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Transliteracy- QR Codes & Art

Transliteracy is defined on Wikipedia as

The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. The modern meaning of the term combines literacy with the prefix trans-, which means “across; through”, so a transliterate person is one who is literate across multiple media.

Ryan Nadel, in an interview on Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, defines transliteracy even further:

“The most fundamental notion of transliteracy is the ability to adapt. It’s creating a literacy and fluidity between mediums that’s not tied to space or modality.”

I agree with Ryan: Transliteracy is closely related to “fluency“:

  • the ability to know when to use one media over another
  • the ability to move effortlessly between media
  • the ability to comprehend, build upon, and remix different kind of media
  • the ability to relate, communicate and connect via multiple forms of media
  • moving between media feels: intuitive, unconscious and smooth

Let me share a transliterate learning opportunity with you that I created (Art, iPads, QR codes, Language Arts and Digital Storytelling)  in collaboration with our Art teacher, Mrs. Gutterman and the 4th grade classroom teacher, Mrs. Teitelbaum?

During Art class, fourth graders adapted Vincent van Gogh’s chairs and placed things on and  around them that were important to them.

In Language Arts, students wrote a script, explaining their choices of what they drew and why it was important to them.

We all gathered in the library to record their script as an audio file on the iPad. We used the AudioMemos app (free) to record. Students then emailed the wav file to me.

We created QR Codes (Quick Response) to be attached to the original art work.

Now anyone with a QR scanner on their Smartphone, iTouch or iPad walking by the art work, can scan and listen to the student artist’s audio reflection. The next step was to create a poster to catch the attention of the visitors and parents walking by and give a short explanation of what to do with the QR code


Watch out for all the 4th grade Art work to be exhibited with their corresponding QR codes in the lobby!



Audiobook & Podcast by Our First Graders

Mrs. Loeser and her first graders were ready to create another episode for our MJGDS podcast. Mrs. Loeser started reading a chapter book  from the famous Magic Tree House series in class.

Mrs. Loser reading Dinosaur Before Dark

She stayed one step ahead of me in reading and scripting each chapter, as I took three students (Interviewer's, Jack's & Annie's voice) at the time out of the classroom to record them.

Recording the Script

As I was pulling the students out to record,  Mrs. Loeser continued reading, chapter by chapter, and creating the interview script to be recorded with the students. By the time the last chapter was recorded, I had ten written scripts collected. I was able to create a little booklet for the first graders, so they would be able to follow along as they were listening to the podcast.


The audio file is about 15 minutes long. As the class listened to the podcast for the first time in it's entirety, they had their little fingers on the paper to follow along. Each chapter ending was followed with a special sound to indicate that a new chapter was about to start. This helped any student who had lost their place on the script.


Read- Along

Once we had finished listening to the podcast, I asked their teacher give them a few minutes to write down a couple of sentences about their experience.

My thoughts:

  • It amazes me every time. Students are so engaged, wanting to re-record, if their voice, didn't sound "just" right.
  • Students (6-7 year olds) are very interested in the mechanics of Garageband (ex. tracks, dead air, sound clips, moving clips, etc).
  • Students started to experiment with their voices: inflection, fluency, pitches, emotions, volume, speed...
  • The written script as an add-on to the audio file was a bonus. Students are eager to "read-along" as they were listening to their podcast.
  • I really like to expand the reflection piece as part of the podcasting process.
  • In the future I want to involve students by giving them ownership and time to "play" on their own in Garageband to record and edit their voices.
  • We need to do this earlier in the year to be able to connect our students with other podcasting children around the world. Take a look at my blog post from last year when I asked: A Worldwide Audience for Six Year Olds?

Listen to these first graders make "Dinosaurs Before Dark" come alive with their voices.

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If you are interested, you can download the mp3 file of the audio and the pdf file of the script for your child at home, upload them to your mp3 player. Now they can listen to the audio as they read along.

If you have an iTunes account, you can subscribe to the MJGDS iTunes Podcast Channel. For step-by-step instructions take a look at the Guide To Subscribe to MJGDS iTunes Podcast Channel.

If you own an iPad/ iPhone/iTouch and the iBooks app, you can also download the epub file to then import it to the iBook app (free)  to read the script as a book like any other on your shelf. If you also upload the mp3 file to iTunes, you will now have a Read-Along audio book with the iBook and iPod combination.

Import into iBooks

Even the dictionary part works, as you hold one finger down on a word, the dictionary caption pops up with a definition.

Script opened in iBook



Let’s Talk About Summer

Recommended Resources-

Virtual Bookshelf-


Blog Tutorial by our Second Graders:

Audio Recording-

Scratch (free download)

Problem Solving-
Fantastic Contraption

Keyboarding Practice-
Dance Mat Typing
Krazy Keyboarding for Kids
Type Racer

Pixie Parent Guides- free resource for parents (grade and subject specific). Pixie is wonderful, creative software that we use at school. It can be downloaded and used free for 30 days at Tech4Learning also has a parent purchase program if you are interested in purchasing their software at significant savings.
Tux Paint (free download)
National Gallery of Art - some great interactive tools for creating and learning about art

Digital Storytelling-

Book Builder

Have a wonderful summer! Learn, create, share...


Space Real Estate Agents

A Teacher's Heart Smiles when...

A teacher's heart smiles when students become creative, enthusiastic and take ownership of their work. This was the case with our 4th grade class.

We let them listen to various examples of class-podcasts and talk to them about creating a collaborative storyline, that would tie individual audio segments together. We also talked about the importance of voice acting in order to engage an audience.

Students started to get excited as we were brainstorming scenarios for their storyline.

Brainstorming on the SmartBoard

We took a screenshot of the final list and uploaded the image to their classroom blog. Students were then asked to write a short paragraph on the blog detailing their storyline. The class was going to vote for the best storyline to be used for their podcast.

Screenshot of Possible Storylines

From their classroom blogs:

Sabrina M.

I think the plot should be where we go the Kennedy Space Center and Hannah accidentally pushes the button that launches the rocket so we go to all the different planets and then an evil alien says that we cannot go back to Earth unless we can name four facts about every planet. And that’s when we say all our facts.

Josh Z.

Plot: We go into space accidentally and we get a tour of space. After the tour a black hole suddenly says ” take a quiz of the solar system if you get any questions wrong the sun will disappear ” and we take the quiz and the sun doesn't disappear.

Reesa Z.

We should do something where we all were asleep and we had a dream about and alien taking us to the solar system and then he/she would give us a tour about the planets. Then we will talk about our planets. After that we all wake up and realize it was just a dream.

Ryan H.

Real estate agents: Aliens from many galaxies away want to sell, The sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto are on the market from alien Real estate agents. The aliens want you to know 4 facts about each planet in order to buy them. If you dont get all 4 facts for your planet by Friday Earth will be destroyed.

Hanna G.

I think the storyline should be: One night all of the classmates dreamed of aliens coming out of the blackhole and they came to capture us. Then the next day we came to school and we went to the Kennedy Space Center and clumsy Hannah accidentally launched the rocket and then it fell so we had to go back to the class and when we got back the class turned into the solar system. In the solar system we learn about all the planets. When we were done we went to the alien real estate agents to get us back home.

Allie I.

Everybody in the class goes home and goes to bed. They all have the same dream. In their dream, they dream about space and learn about space. When they go to school the next morning, they all figure out they had the same dream and talk about what the dream was in class.

Edyn G.

I think that we should be staying at a hotel and there is not enough beds so we pull out a pull out bed and while every one is asleep it turns into a rocket ship and takes us into space and then it turns into a bus and we tour space and then it turns into a rocket ship and gos back to the hotel.

Montgomery P.

I think the plot should be: We go outside for recess, and Daniel tells everyone to come look at what he found. He found twenty jet packs. So we all take a field trip to all the planets and the moon and sun. So when we get back we put the jet packs back where we found them.

Rachel O.

Our classroom turns into the space shuttle because by accident Josh tripped over a binder and pressed the button and no one knew what it did until they all saw the stars and planets.After they see all the stars and planets the class wants to go and take a look around at them all.Mrs.Raitt says “Ok let’s go!”.We all are looking at the planets and then we go back to school.

Shira D.

I would like to do a news cast where on the news they announce that aliens have captured people and they take then around the solar system and that is my idea!

We booked time in the computer lab to allow students to "play" with Garageband and learn about tracks, background music, splitting, editing and moving tracks.

Mrs. R. created a list of planet facts that each group had to include in their segment and students started to write their script.

Items to be included in script

Once each group finished and exported their segment, we imported these files into a new Garageband project and arranged the segments in order.

Putting Podcast Together

Take a "listen" to these 4th graders "Space Real Estate Agents" podcast. Honor their efforts as

  • storytellers
  • collaborative team members
  • creative writers
  • producers
  • directors
  • audio editors
  • podcasters

Leave them a comment, including your location, so they can track their listeners on a Map.

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Teaching is the Highest Form of Understanding

Aristotle says:

Teaching is the highest form of understanding

Alan November, in the book Curriculum 21 by Heidi Hayes Jacobs, lists "Tutorial Designers" as one of the six new roles to develop empowered learners.

If these two educators , separated by over 2000 years in history, are right... then we should be pushing students to do just that. We need to give them opportunities to become teachers.

The creation and maintenance of the Math Wiki by our Middle Schoolers was the perfect platform to expose students to an array of design tools to create tutorials for their classmates and other math students around the world.

Take a look at the following tools used and student examples.


Microsoft PowerPoint


SmartBoard Notebook

SmartBoard Notebook

SmartBoard Notebook

Skitch/ Jing

  • Screenshot software

Using Skitch

Google Docs Drawing

Google Docs-Drawing

Google Earth

Google Earth


Untitled from MJGDS on Vimeo.

Garageband or Vocaroo (web based recording)

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Global Collaboration and Olympic Podcast

Second grade teacher, Mrs. Bernard. and I have been working with Sarah Soltau- Heller, a first/second grade teacher from Port Hardy, Canada

We started out by collaborating on a Google Doc between teachers. We had an idea section, a time line as well as an area to compile resource links.With e-mail and skype calls we crafted a project that both ends would feel comfortable with (tech skill & time wise).The idea was to collaboratively allow students to create a sports news cast about the Winter Olympics.

Then we created a wiki that would house all the media, information, documentation and resource links for our Olympics 2010 Collaboration project.

Brainstorming with Wallwisher

To stir enthusiasm even further for the second graders on our end, Sarah arranged for a Skype interview with one of the Olympic torchbearers from her home town.

Interview with Olympic Torch Runner from langwitches on Vimeo.

Within our schools we collaborated with Mrs. Gutterman, the art teacher,  and Mrs. Leonard, the librarian to pull in more resources and connect what students were learning and experiences with other subjects.

Learning about Orcas from Canada

Learning about Orcas via the Arts

Learning about the Sport of Curling

We created a VoiceThread with images of all the sports disciplines represented in the Winter Olympics. As students were learning about each sport from books, TV at home or videos shown in school, they were to take note of facts or other helpful information to be recording in an audio comment on the VoiceThread.

The VoiceThread then became the primary source of information for the students for background information as they prepared their final Sports Newscast script.

Students recorded their sports segment of the podcast, alternating between students from the USA and Canada, to produce an international newscast.

We also arranged for the students to practice and play the Winter Olympic Wii game of Curling. Each class practiced individually.

Practicing Curling on the Wii

Cheering each other on

When then arranged a day and time to have a final competition. Unfortunately we had an accident on our end and our Wii console fell and would not operate. We still sang the Canadian and American National anthem for each other and watched the Canadian team do their Curling via Skype.

Singing the National Anthem of Canada and the USA

Besides learning about Winter Sports, the objective of the unit was global awareness, sportsman ship, patriotism, learning about other countries and flags.

For the teachers  and students, the Olympics 2010 was an incredible adventure of international collaboration. Take the time to listen to our collaborative newscast between our second graders and the first & second graders from Canada.

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Flat Stanley’s Adventures Around the World Podcast

Ms. T.'s  first grade classes read the book Flat Stanley by Jim Brown. They sent paper Flat Stanleys to relatives and friends around the country and received images and stories back.

Flat Stanley

Then, inspired by the "worldwide" success" of Mrs.B's podcast episode of the Magic Tree House, the six year olds wanted to create their own recording.

As a class their brainstormed a storyline, so every one of them could have a segment in the recording. It came natural to them that they wanted to be flattened by their SmartBoard and be mailed around the world.

As their homework assignment, they were to pick a location of their choosing and to borrow a book from the library about that location. They could also use the internet to research their destination. Together with their parents they read the book and wrote a short script that needed to include:

  • The location (City, State, Country, and/or Continent)
  • How did they get there (transportation)?
  • What did they do at that location?
  • How did they get back home?

They were also given the reminder that

A podcast is an audio recording, so the children need to think about the senses and sound effects they can use to help portray the mood. How did it feel to be mailed? how did it sound and smell at the places. What did they see?

Recording with Garageband

Take a listen and follow these first graders to London (England), Antarctica, Alabama (USA), Space, Israel, Tokyo (Japan), North Pole, Illinois (USA), New York (USA), Hollywood (USA) and Michigan (USA).

To save the MP3 file to your hard drive and then to import into your iTunes library before syncing with your iPod, simply right click and "Save Link as".

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Here are some comments that were left for our students:

  1. Ms. Sanderson
    January 5th, 2010 at 8:47 am
    What great reading expression! I loved listening to your Flat Stanley adventures. It’s such a great book. You may be interested in checking out our Flat Stanley blog made by 3rd graders at my school: . We’d love to have comments! :)
    Westford, Massachusetts!
  2. Michael Walter
    January 5th, 2010 at 9:39 am
    Great, I am totally inspired to try this at my school.
    St. John’s, NL, Canada
  3. Steve Ransom
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:02 am
    What a great idea, wonderful creativity, and terrific reading and writing skills! When you read with such expression, it makes your ideas so fun to listen to. I love the detail about being hot in the envelope on the way to Tokyo, Japan. You made me want sushi, too! I don’t want to wear sumo diapers, though 😉 Did you know that sumo wrestlers eat between 6,000 and 20,000 calories a day and skip breakfast? Well done!!
  4. Ms. McGillJanuary 5th, 2010 at 10:15 am
    Great job! I really enjoyed listening to your podcast. Everyone spoke very clearly and used expression in their voices. This made your podcast interesting and easy to listen to. I have never read the Flat Stanley story, but I will now.
    Seaforth, Ontario, Canada.
  5. Sally Boone
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:20 am
    You all did a wonderful job with this podcast! I think your reading is exceptional especially with your enthusiasm and expression! You kept my attention the whole time! I enjoyed listening to your travels!
  6. Caroline Roche
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:22 am
    Thank you very much for an interesting journey around the world. I am from the county of Kent, in the United Kingdom, which is right next to London, and I thought that your description of London was really good! Thank you for making such a fantastic podcast – well done!
    Caroline Roche, School Librarian, Kent, United Kingdom
  7. Kristen Swanson
    January 5th, 2010 at 11:13 am
    Boys and girls, you did a great job! I learned a lot of new facts about places that are far, far, away from me! I live in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. Did you know that George Washington hid the Liberty Bell in this town during the Revolutionary War in 1776? Thanks for sharing!
  8. Ina Beltman
    January 5th, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    Boys and girls,Thank you for a wonderfull story.
    I live in the Netherlands in a small town called Markelo.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ina Beltman Markelo the Netherlands
  9. Elke
    January 5th, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    You are the best Flat Class I ever listened to.
    Thanks for the wonderful story.
    Elke, The Netherlands
  10. Anita Kwiatkowska
    January 5th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    Guys,You are awesome!
    All the best from Istanbul, Turkey :)
  11. Ian Pratt
    January 5th, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    love flat stanley from when i was a kid, my 5year old son loved listening to your story too. brilliant story,well done guys. Bedford, England
  12. Mrs. Haugeberg
    January 5th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    What a great project! Everyone did a wonderful job on their Flat stories!I’m from Lisle, Illinois – just outside Chicago.
  13. Claire Barnes
    January 5th, 2010 at 5:31 pm
    You are definitely the best travelled Flat Class in the world! I live in London and could picture Jasmine visiting all the sights in my home city. I thought everyone else had exciting adventures too!
    I love the story Flat Stanley and read it when I was a little girl (many years ago!). I have recently read it with my daughter who loves it too. I really enjoyed re-reading it as a grown-up and we read the Flat Stanley sequels too – maybe you could find one in the library if you enjoyed the book. (London, England)
    Thanks for sharing your great podcast!
  14. I enjoyed listening to your podcast and learned so much about the places that were visited. Great sound effects!
  15. Marybell Rodriguez, tech teacher, Monterrey, MexicoMarybell Rodriguez
    January 5th, 2010 at 6:04 pm
  16. Jade KempJanuary 5th, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    I am a teacher in Mildura, Victoria, Australia. I had never heard of Flat Stanley until a few years back when a friend from The sTates sent her sons “Flat TYler” over – we took him to some Aussie places
    Again, good job!!
    Fantastic Job!
  17. Susan Sedro
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    Hello from Tioman Island, Malaysia,
    I live in Singapore but am vacationing here. I came on a propeller plane but you can also take a long ferry ride instead.
    Thank you for your interesting podcast! I enjoyed learning from you.
  18. Richard Lambert
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:23 pm
    What a fantastic podcast! Your reading voices are so clear and full of expression – well done! I’m very impressed. I just want to know, how come none of you chose to go to Australia? That’s where I’m writing from. We’re on summer holidays at the moment (January) and the weather is perfect! Ah well, maybe next time! :) Well done guys!
  19. Steve BarkleyJanuary 5th, 2010 at 10:24 pm
    What great readers! I have flown with Flat Stanley several years ago.
    Keep up the great work.
    From New Hope, Pennsylvania
  20. CarlJanuary 5th, 2010 at 10:45 pm
    Hi, I am from New Mexico and I totally enjoyed your podcast!
  21. Paula Naugle
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:52 pm
    AWESOME! I am so impressed by your 1st grade Flat Stanley project. Your reading and speaking skills are so easy to hear and understand. I’m glad you all had a good trip and got back home safely. I teach 4th graders in New Orleans.
  22. Lorraine Leo
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:56 pm
    I had so much fun listening to your voices on the podcast! You used LOTS of expression when you were telling your story. I liked the way you used the sound effects too. I could imagine all of the places that you were describing. Thank you for sharing your podcast with the rest of the planet! Great job!
  23. Greg StevensJanuary 5th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
    Beautiful recording. So expressive. How did you come up with the script? Did your class work together on the story you would tell? The pieces fit together wonderfully.
  24. Miss Eckert
    January 5th, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    Great podcasts!
    Greetings from my 7th grade science class in St. Louis, Missouri…if Flat Stanley came to St. Louis he would probably visit the Arch and Busch Stadium (home to the Cardinals)!
  25. Donna Leontowicz
    January 5th, 2010 at 11:38 pm
    WOW! What a great job to all of you. I love your voices and the story. Thank you for sharing this with all of us!
    I live in Red Deer Alberta, Canada.
  26. Sallie Draper
    January 6th, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    Fantastic job! Thanks so much for taking me along on your adventures!
    I live in Sleepy Eye, MN
  27. Chris Hyde
    January 6th, 2010 at 3:14 pmThis is awesome! You all did an outstanding job with your reading expression. Keep up the great work!
    Chris from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  28. Brenda Hallowes

    January 6th, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    Great reading Grade ones. I loved your story. If you came to Port Elizabeth here in South Africa you would be able to go to the beach. We are enjoying hot days this week. Our schools open for the new school year next Wednesday.

  29. Mary Vreeman, Tampa, Florida
    January 6th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Your reading was amazing! It made me want to run right out to the library and read Flat Stanley again! Most of all, I enjoyed listening to your travel adventures! The decriptions were so detailed I could imagine myself traveling to those places, myself! I learned so much about far away places like Israel, Tokyo, and even SPACE TRAVEL!!! Nice Job Readers and Authors!

  30. Carrie Ward
    January 10th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I loved the creativity of all the students, the sound effects and the places they went to, especially the time travel to Chicago where I am originally from. :) I am now teaching in Dhaka, Bangladesh and can’t wait to share this podcast with the students at my school. Thanks for making such a professional story!


An Interview with Jack & Annie from the Magic Tree House

Mrs. L's first graders had listened to the second grade podcast about animals, and had really enjoyed their story. They were especially thrilled that the second graders had received so many comments from teachers around the world.  Having an audience matters… even to 6 year olds.

They were enthusiastic and eager to record their own voices to get them “into other people’s computers and iPods” too.

We started reading a chapter book together, called Vacation under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne from the Magic Tree House series with them.

The idea was to pretend that we were interviewing Jack and Annie, the two main characters, about their latest adventure that had taken them to Pompeii.

Recording with Garageband

Recording with Garageband

Throughout the process of recording the podcast, students stayed engaged by reading and formulating questions & answers to be included in the podcast. Their oral fluency and performance voice increased dramatically.

Skills addressed:

  • listening
  • speaking
  • presenting
  • comprehension
  • storytelling
  • performance
  • voice acting
  • oral fluency
  • media
  • technology
Performance by Voice Acting

Performance by Voice Acting

Take a listen to their "Magic Tree House" podcast (~11 minutes). Download it to your ipod by right clicking the following link and saving the MP3 file to your computer: MJGDS- 1St Grade Magic Tree House .

You can also listen directly to the audio by clicking on the play button below.

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People from all over the world have listened to our 1st grade's podcast and have left a comment for them.

We tracked the locations where the comments came from on the Google Map.

View MJGDS- 1st Grade Podcast: Magic Tree House in a larger map

Here are some of the comments left for our students from aroudn the world.

  1. Steven
    Wow! What an awesome podcast. You guys did such and amazing job! I can’t wait to play this for some of the students in my school. Keep up the great work!
  2. Cindy Brock
    Great job 1st graders! I am so impressed!!! I live in Memphis, TN. Keep up the great work! :)
  4. From the frozen tundra in Minnesota, congratulations to all those fine readers. I really enjoyed listening to them and the excitement they brought to their reading.
    Happy Holidays to all!
  5. Barb
    I am so impressed with all of you! We love Magic Treehouse books in our home and I often use them to help adults learn to read (so they can read to their children). You all sound so professional. I can’t wait to see what you do next!From Bishop, CA, in the Eastern Sierra mountains…
  6. Sue G.
    I really enjoyed your class podcast about a favorite book here at my school! Your voices were so full of expression too. It was just like I was really listening to Jack and Annie answering questions in real life. Your explanations of hard words was terrific. I am going to encourage the first graders in my school to try this kind of recording too! Thank you for sharing your work.
    Sue, in Short Hills, New Jersey
  7. Dean Mantz
    Fantastic job 1st graders! I find your ability to speak so clearly a great achievement since I have worked with middle school and high school students that could not be as clearly spoken. Keep up the great work. I hope to hear further podcasts from you.
  8. Dean Mantz
    Sorry, forgot to mention from Sterling, Kansas, USA
  9. Zoma Olson
    Hi from Elk River, Minnesota. Great job on your podcast! Keep up the good work!
  10. Margaret Frick
    Great job 1st graders! We’ll have to try something like this at our school in Arlington, VA.
  11. Lauren
    My 1st and 3rd grade daughters LOVED listening to your story. Thanks for sharing!
    L, M & M in Madison, WI.
  12. Allanah King
    I think your voices were lovely and clear. Were you reading or were you making it up? Well done.Allanah King
    Appleby School
    New Zealand
  13. Ian Pratt
    great story, excellent production. my 5 year old loved it.
    well done everyone.
  14. Carrie Ward
    Hi 1st graders-I loved listening to your podcast. I could tel you worked on your fluency and expression. The vocabulary learned through reading the book also showed. Magic Tree House books are fun. Thanks for sharing!
    4th Grade Teacher at AIS/D
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
  15. Andy
    Guys, you are really fourth or fifth graders, aren’t you? This was really good, you did not sound like me when I was in the first grade (just a little after Pompeii’s volcano!)
    Seriously, wondeful job, wonderful voices, and great fun to listen to. I teach young people in Northern Thailand, I am going to have them listen to this and try to do the same kind of project. I don’t know if they will do as well as you all did…they are only seventh and eighth graders (but they are learning English).Really, really a great job.
    Thank you…or as we say here “Kawp Khun Khrap! Kawp Khun, Mak Mak.

    More, more, more.

  16. Janine
    Well done! I thought podcasting would be a bit tricky for my Early Childhood School students here in Perth, Western Australia, but you did an amazing job! I can’t wait to try it! Keep up the good work.
  17. Ms. Sanderson
    I’m listening to your podcast in cold, cold Massachusetts. It’s so professional. Good work, Kids!
  18. Jerry Blumengarten - Cybrary Man
    Hi! I am from Florida. Thank for this great podcast. Boys and girls you did an outstanding job and I enjoyed listening to your wonderful voices. My grandchildren love the Magic Tree House books and I will have them listen to this too. Have a wonderful holiday season.
  19. Caroline Breyley
    Well done! You sound like you are having such a lot of fun. What a great way to show all that you have learned. I’ve been to Pompeii and climbed the volcano – there are still wafts of smoke and the smell of sulphur is very strong – like bad eggs! Its an amazing place; I hope you get to go there some time.
    Burravoe School, Yell, Shetland Islands, Scotland
  20. Karen Kliegman
    You do such great stuff!
  21. Beth Diaz
    Wow-you guys did a super job of making this a very exciting interview! I enjoyed hearing this and will play your podcast for my 2nd graders on Monday! I know they will all want to read this Jack and Annie story. I especially liked your excitement and your sound effects! I hear about your podcast on Twitter! Thanks for sharing!
    I work at an all boys school in Memphis, Tennessee, home of Elvis Presley!
  22. soultravelers3
    This is so cool! You did a great job! We are in Spain and listened with our daughter.
    Guess what? We went to Pompeii and took that book with us!
  23. Joan Young
    Wow! Very impressive! I teach kindergarten in CA and I am inspired by all of you to try a project like this with my class. You all did such a wonderful job! Kudos to your teacher as well :-)
  24. Julie Niles Petersen
    Dear Students,I am a reading specialist in California and I have to tell you that your podcast was absolutely amazing! The hard work you put into it was obvious. You came up with great questions and answers. Not only that, your fluency is truly spectacular. This sounds like it could be on TV. Your passion and excitement for this project comes shining through and it warms my heart. I hope you will make more podcasts and share them with the world because you are right, books can take us anywhere we want!

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!!!!!!

    A note to the teacher: I cannot tell you how impressed I am by this and thankful that you shared it. I also appreciate that you gave such clear directions on how to do it. I hope many teachers will follow in your footsteps. I was blown away!

  25. Dr. Frank Miller
    Hi from Western North Carolina. I am forwarding this site URL to my son’s diversity Charter school and their technology media teacher. This is just amazing and I think all the elementary grades would be excited by this concept and eager to imitate these innovative creative efforts! Thanks for disseminating this novel idea. A real service and kudos to the students.
    Frank Miller MD, Cherokee NC
  26. LauraW
    I am sorry, I don’t believe you! These can not be first graders… they must be in year 6 or something, this work is just too professional :)Seriously, the class have done a great job and we in Bowral Australia are mightily impressed!


  27. LeahZ
    Great interviews, first graders! I am a college professor in northwest Iowa, and I look forward to sharing your podcast with my students who are learning to teach. You will be teaching teachers! I think my first grade daughter is going to enjoy your interviews with Annie and Jack, too. Thanks for sharing!
  28. Christina Swinn
    Excellent podcast, first graders! I can tell that you really enjoyed the story Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne! You had great questions during your interviews and wonderful answers. I loved your “podcast voices” and sound effects. This was a great way to incorporate technology into reading and social studies class. I am SURE you learned so many things as you completed this project. Way to go! Keep up the good work! I teach first grade in Gettysburg, PA.
  29. Harold
    Great job! So when can you do a podcast on place value in math? Can you do one and have visuals too?
  30. Harold
    Oops. I live in Delaware.
  31. Patrick Higgins
    Great job on your podcasts and your research! I look forward to passing these along to the students in my schools!I am from Sparta, NJ 07871
  32. Steve Ransom
    Excellent work, you guys! My kids love the Magic Treehouse series and are jealous that they didn’t get to do what you have done here when they were in first grade. I’m even sharing your work with my university graduate students… they are learning that first graders can really do amazing things when they are encouraged to. You should give your teacher a big “high five”!
    Well done… (from Rochester, NY)
  33. saba
    wonderful kids! you all are reading so well! ur teacher must be a very lovely teacher, she does so lovely things for you keep ur good work up waiting to listen to more of ur lovely voices
  34. Karen Bosch
    Hello, first graders, from Southfield, Michigan. I can tell that you worked very hard on your podcast. Great work!
  35. Eva Büyüksimkeşyan
    Excellent work. I loved your podcast. I’ve become your greatest fan.
  36. Georgann
    Your podcast was great! My second grade enjoys The Magic Tree House Books. Maybe I should try something like this with them, you are inspiring me!
  37. Goethe Schule
    Congratulations! Excellent work! Buenos Aires Argentina
  38. Katy Gartside
    WOW!! I can’t believe you are in 1st grade – are you sure you aren’t in 4th grade?? You came up with some terrific questions and did a great job answering the questions as Jack and Annie. You are so expressive too, and it was a great idea to include explanations of difficult words. I’m so impressed. I am going to share this with my 5th grade students tomorrow – I’m sure they will love it too. They will probably want to do a podcast like you!
    Congratulations from New York City.
  39. Leslie Davison
    Great job! I enjoyed listening. The sound effects were really fun. I will share your podcast with students at my school this week. I’m sure they will love it too. Keep up the great work!
    Felicidades from Snowy Mountains of Colorado
  40. Deb Schiano
    Awesome job Jacks, Annies and interviewers!
    Guess what? I have experience acting as Jack also! One time we changed our whole elementary school in NJ into Jack and Annie’s adventures! The front of the school was decorated like their tree house and each classroom was a different time and place that Jack and Annie visited. We even had a room that was Pompei! When students visited the rooms they learned all about Jack and Annie’s adventures and the places and time periods where they traveled.
    I hope you get a chance to read more Magic Tree House Books and make more podcasts. Learning is lots of fun, isn’t it?!
  41. Melissa Tran
    WOW! I’m in Maryland and thought you all were terrific. You made me want to learn more about Pompeii! Keep up the great work and remember to thank your teacher for coming up with such an exciting idea for a lesson!
  42. Heather Davis
    Hello from Beijing, China.
    Wow, what a wonderful podcast. I love the Magic Treehouse books. We have many of them in our Library here at our school.Your voices were very clear and exciting to listen to.

    I am going to have my Grade 3 class listen to your podcast and maybe we will make one also about one of our favourite books.

    Thanks for sharing with the world.