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Casting Your Voice Out to the World

  1. 1. Audiocasting in Education By Kevin Hodgson Western Massachusetts Writing Project Sixth Grade Teacher, Southampton Massachusetts Casting Your Voice Out to the World
  2. 2. The Web 2.0 World <ul><li>We are entering a new interconnected, networked world where more and more people are gaining access to the Web and its continually growing body of knowledge. And access doesn’t just mean being able to read what’s there; it means being able to create and contribute content as well. At first blush, that may not seem like such a big deal, but it is a shift that requires us to think seriously and expansively about the way we currently teach students and deliver our curricula. </li></ul><ul><li>-- Will Richardson </li></ul><ul><li>in Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts , </li></ul><ul><li>and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Audiocasting? <ul><li>A podcast (or audiocast) is a digital audio file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media players and personal computers -- Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>All over the world, people are creating podcasts on subjects ranging from movies, to technology, to music, to politics and whatever else you can think of. This is new original content made by passionate people who want to share their creativity with the world. -- </li></ul>NOTE: Although the concept is often called Podcasting (after the iPod), it does not require an iPod or any kind of MP3 player, although these devices do allow you to listen to the audio more conveniently. Many people listen to audiocasts at their computer terminal.
  4. 4. Applications in the Classroom <ul><li>Students read and review literature books </li></ul><ul><li>Students write and record poetry/plays/short stories/essays </li></ul><ul><li>Students post and respond to questions of other students in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Students create current event analysis audiocasts </li></ul><ul><li>Students audiocast a “virtual” audio tour of their school/community </li></ul>
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  6. 6. Audiocasting Tools <ul><li>A computer with an internet connection. </li></ul><ul><li>A microphone .  Many laptops come with built in microphones, but the sound quality is low.  As the authors of &quot;Podcast Solutions: a complete guide to podcasting&quot; suggest, &quot;Many would argue- and rightfully so- that the microphone is the single most important piece of equipment piece of hardware.” </li></ul><ul><li>Handheld Digital voice recorders are now out that record voices very well, and convert the voice into files your computer can read (MP3).  There are also many MP3 players that have voice recording options and attachments.  All you need to do is to transfer your recordings onto the computer you'll be editing your sound with. </li></ul><ul><li>(also helpful) Audacity is a piece of sound editing software that is used by many if not most Podcasters. Audacity is a free, easy to use, software-based audio recorder and editor. With Audacity, you will be able to record live audio using your computer's sound input and then do some simple editing to the recording and then export it as an MP3 file so that it can be placed on a web server...&quot;   Audacity is available at http:// /  . </li></ul>Adapted from
  7. 7. Audiocasting in the Classroom <ul><li>Youth Radio: </li></ul><ul><li>Long Elementary School: </li></ul><ul><li>Willow Web: </li></ul><ul><li>Chatham Middle School: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Read it-Write it-Say it Student Podcasts: http:// </li></ul>
  8. 8. WWW-based Resources <ul><li>Some great overviews of Podcasting: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video and Powerpoint Tutorials on Podcasting: </li></ul><ul><li>How to podcast with (free) Edublog site: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create your own free Edublog: http:// / </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. RSS Feeds <ul><li>RSS stands for “really simple syndication” and it is a way that an audiocast gets sent out to “subscribers.” </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes can be used as a collector of RSS feeds but others are available, such as Bloglines, Feedburner, PageFlakes, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Weblogs (such as Edublogs) automatically create an RSS feed whenever you post something new to the site. </li></ul>
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  11. 11. Are You Ready to Podcast? <ul><li>Boil down your week into one sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Write it down </li></ul><ul><li>Line up to record your sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Speak clearly – not too fast, not too slow </li></ul><ul><li>Watch as I use Audacity to record the audio </li></ul><ul><li>Create an MP3 file </li></ul><ul><li>Upload to my Weblog </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to the audio online (and view the option for download, too) </li></ul>