ADKX-tra Credit is a history podcast for students. Each episode examines a topic in the history of the Adirondack Park region of New York State and brings it into focus. ADKX-tra Credit presents intriguing topics, interesting historical tidbits, and insights into the Adirondack Experience’s world-class collection. It connects directly to upper elementary and middle school NYS curriculum.
To find out more about the premise of ADKX-tra Credit, the people behind it, and the Adirondack Park, listen to the first episode: Hello from Blue Mountain Lake
Using podcasts with your class has numerous benefits!
Enhances listening comprehension. The step from listening to verbal information and understanding what it means is a struggle for many students. This is true whether it is instructions, information, or even a joke. Podcasts present a fun way to practice those skills. CLICK HERE to download a copy of a Podcast Response Sheet that is available for you to use.
Extends student learning with links between content areas. No time for Social Studies? ADKX-tra Credit episodes are only 20-30 minutes. Episode notes will include lessons and ideas for extensions. Check back often, we are constantly working to develop more useful, curriculum-oriented material.
Encourages reflective thinking. The ability to look at the past and develop understanding and insights about what happened and using this information to develop a deeper understanding is at the core of every Social Studies/History class. It is a natural part of learning. ADKX-tra Credit will bring the past alive for listeners.
Repetitive listening. Big concepts and unfamiliar vocabulary will become clear with repeat listening.
Provides an opportunity to scaffold lessons. Podcasts are a great tool for teachers trying to reach struggling or unmotivated students.
Allows students the freedom to multitask. Earbuds are an iconic sight on today’s students. Podcasts present a perfect marriage of listening while doing something else.
Quick ways to start using a podcast in your classroom:
Centers – download our Podcast Response Sheet and you have a ready-made center.
Practice summarizing – pair students after listening and have them tell each other what the podcast was about.
Alternative to a read aloud – episode scripts are available for download. Students can read along as they listen.
Whole class listening – listen together and you can generate discussions and answer questions.
Introduce a new unit – ADKX-tra Credit is curriculum based. Every two weeks we will be adding new episodes that connect Adirondack history and classroom instruction.
A transitional activity after lunch, recess, or specials – fill that challenging time between activity and quiet learning with whole class listening time.
Listening while on a long bus trip – Adirondack Experience is located in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. A great way to prepare for a visit or assimilate after a visit is by listening to ADKX-tra Credit.
Thank you for making ADKX-tra Credit part of your students learning enrichment. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics please contact .