Hats off to Bedford-Stuyvesant teacher Mike Peterson, who is amplifying the voices of his students.
Peterson, also known as Coach Mike, has launched a project to capture his students’ voices to serve as auditory time capsules by using the podcast app Soundtrap.
Peterson taught his fifth-graders at PS 297, the Abraham Stockton School, to record their thoughts and anecdotes, which will allow them to look back in years to come and show them the power of their own voices, according to the educator.
“When my students began using podcasting to record their own voices, I could see the wonder flash in their eyes,” Peterson said.
The 10- and 11-year-olds were able to see how technology can be used to boost their own voices and confidence, instead of only encountering celebrities through social media, the teacher said.
The school now plans to introduce the time-capsule project to its graduating class each year, and will use its new media room that will open at the beginning of the new year, according to Peterson. — Kevin Duggan