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Lesson plan; Student Podcast Contest

Creating podcasts

I just visited a french class the other day; topic; making an informative podcast to share with the rest of the class. The students were engaged and on task. My suggestion is for the student at our school to enter the “Fifth Annual Student Podcast contest” organized by The New York Times. I have written about podcasts as a method for learning, here is an article by my guest writer Kristian Otterstad Andresen.

The tasks below are copied from “The New York TImes Lesson plan“.

Lesson plan

Read this text first:

Do you listen to podcasts to find out what’s happening throughout the world? Or do you tune in to learn about sports, music or films — or simply to be entertained? Do you prefer shows with one host or multiple hosts? Are you interested in series that tell a story over many episodes, or shows that explore a new issue or interview a different guest each week?

Imagine you — or you and several of your friends — are behind the microphone. What would you talk about? What format would you use? What would be your unique podcast voice and angle?

In our Fifth Annual Podcast Contest, we invite teenagers to submit original podcasts of five minutes or less. Your creation can be about anything that interests you, in any form that you like. Our favorites will be featured on The Learning Network.

Take a look at the guidelines and related resources below. Please post any questions you have in the comments and we’ll answer you there, or write to us at And, consider hanging this PDF one-page announcement on your class bulletin board.

Students ages 11 to 19 anywhere in the world attending middle or high school can participate.

Here are submission instructions:

Student Submission Form: Middle and high school students ages 13 to 19 years old in the United States and the United Kingdom, and students ages 16 to 19 years old anywhere else in the world, can submit their own entries. If you are a student who meets these age requirements, use this submission form.

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