Students With Initiatives To Create Humanitarian Outcomes Now!
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If your school or youth group would like to create their own unique 1 hour program for SwitchOn Radio please contact Executive Producer, Viarnne Mischon – firstname.lastname@example.org
SBN delivers unique in depth workshops for students from primary to tertiary level to create their own ‘one off’ radio show for SwitchOn Radio to be broadcast and streamed live to the world. ‘SwitchOn’ enrichment program for youth offers the opportunity for young people aged 8-13 & 14-18+ to experience a life changing incursion / excursion resulting in their own unique production of a one hour radio show to be broadcast (live and via global streaming) on either ‘Primary Perspectives – radio created for kids by kids’, ‘Your Planet Needs You!’ or other relevant time slots via 94.1fm 3WBC and then rebroadcast nationwide via CRN – Australia’s National Community Radio Network.
SwitchOn Radio: A unique and life changing experience for young people
The SBN’s ‘SwitchOn Radio’ incursion/excursion is an in-depth experience for both students and teachers. Participants learn a broad range of media skills (tailored to meet the needs and capabilities of the relevant age group) including: planning and preparing a 1 hour radio program, script writing, news researching and reporting, recording vox pops and interviews on location, producing ‘stingers’ (show/station IDs), audio editing and on air presenting.
Learning Outcomes for students include:
(dependent on the capabilities of the relevant age group)
Literacy – research, script writing, use of empowering speech and persuasive text, news reporting
Listening and speaking – communication skills, vocabulary expansion, comprehension, confidence building, improving self-esteem, use of empowering speech
Team building – cooperation and collaboration, appreciation and integration of diversity
Creative Arts/Media – script writing, segways, interview techniques, audio production and editing, music, singing, poetry
Building on civics and citizenship – sharing community projects with the broader community
What do participants have to say?
Feedback from ‘SwitchOn Radio’ Debut – River Gum Primary School ‘Cultural Crew’ broadcast 29 May, 12
“As you know,” SwitchOn Radio” stands for “Students with Initiatives to Create Humanitarian Outcomes Now!” Our students were immersed in the topic of “Diversity” which they chose to explore as part of an inquiry unit in their classrooms. However, they had a real opportunity for authentic learning experiences as they were able to share their learning with the rest of the world through the radio show.
All teachers involved attest to how positive and valuable the activity was for their students. All students were engaged throughout the program and it catered for their individual learning needs. It also provided a wonderful opportunity for students to be extended in the Thinking Curriculum. The concept of “creating humanitarian outcomes” as the title suggests, entails high order thinking and if you listen to the program you most certainly will agree that the students challenge your own thinking.” Katherine Dimopoulos, Leader of Learning: Literacy, River Gum Primary School
River Gum Primary School ‘Cultural Crew’ Years 5 & 6 students:
“It was a good opportunity for me to be on radio as it taught me some skills I would never learn in life such as what goes on in a radio station and script writing. It also gave me the confidence to do more things in life”. Zach, 12
“It was really inspiring to be part of the radio show because it made me think about how other cultures live and think. We are all different but it is possible to live peacefully. I feel more confident now and it was great fun!” Komal, 11
“I am much more confident talking in public now. Being involved in the show taught me about different lifestyles, cultures and history. I had a great time talking on live radio!” Shaleen, 12
“…an amazing experience. It helped me to build my confidence, and now I am able to look back and be proud of myself” Noah 12
“I learnt so much…it is something that I will remember for the rest of my life” Chloe 12
“We need our children to have a sense of what’s real and this program offers them the ability to research and form opinions and then translate this across the airwaves and this, in my opinion,is one of the ‘real time’ exciting breakthroughs in education.” Jon Pittard, Principal of The Peninsula School Junior Campus
Welcome to the debut SwitchOn Radio ‘Cultural Crew’ program produced by years 5 & 6 students (and their wonderful teachers) from River Gum Primary School. You can read more and listen to the entire show here on River Gum’s own ‘SwitchOn’ page.
From Zac, Matt and Taha – Cultural Crew 1: “SwitchOn Radio is such an awesome opportunity for students to create their own one hour radio show, and River Gum Primary is really excited to be bringing you the first ‘SwitchOn Radio’ show where we will be exploring our views on diversity. We will be talking about differences in our community, how we feel about people who are different to us in some way – and how diversity makes our Australia so great!”
From SBN & Primary Perspectives’ producers: “Congratulations River Gum Cultural Crew and all the teachers and students that took part in producing the debut SwitchOn Radio show. We were extremely impressed with your fantastic program on diversity… WELL DONE EVERYONE!!“