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Welcome to Top of the Pods!

Are you an aspiring podcaster? Are you curious about what it takes to produce a podcast? Are you unsure of what a podcast is, but have a story to share? 

The Top of the Pods competition is the opportunity for you! 

GCSN, Christchurch City Council Libraries, and Plains FM are excited to present Top of the Pods, a brand new podcasting competition where teams of ākonga from across greater Christchurch can create and submit their own podcast, learn new skills, and win awesome prizes! 

Schools can register teams of up to 12 ākonga in Years 5 - 10 and from there you have until the end of October

to create and submit a unique <20 minute podcast about whatever you like; film, food, friends, science,

sports, the world's your oyster!  



  • 1. Introductions and Acknowledgements
    Introduction and thankyou to acknowledge the mahi put into the Digital Technologies Implementation Framework.
  • 2. Overview
    Overview of the DT Implementation Framework three Documents. How to navigate through them and ways to use them in your school.
  • 3. Coaching
    Learn tips and tricks on how to use the DT Implementation Framework resource, and how to deliver it in your school or Kahui Ako.
  • 4. Pedagogical Approach
    Deep dive into Pedagogical Approach. Create a collective understanding of what Pedagogical Approach means by covering the areas of 1. Governance-level documents, 2. Local curriculum integration and 3. Digital Technologies progress outcomes
  • 5. Professional Learning
    In this video we take a deep dive into professional learning by looking at the four strands of 1. Collaboration and shearing 2. Professional learning model 3. Integration of Technologies across professional learning. 4. Budget and future focus for Digital Technologies professional learning.
  • 6. Teaching and Learning
    Deep dive into the Teaching and Learning dimension of the framework, and understand what Digital Technologies Implementation looks like across the local curriculum through the two areas of 1. Sustainability of Digital Technologies and 2. Learning Community Culture and a Clear focus on ākonga engagement and achievement.
  • 7. Tech and Infrastructure
    The success of Tech and Infrastructure underpins the success of the other areas in the Framework. Understand and learn to define what access to tech and infrastructure means to the project. Cover how to obtain, manage and maintain resources through the areas of, 1. Access to Digital Technologies 2. Procurement and Maintenance
  • 8. Whānau iwi/hapū and community engagement
    This video covers Whānau iwi/hapū and community engagement. Knowing which procedures to have in place across Kura or Kahui Akoto to make the most of community engagement and what it should look like. Cover the areas of 1. Community of engagement 2. Equity of Learning 3. Whānau and ākonga understanding of permissions and access.
Join us on Wednesday 8 November at TSB Space, Tūranga Library from 5:30pm - 7:00pm for the Top of the Pods showcase and prizegiving! 

Share your podcast with friends and whānau, meet the other teams,
and hear what the judges thought of your entry. 

Check out the amazing prizes up for grabs

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A podcasting setup for your school

One ZOOM PodTrak P4 podcast recorder with two Behringer Ultravoice microphones and leads - a perfect setup for amateur podcasters! 

Create your own tee-shirt masterclass

One two-hour session for up to 12 ākonga at South Library with all the materials to design and print a set of commemorative Top of the Pods tee-shirts!

Lucky dip

Pool passes, books, drink bottles, and more!

Useful resources

If you can't make it to the Top of the Pods Open Days, don't know where to start, or are on the lookout for new skills to elevate your podcasts, check out the resources below! 

The Podcasting Playbook

Check our GCSN's brand new podcasting resource packed full of tips and tricks to support you to create amazing podcasts! 

There are 5 modules covering everything you need to know to create your podcast, whether you are new to podcasting or are looking to add to your podcasting skillset. 

Each module includes a podcasting episode showing you all that podcasting has to offer!

Computer Programming
Audacity Cheat

Produced by Plains FM, this cheat sheet provides you with an overview of how tot use the Audacity programme and tips and tricks to support you to make amazing podcasts! 


It provides guidance on the key processes within the Audacity programme which can help you to elevate your podcasts. 

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LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning offers tutorials on software, technology, creative and business skills taught by industry experts. 

Get free access when you sign in with your Christchurch City Library's membership card

Search for Audacity or Adobe Audition to learn tips and tricks on how to use these audio editing software packages. 

Meet our judges
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Sionainn Byrnes

Sionainn Byrnes is a Libraries Learning Specialist at Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi | Christchurch City Libraries, where she teaches podcasting to primary and secondary students. Sionainn cohosts the Christchurch City Libraries radio show/podcast So Many Stories and is also a podcaster outside of work!

Hear from Sionainn!
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Pia Titus

Pia Titus is the Youth Coordinator at Plains FM 96.9 where she helps all sorts of people create their own radio show and podcasts - including lots of rangatahi and young people. Pia's top tip for starting your own radio show or podcast is to be yourself and find a topic you are excited to talk about!

Hear from Pia!

Matty Beatty

Matty Beatty is a recent university graduate from the UK where she studied Media and Communication at Birmingham City University. Matty worked as a radio show producer and presented on British radio station Glitterbeam Radio for 3 years on a range of time slots including breakfast and drive-time. Matty has also created the fantasy-fiction, audio drama podcast series Tales of Torment. Since coming to Ōtautahi, Matty has begun another radio show on Plains FM, 'Keep It Camp'.

Hear from Matty!
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Gabrielle Wall

Dr Gabrielle Wall has been the General Manager of the Greater Christchurch Schools' Network for five years and involved in the education sector for many more. She has a background in inclusive design, and believes in the power of digital technologies as an enabler of creativity.

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