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  • 1. podcasting at the ttag emma hogbin
  • 2. I am: - a web developer - a community builder - addicted to crafts - daughter of stephen and maryann - an internet loafer
  • 3. the Web is a scary place photo credit: iNmO_Khem (flickr)
  • 4. but it can be tamed Photo credit: Marc Shandro (flickr)
  • 5. the best part about technology is how it brings us together
  • 6. together with a common goal and around common interests acnatta
  • 7. podcasting is a mash­up of iPod + broadcasting
  • 8. podcasts are audio files that start  their public lives on the Internet
  • 9. podcasts are designed to be  downloaded onto a media player and listened to at a later date
  • 10. (not all podcasts are like this)
  • 11. podcasts are changing  broadcast media
  • 12. CBC Radio now offers many of  their popular shows “on demand”
  • 13. using the broadcast model: podcasts are released on a  regular schedule
  • 14. special software can be used to  notify you when new podcasts  are available
  • 15. this is referred to as “subscribing to a podcast”
  • 16. the ability to “subscribe” to a  podcast is important
  • 17. it allows you to “push” content to  your visitors without waiting for  them to visit your Web site
  • 18. there are podcasts about knitting,  wine, technology, art, dogs,  pottery, politics (but apparently not guinea pigs)
  • 19. do a Web search for “podcast”  and your favourite subject 
  • 20. in 2004 Art Mobs tried something new
  • 21. they hacked the MoMA
  • 22. and produced their own audio guides of the Museum of Modern Art
  • 23. and they encouraged others to  make their own guides as well
  • 24. free audio guides are now  available in many museums and galleries
  • 25. many are listed at MuseumPods
  • 26. also: AGO and the ROM
  • 27. so how does it work?
  • 28. most sites will allow you to listen to a podcast right now
  • 29. but using a reader will allow you  to download the podcast and  listen to it later
  • 30. to subscribe to a podcast you  need a “news reader”
  • 31. most modern browsers can also  be used as a news reader but iTunes is popular too
  • 32. subscribing to a podcast: 1. go to to the podcast site 2. look for the orange icon 3. click it 4. follow the instructions to subscribe to  the podcast
  • 33. the latest podcast will be downloaded to your  computer you can listen to it...  whenever
  • 34. when a new episode is available  it will be downloaded and you  can listen to it ... whenever
  • 35. warning
  • 36. Photo credit: spacejaq (flickr) podcasting is not for dial-up internet connections
  • 37. audio files are big and take a long time to download
  • 38. (there will be media players available at the gallery for people to enjoy the tours in-house)
  • 39. listening to podcasts is pretty easy when you know how
  • 40. making podcasts is pretty easy too... when you know how
  • 41. ready? let’s go!
  • 42. podcasting in ten easy steps
  • 43. 1. decide what your podcast is about
  • 44. is it an interview? does it tell a story about a thing? is it a “response” piece?
  • 45. interviews: Spark on CBC radio
  • 46. stories about things: Every
  • 47. response pieces: Art Mobs
  • 48. 2. define your audience (and their attention span)
  • 49. will they listen to it on your site? in the car? do they know lots about your topic?
  • 50. on the Web: the ROM includes video
  • 51. in the car: AGO lectures
  • 52. 3. write a script
  • 53. this prevents you from rambling on and on and on and on AND helps to reduce stage fright when you start recording
  • 54. 4. assemble your hardware
  • 55. computer microphone speakers Internet connection
  • 56. 5. install your software
  • 57. audacity to record and edit audio (the rest are Web-based tools that don’t need to be installed)
  • 58. 6. record your podcast
  • 59. 7. add music for excitement
  • 60. 8. upload your podcast
  • 61. 9. add the text transcript
  • 62. for dial-up listeners and to improve search engine rankings
  • 63. 10. promote your podcast!
  • 64. But we want to add PICTURES!
  • 65. pictures are like little parties for the eyes
  • 66. Yes, we want little parties!
  • 67. adding pictures changes a podcast into a vodcast
  • 68. you can pair podcasts with Web pages that have images for visual engagement
  • 69. The Ten Easy Steps of Podcasting 1.decide what your 6.record your podcast podcast is about 7.add music for 2.define your audience excitement 3.write a script 8.upload your podcast 4.assemble your 9.add the text hardware transcript 5.install your software 10.promote your podcast
  • 70. The Web is now your oyster! Live long and prosper! Emma Hogbin