SYNTHESIZING AND CREATING WITH TECHNOLOGY
Bring a Voice to Your Manga Character


MANGA PODCAST

Subject: Asian Art - Manga
Grade Level: 6-8


Students will be introduced to Audacity to illustrate and transcribe a story about the student’s manga character into a podcast. Audacity will show the students how to record, produce and edit the Manga stories into podcasts.



PA STATE STANDARDS
ART: PRODUCTION, PERFORMANCE & EXHIBITION 9.1.8
A. Know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities.
B. Recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts.
D. Demonstrate knowledge of at least two styles within each art form through performance or exhibition of unique works.
E. Communicate a unifying theme or point of view through the production of works in the arts.
F. Explain works of others within each art form through performance or exhibition.
J. Incorporate specific uses of traditional and contemporary technologies within the design for producing, performing and exhibiting works in the arts or the works of others.

ISTE
2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. Process data and report results.

OBJECTIVE (S)
Students will create a story or conduct an interview based on the student’s manga character
Students will learn how to create a podcast on Audacity
Students will produce a podcast to illustrate the story or interview

MATERIALS/RESOURCES
Computer with Internet access (computer lab or laptops)
Headsets and microphones
Projector connected to a computer (SMARTboard if available)
Handouts: Podcast Planning Worksheet, and Evaluation Sheet (to be created by the class)
Whiteboard or large chart paper
Pens or chalk






Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

  • Work IT department to download Audacity and get headsets, mics, etc. to create podcast


Audacity Resources and Tutorials

Alternative website for podcasts: Myna

PROCEDURES
1. DEMONSTRATION OF PODCASTING
  • Introduce the ideas behind the Manga Podcast to the students
  • Introduce “Audacity: Step-by-Step Instruction”.
  • Demonstrate and have students download Audacity.
  • Allow students to spend time working with the new digital medium.
  • Students should spend time doing the tutorials and refer to resource page for guidance

2. PLANNING THE PODCAST
  • Show examples of podcasts to the students.
  • Using the Podcast Planning sheet, each student should begin planning and generating ideas for the Manga podcast
  • Review Podcast Rubric with students.
  • Students should write out the script and have each step planned out.
  • The teacher should review the script, music and images before the student begins the production of the podcast.

3. CREATE THE PODCAST
  • When the student’s script is ready, they should record the podcast
  • Students need to edit and add music as noted in the Podcast Rubric

4. PRESENT THE STORY
  • As a whole class, students will listen to each podcast.
  • As a whole class, the students will create an evaluation sheet to fill out for each presentation along with a self-reflection, too.

EVALUATION
  • Podcasting Rubric
  • Each student will fill out an evaluation form created by the class, including a self-reflection for each podcast.

DIFFERENTIATED ACTIVITIES
  • This lesson can easily be done in small group (2-3 students) to help each other with the technology and writing of the story
    • One student can interview one another
    • Students can divide responsibilities based on comfort level
  • Handouts and worksheets can be adapted fit the learning styles in the classroom.

PLAN B
  • It is not as elaborate, but students could create a Voki.
  • Have the students go to the Voki website: http://www.voki.com/
  • Introduce Voki to the students and do a demonstration on how to create a Voki
  • Let the students explore Voki and the play with the different tools.
  • Use the Podcast Planning sheet, but omit the intro and outro music, have the students create a biography about their manga character. The Voki should be 1 to 3 minutes long.
    • Students could consider being the artist that is explains the idea behind their manga character (The "Manga Artist" being interviewed by a "critic")
  • After teacher approve the script for the manga character. The student should create their character on Voki.
  • Students will share the Voki with the whole class
  • Students, as a class, should create an evaluation sheet and each student should fill out the form, including a self-reflection for each Voki.

PLAN C
  • If it is impossible to create a podcast, have the students act out a manga story or interview a manga character with 2-3 per group
  • Students can use Podcast planning sheet to guide the story or interview that will be a minimum of 5 minutes long.
  • Students can choose to use music on CD player, props to embellish the story, voices, etc.
  • Teacher should review the material and story before the students perform
  • Students as a class should create an evaluation sheet and each student should fill out the form, including a self-reflection for each skit performed.




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