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Podcasting: Where Blind Students Lead the Way

In 2019, tech savvy students at the Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) wanted to start a radio station, but the cost of equipment put that idea out of reach. One student had some experience in a new broadcast medium – podcasting. As they worked through the kinks and learned how to do a podcast, the students decided to launch their podcast in March 2020, and then the COVID pandemic hit full force. Undaunted, they released their first episode, “Introduction to Podcasting,” on April 4, 2020 and haven’t stopped since, with episode 22 first airing on May 6th of this year. Read about the students’ experiences and the popularity of the podcast at Paths to Technology. Select an episode from the list at KSSB podcasts, then listen on Simplecast or Apple itunes. KSSB offers podcasting classes for middle and high school students, too, so contact the school for more information.

The Story Seeds Podcast matches kids 6-12 years old and their story ideas with the imaginations of beloved storytellers who grow their “story seeds” into original short stories! The ten episodes posted on the Story Seeds site include making the transition from homeschool to public school and a story about a 74-foot tall detective. Accompanying activity books follow each podcast for $3.99. For those who want to learn to podcast during the summer, Story Seeds has a number of workshops beginning with a single-session Introductory Workshop on June 23 from 3-4:15 p.m. ET for 7-14 year olds, followed by a weekly mini-camp beginning July 14 and a week-long intensive camp in August. Programs are conducted over Zoom, with live presenters, and all have audio components. Guest presenters may create slides but will be speaking and providing audio clips as well. Fees apply. Learn more here.