After learning about misconceptions last week, it is now my turn to see how I can use this knowledge to improve my own teaching. This week in CEP 800, I was in charge of creating a podcast showcasing an interview with one of my students. It was interesting to hear what he had to say about light energy. I was happy to see that he understood the major concepts, such as light being able to reflect and create shadows, as well as the fact that light has the ability to create heat. He was also able to generalize that light energy from the sun was necessary for plants and animals, but he was not able to elaborate much for either. This is not surprising since we did not discuss producers and consumers in the context of this unit, but in the future, it may something to consider. One misconception I noticed was that the student stated that light will reflect off of a window. While this is correct sometimes, for example when the sun is rising or setting or when you are taking a picture, it is not always the case. This student could probably benefit from some clarification on how light interacts with transparent objects, that is, it travels through the material. All in all, I felt that the recorded interview went well and it has offered me some new insight into my lesson.
The actual recording went pretty smoothly. I had a hard time with my student's audio, however, because he is soft spoken to begin with, he was very nervous, and he sometimes mumbles. I ended up taking out most of my original audio and rerecording it so that I could raise the volume of his voice without deafening listeners with my own. There is also some noise in his track, which I minimized some, but I couldn't remove it all without losing his voice. This was my first time using Audacity to do more than a simple recording, so there was a bit of learning on my part (such as not being able to edit while paused - you must hit stop) but all in all it was not too bad.
"Nice job on the audio production assignment, Edie! Content and Organization (Interview, Narration): Your interview is very nicely set up and contextualized. It helps the listener to know what the recent lesson on light energy contained to focus their listening on the very gaps and misconceptions that are of interest here. Your questions are well thought out and non-redundant, and you carry out the interview skillfully without steamrolling the reticent respondent (which is a risk if you put a teaching personality and a quiet student together in the same podcast). Your conclusion is very, summarizing and reflecting upon what we heard in a very thoughtful and insightful manner. Production values (Continuity, Pace, Editing): As you already stated, the audio is a bit problematic when it comes to your soft-spoken student. The measures you took (boosting his portions only so your own portions would not “deafen” the listener ;-) – did help, although of course the ambient noise increases with this boost as well. But this is really just a minor issue, it is nice to see one of the quieter kids getting the spotlight (although he was probably not too keen on it!). There is a cough at 2:42 and a pause right before that could be edited out Sound effects fit the “sciency” topic and assist the listener in shifting gears (from direct interview context to “stepping back and reflecting on the responses”). Overall, the project is edited well, and your audio moves seamlessly from section to section. The pace and well-chosen length capture and maintain your audience’s attention. Ideas are communicated with enthusiasm, proper voice projection, appropriate language, and clear delivery. All elements are addressed in complete and compelling fashion. Again, nice job!"
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