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  • 1. UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA FACULTAD DE HUMANIDADES Y EDUCACIÓN MAESTRÍA EN INGLÉS COMO LENGUA EXTRANJERA Oct. 27, 2009 Web 2.0: Audio and video Podcasting - First steps Evelyn Izquierdo ICT in ELT course facilitator [email_address]
  • 2. Agenda
    • Introducing audio and video Web 2.0 tools
    • Defining podcasts.
    • Exploring podcasts and videos hosts
    • Looking at their different educational uses
    • Looking at some podcasting applications and hosts to create and publish your own podcast.
    • Practicing: Designing an activity where a podcast and a video can be used.
      • Create the podcast for this activity.
      • Link or embed your podcast and video into your wiki or blog
      • Invite other participants to listen to your podcast and watch the video.
    • Homework:
      • Send a Snapvine audio message to the group.
      • Create your Skype account and share your username.
      • Participate in a Voicethread project that your facilitator will create for you.
  • 3. What is a podcast?
    • A podcast is a series of digital media files, usually either digital audio or video, that is made available for download via web syndication. It is generally in mp3 o AAC format. Podcasts, videocasts or vodcasts can be downloaded and retrieved later by the user in a computer or portable audio device. (Wikipedia, 2009)
  • 4. Some podcasts hosts, there are thousands of them
  • 5. More audio and video tools… Besides podcasts, which are very popular nowadays, there are other web 2.0 audio tools like: Skype , Voicethread , Snapvine , and video tools like: You Tube o Google Video .These tools are all very friendly and easy to use. They can be embedded in Wikis, Blogs and any other Web 2.0 site.
  • 6. Podcasts in ELT. Watch the following video
  • 7. Now, let’s practice! Create a podcast with Audacity and publish it on Podbean
  • 8. Steps to follow
    • Go to Audacity .
    • Download the free version of Audacity 1.2.6 or 1.3 Beta (Unicode) and the lame.dll file
    • Create your audio file. See the following slide.
    • Go to
    • Sign up, confirm your account request and log in.
    • Then, follow the tutorial to publish your podcast.
  • 9. Creating an audio file with Audacity What do we need? Downloading the free version of Audacity 1.2.6 or 1.3 Beta (Unicode) and having the lame.dll file.
  • 10. First, get familiar with Audacity tools and go to Edit > Preferences
  • 11. In preferences, click on channels and select 1 (Mono) and accept
  • 12. Click on the mic icon and select vertical stereo
  • 13. Start by clicking on the record button
  • 14. To save your project, click on File > Export
  • 15. Name and tag your audio file, and click on Accept.
  • 16. The file will be saved as MP3 Be aware of the folder it is being saved.
  • 17. Your MP3 file is ready, yeah!!!! Now let’s upload it to Podbean
  • 18. Uploading your podcast to Podbean…
  • 19. …from your PC.
  • 20. Listen to your podcast and edit it, if necessary.
  • 21. Copy and paste the embed code into your Blog or Wiki.
  • 22. See how it looks and test it.
  • 23. Congratulations!!!!!!!!! You did it! We did it!
  • 24. Some interesting sites to visit
    • ESL Listening Podcasts
      •    A sub page of TESL online journal, this is a collection of links created by EFL teachers worldwide who use podcasts.  Here you will find a collection of materials ranging from conversations to songs. 
    • Breaking News English
      • Free ready-to-use EFL / ESL lesson plans in Word and PDF. Graded news articles, listening, podcast, and communicative activities.
    •   British Council Professional podcasts
      • Podcasts that can be downloaded onto your hard drive or mp3 players with scripts and activities.  Quite a number of varied topics are covered.
  • 25. Some interesting sites to visit
    • British Council English online
      • Listening English online hosts a large range of podcasts for students at different levels and with different needs.  There are also audio articles and stories, cultural information and language learning tips.
    • EFL Song Show Podcast
      •      Songs that can be downloaded onto your harddrive or iphone. 
    • ESL Podcasts
      • Another online library for a number of different sites.
  • 26. References
    • Educational web sites taken from:
  • 27. Thank you very much!