Even Senators listen to Portable Radio!

I’m not talking about our NHL Ottawa Senators (although maybe they listen to us as well!)  but the senators who work on Parliament Hill.

I received the following email today:

Hi there Mr. Toft,

I thought that you and your students may like to know that Senator Elaine McCoy blogged about Portable Radio last week.

visit Senator Elaine McCoy’s blog

Thanks and look forward to hearing more!


Congratulations to all of the students involved.  We know we say this a lot but it is true: your opinion matters and people, including senators, are listening to what you have to say!

PortableRadio.ca makes top 8 in contest

This afternoon I got a call from someone who worked for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. He told me how much they liked our video and that it made the top 8!

Congratulations everyone! Your hard work creating posters, recording audio, writing on blackboards and falling off of snow boulders paid off!

I hope everyone gets a chance to visit www.ShowUsYour.ca to see the other videos that were shortlisted.  They are all really good.  Ours is a part of a wide range of videos including a rock group , a news anchor who went to Haiti after the earthquake, and a business that paints bicycle bells.

With your parent’s permission, please vote. You will be asked to give an email address and phone number.  The C.I.R.A. promises not to send spam or bug your home with telemarketing.

If you know of any family members and friends who you think would vote for us, please ask them to visit www.ShowUsYour.ca.  Just by voting, they will be entered in a draw to win a camcorder. Vote daily to increase your, and our, chances of winning.

Voting closes March 26, 2010.

“Our Most Demanding Audience”

“The children behind Portable Radio are a whole lot more articulate than I can remember being in elementary school. They quite obviously scripted their audio segments before they began recording. But it’s clear that they’re thinking in full paragraphs, not the sound bites that pass for business strategy or the monosyllables that substitute for political debate in adult circles.”

Mitchell Beer, CEO of The Conference Publishers.  Click here to read his entire post.

Mitchell Beer wrote this post after the latest Portable Radio P.O.V.was broadcast CBC radio’s Ottawa Morning last week.  Mrs. Smith’s students took on the topic of the Apple iPad that was just announced.

Congratulations to Mrs. Smith’s grade 5s for proving that kids do have a voice and people are listening.  You are making an impact!

Thank you, Mr. Beer, for taking the time to write about us.

Portable Radio Wins Award

Nathan and Jane,

Congratulations!  Your podcast was selected for a Kidcast Award in the Editorial POV category!  I apologize for how long this contest has drug on, but we’ve finally wrapped it all up.  The judges were very impressed and complimentary of you and your students work.  I, for one, enjoy holding up your podcast as an example for teachers and students everywhere.  Thank you for engaging your students in this medium and helping them develop their sense of inquiry, argument, point of view, and communication.  You are giving them gifts that will anchor them solidly in their future.

Your trophy is on its way and should arrive soon!

Thank you again for you participation!  I wish you continued success with your show!

Dan Schmit
KidCast: Podcasting in the Classroom

Portable Radio to be aired on CBC January 2, 2009

Nicolle Arams, a producer with CBC Radio, sent me the following message about our Point of View Episode about second chances:

thank you for doing this so well & so quickly.
It will fit into the show which will air between 6-8:30 on the morning of January 2.
I may break it into segments but am still in the editing process and not sure which way I’ll go with it.
But tell the kids to have a listen if they can on the 2nd of January, while their parents are probably still asleep!

Best to you and everyone at A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School!!!!

Happy Holidays!

University Professors discuss Portable Radio P.O.V.!


One of our Portable Radio Point of View episodes was discussed by two university professors from the University of Nebraska. Talk about “point of view” coming full circle; listen to their point of views on our own point of view!

KidCast is a podcast for teachers about making podcasts. It is created by Dan Schmit, a professor at the University of Nebraska. In Episode 50 he “features a guest, Dr. Michael Schueth from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Department of English. Dr. Shueth and [Dan] discuss the concept of argument and its role in developing more effective writing and podcasting.”