Late last summer, The Walking Classroom rolled out our updated (and much more user-friendly!) Adopter Resources Page. We restructured it so that adopters could easily access all podcast-specific resources on a single page. In addition, we set it up so folks could search by podcast title, subject area, health message, character value, or via our new themed groupings!
We also had one of our interns curate a collection of additional resources for our STEM Program. This summer, we’ve gone a step further and added even more resources for all of our podcasts!
In June, we enlisted additional interns to curate similar collections of additional resources for our language arts and social studies podcasts. All of these resources (and the STEM Program resources gathered last summer) have been reviewed, uploaded, and included under the Additional Resources heading on their respective podcast pages!
Previously, each podcast page in the Adopter Resources included a slide deck to introduce the podcast, suggested videos, and an electronic version of the comprehension quiz. Now, where possible, we have added the following additional resources:
- a printable of worksheet
- a hands-on activity
- a multi-day project
- an online game or quiz
- a virtual field trip
Learn More . . .
To support adopters in accessing and using the Adopter Resources, to introduce the additional resources, and to share some tips for using The Walking Classroom for a flipped classroom approach or for remote learning, we also released a Training Update. If you have not yet taken the time to check it out, be sure you do!
. . . and Take Some Time to Explore!
No matter how learning is happening this fall, these additional resources will support you! Incorporate them in the classroom or direct your students or their parents to use them at home.
Free downloadable (and reproducible) printables from a variety of sources or freshly created by The Walking Classroom allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of podcast-specific or podcast-related content. With hands-on activities, students can take matters into their own hands with your supervision (or their parents’ guidance).
Multi-day projects enable your students to work individually or in small groups over several days. They can solve a problem, make a visual or video to summarize what they’ve learned, complete a longer experiment, or use their newfound knowledge to create something new! Online games and quizzes provide an interactive online opportunity for your students. They can explore topics further on their own or to test their knowledge about a podcast!
And, if you’re looking to take your study of a podcast topic beyond the classroom in this time of social distancing, virtual field trips can help with that. These allows for a variety of experiences. Students can tour the National Hurricane Center, view primary sources at the Library of Congress, study food chains at Belle Isle Aquarium, visit Emily Dickinson’s home, explore Tenochtitlan or Chichen Itza, get a glimpse of Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, and more!