Radio – Audio eLearning

In the 21st Century, most schools have a radio show program of some kind. Whether it is a podcast or a direct MP3 download from a school website, it’s an audio eLearning program that is gathering more and more momentum in schools.

At Berwick Lodge Primary School, senior school students have been writing scripts and producing radio show programs for nearly 20 years.

The Berwick Lodge Student Show (formerly known as The Student Hour) is broadcast on 97.7FM Casey Radio every Wednesday from 2pm – 3pm. It is also streamed on Casey Radio’s website and podcasted via Soundcloud.

The radio show program requires students to write their own scripts, interview amazing guests, choose and play music and review books and films. Everyone has a great time and it’s a great way to develop student agency and voice. For teachers, it’s a good way to evaluate a student’s speaking and listening skills, too.

If you would like to start a radio show program at your school or help your students write a script, click on the infographic (left) for some ideas about the art of creating radio.

Once the students have completed writing, recording and broadcasting their radio show program, provide them with a Certificate of Participation, as a reminder of their time On Air. After all, how often do you get the chance to be on radio?

As a conclusion to the audio eLearning program, students should blog or write about the process. What did they learn from the experience? What would they do differently? What advice could they offer their peers about the process of producing a show?

For an example of a radio show, here is one produced by the students at Berwick Lodge Primary School in 2019.

Film – Video eLearning

With the global technological revolution of the early 21st Century, the reach of digital technology has now reached an all time high. What was once considered an impossibility, is now very much a reality.

One form of technology that has become widely affordable for schools within the last decade is film-making equipment. In 2019, smartphones, tablets and iPads have the ability to record high definition video which was once limited to film houses and television studios.

At Berwick Lodge Primary School, the senior school students, along with their teachers, have been creating class films for an annual film festival since 2010.

The film festival is a celebration of performing arts, storytelling and film-making skills, but before the advent of iPads and affordable editing software, creating a film festival was a technical and financial impossibility for the school. However, in 2010 that changed when the school purchased their first set of iPads and Apple computer. Since then, the school’s film festival has grown and is an important date on the school calendar.

If you would like to make your own film have a look at the infographic (right) for 6 simple steps to make a film.