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PLEASE SEE VERSION 2.0 (2012) FOR UPDATED INFORMATION. Version 1.0 (2009) of a presentation given on December 3rd 2009 for inservice professional development for the faculty of Mill Creek High …

PLEASE SEE VERSION 2.0 (2012) FOR UPDATED INFORMATION. Version 1.0 (2009) of a presentation given on December 3rd 2009 for inservice professional development for the faculty of Mill Creek High School of the Gwinnett County Public Schools district. Information is a little outdate, although instructions for use of the Free Audio Editor still applies.


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  • 1. PODCASTING For Vocabulary Reinforcement (… and MANY MANY other things! FOCUS Lesson 3 December 2009 Catherine Horton (Flippen)
  • 2. So….
    • How many students do you see obsessively listening to their iPods/MP3 players/CD players?
    • What if we utilized that technological obsession to lure students into studying without the feel of actually studying?
  • 3. What is this exactly?!
    • Podcasting is a term originating and popularized from the iTunes program
    • It is a means of recording yourself or a group of people with the intent to share the opinions recorded in a public venue
      • Think “Talk Show” for your iPod/MP3 players
    • Generally, a “podcast” involves .xml files and RSS feeds.
      • But not necessary for our purposes as teachers, thankfully.
      • All we need to do is create an audio file and distribute it in a computer lab during class!
  • 4. How can I use this in MY class?
    • VOCABULARY REINFORCEMENT
      • Vocabulary repitition
      • Vocabulary definitions
    • READING SUPPORT
      • Ex: Recording yourself reading the text and students using your recording while they read the text at home
    • PROJECTS
      • Ex: “Newscast” of historical events
      • Informational podcast on different topics
    • LECTURE RECORDING
      • For absent students to use
      • As a review resource
    • IN-CLASS RECORDING
      • Ex: Recording of dramatic readings of various text (i.e. Julius Caesar)
    • IEP COMPLIANCE
      • For students who need tests read aloud, record the test and allow student to sit at computer station with headphones and take test while listening
    • INFO DISTRIBUTION
      • For technological parents, make a class podcast about what the class is doing
      • Have students produce the podcast
    • CLASS/DEPT. NEWS
      • Ex: Monthly P.E. department podcast on accomplishments, wins, spotlight students and interviews
  • 5. Where do I start?
    • What you need:
      • Headset with microphone
        • These can be as cheap at 8 bucks at Frys Electronics
        • Buy a set of 35 for the department to share!
      • Computer with a microphone jack
      • Audio editing/recording program
        • Find FREEWARE software
        • Freeware = well, it’s free
        • You can use it all you like, just don’t sell it, claim it to be yours, or steal the design.
      • Some material to record
      • Willingness to try something new!
  • 6. Setup – Step 1
    • Go to S: Drive  Staff  MCAdmin  Professional Learning  December 3 Podcasting folder
    • Double click on FreeAudioEditor.exe :
  • 7. Setup – Step 2
    • Click on the “Run” command button:
  • 8. Setup – Step 3
    • Click “Next,” then “Next” and “Next” again.
  • 9. Setup – Step 4
    • You DO NOT have to enter your email address unless you really want updates.
    • Make sure to remove the checkmark from the tiny box by clicking on it.
    • Then, click on the “Next” button!
  • 10. Setup – Step 5
    • Click (you guessed it) “Next.”
    • Now, the program will start installing.
    • Don’t click on anything until it’s done!
  • 11. Setup – Step 6
    • Click “Finish.”
    • And… you’re done!
    • Freeware programs are generally very easy to setup and use.
  • 12. The Start Screen
    • Free online tutorials
    • are available!!! You
    • should read them!
    • Your most recent files are here for easy opening access
    Click here to type words and have a creepy computer voice speak them! Click here to load songs /music files from a CD!
    • Click here to create a new file (rarely used).
    Click here to create a new recording. CLICK HERE FOR TODAY!
  • 13. Recording – Step 1
    • Click “okay.”
      • You do not need to change the sample rate.
  • 14. The Recording Console
    • Volume
    • bars, if mic
    • is working,
    • these will
    • go up and
    • down.
    Soundcard setting (all GCPS computers have SoundMax. Make sure you select that one! Timer (Hr:Min:Sec:Milisec) Too high volume = static! Volume adjustment Set Line In to Microphone!
  • 15. Recording – Step 2
    • Length of recording
    • PRESS RECORD to start recording your voice!
    • PRESS PAUSE to stop your recording your voice!
  • 16. Recording – Step 3
    • Keep if it was good, discard and redo otherwise.
    • The recording will appear!!
  • 17. Recording – Step 4
    • Press “PLAY” to listen to your recording!
  • 18. Recording – Step 5
    • If you want to add to your recording, click at the point you want to add material and press “Record New.”
    • Follow the usual Record instruction, press KEEP and the new recording will become part of the old recording.
  • 19. Basic Editing – Part 1
    • Editing is VERY easy and similar to Microsoft programs.
    • To Delete:
      • Click and drag the mouse over what you want to delete
      • Then right click and select “Delete” from the menu
  • 20. Basic Editing – Part 2
    • Left click on the big red button on the upper left hand corner to access more commands!
  • 21. Basic Editing – Part 2
    • Click on “Effect” on the Home Row
    • From the menu that pops up, you can enjoy exploring all the effects!
  • 22. Saving – Part 1
    • To save as an audio file, click on “Save File as…” from the menu. Name is something recognizable for the students.
  • 23. Saving – Part 2
    • You can select a smaller size to conserve space on the network!
    • Also, smaller file sizes are easier to use.
    • Saving will produce .WAV file , NOT .MP3
      • MP3 converters are generally NOT free.
      • If you NEED to convert to MP3, make an appointment with me!
      • IF YOU PLAN ON USING GOOGLE SITES, you MUST CONVERT TO MP3!!!
  • 24. And then?
    • Put the file onto your shared drive folder under STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS
      • Students can EASILY:
        • plug in iPods to computers and download the file
        • Use a thumbdrive to take the file home
        • Burn the file to their own CD (RW is probably best
    • Create a FREE Google Sites webpage and upload there!
      • The MCHS website will NOT upload large audio files, but Google Sites is FREE and accessible from school!
    • Burn a few CDs with the file and lend them to students to use.
  • 25. Free Online Guides
    • Under the HELP menu, you can access free on-line tour to the program!
    • The guides are very clear and include descriptive pictures to assist you further.
  • 26. Okay… now what?!?!
    • The easy answer?
      • Post the .WAV file onto the Shared drive under Your Last Name under your Department
      • From there, students can put the .WAV file on their iPods, MP3 players, thumb drives to take home, or burn them onto CDs
      • Don’t forget to DELETE THE FILES PERIODICALLY because they will take up A LOT of space!
    • The hard answer?
      • Upload the file onto a website or blogsite.
        • (This might cost money and will be time consuming to make a website)
    • The hardest answer?
      • Convert the file into .MP3 and then into .XML and upload onto iTunes!
  • 27. Saving – Part 1
    • To save as an audio file, click on “Save File as…” from the menu. Name is something recognizable for the students.
  • 28. Saving – Part 1
    • To save as an audio file, click on “Save File as…” from the menu. Name is something recognizable for the students.
  • 29. Saving – Part 1
    • To save as an audio file, click on “Save File as…” from the menu. Name is something recognizable for the students.
  • 30. More Info…. (Book Recommendations)
    • Free book available to read on the internet: Podcasting for Teachers
      • Here (  click) free on Google books
      • Also for purchase at here at Amazon
    • GREAT book about recent technology: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for the Classroom
      • Available for FREE here at Google books!
      • Available at Amazon here .
  • 31. More Info…. (Web sites / resources)
    • Google Sites : Free 100MB of space, easy to use interface, clean and crisp website
      • Ex: Ms. Horton’s website
    • Other MCHS teachers recommend:
      • Mypodcast.com : A free resource for recording, publishing and/or storing your recordings
      • Podomatic.com : Another source for uploading, storing, and sharing recordings.
  • 32. More Info…. (Hardware recommendations)
    • Class set of headsets with microphones:
      • @ Fry’s Electronics (Peoplesoft registered vendor): Gear Head Mono Headset w/ microphone for PC & Mac ($7.99)
      • @Fry’s Electronics: Listening Concpets BP68 Boommic and Headset ($9.99)
    • Teacher microphone (no headphones):
      • @ Fry’s Electronics: Cyber Acoustics CVL 1064 Microphone ($9.99)
      • @ Fry’s Electronics: Logitech USB Desktop Microphone ($29.99… Ms. Horton used this one during the presentation on 12/3)