Goals & Objectives:
The goal of this project will partly be dependent on the field being addressed.
In music, the goal may be to develop a specific musical skill set. For a
speech, the goals could be grammar, speech inflection, overall quality, persuasiveness,
etc. In education, the audio recording could be anything from an audio journal
to classroom discourse. In political science or law the goal may be argument
development or articulation. There are many possibilities. Below are some
- ...use language effectively in a persuasive speech...
- ...observe the speech patterns in a given discussion for key points
applicable to the current content...
- ...translate the given speech...
- ...organize oral discourse...
- ...perform a given work...
- ...analyze a given audio for concepts...
- ...summarize points of musical theory performed in a given piece...
- ...effectively perform a given lesson plan...
- ...interview students about a given concept using the suggested methodology...
- ...analyze student speech patterns...
- ...present an effective persuasive argument...
- ...evaluate the given oral arguments...
- ...critically analyze a given discourse...
- Second Language Aquisition:
- ...perform a given speech act...
- ...peer review and evaluate other student speech acts...
Student will need the background information required to prepare the speech
or the musical ability through practice or natural talent for the given musical
work. Student should also have citation skills to report on any sources.
An ability to circumvent a physical disability may also be necessary in some
Materials and Resources:
What needs to be prepared in advance by the teacher? The assignment description
needs to be prepared. A method for student submission of audio assignments
needs to be developed. Possibilities of submission include podcasting resources,
file space in an online submission database, or a mailing address for physical
recordings to be sent.
What does the student need to bring to the lesson? The student will need
to acquire any necessary audio recording equipment. Some computer technical
skill may be required for podcasting assignments.
Guiding Questions for this Activity:
Is there a main question being answered by the lesson? Usually there will
be a question, but as shown under goals and objectives, it can vary widely.
The question may be as open as how well can you talk in the given context
to learning keys of oral persuasion or performance of a given musical act.
Activity Outline and Procedure:
How will the materials be presented?
- The outline includes generating proper
learning set in students such as lesson focus and purpose with connections
to personal needs and interests.
- The students are presented the project
and what the expectations are.
- During the project, students may be
required to journal their process for reflective learning or to videotape
procedures to verify academic honesty.
- Don't forget closure. Discuss
the final product, perhaps in a synchronous session to help the student
develop critical analysis of artistic impressions.
- Organize and present the activity so that the actual learning objectives
are addressed. Most people can record a piece of audio, but is it the
right audio for the purpose.
- Be specific. The more specific the assignment, the more difficult it
is for students to cheat. At the same time, with some artistic impressions,
there needs to be a lot of lattitude in student judgment.
- Don't let the technology get in the way. Try to simplify through tutorials
any technology requirements of the process.
- The application of a rubric can help make assessment more objective.
What accommodations may be needed for students with disabilities or other
special needs? Students with physical disabilities may require more time
to complete certain kinesthetic acts. Furthermore, accommodations to assignments
would need to be made for mute individuals (perhaps taking the course for
an understanding of English speech rather than speaking ability directly)
on speech acts and for certain physical disabilities as needed for the given
context of the assignment and curriculum.
How much time would a typical online student require to complete such a
lesson? Assuming that there will be several days of preparation at the least,
an online instructor must also add on time for technology issues and instruction
for such an assignment.
Ideas for Activity Evaluation and Teacher Reflection:
How was student learning verified? The actual product and its value
are primary judgments of learning.
How did the students like the lesson? End of semester evaluations should
ask about the usefulness and learning accomplished through such activities.
Free Audio Recording and Editing Software:
Students could make use of any number of applications that are available
for purchase. They could also use an audio recording device such as an iRiver
or iPod with microphone. On a computer, several free audio recording options
are available. Here is a partial list.
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