A broadcast written for kids by kids about issues relevant to all listeners and readers

Hip, Hip, Hooray...we are on our way!   “KID TALK” a new feature of Siouxland Public Media and Kid Scoop News Siouxland featured eight Siouxland students in a summer pilot project.  After researching, writing, taping and editing for several months, the featured reporters are ready to air.  Listen in to Siouxland Public Media during the months of October and November to hear the students share insights about issues that are relevant at all ages.

The overall goal of the KID TALK project is to give our local students an opportunity to not only research and write for publication in a meaningful and creative way, but to also learn the fundamentals of radio broadcasting through mentorship and a little “elbow grease”.  These students will in turn, share their new found expertise through the next phase of the project and they will mentor additional students in the creation of a radio show designed for kids of all ages.

The next step of the KID TALK project is to continue this collaborative program with the Loess Hills Elementary School.  Students from the fourth and fifth grades will develop programs designed to incorporate their technology skills with broadcasting, interviewing, writing and production. “I think that this project is so important because it fuses real world experiences with common core standards. It will build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, will integrate technology skills, and will enhance cooperative learning skills all in an engaging and relevant format. I also think it’s fantastic that our students will be exposed to career fields that they might never have known.”  Heidi Vondrak, Consulting Teacher

Principal John Beeck is excited about the possibilities for teaching broadcasting skills that incorporate the current technology integration in the schools.  Children from kindergarten through 5th grade are engaged each day through activities and programs designed to build necessary technology skills.  Layne Henn, Consulting Teacher Technology and Kathy Bottaro will be assisting with the pilot project as well as Mark Munger and Jeanette Hopkins.

Keep an “eye” and an “ear” out for the first broadcast which will air in January on Siouxland Public Media.  Find out more in upcoming issues of Kid Scoop News Siouxland.

Summer Feature Broadcasters:

Anna Nguyen  North High                  Brianna Martinez        Bishop Heelan

Parker Bell      North High                  Sydney Hopkins         East High

Alexi Bell        North Middle              Langston Saint            Loess Hills Elementary

Jami Denne     North Middle              Katie Hartnett             Bryant Elementary


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