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
The Benefits of podcasts for your class
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 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 to use 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.