Wednesday, January 18, 2006

A Great Middle School Podcast

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from Longfellow Middle School in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The students in the "School in the Coulee" part of Longfellow (Coulee is a geographic region of Wisconsin) are producing a series of podcasts this year, with the assistance of their teacher, Jeanne Halderson. I'm really impressed by what these students have accomplished - and if they are doing this in middle school, what will they expect from us when they get to college?!! I first learned about this podcast on the site at:

The show notes for the 18 November 2005 podcast included:

"This week's podcast includes Math Corner, This Week in History, Mealworm Metamorphosis, Lima Bean Dissection, Building Flowers, Photosynthesis, Gymnosperms & Angiosperms, and more!"

More details about this middle school podcasting project can be found on the web at:

Note that they even have a rubric for improving the quality of their podcasts!

The original podcast was an "enhanced" podcast with digital images, but I couldn't get my RSS feed to see that it was an audio file. So Mrs. Halderson created a regular mp3 file for me. Thanks! [The original m4a enhanced podcast is at:]

Best regards,



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More about the Coulee Region of Wisconsin:

The Coulee Region ("coulee" is an old French idiom for the steep narrow valleys which abound in this area) is a region that takes in the Driftless (unglaciated) Area of southwestern Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota. With no glaciers to level the landscape, frost, water and gravity have gradually worn down the sandstone and limestone hills through the centuries. (from


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