History in Astronomy Podcast

This assignment is all about looking back over how far we can come with regards to space science. I used to have students just research an astronomer; Newton, Galileo, Aristotle... you get the picture. Now, with a DEI lens and also a drive to let students loose with their own ideas and creativity, I have students do so much more - and it's so much better! They chose from a list of historical people, events, and themes that stretch all the way back to 3000 BC. We have a discussion at the beginning of class about cultures within our own classroom. I asked "tell us about a favorite tradition in your family" and a few other other pointed questions. We watched a clip from a documentary about Timbuktu and the ancient astronomical documents found there recently. Then, students got into small teams and picked from the giant list; a person, a theme, a 'thing'. I taught them how to use Garageband as well.

Attached is the assignment they were given to produce their podcast using Garageband, and a sample from student work!



Tagged in: Science, Apple Podcasts, GarageBand

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Posted on February 16, 2023

Great lesson on Podcasting, student choice and history! Thanks for sharing your process and the Podcast!

Posted on February 17, 2023

Thanks for sharing this student sample. I love that you can hear how much FUN they had making this and talking about their learning!

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