BENEFITS AND STRATEGIES FOR ADDING SCIENTIFIC AUDIO NEWS STORIES TO THE K-12 CLASSROOM
Instructors may utilize a variety of approaches to integrating audio recordings in the classroom. A class period can begin with students listening to and discussing a short scientific news update from Nature (http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/) or NOVA (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/rss/podcasting.html). An instructor may set up a jigsaw activity, where students listen to audio files outside the classroom or on iPods in the classroom from NPR (http://www.npr.org/science/) or Living on Earth (http://www.loe.org/) and break into groups for discussion. An instructor may have a quiz or test question where students answer targeted questions based on an audio file they listen to at the beginning of the assessment exercise from NASA (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/) or EarthSky (http://earthsky.org/). Finally, an instructor may have students research a scientific topic and create their own audio file or podcast series.
Whether students listen to or create audio files, the incorporation of audio into the classroom environment can assist students in developing valuable skills such as listening, speaking, organization, critical thinking and scientific communication.