‘Podcasting’ on the iPad

Attached to the end of this post is a PDF of a Keynote presentation to accompany a hands-on workshop I have run twice now on using the iPad to create learning content for pupils along the ‘flipped classroom’ model.  There is also a short demonstration video on YouTube for you to watch (and to show that I practise what I preach).

Whilst initially used to support the teacher it became obvious that it is also a good way for pupils to demonstrate their learning, and works particularly well in the MFL classroom.  Examples can be found on our IscaLanguages YouTube channel.  One example here demonstrates how a pupil used my shared Keynote slides to record a speaking assessment.  We were then able to play the clip back in class and peer assess the work using the exam board mark scheme.  Having the questions on view helped students to focus on the relevancy of the answer given.  I used the same method to get a year 7 class to record their ‘Bonjour, Au Revoir’ poems when we looked at nouns and dictionary use in class.

To create similar content yourself:

1. Create a presentation using Keynote or collate some images to use in your movie.

2. Take screenshots of each slide. To do this on the iPad hold the Home Key down then press the on/off button at the top of the iPad. These shots will automatically save to your camera roll.

3. Open iMovie and import the photos from your camera roll into the timeline.

4. Record your voiceover.

5. Trim the images to the length of the voiceover (much easier to do this once the sound is recorded, but you cannot record sound without there being an image in place first).

6. Add headings, subtitles etc as necessary.

7. The finished movie can be exported directly to YouTube (I have control over the password for this so I can check what pupils upload first).  Alternatively it can be exported to the camera roll and emailed from there, or projected directly from the iMovie app.

Two reasons I started using this method with pupils was the reluctance of some of them to record themselves, and the need to consider Safeguarding.  We often use Sock Puppets for speaking but at times you do not want a squeaky-voiced purple alien when assessing French. Certainly if pupils are on camera we ensure that we never include their surnames in anything we post on YouTube and often we use initials rather than first names.  This would be of particular relevance to colleagues teaching in primary schools, especially when pupils are filmed in their school uniforms and the school location is available.  You can of course simply use YouTube as free storage for all your videos, and keep the clips private, but as we build our digital legacy we are actively encouraged the sharing of work so that pupils view it at home, give each other positive feedback, and raise their game for the wider audience they know they may get.

Podcasting for Teachers


2 thoughts on “‘Podcasting’ on the iPad

  1. Very cool. Thanks for sharing. Why not use one of the whiteboard apps that allow voice recording instead of iMovie? I am thinking here of Explain Everything and Screenchomp or Educreations….

    • We use Explain Everything as well. It’s a great app. Depends if you want something that looks more like a lesson or a movie. I tend to use it for what I do from the front but I know Science prefer to use it to get pupils to explain concepts.

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