Creators: Stephanie Cooke, Cindy Crannell, Kelly Foster (@HalcyonSchool)
Suggested Grade Level: High School
Subject Area: History/ Social Studies, Interdisciplinary
Students develop a deeper understanding of the Cold War by creating podcasts for their argument as to who was responsible for beginning the Cold War from the perspectives of Stalin, Roosevelt, or Churchill.
Students studying the Cold War developed podcasts to research and argue various perspectives on the beginning of the war. As suggested by Cindy Crannell, students used their choice of apps, such as Opinion, Garageband, and Spreaker to record their podcasts. Working collaboratively, students explored their topics using a variety of research methods and developed scripts with Google Docs. Additionally, students received lessons on voice pitch, tone, and expression from the drama instructor Kelly Foster.
Extending the Project
The project could be extended by sharing podcasts with other classes studying the Cold War and inviting them to collaborate on the project. From there, students could develop a “podcast debate series” where they argue their perspectives.
Student example of a podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/magas-tracks_2
Student example of a podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/7924832
Student example of a podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/elliot-rivoires-tracks
Student example of a podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/7924823