The OPEN UP TAOTS! Podcast was a new wrinkle on the PS 682 school vision production in 2022.
Assistant Principals, Stacy Butsikares and Theresa Tisdall, as well as the Social Emotional Learning team, and Student Government coordinators all separately collaborated with students to record podcasts that captured the student perspective on issues of the times, live events and learning experiences.
Capturing school culture as its being shaped
Life at recess, No Place for Hate initiatives, diversity in classroom libraries, and a timely debate about mask mandates (above) were all recorded, and published on Spotify and TAOTS.org for the community. The result is an authentic audio time capsule of life at TAOTS in 2022.
Students learning to self publish
The podcast year ended with the Adventures in Podcasting Enrichment Cluster, in which students took a deep dive into podcast production — engineering their own shows and episodes using soundtrap.com. Small groups created shows according to their interests — recording, editing, cross-promoting each other’s shows, and publishing to the school website and Spotify.