Their inevitably short attention spans are the reason Seymour Papert of MIT's Media Lab coined the term "grasshopper mind" five years ago, for the inclination to leap quickly from one topic to another . A founder of artificial intelligence, Papert addressed the effects of this behavior as far back as 1995 in congressional testimony about technology and learning.
Barriers to Student Success:
As each year passes , there is an increasing amount of information that needs to be covered, in every discipline
As each year passes , there is a decreasing amount of time for students to spend on academic work—their time is spent with family responsibilities and employment expectations, in addition to course work.
Digital media is the medium of attention for youth
Schools must become high-performance organizations. (Federation of American Scientists Entertainment Software Association National Science Foundation)
Need to employ strategies to engage students, involve them in the learning process, and motivate success.
Strategies for Success
“ What you can, and must, provide us with are: Powerful, engaging tools that will lead to the understanding and skills that will E-nable us to go beyond our teachers’ ability and knowledge and to succeed in the 21 st Century.” Prensky
One such tool: Podcasts
Podcasts can be powerful, engaging tools that will lead to understanding and skills…
History of the IPOD
Introduced by Apple on October 23 rd 2001
(will be having their ninth birthday this year)
Students currently entering college were introduced to Ipods in 3rd grade, grew with the technology through adolescence and high school.
Used initially for entertainment; now for learning
Popular because of their portability and user-friendly system of operation.
Presentation and Reinforcement of course content in a technology familiar format.
Itunes and Education
I Tunes University
Learning to go—on and off campus.
Students can sync iTunes U content with any iPod or iPhone, so learning can take place during a meal, walking to class, or working out at the gym.
Reach students where they live --k eep students motivated.
Today’s students go online for more than music, photos, and movies. The web is the first place they go to share ideas, express viewpoints, join communities. Podcasts tap into that digital lifestyle to keep students every bit as engaged with your courses. iTunes U allows for expanding the curriculum, delivering audio and video tailored to the course objectives.
Transcend the classroom — and the expected.
The possibilities go far beyond recorded lectures. Students can see Rodin at work in his studio, study the sound of different heart murmurs, or compare Toltec and Aztec sites.
Recording a Podcast
Start with a Plan
Consider Course Objectives
Determine what information to include
Develop an Outline
Software Programs ( Provide directions through Apple-Support and Tutorials- Audacity ):
Audacity (free download--PC’s)
Garageband (free download--Apple)
Other Podcasting sites
Recording a Podcast
Optimal length--20-30 minutes.
Keep topics moving, and limit topic coverage to 5-8 minutes.
Can enhance with musical backgrounds or other non-music interludes to transition between topics.
Develop Podcasts through “Audacity ”
Can be upload into “Slideshare”
Audacity and Lame MP3 Encoder
Download Audacity and Lame from the internet
Open Audacity , go into Edit- Preferences and link to the downloaded Lame program in the File Formats tab
Begin recording your script. Click on the red “record” button.
Listen by clicking on the purple “go to the beginning” button.
Save and Share Audio File
Once recording is complete, go to: FILE-export as MP3
Login to Slideshare.net and upload mp3 file
Recording a Podcast through Audacity and Slideshare
Login to Slideshare.net
Upload Your File
Go into My Slidespace- -Click Edit Underneath the Slides.
Uploading your MP3 file
Synchronize the audio with your slides
Start with “Divide audio equally” button to start
Listen to the audio file- the red bar is the position of the audio you are hearing.
Move the blue bar to the place in the audio that you want to transition to the second slide.
As you progress pull the “drag window” along the audio selector.
Uploading Mp3 File to Slideshare
Installing Audacity/LAME MP3 Encoder
Getting Started On a MAC
Prepare Presentation: Open Keynote Program
Choose a Slide Layout
Click on “SHARE” in Tool Bar .
“ SHARE” To: GARAGE BAND
Open Garage Band : Select New Project : PODCAST
Select Playback Time : Fixed Duration
Name your Project and SAVE
Open Garage Band and Select PODCAST Track
Select Pictures and Drag to PODCAST Track
Select JINGLE Track for Background Music
Drag Selected Music t to Jingle Track
Align with Podcast Track
Select Voice Track. Record Vocal Track And Align With Podcast Track
How to use Slideshare Workspace
Creating A Podcast With GarageBand
End Result--The Podcast
Strategies for Success
Repetition important for students with learning disabilities and those for whom English is a Second Language
Enables learners to learn new material, review and refresh prior information anywhere, anytime
Encourages students to augment or supplement in-class offerings in a convenient format
Faculty/ Administration “buy in”
Utilization of faculty
Training all involved faculty
Learning Curve for Faculty
Appropriate settings for recording podcasts
Preparing engaging materials
Selecting appropriate content
Keeping IT expert “on-call”
Implications for the Future
Varied possibilities for future use:
Allows for more flexibility in curricular offerings and course scheduling
Provides convenient method for student preparation and review for classroom, clinical, and laboratory sessions.
Provides a convenient format for student projects and presentations
Implications for the Future The sky is the limit
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