Monday, December 20, 2010

Ambassador - Podcasting

In 2010 I have been an ambassador for Pt England School.  My role has been to talk about my learning to hundreds of visitors who have come to our school from all over the country and around the world.

This video shows you what I had to say about how Podcasting helps us learn and become better readers.

This is the transcript of my presentation:

"We also share our learning with the world through podcasting with KPE.  

Korero Pt England began in 2005 and it is one of the ways we talk about about what we have been reading. I only began podcasting last year, but I have been listening to KPE for a long time now because my brother, Paul, was one of the first KPE podcasters back when we started in 2005.  In fact, he designed the logo for KPE that we still use today.

To create a podcast for KPE we have to read a book, write a script and record it with a partner on Garage Band.  We try to make our podcast sound like an interview. That sounds easy, doesn't it!  

Well, recording it is easy, but we have to do quite a lot before we get to the recording part. We have to think about an interesting way to retell the plot. We also discuss the characters, the setting and the theme of the book. And we try to talk about New Zealand a little bit because our listeners from around the world like that. 

Because we read so many books and have to think about how to share them with other people, of course we get way better at reading. And we also get better at writing and become confident speakers. 

KPE has also helped us to make many unexpected connections with other people. We have had lots of authors listen to our podcasts and talk to us about their books. 

We have talked to people around the world about our reading and we have helped lots of other kids in New Zealand with podcasting through this.  

We get to help heaps of adults and we have even had the mayor of Auckland come here to learn how to podcast. 

Recently we talked to some people in Italy on Skype about how we create an episode of KPE.  They have been listening to our podcasts and wanted to find out more.

It is funny that reading books has turned out to be a great way to meet people! "

Minister Heatley speaking to us after we gave our presentation.

Minister of Housing, Phil Heatley, was one of the people we presented to this year.

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