Using Technology to enhance Talking & Listening

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Successful Learners:
Enthusiasm and motivation for learning: creating a radio show with children is an exciting medium to engage children in the learning process. By providing a goal, audience and purpose, children will become motivated to participate in a role that suits their learning style and capability.
Determination to reach high standards of achievement: providing an audience for a radio show, whether this be another class, whole school or a global audience, places importance on the standard that the children’s work must reach. Children want others to listen and praise their shows, they want people to come back and tune in again. This will only occur if their radio shows meet a specific standard.
Openess to new thinking and ideas: radio shows are not static they must adapt to news and events as they happen. Children need to be adaptable to their listeners’ needs. There is no point in doing the same show every week as listeners would soon tune out. To keep the show interesting children need to listen to each other’s ideas and also the views of their audience.
Use literacy, communication and numeracy skills: these three skills are addressed through the radio show in different aspects. Children develop their literacy skills as they create scripts for each show where different styles of writing are taking into consideration; informal for the DJS and formal for the news reporters. A radio show is all about communicating news, views and entertaining the listeners. Children have to learn how to use the tools to communicate and create a show that is not just a talking narrative but an entertaining auditory medium. Although numeracy skills are not as prominent as the other two skills, they are still apparent through the use of the technology where timing and percentages are important aspects as children edit recordings and work out specific timings of various parts of the show to ensure it stays within a specific time limit.
Use technology for learning: creating a radio show requires the use of various technologies from digital voice recorders, microphones, recording and editing software, music making software and Web 2.0 tools. Once the skills in using the various technology has been developed, the technology then becomes learning tools rather than technical ones.
Think creatively and independently: creativity is at the heart of a radio show. Children need to ‘create’ a show incorporating new ideas, music, interviews, questions etc… through taking on different roles. Withing these roles children may be required to work independently to create an aspect of the show where they will record and edit their contribution.
Learn independently and as part of a group: although children have individual roles to undertake, for example, DJ, news reporter, music maker etc… they are all working towards one goal: a collaborative radio show.
Make reasoned evaluations: the whole process of creating a radio show requires continual evaluation from discussion what aspects to include at the planning stage to which aspects to remove at the editing stage.
Link and apply different learning in new situations: there are many aspects of a radio show that enable new learning and skills to develop. Children can change roles with each show to develop new skills or can learn new concepts as the theme of each show changes. Radio shows are not static learning environments but active ones.