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Rubrics for DIY Podcast Assignments

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You may want to consider developing a rubric for your DIY Podcast project. A rubric helps you grade the podcast more objectively and helps students understand exactly what is expected of them on the project.

You could create your rubric from scratch or search the Internet for a variety of sample rubrics associated with digital audio or video projects and then customize a rubric for your classroom project. Start by identifying the podcast requirements. Do you expect outside research? Is there a minimum or maximum length?

After determining the required elements of the podcast project, establish the scoring levels for each criterion. For example, if content is one of the criteria, a strong message with complete, in-depth information would receive an exemplary score of four. A message that includes essential information on the topic and communicates clearly would receive three points. A message that vaguely communicates some essential information would score two points, and an unclear message that is sparse on facts and essential information would receive one point.

Here are a few criteria to consider for your rubric:

•    Planning and research
•    Introduction
•    Script
•    Discussion of relevant scientific topic
•    Science demonstration
•    Use of images or music
•    Presentation/delivery
•    Technical production
•    Teamwork

It’s preferable for students to receive a copy of the rubric at the beginning of a DIY Podcast project assignment. This information allows students to focus their time and attention on the elements most important to the project.

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