Portable TV: Episode Eight [22:53]

In episode 8 we have:

  • a report about our ski trips
  • a balloon powered zipline
  • 52 pick-up! 7 classes from around the world participated in our card challenge
  • Can You Do This: “Don’t Turn Your Head”
  • student animations
  • Word Up: “anthropomorphic”
  • a shout out to Mr. Walker’s class at Russley School in New Zealand
  • Teacher vs. Student challenge: Mohmad vs. Mr. Dunford

Portable TV: Episode SIX [17:08]

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In this, the first episode of Portable TV of the season, we have:

  • a report about the Global Children’s Challenge
  • tower building
  • a shout out to Mrs. Swift’s class in Elmvale, Ontario, Canada
  • our attempt at an obstacle course designed by students in New Zealand
  • our first Teacher vs. Student challenge of the year: D’Lontae vs Mrs. Akeson
  • Top 10 things about Berrigan Elementary School
  • Riddle Me This with Wajid and Kahir
  • Brain Bust with Julie and Gisele

Find Portable Radio and Portable TV at PortableRadio.ca

Obstacle Challenge!

Two classes in two cities in New Zealand worked together to create an obstacle challenge.  You can see videos of how they did at:

The Ins and Outs
7 Wonders 2012

We, here in Ottawa, Canada, decided to try the challenge.  The idea was to get as many kids as possible through the obstacle course in fifteen minutes.  I think we did pretty well!  Here’s are some video highlights:

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Season 7 P.O.V. #1 [2:17]

Welcome back! This is our 7th year of Portable Radio.  This year the students involved are in Mr. Toft’s Grade 4/5 class in Berrigan Elementary School in Ottawa, Canada.

Here’s the first topic of the year:

Should kids wear lace up, Velcro, or slip-on shoes at school?

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Find Portable Radio and Portable TV at PortableRadio.ca

Portable TV: Episode FIVE [14:47]

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In the fifth episode of Portable TV we have:

  • students picking up hooks with their heads
  • New Zealand and Canada respond to our second “We Challenge You!” Challenge
  • a report about the 2012 summer Olympics
  • Jack Magic
  • Leo Brooks teaches us how to play our drums
  • Skyping Origami Yoda author Tom Angleberger
  • our final Teacher vs. Student challenge
  • Top 10 memories of Grade Five

Links

Ins and Outs class blog (Palmerston North, New Zealand)

Mme Marnie’s class blog (Berrigan Elementary School, Ottawa, Canada)

Skyping with Tom Angleberger [5:49]

On Thursday, May 24, 2012, Tom Angleberger Skyped our Grade 5 class. He’s the author of many books including The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Darth Paper Strikes Back, The Secret of the Fortune Wookie and Fake Mustache. Thanks for visiting our class through Skype, we enjoyed learning how to fold an emergency origami Yoda and talking with you about writing.

Graphics and messages in this video are made by students in Mr. Toft’s Grade 5 class.  The title page cartoon was done by Cooper. Videotaping was done by Liana and Kevin.

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Portable TV: Episode THREE [10:42]

In the third episode of Portable TV we have:

  • students saying the alphabet backwards
  • New Zealand and Texas, USA respond to our “We Challenge You!” Challenge
  • a report about a CBC radio reporter’s visit to our classroom
  • Jack Magic
  • our Greek myth plays

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Links

Click here to hear our class talk about March Break on CBC Radio

Visit the Ins and Outs class blog to see the entire video of their ball pass challenge (New Zealand)

Visit 49-ers class blog to see the entire video of their ball pass challenge (U.S.A.)

Visit our class blog to see our Greek plays

Impressive numbers!

Portable Radio has been online for six seasons and over 250 grade 4, 5 and 6 students have participated in creating the shows.  Check out the statistics that have been collected since then:

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The most popular download was our POV from June 2008.  It was about the Hockey Night in Canada theme song.  To date, it has been played 1182 times.  You can find it here.

We have had visits from 106 different countries!  The top ten countries with the most visits were:

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. Philippines
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Australia
  6. New Zealand
  7. Singapore
  8. Ukraine
  9. Brazil
  10. Russia

I know I say this often, but kids do have a voice and people, many people, are listening!

Season 6 Episode 2 [8:45]

Happy November.  In our part of the world, the leaves have pretty much finished changing colour and have fallen to the ground

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Here’s what we have prepared for our second episode of the season:

  • The Say It Game
  • Ghoulish adjectives
  • Three times tables – as recorded by our quadblog buddies in Wales
  • Four clocks:   Zamin. Rhys, Rohan
  • Cube Puzzle by David, Ali, Jack
  • Animal Stories by Morgan and Sierra
  • Cross Country and Soccer by Mykenna and Madison
  • Freaky Friday by Sameer, Kevin and Ryan

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Music used in this episode:

Our theme song is WW by Greenroom (Music Alley)

The following is from Purple Planet Royalty Free Music:

  • Turning the Screw
  • Robotik

Season 6 Episode 1 [12:05]

Portable Radio is back.  Mr. Toft finds it hard to believe this is Portable Radio’s 6th season.

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This year’s “Portable Kids” were in Kindergarten when this podcast first started!

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In this episode we have:

  • writing tips from students in Wexham,Wales,
  • Melanie and Eshum tell us about Cloud 9, a class in New Zealand.  We share some of the audio message we sent to their class,
  • Jarod and Sarah tell us about the Global Children’s Challenge,
  • Leila talks about lunches,
  • we do our best to read limericks Heron Primary’s blog.  Heron Primary is a class in England,
  • similes made by our class and kids in Barnsley, England,
  • and the “Don’t Say It Game”.
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Websites mentioned in this podcast:

Members of our Quad Blog:

Music used in this episode:

Our theme song is WW by Greenroom (Music Alley)

The following is from Purple Planet Royalty Free Music:

  • Girl on a Scooter
  • The Music Box
  • Masala Madness
  • Swaying Daisies
  • Funk City

Season 5 P.O.V. #8 [3:16]

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This week the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – also known as Will and Kate – will be visiting Ottawa. While they will be busy visiting places like Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall and the War Museum, we’d like to suggest a few other places to visit – if they have any free time.

CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning aired our podcast on June 27, 2011 and a second time on Canada Day, July 1! Congratulations to everyone involved!

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Season 5 P.O.V. #7 [1:40]

The students who make Portable Radio made this in response to Elections Canada reporting that very few young people participated in the last federal election.  

The students you hear have all taken the “Future Voter’s Pledge”.  That is to say, they have promised to participate in elections when they are old enough.

We challenge anyone who isn’t old enough to vote to take the same pledge.  Just download the certificate and fill it out.  This will symbolize the promise you are making to yourself to participate in Canada’s democratic system.

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Download “Future Voter’s Pledge”

Season 5 Episode 7 [14:13]

In this episode:

  • Mrs. Smith’s class make rain with their hands
  • Mr. Toft listens to his voice mail which is filled with messages from upset parents
  • Yahya and Naana convince Mr. Toft to let him bring their dangerous pets to school
  • Karen tells us about our trip to the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
  • Awo, Linh, Sehrish and Samantha share commercials for their new snacks and cereals
  • Control B, South March’s very own blues band, performs their song, “The S.M.P.S. Blues”

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Credits

Our theme song is  WW by Greenroom (Music Alley)

The following came from Purple Planet Royalty Free Music:

Filet Mignon
Girl on a Scooter
Heavy Hitter
Mr. Jelly Goes to Town
Rickety Roadster

Season 5 Episode 6 [12:25]

The Snow Day Edition – On our second snow day of the 2010/2011 school year, students in grade 5 and 6 in Mrs. Smith’s class and Mrs. Kerkhoff’s class joined together to discuss, write and record their ideas about a variety of topics. In this podcast you will hear:

  • Shannon, Kendel and Morgan speaking about Musical Artists
  • Steven and Brayden asking “Why are all the fun websites blocked?”
  • Jessica, Estella and Mann did a survey about Animals
  • Connor and Dylan share their thoughts on the Hockey Trades
  • Ilan and friends debate about Laptops in school
  • Fatma and Zaynab speak about Perseverance
  • Kyle, Tyler and Tariq discuss two popular music Video Games
  • Austin and Stefan give their take on  Skateboarding
  • Nabeeha and Abeer  discuss the pros and cons of Snow Days

Click here to  listen Season 5 Episode 6

Credits

Our theme song is  WW by Greenroom (Music Alley)

All other music is used by permission.

Season 5 Episode 5 [11:01]

Nick, Rahul, Abdulla, Owen, Philip, Shashaank, Isaiah, Awo, Maisie, Linh, Ayah, Elliott, Hamzah, Kollie, Michael, Shannon, Karen, Sarah and Sehrish share ideas on how to get an annoying sibling off the couch. James and a special guest tell us about Ursula Vernon’s book Dragonbreath.

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Credits

Our theme song is  WW by Greenroom (Music Alley)

We used the following from JewelBeat.com:
Funky Moment
Game Adventure
Hyper Groove
Funky Cub Hit

We used the following from Purple Planet Royalty Free Music:

Masala Madness
Above the Clouds
Mr. Jelly Goes to Town
Punching Bag
Rickety Roadster
Robotik
Funk City