TED-Talks and Podcasts in the Classroom

At Centennial High School in Ellicott City, MD, students have something to say and teacher Rus VanWestervelt is helping to lift their voices through TED-style talks and podcasts.

Through a Bright Minds grant, Rus was able to purchase the equipment required to record and edit audio and video and then uses a WordPress website to post their offerings for the school – and the world – to enjoy. While guiding his students along the way, Rus has found that the stories and experiences that they are willing to share is simply amazing and incredibly admirable.

Students are using this as an outlet to share personal information from experiences to feelings and even a bit of guidance for their peers.

This is a terrific tool that is far less “scary” to this generation than it probably is for an older generation. These students have grown up with video and the ability to share it online with the universe. By providing structure and guidance, Rus has turned a medium that is scary to many and misused by even more, into an outlet for reflection and growth.

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