OAK CREEK - Podcasts are available on almost any subject imaginable, but one local option brings the information down to the elementary level.
The fourth-grade class at Forest Ridge Elementary, 2200 W. Drexel Ave., hosts the "G4 at the Ridge" show, a regular podcast in which students interview a number of guests, including Superintendent Tim Culver and Principal Ed Mittag.
In addition to the interviews, students discuss topics such as birthdays, field trips, and other things important to them.
Fourth-grade teacher Sarah Franson said many of the parents listen to the podcasts, which debuted in September 2016, during breakfast.
Making it happen
When Franson, who got interested in the concept after she started listening to podcasts on her phone, decided to bring podcasting to the classroom, she took a course at the library and bought a microphone for students to use.
Students work off a script, and, admittedly, sometimes it takes a few takes to get it right with giggles interrupting the podcast on a regular basis.
Students Elly Posig and Savannah Sheldrick host a number of the podcasts right from the classroom.
"I love it," Posig said about hosting. Her dream interview would be One Direction.
Sheldrick said she wants to interview President Donald Trump.
In addition to podcasts, the school also offers a media club for those interested in getting into journalism.
Teacher Lauren Feuling said this is the first year it's being offered. Grade school students learn all about making videos, writing, blogging as well as how to be anchors. The club meets every Wednesday.
Students from the fourth and fifth grades host a show called "Good Morning Forest Ridge," featuring stories about what's going on at the school, weather, book reviews, and more.
To get involved, students had to apply to the club with a paragraph of why they want to join. They also have to apply for their individual jobs, such as anchor and camera operator, Feuling said.