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  • 1. Podcasting Basics Anne Allen July 14-15, 2009
  • 2. Workshop Objectives  View sample podcasts to make list of best practices  Write a sample script for a podcast program  Create a simple podcast using the Audacity freeware.  Import music clips for transitions and effects  Practice editing techniques for voice and music  Export the final podcast as a MP3 file for publishing on the Internet
  • 3. Why Podcast?  It’s cheap  Copyright education  Global  Interactive  Direct  Addresses diverse communication learning needs  Storytelling  Extends the school  Transparent day classroom  Creative  Fun
  • 4. Affecting student learning and retention  Portable access to course material  Lectures and other content are readily available  Rich media material to complement written text  Assists auditory learners  Assists non-native speakers of English  Assists foreign language learners  Review sessions
  • 5. What is a Podcast?  A combination of the words iP o d and broadc a s t in g (Vodcasting = v ideo ipo d broadcasting).  Podcasting is a method of publishing files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new files automatically by subscription.  A podcast is RSS content that you’ve subscribed to and is delivered via the Internet.  A “podcatcher” program such as iTunes is then used to display the podcast; content aggregator
  • 6. Do you need an iPod to Podcast?  No  All podcast files are encoded as mp3 files  Listen using almost any computer application:  iTunes automatically subscribes to the Podcast  Media Player, Real Audio Player, WinAmp, and many others.  Download and burn mp3 files to a CD  Transfer mp3 files to any portable media device
  • 7. What does it require?  Audio file  RSS XML file
  • 8. Audio File  Typically an .mp3 file  Recorded on the computer or in the field
  • 9. RSS XML File  Really Simple Syndication  Human-readable  Use to subscribe to a podcast
  • 10. Examples  KidCast  http://intelligenic.com/kidcast/rss.xml  Radio WillowWeb  http://feeds.feedburner.com/RadioWillowWeb  Lakeridge Podcast System  http://www.misd.k12.wa.us/teachers/jburker/rss.xml  NPR Education  http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=1013
  • 11. More Examples  Talking History  http://talkinghistory.oah.org/  Science Friday  http://www.sciencefriday.com/feeds/radio/  Science at NASA Podcast  http://science.nasa.gov/podcast.htm  Grammar Girl  http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/
  • 12. What are best practices in podcasting?  In pairs, explore different podcasts and create a list of best practices.  Obvious link on webpage for accessing  Good script for reading  Specific with target audience  Creative/appropriate use of music  Strong, clear introduction – can totally turn someone off if not effective  Practice, practice, practice  Idea: videotape students working, show them  Engaging topic  Length = not too long. 4-5 minutes. 60 minutes = no rules – depends on target audience, content
  • 13. 4 Step Process  Plan  Produce  Publish  Promote
  • 14. The Process 1. Plan, plan, and plan a little more 2. Record and edit your audio 3. Convert edited audio file to .mp3 format 4. Upload the .mp3 file to a web server 5. Create an RSS feed so people can subscribe to the podcast 6. Let the computer do the work keeping track of new episodes
  • 15. Plan - Storyboard  Intro – Name, Organization, Motto, Website address  Some of topics  Intro tune, exit tune, tunes during pauses  Use a script
  • 16. Format  Solo or other hosts?  What segments do you want to do (e.g. tip of the day, reviews, breaking news, interviews etc.)?  How long?  How often  Talking or music, too?  Something entirely unique?
  • 17. Recording Location
  • 18. Using Audacity
  • 19. Demo
  • 20. Assignment  Practice first  In pairs, sketch out your podcast for an interview for one of the following topics:  First car  Most interesting job  First date  Prepare a script  Prepare three tracks of voice (intro, interview, exit)  Record the interview  Rewind and play
  • 21. Editing audio
  • 22. Assignment  Edit your audio tracks  Effects  Deleting  Joining
  • 23. Import music
  • 24. Importing Music  Creative Commons  http://creativecommons.org/audio/  Royalty-Free Music  http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/royalty-free-music
  • 25. Day 2  Review  Create classroom project – all day  10:45 – Sonicfire  12:30 – Publish – Podbean or PodOmatic  Slideshare and Slidecast (optional)  1:30 – Vlog It  2:00 – Hear and Tell
  • 26. Position files
  • 27. Adjust the track volumes
  • 28. Fade the music out
  • 29. Exporting as MP3 Files
  • 30. Plan 2 Podcasts  Either individual or groups of 2 or 3  Start thinking about segment ideas  Brainstorm and write segment  Record segment  Read your segment aloud  Enthusiasm  Audience  Record for practice and listen
  • 31. Editing and publishing your Podcast  Clean up the audio  Convert audio to mp3  Use consistent naming: Show_title-yearmonth- day.file_extension  Create your feed  Publish!
  • 32. Hosting Podcasts
  • 33. Assessing  Podcasting touches on all aspects of the writing process: outlining, writing, revising, rehearsing, performing  Rubrics for podcasting  Public document: want to sound competent