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The Best of #ISTE19 News from Soundtrap | Day 1

This year I’ve partnered with Soundtrap to share their very special podcast series. Over the next three days, Soundtrap will release a brand new podcast episode featuring the very best news from ISTE. Below, you’ll find a special message — I can’t wait for you to check it out!

How to Empower Student Voice with Digital Storytelling

Everyone has a story to tell. Insert technology into this age-old craft and bam! Suddenly kids uncover the cool factor in storytelling—it’s a way for them to share their passions and ideas in the digital landscape that powers their daily lives.

Digital storytelling enhances student learning on so many levels: It’s creative and collaborative. The audience-driven nature of storytelling offers the perfect backdrop for thoughtful, peer-to-peer exchanges. Kids learn the value of listening—truly listening—as they parse information for their projects. They hone their research abilities and improve planning, writing and editing skills. In developing new, fresh content, they develop a much deeper understanding of the curriculum.

The recent rise in podcast popularity has made a global impact on classrooms. Teachers are merging project-based learning with analysis and digital-production to empower student voice through these original podcasts and then share them with a larger audience.

At Soundtrap, we know listening comprehension is fundamental to literacy. It’s why we’ve earned a seat at the forefront of the classroom podcasting revolution.

Click here to find information on Soundtrap at ISTE.

Professional Development that Really Works. Really.

Earlier this month, Soundtrap, a Spotify company, partnered with Listenwise, a listening skills-building company, to combine Soundtrap’s easy-to-use audio- and podcast-creation platform with Listenwise’s audio news resources and step-by-step teaching pedagogy. This holistic approach combines Soundtrap’s unique audio-creation and publishing capabilities with NPR programming curated by Listenwise, giving teachers the tools they need to help their students create thought-provoking podcasts that engage them at the deepest levels.

We also know technology can be daunting for many teachers—and that learning how to use it can be even more daunting. Don’t worry. We have you covered.

An important feature of the Soundtrap/Listenwise package is its unique professional development (PD) model. The PD offers personal, 1:1 coaching by podcasting experts throughout the podcast-creation process, project templates, instructional materials, assessment rubrics, and three months of free access to Soundtrap and Listenwise. To request more information please visit:

Podcasts with the ISTE Experts

Not to brag, but we also like to do a little podcasting ourselves. Throughout the three-day conference, Soundtrap will create Best of ISTE, an on-site series of 12-15 episodes that will highlight the exciting things that are happening at ISTE from the perspectives of a variety of conference participants. The series will be available for free, to subscribe and stream, via Spotify.

Throughout this special series, some of the most accomplished leaders in their fields will discuss topics ranging from AI to educational leadership, and explore the latest trends, challenges, and technology advancements throughout the K-12 space.

The podcasts will be published daily at, and on Spotify.

They’ll be recorded at Soundtrap’s very own podcast studio at ISTE, in the expo hall at the Soundtrap Booth 2153.

Gamifying ISTE Student Standards

Stop by our booth—2153—to chat with our fun-loving team, see how a podcast is made and maybe create one yourself too.

You can also join us today from 2-4 p.m. on Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 32, where Soundtrap team members Meredith Allen and Audrey O’Clair will explore, brainstorm and crowdsource ways to bring podcasting into the classroom for STEM and STEAM curricula in their program, “Gamifying the ISTE Student Standards: Capture, Create and (Pod)Cast.”

No devices needed, folks. And it’s aimed at beginners. Join Meredith and Audrey as they make it easy to become part of the podcast movement.

Click here to find information on Soundtrap at ISTE.

Check back tomorrow for more updates from ISTE, you certainly won’t want to miss this!

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Blog Author and EdTech Consultant Dr. Monica Burns

Monica Burns

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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