International Podcast Day — School Edition!
#PledgeToPodcast and start the new school year building something amazing to share with the world
Each September 30, podcasters all over the world come together virtually and in person to recognize the growing role that audio plays in our lives. This fall, the team at Synth is excited to bring you our very own first celebration of International Podcast Day. Founded in 2014 by Dave Lee, International Podcast Day began very small. First, National Podcast Day was celebrated with just 6 hours of broadcasting. According to the organization’s website, “After quickly realizing the power of podcasts internationally, we rebranded into what we are today — International Podcast Day. Between 2015 and 2019, we broadcasted hundreds of hours around the globe inviting podcasters and industry leaders from 55 different countries to share their podcast journeys, personal stories, and expertise.” We agree with their staff when they proclaim: It is important to recognize the history but move forward in our celebration of the power of podcasts.
And moving forward we are! As we work hard preparing for the next iteration of Synth, we are encouraging educators to embrace the future. If you have been wanting to try podcasting in your classroom but you have not yet had the courage, now is your opportunity to jump in, learn a new tool, and promote the growing community of young podcasters worldwide.
This September, I invite you to Pledge to Podcast in your classroom!
Pledging to Podcast is simple, and designed by teachers with smooth classroom integration in mind:
- Decide to commit to one audio project this September, with the goal of sharing it with the education and podcasting communities on September 30th (International Podcast Day).
- Between now and September 5th, fill out this Google Form to pledge, and receive a class pack of special-edition stickers to display your class’s dedication!
- Create a free Synth account for yourself and have each participating student create their own.
- Choose from the Synth podcast project list, based on your grade level.
- Create, write, and record your class podcast throughout the month of September!
- September 30: You are officially a Synthcaster when you share your podcasts with the world via Twitter on this day, using the hashtags #InternationalPodcastDay and #PledgeToPodcast.
- Classes that share their completed podcasts will receive limited-edition #Synthcaster stickers to show off their accomplishment and that they are now podcasters!
- All participating podcasts will be shared on Twitter and compiled in an article detailing the results of the celebration.
What should we podcast about?
With the goal of making this an annual event, the theme for this year will be Self Reflection. The topic choices are:
- In recognition of Dot Day (September 15), students share the “mark” they wish to make on the world. For those unaware, this is connected to Peter H. Reynolds’s story, “The Dot.”
- What are your hopes for this school year?
- Who inspires you, why, and what does that choice say about you as a person?
- The Six Word Memoir: Each student records their six words and then explains their meaning to listeners. (Read this for background)
No worries, just podcast
If you are feeling overwhelmed but also excited to get involved, no sweat! When you pledge, this article will be emailed to you so you always have all the details handy, and we will be tweeting out daily tips and reminders, so make sure you are following Synth on Twitter. In addition, please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any specific questions or are just feeling stuck.
This initiative is a great opportunity to connect with teachers, podcasters, listeners, enthusiasts — all people who are excited about the direction audio is taking in modern technology. You can help spread the word by telling your friends, sharing this article in your schools and in your social media feeds, and using #InternationalPodcastDay. There are so many ways to get involved and the benefits are sure to extend way past September.