kidsQs is a podcast by kids, for kids!
Congratulations on being selected to be a part of kidsQs. We have developed the following guidelines to assist you with developing and recording your class’ questions.
Your class has been selected to be a part of kidsQs!
We have developed the following guidelines for teachers.
STAGE 1: TOPIC IDEAS (open submission)
- If you’re reading this, then you’ve already jumped this hurdle! Congratulations!
STAGE 2: QUESTIONS (chosen schools only)
- Use an inquiry-based approach to have students come up with questions on your topic for an expert to answer.
- We’re looking for a mixture of questions that:
- the students genuinely don’t know the answers to, and want to find out;
- other students may not know the answers to;
- we can use to create a ‘story’ within the podcast, eg.
- to set the scene: “what is climate change, and why does it matter to us?”
- to close the podcast: “so, what can us kids do about climate change that will make a difference?”
- are pitched at the level of a ‘tween’ audience.
- Don’t overthink it – we’re looking for questions that would genuinely come from students – not ones that are overly crafted.
- Send your questions to email@example.com and we’ll review them and get back to you with the list of the ones we’d like to record for the kidsQs podcast.
STAGE 3: RECORDING (chosen students only)
- Review the questions – have students do a final tweak of grammar and language if needed.
- Record kids one at a time in a small-ish room, with no background noise.
- Recording on IPhone or similar is fine, you don’t need high-tech equipment.
- Create separate sound file for each student
- It would be best if it didn’t sound like the student was ‘reading’ the question, but rather being part of a conversation.
- Have each kid introduce themselves, but mix up some of them so they don’t all sound exactly the same, eg.
- “My name is XX and I’m in year XXXX and my question is [PAUSE] XXXXX”
- “I’m XX from year XX and I want to know [PAUSE] XXXX”
- the pause is because we may just use the question and have the host introduce them.
- if they are all same year level, leave that out and it will be introduced at start.
- Have each student that does a recording return a media permission form signed by their parent/guardian (or if you already have signed media permissions held by your school, please confirm by email).
- Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- sound files
- a list of student names and year levels
- media permission forms (or confirmation in writing that you have this at school level)
- The kids’ questions will be provided to an ‘expert’ on your students’ topic. Please bear in mind that we may not be able to use all questions that are supplied.