Self Regulation Podcast

Example Podcast I shared with students based on student discussion of self-regulation tools

I worked with a second-grade class that were already using a variety of self-regulation tools and asked them to share when and how they used them with others in the school community. This put the task of creating and sharing information in the hands of students. It was also a really great way to practice descriptive language and sequencing with students who were learning English.

Since many students are camera shy, or don’t have permission to share their photos, creating a Podcast opened this project to many students who wouldn’t be able to participate if the Tool of the Week was produced as a movie. 

Tool of the week examples

We started with a discussion of regulation tools students use, which were their favorites, when they used them, and the process of how to use the regulation tools. This was a great way to practice the language they would use during the recording in a low-stress environment. 

 I explained the concept of a recording a podcast and shared the project instructions on how to use voice recording tools in GarageBand. They recorded themselves in an interview style with one student asking about a self-regulation tool, and other students answering it. Because they had practiced their questions and answers several times, there wasn’t a lot of editing that needed to be done. Students first trimmed some of the empty space before they began talking. Then they adjusted the timing of different regions or recordings. Selecting multiple regions by touching a region, then dragging their fingers across all of the regions they needed to move made this process quick. Last, students adjusted the volume of each track using the track headers to make sure that the volume was consistent among all of the added tracks. 


Screenshot of GarageBand with region and header annotated
Screenshot of voice audio tracks, regions, and the track header in GarageBand

We had to experiment with finding a good space to record since much of the school is open and hallways are busy. Some students chose an out of the way corner in a common space between passing times or a nook in the library between classes. Some students found that they preferred to record themselves from under their jackets to avoid ambient noise; as long as the jacket didn’t brush against the built-in iPad microphone, it worked really well!


Images of common areas in the hallway, tables and chairs, and hexagonal cubbies, and a table and bench
Photos of recording spaces throughout the building

We then talked about how we might use voice and sound effects to make our podcast entertaining for our audience. Students had a fun time exploring the different voice and sound effects on their voice recordings. The students brainstormed and experimented with where to put effects, and how they might use voice effects to add meaning and excitement to their content. I was surprised with how few effects they ended up adding to their final project; I expected them to go wild with effects, but since we talked about what made sense first, they were able to rein themselves in without me interfering in their decision-making process. Giving students time to explore and preview different effects before adding them to the project helped students realize that some effects made more sense than others. For example, since the Volcano Breath is a tool to calm, they chose effects that were slow and calm to reflect the goal of the regulation tool.


Screenshot of audio tracks with voice effects in Garageband
Screenshot of audio tracks in GarageBand

The Toy Box Sound Effect Pack was especially useful since it included counting in different languages. Using an Apple Pencil was helpful for students to be able to make some finer adjustments, and it was just really fun for them to use a tool they don’t normally get to use! 


Screenshot of GarageBand showing tracks from the Toy box Sound pack
Screenshot of some of the Apple Loops included in the Toy Box Sound Effect Pack

Finally, we shared their finished podcast product via our Learning Management System with all staff and students. The feedback we got was exciting because students appreciated hearing other student voices, rather than a staff voice. Staff were given both the audio recording, and a movie with a static background for sharing. This was helpful since students were used to seeing short videos of the tool of the week, so they could interact with the media in the same way, but since it was a static background, they could practice the move while listening, rather than having to watch, then practice the tool.  

There were a lot more students who volunteered to create our next podcast episode at all grade levels, and teachers saw the power of using student created podcasts to share information. Many of them are working to build some routines and structures for students to be able to independently create podcasts to share their learning! 

Moving forward, I think it will be easy to replicate and expand this project by partnering students who created the first episode and understand the process and tools with students who haven’t created in GarageBand yet. This will keep ownership of the project in the hands of students, and create independence with a project that doesn’t require a lot of oversight from our already very busy staff.  


Screenshots showing how to change the cover image of a GarageBand project
Screenshots showing how to change the cover image of a GarageBand project

💡 As your students create more podcasts, one tip to keep them organized in your files is to change the cover image when you save the song in GarageBand. Create a square picture with an icon and text reflecting the title of the podcast episode in your favorite app. Then when you’re ready to save, scroll to the bottom of the Share a Song menu and choose the photo to replace the GarageBand photo. This will make it easy to find when you’re looking at multiple episodes in a file menu.  

Learn how, and explore more Everyone Can Create Projects > 

An image of an illustrated student with an iPad showing their work to their teacher.

All Comments

Posted on August 16, 2023

This is a great way to get students involved in self regulation tools and guidelines. Your point about students using podcasts instead of being on camera is a good one. And I love the Volcano Breath! Thanks!

Posted on September 01, 2023

❤️ the use of podcasting with GarageBand in the classroom to promote teamwork and collaboration for our students. Combine this with instruction about tools for self regulation and you have an instant win! I’m excited to see (and hear) how your students continue to use GarageBand and partner to teach others.

Thanks for sharing such great tips, like personalizing the project with album cover art or the jacket. Nothing beats reducing reverberations in a room like a coat or blanket over the head! Such a simple hack and great tip for allowing your audio to sound natural — especially when podcasting in a classroom.🎙️🗣️🎛️

Posted on February 17, 2024

Good way to map out recording spaces. As a recording engineer myself, people would be surprised what serves as a recording booth when we 'think outside the box' 🫡💪🏾💯

Posted on February 28, 2024

This was very helpful and exciting to learn about. Thanks for sharing!

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