NCHS Students Share Quarantine Experiences Through Podcasts
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, a number of NCHS students have been sharing their thoughts and experiences through podcasts that describe how living through the pandemic has affected their lives. As part of a class project at the high school, approximately sixty-five students, freshman through senior, taking Music Tech I and Music Tech II, have been asked to record podcasts to document their feelings over the past several weeks when social distancing, living in quarantine and distance learning took effect.
The students’ teacher, Anna Moody, labelled the assignment “To My 35-Year-Old Self” and asked her class to design their podcasts as a record not only for the present but the future. “This audio blog will give you real time documentation of what happened from your perspective,” she told her students, in her initial instructions. “We want to memorialize this time and be able to revisit when you are an adult with a family of your own.”
Ms. Moody suggested her students present observations from all levels and perspective, be it from a personal or family, community or global outlook. She gave them latitude to talk about whatever topic they chose, suggested other family members participate, and required each of their six individual podcasts be at least 90 seconds long and include music at the beginning and end. Most of the projects are between two and six minutes in length.
What started out as a school assignment took on much deeper meaning as the quarantine continued, and the project went beyond the classroom for many students. In their podcasts, they began sharing personal and enduring stories about how making the recordings themselves was providing new insights into what it was like living through a pandemic. One subject that arose was how their podcasts may possibly be used in classrooms as a history lesson for future generations learning what life was like for high school students in 2020.
Without realizing it, this pandemic has changed you, your friends and family, and the entire world,” added Ms. Moody, to her students. “People will be talking about this for generations to come. We are living history.”
Listen to some of the exemplary final projects below: