There are a lot of podcasts out there. StudySync, a comprehensive blended ELA (English Language Arts)/ELL (English Language Learning) program for grades 6-12 recently launched a new one. The first podcast series, titled “School of Thought,” explores students’ views on 21st century learning, while helping students improve important listening and critical thinking skills. The “School of Thought” podcast series will feature six episodes, each four- to six-minutes in length, covering the following topics:
- How schools should be designed
- The importance of homework
- What subjects should be taught in schools
- How to improve school lunch
- How school schedules should be structured
- The importance of extracurricular activities
Each episode features interviews with students from across the U.S. and also includes opinions from teachers, experts, and innovators in education. The podcasts will be weekly additions to StudySync’s daily “Blasts,” which are short reading and writing assignments that allow students to express their opinions on high-interest topics, sparking debate via a mediated, online social network. Students will be able to draw upon the additional podcast audio content as they craft written responses to the “Blasts,” as well as engage in thoughtful discussions on the various topics covered. Learn more. Audio snippet.