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August Events Newsletter

Kia ora, Whaiwhia te kete mātauranga Fill the basket of knowledge We hope the beginning of Term 3 is going well for you, 2023 really is flying by!

This newsletter is all about podcasting and how you can support ākonga to get involved, learn new digital technologies skills, and create amazing podcasts. We have something for everyone, whether you have ākonga with something to say who are interested in learning to podcast, are looking for a new digital technologies project for Terms 3 and 4, or are wanting support to further develop students' podcasting skills. Alongside the Christchurch City Libraries Design & Delivery team we are proud to present two amazing opportunities, Plan to Podcast and our soon to launch podcasting competition, Top of the Pods. Stay in the loop about these and exciting future opportunities on Twitter, Facebook or via the GCSN website.

Noho ora mai rā,

The GCSN Team

Plan to Podcast

Plan to Podcast is all about supporting ākonga to create exciting podcast episodes, whether they are just starting out or already know what it takes to produce a podcast.

Facilitated by the Christchurch City Libraries Design & Delivery Team, this programme teaches ākonga to construct a narrative for broadcast that incorporates appropriate conventions. Students will learn how to use podcasting equipment, field recording equipment, and audio editing software to record, edit, and export audio tracks.

The programme consists of three two-hour sessions and is suitable for groups of up to 12 ākonga aged Years 6 - 8. Students will learn about:

  • Audacity

  • Adobe Audition


  • RODECaster Pro

  • Zoom recording

Register for Plan to Podcast here!The podcasts created in Plan to Podcast are broadcast on the Plan to Podcast radio programme aired on Plains FM 96.9. Tune in to hear the amazing podcasts produced by ākonga across greater Christchurch and get inspired to create your own!

These episodes are also available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and the Plains FM website.

Top of the Pods Competition

Do you have ākonga who are aspiring podcasters? Or maybe they are curious about what it takes to produce a podcast? Perhaps your students are unsure of what a podcast is, but have a story to share?

Welcome to Top of the Pods!

GCSN is proud to be working alongside Christchurch City Libraries and Plains FM to launch Top of the Pods, a new podcasting competition where teams of ākonga from across greater Christchurch can create and submit their own podcast episode, learn new skills, and win awesome prizes.

Schools will be able to register teams of up to 12 ākonga aged Years 5 - 10 and will be challenged to develop a creative, unique <20 minute podcast about whatever you like, the world's your oyster! Top of the Pods team entries will open on 1 September 2023 and the competition will run in the first few weeks of Term 4. In the meantime keep an eye out on the GCSN newsletter, website and social media platforms for updates about the competition.

Teams will have the opportunity to work directly with people in the industry to learn new podcasting skills, use the Libraries equipment, and create an inspiring narrative. GCSN, Christchurch City Libraries and Plains FM will host two Open Days on Thursday 19 October and Friday 27 October to support teams entered in the competition.

We have amazing prizes up for grabs, including a podcasting setup for your school, a tee-shirt making masterclass, and more!

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments or want to get involved.

We hope you are as excited about this opportunity as we are!


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