Grant: Podcasting

3 P’s in a Pod: Using Podcasts to Inspire Purpose, Passion, & Perspective! I wrote 3 grants in 2019, and I will be sharing each grant with you in entirety. Please peruse the grant below and feel free to adapt any information that you may find useful.

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3 P’s in a Pod: Using Podcasts to inspire Purpose, Passion, & Perspective

Brief Project Summary 

“When I am hosting, I prepare. I think things through. I consider my questions carefully to shape a conversation. I have a voice,” – student podcaster. Podcasting in education is not just about voicing ideas, it also allows for critical thinking. The requested innovative technology will allow students to design, create, produce, and disseminate high quality, student-focused content connected to curriculum and areas of interest.


Purpose (statement of what grant project will do and accomplish) 

“It is very challenging to have students master oral delivery of their research. There has to be a more engaging and less fearful way of presenting other than merely standing in front of the class.” – Teacher

This grant requests funds for podcasting equipment to be utilized for student-centered research projects in the English Language Arts and Social Studies classrooms.

One of the main goals of 21st century educators is to empower students to become media literate. In our tenure as educators, we have found that our students do not comprehend how to take the information they research and present it in different mediums to different audiences.

Podcasts are all the rage, and some imaginative high school teachers are introducing their students to the medium in class. At Edmonds-Woodway High School in Washington State, English teacher Nancy Branom took cutting-edge curriculum a step further by assigning a podcast production as an official class assignment. Branom says she views podcasts as a project akin to research papers.

But it is also a story – because podcasts demand storytelling – which makes the project different from the typical research paper. There’s a way to tell a story with your facts in everyday language – and that’s the purpose of the podcast.

Since our students must conduct research, podcasting is the perfect opportunity to synthesize their research into an oral presentation to deepen their understanding of the difference between communicating in different mediums to global audiences while improving their media literacy.

SMART Objective (list the goals you intend to accomplish with this project and how you will measure these objectives to determine the impact of the project)

International Society for Technology in Education, Creative Communicator Strand:

Students will publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences Creative Communicator Strand of International Society for Technology in Education.

SMART Objectives:

100% of students selecting podcasting as their oral delivery will have access to the necessary equipment and their campus Educational Technology Specialist.

Increase student technology proficiency in podcasting equipment and software by one-on-one and group sessions conducted weekly by the Educational Technology Specialist within the timeframe set by the teacher.

90-100% of students selecting podcasting will demonstrate proficiency in designing, creating, and producing a high quality podcast as evidenced by the published audio files.


Project Description (specifically, how will your project improve, advance or enrich student learning? How does this project support the district’s mission and/or your campus plan? Include research as support for why you want to implement this project. Be sure to include strategies to achieve the goals and objectives listed and research to support why you choose to use this plan of action over another)

Podcasting will provide the opportunity to synthesize research in an oral presentation format, accomplishing a more engaging and less fearful way of presenting other than merely standing in front of the class.

This project will enrich student learning by deepening their understanding of the difference between communicating the same information in different mediums – written versus oral.

In the English Language Arts classroom, this project specifically addresses ELA TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills).
(23) Inquiry and research: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student is expected to:
(F) synthesize information from a variety of sources;
(I) use an appropriate mode of delivery, whether written, oral, or multimodal, to present results.

In the Social Studies classroom, this project specifically addresses Social Studies TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills).
(22) The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms. The student is expected to:
(B) incorporate main and supporting ideas in verbal and written communication based on research;
(C) express ideas orally based on research and experiences.

This project aligns with our district’s vision of graduating students who are effective communicators. It also aligns with the district’s Strategic 2020 Plan that all learners will use technology appropriately to learn, solve problems, and communicate.

“Podcasting creates a much more emotional punch often than writing does and students were amazed that their same work in a different format could have that affect.” – Nancy Branom

Project Evaluation (explain how you will measure the success of this project. How do you plan to share the results with your campus, district and Education Foundation?)

The success of this project will be measured by:

1. A log of student use of the podcasting equipment;

2. Surveying students receiving assistance from the Educational Technology Specialists (self-measurement indicating the help requested and the proficiency level after assistance);

3. Teachers’ rubrics of the presentation grade.

The results above will be shared with the campus, district, and Pearland ISD Education Foundation.

In addition, the campus, district, Pearland Education Foundation, and a global community can subscribe and listen to students’ educational podcasts.

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