio podcast feature to StudySync’s ever-popular Blasts assignments. The first podcast series, titled “School of Thought,” explores students’ opinions, beliefs, and views on 21st century learning, while helping today’s digitally-motivated students improve important listening and critical thinking skills.
Ali Swenson, the host of StudySync’s podcast series, conducts a series of interviews with middle and high school students nationwide to glean student perspectives on education, adding engaging audio to our trend-setting social media-like Blasts. This appealing podcast format is the perfect tool to bring students’ thoughts and opinions — plus insight from teachers, experts, and innovators in education — right into the classroom!
The “School of Thought” podcast series will initially feature six episodes, each four- to six-minutes in length, covering the following topics:
• How schools should be designed
• The importance of homework
• What subjects should be taught in schools
• How to improve school lunch
• How the school day should be organized
• The importance of extracurricular activities
Blasts are added daily and engage students with short reading and writing assignments that allow students to express their opinions on high-interest topics in a Twitter-like format, sparking debate via a mediated, online social network. Each podcast will become part of one of StudySync’s Blasts each week so students can draw upon the additional audio content as they craft written Blast responses to the various topics covered.
Listen to this audio teaser to get a feel for the podcast content.
Amy Miles, a StudySync user and teacher at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, CA, assisted the StudySync team in assembling middle school and high school students for podcast interviews earlier this year. Our podcast host found energized students ready to share their ideas about how they envisioned designing the ideal school environment for learning. Miles shared with us photos she captured of the behind-the-scenes action, as students spoke their minds:
The first podcast-supported Blast has been posted, with one new episode posting over the next five weeks. To assign, visit the Blasts tab and select the Blast with the “School of Thought” logo.