I’ve started a new project with Judy Dyer, in 4th grade. Her students have just finished reading their book A Long Way from Chicago, and she has them doing a radio-style production of it. They’ve had to pick scenes, decide on dialog to use, and write narrator parts. Then they have to read expressively, and keep up while others are reading in order to hit their cues. I bought a cheap USB mic that looks a bit old-fashioned (the Blue Snowball) to record them with, and added some good radio-sounding EQ and some scratches in the background. Our first run-through went very well, except that my office, with it’s equipment fans and the 3D printers, is very noisy. Today is the real production, and I think the final product is going to be something the kids are really proud of.

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