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Internet Radio workshop in Ohrid

June 11th, 2010 by Graham Attwell

The Internet radio workshop at the Joint Technology Enhanced Learning Summer School in Ohrid, Macedonia was great fun. it was a decidedly hands on approach to learning!

The one and a half hour workshop preceded the broadcast of a 35 minute programme live from the Summer School. the first five minutes of the workshop was given over to an introduction of what internet radio is and what it might be good for in education. the next five minutes looked at the different tasks and roles in making a live programme – interviewers, sound technicians, floor director, vox pops interviewers etc. Then the 20 or so students who had turned up for the workshop split into four groups to discuss possible content for the programme. Twenty minutes later we came back together for an editorial meeting to discuss the content and storyboard the broadcast. We appointed participants to different role sin the programme. For those interested I provided a five minute introduction to the technology were were using. That left us 20 minutes or so for final preparations. And then it was 5,4,3,2,1, – “Welcome to the Sounds of the Bazaar LIVE for the Summer School in Ohrid……”

It was a shame there was no time for a follow up workshop. I would have liked to explore more the issues especially around participatory culture that internet radio raises. And also to discuss its potential use in education, particularly for professional development and for working with socially disadvantaged young people. Producing a programme like this also involves a wide range of skills, including interviewing skills, planning skills, teamwork and the ability to present ideas.

If you would be intereted in exploring how to use Internet radio workshops to develop these ideas or skills, please get in touch.

In the meantime thanks to all the Summer School participants for their enthusiasm and effort. And here is the podcast of the show…..

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