What is a podcast? Podcasts are digital media files which may include audio and / or video (vodcasts) they are usually distributed over the internet and be played back via an mp3 player such as an ipod or using a computer. Podcasts are often stored at a particular address with a web feed which people can subscribe to in order to download new podcasts as they are uploaded. BENEFITS OF PODCASTS cater for wider range of learning styles engage and motivate students opportunity for staff and students to be creative harness ‘student friendly technology’ PROBLEMS OF PODCASTS time required to script & record podcast access to webspace for uploading podcasts minimal costs of hardware/software – audacity is free / microphones cheap
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Recording a Podcast
What do you need?
A script for your podcast
A computer or laptop with a sound card and microphone port
A microphone (these are relatively inexpensive – although the better quality ones do give greater clarity)
Sound Editing software – audacity, is an open source, freely downloadable sound editor and is relatively straightforward to use (you will also need to download the LAME mp3 encoder in order to create your mp3)
Music / sound clips to add to your podcast
http://www.podsafeaudio.com/ http://www.garageband.com/podcast Adding Music / Sounds to your podcast: It is important that you follow copyright restrictions when you create a podcast for uploading to the internet. You cannot simply add any music that you have on CD or on your computer as most will be copyrighted material. There are however a number of sources of copyright free material which are safe to use in podcasts – two particularly useful sites are GarageBand and Podsafe audio.
There are a number of podcast directories on the net to help you keep up with the podcasts that are available. Finding Podcasts – Podcast Directories For best results when recording your podcast – try to make sure that you use a location with no distracting background noise http://www.podcastdirectory.org.uk/ http://www.podfeed.net/ http://epnweb.org/ http://www.podcastdirectory.com http://www.digitalpodcast.com/
Sharing your Podcasts To share your podcast, you will firstly need to upload your podcast to the web. You will need your own webspace for this (If web space is a problem, Podbean http://www.podbean.com/ provides up to 100mb free storage for podcasts and vodcasts (video). You will then need to create an RSS feed for your podcast this can be done by downloading an RSS Editor e.g. http://www.rss-info.com . RSS feeds allow subscribers to be kept up-to-date with new podcasts without having to check manually. To keep updated with your favourite podcasts via an RSS feed you will need a feed reader and you will then subscribe to the RSS feed of the podcast you are interested in. There are a number of free ‘feed readers’ available, including.. http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/index.php http://www.ziepod.com/ http://happyfish.info/software /