On the Anchor.fm platform, students can quickly and easily create their own podcasts—free of charge. They can capture all of their audio with the Anchor mobile app (iOS or Android) or upload the audio from their dashboard at anchor.fm. They can combine as many segments as they want into an episode (for example, a theme song, an introduction, an interview with a guest, or selected listener messages) without having to do any editing in advance. As students set up their podcast, Anchor will automatically distribute it to major podcast platforms (including Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music) with just one click (or tap, if students are using their smartphones). After setting up their podcasts, students will be able to distribute future episodes from everywhere their podcasts are available. Recording, creating, and sharing are all done in one place. Once the episode is live, students can use Anchor’s built-in tools to post it to Facebook and Twitter, embed it on their website, and make a transcribed video. Listeners can send short voice messages to the show at any time. Students can review the messages privately and add their favorites to their episodes. Anyone listening to a student’s podcast in Anchor can applaud favorite moments.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Congress’s passing a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. NewseumED offers free online resources to explore the history and struggles of the suffrage movement—from artifacts on the Seneca Falls Convention to a video recounting Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for voting to a timeline on major events in the fight for gender equality.
Described and Captioned Media Program’s (DCMP) Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is the first national reading event to put emphasis on the importance of captioned media as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Thousands of students have participated in this event since its inauguration in 2006. Teachers can order a freeRCAA kit, learn more about how captioning improves literacy, and find great ideas from teachers and parents on the RCAA website.
Educators can also use these captioned media resources from DCMP to celebrate Black History Month (February) and Presidents Day (February 18)—and throughout the year.
Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project (NLP) helps students and teachers discern fact from fiction in the digital age. In May 2016, the project launched Checkology, an online interactive course that helps students understand and appreciate the role of the press, introduces them to different types of news—from entertainment to opinion to branded content—and teaches them the critical thinking skills they’ll need to spot misinformation.