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Teachers and students, got something to say? Put on your headphones and get ready to hit record! The folks behind NPR's Student Podcast Challenge made this handy guide on how to make a podcast in the classroom. We'll talk about how to gather good sound, ask great questions and conduct smart interviews. Plus, we'll hear from the contest's judges, last year's winners and feature some pretty inspiring stories of students and teachers. It's everything you need to make an amazing podcast!
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Teachers and students, got something to say? Put on your headphones and get ready to hit record! The folks behind NPR's Student Podcast Challenge made this handy guide on how to make a podcast in the classroom. With new episodes every Sunday, we'll cover everything you need to make an amazing podcast!
Podcasting is hard work. First you've gotta pick a topic, find a recording space and then, somehow, edit down the hours of audio! Last year's winners of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge had to learn all those things on the fly while making their podcast, "Ssh! Periods." Now, the ladies of Bronx Prep Middle School have some advice for students and teachers who are making a podcast for this year's challenge.
The saying goes that rules are meant to be broken — well, not these rules. Actually, following the official rules of the Student Podcast Challenge is the only way to win. But rules can be complicated. So in this week's episode, we put together a guide with some important things you need to know about the contest. We'll also answer some of your questions and make sure you're on the right path.
You don't need a fancy studio to make a podcast. All you need are a few tricks — and a LOT of pillows — and no one will ever guess that you recorded in your classroom.
Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

2020-02-0900:08:50

You wouldn't play an instrument without practicing scales and you wouldn't play a basketball game without stretching – so why would you record a podcast without warming up your voice? NPR vocal coach Jessica Hansen has stretches, breathing exercises and vocal drills you can do to make sure that you sound natural when you press record.
Music can be a powerful tool in storytelling. It can set an emotional backdrop or give a sense of rhythm and tone to a story. Music can be that final piece of the puzzle, the piece that ties everything together. But too often, music isn't used at the right time or place in the story – or the music is all wrong for the moment. Composer and podcast host Ramtin Arablouei shows us when to use music in your podcast.
Banjo or drum? Keyboard or cowbell? Once you've figured out where you want to add music to your podcast, you've got to decide WHAT kind of music fits with your story. Since the Student Podcast Challenge only allows music that is written and performed by students, we invited composer Ramtin Arablouei back to show us how to make music without any fancy equipment.
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