Youth Radio

Connecting Youth Voices to the World

Greetings from Madrid, Spain

Posted by dogtrax on December 18, 2007

The students from the American School in Madrid, Spain, have sent forth this greeting for everyone.


Listen to their greeting (with an international flavor)

What languages do you speak?

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A Special Report About Michigan, USA

Posted by dogtrax on December 16, 2007

Reverse coin side (tails) of the Michigan quarter.

Our student reporters from Michigan, USA, prepared this insightful podcast about their home state, giving some history, points of interest and wonderful information.

Listen to the podcast from Monroe Elementary School.

What makes your state or country special? Use the comment section down below to add your thoughts.

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A Collective Welcome to Youth Radio, Year Two

Posted by dogtrax on December 1, 2007



Our launch of the second year of Youth Radio is now underway, as students in a handful of participating schools (Mississippi, Colorado, Michigan and New Jersey) recorded a greeting and sent those files to the Norris School in Massachusetts, where students edited them into one official Welcome podcast.

Take a listen to our greetings

(Two Norris students use Audacity to do some sound editing on the “Welcome to Youth Radio” files)



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Voices of Norris

Posted by dogtrax on November 26, 2007

Students in Southampton, Massachusetts, have already been busy this year with podcasting and are getting excited about Youth Radio.

Here are some of our podcasts this year:

What do you think?

Posted in Homepage, Massachusetts | 8 Comments »

Found Poems in Mississippi

Posted by dogtrax on May 10, 2007

Students in Mississippi used the concept of “found poems” to create a series of podcasts for novels that they have been reading. Listen in as they share their writing and understanding of the novels:

What books are you reading?

Posted in Homepage, Mississippi | 3 Comments »

Donny II: The Mummy and Donny Altman

Posted by dogtrax on May 8, 2007

Many people after listening to “Donny and the Ghost” have asked “What happens next to Donny?” The students at Molalla Elementary School have worked very diligently to provide an answer: this new tale. Not only did we write a new script, but we bought a new microphone and selected a different cast to play Donny, his mother and father and a host of supporting roles. (You — and Donny — get to meet Emma Jean Tealeaf at last.)

Donny II

If you haven’t yet listened to “Donny and the Ghost” we suggest you scroll down this page and do that first. After you’ve done so, sit back and relax for a story which we believe you will find very funny. Please let us know what you think.

— Mr. Bledsoe, 4th/5th grade teacher, Molalla, Elementary, Molalla, Oregon

Podcast: The Mummy and Donny Altman (33 minutes, 54 seconds)

or listen right here:

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Poems for Two Voices

Posted by dogtrax on April 28, 2007

Our study of listening, writing and performing poetry is slowly winding down (Mr. H will bring in his electric guitar, amplifier and drum machine next week to show students a bit about how poetry can inspire songwriting) and our classes worked on Poems for Two Voices in which two people weave their words in and out of each other. Here are a few of the poems written and performed by students.

Take a Listen


What kind of poems do you like?

Mr. H


Posted in Homepage, Massachusetts | 30 Comments »

Quidditch Poetry Podcast

Posted by dogtrax on April 7, 2007

This time of year is Quidditch Season at our school in Massachusetts. About eight years ago, a student worked with our gym teacher to devise a version of the Harry Potter magical game for our sixth graders to play. There are about five different things going on the field at the same time and the sixth graders spend an entire day (this coming Wednesday) playing the other sixth grade classes in a Quidditch Tournament that lasts the entire school day. The rest of the school comes in to watch and cheer from the stands. (Our classroom’s team name this year is ARCTIC SHOCK)

(click on the illustration of the Quidditch field to go to Flickr and learn more about the game)

This week, our students were writing poems celebrating the game or their team or some aspect of the game, and we had volunteers read their poems for a podcast.

We’ll let you know how we do in the tournament. We have a great team this year — working together, cheering each other on, and having a lot of fun.

Posted in Homepage, Massachusetts | 10 Comments »

The Elements — from the Philippines

Posted by dogtrax on March 20, 2007

The Elements is the story of Basilan (a remote part of the Philippines) presented in a unique way. Combining dance, music, myth, actual events, dazzling costumes, and modern technology all rolled into one. Who would ever expect that a group of students from the remotest and perceived to be the most troubled spot in the Philippines could come up with such a world class play? Basilan was a battlefield for more than 30 years between Christians and Muslims and this a musical play features both Christians and Muslims in the cast. Not only that, the students speak in several native dialects such as Chavacano, Visayan, Yakan and Tausog and yet they were able to unite and come up with a superb performance. The performance is by a sister school of the Claret School of Quezon City and the Claret students have been working on a website to showcase The Elements production.

Listen to podcast of excerpts from The Elements

posted by students from Claret School in Quezon City, Philippines

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Objects of Memories

Posted by dogtrax on March 9, 2007

In Southampton, we have been working on paragraph writing and we just finished up an assignment on narrative paragraph writing in which students chose a concrete object that represented some strong memories for them. We then recorded them for a podcast and we are sharing them with you. (the audio levels aren’t so great because of a slight technology glitch)

Mr. Hodgson also shared an example of a narrative paragraph about a tea cup that reminds him of his great-grandmother. Listen to Mr. H.

Look around your house. Do you have objects that remind you of someone, or some place, or something? Please share your stories with us here at Youth Radio.

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