Podcasts

Subscribe in iTunes - copy and paste this address into iTunes to subscribe to our podcast feed. Under iTunes File menu choose "Subscribe to Podcast", then paste this address into the box that comes up:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/smls5/podcast

Our class often creates podcasts to share with our website audience what we're learning and doing in class. We hope you'll come here to listen to them, or subscribe in iTunes or your favorite "podcatcher" program.

We love feedback! Here are two ways to comment on our podcasts, and be sure to mention the student(s) whose podcast(s) you're commenting on:


1. Leave a voice mail message and we'll listen to it in class:
Google Voice Phone: (239) 244-1354 - leave a voice mail, which goes to my email in-box.
Let us know during your message if we have your permission to post a small portion of your comment on our website next to the podcast you're commenting on. Otherwise, we'll just listen in class.

2. Send an email to: paulschwan1 -at- gmail.com (use the @ sign in place of -at-)

Music Credits
All our music comes from digCCmixer and includes Creative Commons licensed music that independent artists have created and authorized us to use for our podcasts or other creative works. Thank you to all the artists.

Space Camp 2015 Podcasts Posted

posted Mar 7, 2015, 8:12 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Mar 7, 2015, 8:12 AM ]

Each year our fifth grade class visits Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida. We call this trip Space Camp. Before we leave the classroom and head to Titusville we spend several weeks studying Newton's Laws of Motion. This helps us understand the physics involved in lifting a spacecraft off the launch pad. Our 2-day trip by bus to the east coast of Florida includes an "overnight adventure" in the Atlantis Shuttle Experience building where we sleep under the actual Shuttle Atlantis. The Atlantis is housed in a new building that was specifically built around the Atlantis. In the past we slept under a Saturn V rocket housed in the Apollo Saturn V building! Needless to say, this class trip is an awesome and unforgettable experience.

Our Podcast Workflow

When we returned we compiled our field notes taken at Space Camp. We sorted through all the pictures we snapped while there. This year we gathered 999 photos via DropItToMe and made them all available to the students via a shared Dropbox! Finally, student groups picked 5-6 key photos for their Google Slides presentation and created audio podcasts with Audacity focusing on various things we learned and experienced while at the Space Center. For podcast music we used the CCMixter site. The artists there have made their music available for podcasts and videos. In the final step we played the audio and video portions simultaneously while recording the audio-video with screencasting software Camtasia. The final .mp4 video file was then uploaded to a Dropbox Public folder and shared via the links below.

Curriculum Connections

The week-long podcast project is a culminating activity following several weeks of study in science and computer classes prior to the Space Camp trip. The podcast preparation involved reading, writing, listening and speaking (language arts), skillful use of a laptop computer (part of our 1:1 netbook program), online and hands-on research and experiences in science and, specifically, the space program, and much more. Students collaborated and shared in groups led by parent volunteers. All of this work before, during and after Space Camp made the podcast project a reality. 

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This year's podcast project is a 5-photo story that combines 5 photos into an audio-visual "story" focusing on a specific space theme. (Thanks to Wes Fryer for the inspiration for this project!)

Our 2015 podcasts are featured below. We hope you enjoy them! We would love to hear from you in the Comments section below. Your comments encourage us to continue our creative work online. Thanks in advance!

Mr. Schwan's Groups

Mrs. Bell's Groups
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Space Camp 2014, Group 1 Space Race Podcast

posted Feb 25, 2014, 11:02 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Aug 10, 2014, 1:13 PM ]

Once again our fifth graders went to Space Camp at Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida. We explored the "Space Race" projects of the 1950s through the 1970s, and the Space Shuttle program of the 1970s through the 2000s, ending with the landing of the Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center in 2011. 

This year we were lucky enough to sleep in sleeping bags underneath the orbiter Atlantis, now on display in the Shuttle building at Kennedy Space Center! What a fun trip this was.

Listen to group 1's podcast, all about the Space Race.

Space Camp 2012 - Group 14's Podcast

posted Mar 21, 2012, 10:23 AM by Paul Schwan

Finally, here's group 14's podcast. Good job, Blake, Coby and Logan!

Space Camp 2012: Group 13's Podcast

posted Feb 17, 2012, 7:34 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:43 AM ]

Group 13 included Lola and Sydney. As with all the podcasts, theirs included a written and recorded script that was created after doing some at-school research on space history, what's happening now, and the future of space exploration. Finally, they included a "live" recording, direct from Space Camp 2012 -- one of three we made while visiting Kennedy Space Center in February 2012. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Space Camp 2012: Group 12's Podcast

posted Feb 17, 2012, 7:33 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:43 AM ]

Group 12 included Sydney and Jessica. As with all the podcasts, theirs included a written and recorded script that was created after doing some at-school research on space history, what's happening now, and the future of space exploration. Finally, they included a "live" recording, direct from Space Camp 2012 -- one of three we made while visiting Kennedy Space Center in February 2012. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Space Camp 2012: Group 10's Podcast

posted Feb 17, 2012, 7:32 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:44 AM ]

Group 10 included Katrina and Leandra. As with all the podcasts, theirs included a written and recorded script that was created after doing some at-school research on space history, what's happening now, and the future of space exploration. Finally, they included a "live" recording, direct from Space Camp 2012 -- one of three we made while visiting Kennedy Space Center in February 2012. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Space Camp 2012: Group 9's Podcast

posted Feb 17, 2012, 7:29 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:45 AM ]

Group 9 included Ellie and Cheyanne. As with all the podcasts, theirs included a written and recorded script that was created after doing some at-school research on space history, what's happening now, and the future of space exploration. Finally, they included a "live" recording, direct from Space Camp 2012 -- one of three we made while visiting Kennedy Space Center in February 2012. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Space Camp 2012: Group 8 and 11's Podcast

posted Feb 17, 2012, 7:26 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:46 AM ]

Group 8 included Abigail and Lilly. As with all the podcasts, theirs included a written and recorded script that was created after doing some at-school research on space history, what's happening now, and the future of space exploration. Finally, they included a "live" recording, direct from Space Camp 2012 -- one of three we made while visiting Kennedy Space Center in February 2012. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Space Camp 2012: Group 7's Podcast

posted Feb 17, 2012, 7:25 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:46 AM ]

Group 7 included Michael and Alex. As with all the podcasts, theirs included a written and recorded script that was created after doing some at-school research on space history, what's happening now, and the future of space exploration. Finally, they included a "live" recording, direct from Space Camp 2012 -- one of three we made while visiting Kennedy Space Center in February 2012. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Space Camp 2012: Group 6's Podcast

posted Feb 17, 2012, 7:25 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:47 AM ]

Group 6 included Olivia, Kayla and Lilly. As with all the podcasts, theirs included a written and recorded script that was created after doing some at-school research on space history, what's happening now, and the future of space exploration. Finally, they included a "live" recording, direct from Space Camp 2012 -- one of three we made while visiting Kennedy Space Center in February 2012. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

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