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Making a Podcast

Everything needed for a high-quality podcast
I just finished the second of two prototypes of podcasts for our Montessori School.  The project grew from expressed needs of our faculty.  Here are some of them.
  • a lack of understanding of Montessori education among the general public
  • a low-pressure way for prospective families to explore our school from the comfort of their homes or cars
  • an inviting introduction to our school
  • another means of communicating with parents
  • a showcase for the students
I talked with our head of admissions and asked her which characteristics of the school parents found most compelling in their decision to sign up for our school.  I decided to dedicate the first few podcasts to those subjects.  Here they are.
  • Students can progress at their own rate in all curriculum areas (Podcast 1, "Follow the Child")
  • The moral, ethical, and spiritual lives of children are nurtured and encouraged (Podcast 2, "Peace Defined by Montessori)
  • Students can have continuity through 8th grade and be part of a rich school community
  • The integrated arts subjects are strong (art, music, phys ed, Spanish)
The next step is itunes distribution!
The podcasts feature students from a variety of grade levels and are hosted by a member of our Middle School.  This features the Middle School program in each episode.  Each episode begins with the soothing voice of our admissions director since it is the first voice that any new family will hear when they inquire about our school.  I recorded each podcast on our H1 recorder and edited using the free Audacity program.  For more details, see this post I did in 2010.  If the school approves the project for more episodes, I'll let you know how to upload to itunes etc. 

For now, I need your help.  Let me know what you think of the podcasts.  I've kept them to around 15 minutes for convenience of listening.  Do you find them enjoyable?  Do you find the topics compelling?  Do you find the students compelling?  Do the shows make you want to visit the school?  Do the shows make you want to learn more about Maria Montessori and Montessori education?  Would you listen to future podcasts?  

Here are the podcasts.  Enjoy!
  Follow the child podcast - Copy
Peace Defined by Montessori Education

Comments

Suzanne G. said…
Future topics of podcasts include, UN Day celebrations at our school, The first day of school for a 3-year-old, Accreditation, special needs in a Montessori environment, Art at our school, Hola! Spanish with Mrs. Jimenez, The Winter program, Graduation speeches of 8th grade, moving up from Kindergarten to First grade, transitioning from Lower Elementary to Upper Elementary, Here comes Middle School!

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