Podcasting and Audio Production for the Classroom

Audio storytelling is an easy, accessible way for students to practice literacy and content creation—all they need is a phone. In this instructor-led KQED Media Academy course, you’ll make audio for your classroom as well as learn how to teach and assess student audio projects.

course duration icon 40 Hours
course cost icon Free
course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion
Join an Instructor-Led Course
Aug 24 - Oct 4, 2020
Feb 22 - Apr 4, 2021
What we provide:
  • course practice icon A space to practice what you have learned
  • course tool icon Free online tools recommendations
  • course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion

This professional development course is open to educators in all roles, subjects and grades who are looking for the skills and confidence to successfully add podcast production to your learning environment to both engage students in learning and support critical 21st Century skill development.

In this hands-on course you will: 

  • Make your own audio story for instructional use
  • Develop Common Core standards-aligned lesson plans in which students create audio stories to demonstrate learning 
  • Develop tools and strategies for assessing and providing effective feedback for student media projects 

Each KQED Media Academy course includes

  • Online instruction delivered through videos and activities on the KQED Teach platform. Set your own schedule for working on assignments
  • Individual support and feedback provided by expert instructors on the platform and in regular, online live check-ins
  • A certificate from KQED indicating you completed 40 hours of professional development

Learning Objectives:

  • Master the basics of audio production needed to make your own audio content to enhance instruction and support student learning, including:
    • Choosing the right equipment
    • Writing a script 
    • Capturing and adding quality sound
    • Using editing software to sequence and trim tracks as well as add music and soundscape 
  • Learn how to create lesson plans for classroom audio projects that align with Common Core and other curriculum standards to ensure that time spent producing audio results in student learning you want to see
  • Develop strategies for allocating and organizing resources to best facilitate audio projects in a classroom environment
  • Learn how to effectively assess student audio
  • Understand the ways copyright law and fair use impact audio production and learn how to locate open content you and your students can freely use in production
  • Understand how a producer’s bias, intent, and production choices impact the messages communicated by audio  
  • Learn about federal laws protecting student privacy and safety online and how to best address these issues when making and sharing audio projects
  • Introduction to Course
  • Week 1
    • Introduction
Join an Instructor-Led Course
Aug 24 - Oct 4, 2020
Feb 22 - Apr 4, 2021

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

Have a question? Email us at teach@kqed.org or check out our FAQ.