Podcasting Basics


        Anne Allen
     July 14-15, 2009
Workshop Objectives
 View sample podcasts to make list of best
    practices
   Write a sample script for a podcast prog...
Why Podcast?
 It’s cheap       Copyright education
 Global           Interactive
 Direct           Addresses diverse...
Affecting student learning and
retention
 Portable access to course material
 Lectures and other content are readily
  a...
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)....
Do you need an iPod to Podcast?
 No
 All podcast files are encoded as mp3 files
 Listen using almost any computer appli...
What does it require?
 Audio file
 RSS XML file
Audio File

 Typically an .mp3 file
 Recorded on the computer or in the field
RSS XML File

 Really Simple Syndication
 Human-readable
 Use to subscribe to a podcast
Examples

 KidCast
    http://intelligenic.com/kidcast/rss.xml

 Radio WillowWeb
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/Radio...
More Examples
   Talking History
       http://talkinghistory.oah.org/
   Science Friday
       http://www.sciencefrid...
What are best practices in
podcasting?
 In pairs, explore different podcasts and create a list of
    best practices.
  ...
4 Step Process
 Plan
 Produce
 Publish
 Promote
The Process

1. Plan, plan, and plan a little more
2. Record and edit your audio
3. Convert edited audio file to .mp3
   f...
Plan - Storyboard
 Intro – Name, Organization, Motto,
  Website address
 Some of topics
 Intro tune, exit tune, tunes d...
Format
 Solo or other hosts?
 What segments do you want to do (e.g.
  tip of the day, reviews, breaking news,
  intervie...
Recording Location
Using Audacity
Demo
Assignment
 Practice first
 In pairs, sketch out your podcast for an
  interview for one of the following topics:
     ...
Editing audio
Assignment
 Edit your audio tracks
   Effects
   Deleting
   Joining
Import music
Importing Music
 Creative Commons
   http://creativecommons.org/audio/

 Royalty-Free Music
   http://www.royaltyfreem...
Day 2
 Review
 Create classroom project – all day
 10:45 – Sonicfire
 12:30 – Publish – Podbean or PodOmatic
 Slidesh...
Position files
Adjust the track volumes
Fade the music out
Exporting as MP3 Files
Plan 2 Podcasts
 Either individual or groups of 2 or 3
 Start thinking about segment ideas
 Brainstorm and write segmen...
Editing and publishing your Podcast
 Clean up the audio
 Convert audio to mp3
   Use consistent naming: Show_title-year...
Hosting Podcasts
Assessing
 Podcasting touches on all aspects of the
  writing process: outlining, writing, revising,
  rehearsing, perfor...
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  1. 1. Podcasting Basics Anne Allen July 14-15, 2009
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 7. What does it require?  Audio file  RSS XML file
  8. 8. Audio File  Typically an .mp3 file  Recorded on the computer or in the field
  9. 9. RSS XML File  Really Simple Syndication  Human-readable  Use to subscribe to a podcast
  10. 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. 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. 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. 13. 4 Step Process  Plan  Produce  Publish  Promote
  14. 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. 15. Plan - Storyboard  Intro – Name, Organization, Motto, Website address  Some of topics  Intro tune, exit tune, tunes during pauses  Use a script
  16. 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. 17. Recording Location
  18. 18. Using Audacity
  19. 19. Demo
  20. 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. 21. Editing audio
  22. 22. Assignment  Edit your audio tracks  Effects  Deleting  Joining
  23. 23. Import music
  24. 24. Importing Music  Creative Commons  http://creativecommons.org/audio/  Royalty-Free Music  http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/royalty-free-music
  25. 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. 26. Position files
  27. 27. Adjust the track volumes
  28. 28. Fade the music out
  29. 29. Exporting as MP3 Files
  30. 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. 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. 32. Hosting Podcasts
  33. 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
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