Artifact 1 - CougarCast (2009 & 2012)

Name: CougarCast

This is a semi-regular podcast created by students. The students assign stories, research and write stories, and record them using Audacity. The recordings are then transferred to GarageBand for final production work. All planning work is done using a Wetpaint Wiki and stories are written and edited using Google Docs. All stories are shared with all members of the class and members review and edit all stories.

Through the podcast students demonstrate acquisition of overall project planning skills as well as individual skills in researching and writing for a newscast, editing stories for classmates, determining an order for the stories to appear, finding or creating legal transition and background music and public speaking skills. Assignments are made based on student interest and ability.

Standards addressed: 1a, 1g, 2c, 2d, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 6a


The most recent episodes of CougarCast can be found here.


Older episodes can be found here.


An example of the podcast planning wiki from 2009 is shown below.

Podcast Planning wiki page


Since CougarCast started it has evolved from a every other week summary of school news to a more sporadic production that can include school news, current class content, student learning in other classes, or other topics of student interest. Each class must produce at least one episode with most classes producing several episodes. I continued to use the wiki for podcast planning through the spring of 2011. In the fall of 2011 I began to use Google Docs more extensively for the planning process. The primary reason for this change was to bring the preparation documents together at one site. Students now sign up for stories on one Google Doc, write their stories in another Google Doc, and review their classmates' stories on separate docs. The recording process also uses Google Docs so that students do not have to print their stories. They simply read from one computer screen while another computer records using Audacity.