Have you every wanted to create your own Podcast? I know that I have. I have always envied the people who are able to rant online in a very neat and organized way and then publish it to the great wide web. This project gave the chance to try that.
I decided immediately that I wanted the product to be extravagant. My final product was a Podcast with music created by yours truly. I went in-depth about metaphors in the book, and connections to my life as well as significance, my opinion and the characters. I contacted the author to get more information about the subject, and she offered good answers which lead my inquiry. I took all of this information, and compiled it into a project that includes music, facts, and an interview. As the cherry on top, I published it on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
I began this project by reading and analyzing the book. This meant that I read the entire thing once to get a sense of the literature and plot, and then a second run through the audiobook to listen to inflexions and tone. This allowed me to get a better sense of how I would narrate the Podcast.
Another large player in the eventual success of this Podcast was our book chats. Every week, I would get together with a small group (Rhiann, Thomas and Matthew) land we would discuss certain aspects of the book. Each week, we all took on a different role. The options included discussion director, smart summarizer, creative connector and the artful artist. Every week, it was refreshing to hear other perspectives. I always enjoy a chance to argue about plot points.
Amongst my favourite book chat roles, I had a lot of fun with the artful artist role. I decided that I wanted to do more research on fireworks in the seventeenth century, so I did several pages of research and presented a GIF which displays how they were set off. I also included a drawing of the Paris skyline.
Finally, after we had finished the book all together and I had to part with my group, I began the process of making my Podcast. Now I will be the first to admit that I am not the most efficient person to grace planet earth. Yet, I am very satisfied with the fact that this entire project took less than six days, give or take. Ok, I am kidding. But I did take the time to map out my tasks, and I executed them in an orderly fashion. As a result, I got everything finished within the time limit.
Let’s look at the final product. It was made using an application called Anchor, which allowed me to easily stream to multiple services. I am very proud to call this my project, especially because I exceeded my own expectations. I did this by including an interview, original music, original cover art and information provided firsthand by the author. If I had more time, then I would have most definitely shortened it. At the exhibit of learning, I found that people were not able to listen to the whole Podcast, so many people did not hear the interview or my analysis. I could have done this by budgeting and compressing my ideas. This has been something that I have struggled with since joining PLP, so the idea of fixing it all within one week is absurd. Nonetheless, I loved this product.
Text Comprehension and Appreciation Strategies
I have applied appropriate strategies to comprehend written and oral texts, to guide inquiry and extend my thinking. I recognize and appreciate how an increasing range of features, forms, and genres of text reflect different purposes, audiences, and messages
I am very proud of how I demonstrated this competency through my creative reflection. I creatively and uniquely summarized my opinion on the book. I also extended this to my peers. I recognized how biased influenced our opinion and take way from this novel. I created content which not only demonstrated how the book reflected on me, but on other people as well. A lot of the information which I included came from our Historical Fiction Fridays. There, I would ask my peers a set of questions about their opinion, no matter what my role was. To create this podcast, I went through this book twice. Once was for reflection and recognition of the book itself. Messages, metaphors, connections etc.
The next time I went through it, I listened to the audiobook. I scrutinized the way the words were put together in a way that impacted the listener in a specific way. I replicated this in my podcast. I also created my own music, for which I used knowledge of tone and mood to compliment what was being said. I used what I learned in Alberta to interview my peers, so that I could create the most unbiased product possible. Finally, I used tools at my disposal to create an image for my Podcast. For this step, I used Keynote for the background, and drew the girl myself. I pushed my own limits when it came to comprehending this book, and presenting it in an informative and interactive manner.
Throughout the course of this project, I pushed my own limits and gave it my all. Along the way, I learned how to critically read a work of fiction, how to use my resources to extend my learning and how to make my work accessible to the world. Thanks Andi.
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