3. Talk Shows - Industry or organizational news, investor news, sportscasts, news coverage and commentaries.
4. Training - Instructional informational materials.
5. Story - Story telling for children or the visually-impaired.
Steps to Podcasting - Resources for step by step podcasting
1. create audio file (see audio recording software )
2. add the audio file to an RSS 2.0 feed (see create podcasts )
3. tell the world about your podcast ( see submit podcasts )
This site is a very useful site for someone who is just learning about podcasting and wants to know more about it. I really liked the site and the many different articles it had.
When Students create a podcast for class, they not only learn the content in a creative way, they learn 21 st – century communications skills at the same time.
“ Podcasting allows educators to take their students beyond traditional assignments by allowing them to include voice recordings, photos, movies, and sound effects to share their knowledge. For example, students can draft and perform scripts as a writing assignment, create a visual progress report for an ongoing project, or submit a recorded version of a science presentation.”
“ Podcasting is also a great way for educators to deliver content to their students. They can distribute homework assignments, record book narration for beginning readers to read along with, or create foreign language lessons that students can review at their own pace. For educators and administrators, podcasting is an effective tool for professional development, as well as for communicating with parents about classroom activities and school announcements.”
The Apple website and article was a great article. It explained why Podcasting is great for education and plus you can purchase podcasting tools right off this website.
There's Something in the Air
The major players are MP3, Windows Media Audio or WMA, and Apple’s Advanced Audio Coding or AAC.
To listen to this article in a podcast go to ( http://www.educause.edu/er/ or subscribe to Gardner Campell’s podcasts at his blog http://www.gardnercampbell.net
In this article it talked about using Audacity, which will help you record, edit, and process digital audio.
Imagine a busy commuting student
preparing both emotionally and intellectually
for class by listening to a podcast on
the drive to school, then reinforcing the
day’s learning by listening to another
podcast, or perhaps the same podcast, on
the drive back home. Imagine the members
of a debate team getting key instructions
from their coach on a podcast as
they hurry from debate to debate. Imagine
a professor reading aloud a series of
poems over the summer in preparation
for a fall seminar in which his readings
will help students overcome obstacles of
language and syntax in this difficult
verse. Imagine a liberal-arts university
supplying its community, and the world,
with “profcasts” of classes and presentations
delivered by its talented instructors—
not to give away intellectual property
but to plant seeds of interest and to
demonstrate the lively and engaging intellectual
community created by its faculty
in each course.
This article was very interesting. It talked about how students are using the podcasting as well as the teachers. It talks about how much it has changed and is changing.
Can podcasts be restricted to a specific group of listeners?
Are there any fee based podcasts?
What file formats are acceptable in a podcast?
Answer: There are no maximums or minimums when it comes to podcast size. Obviously, the larger files might intimidate listeners with a slow connection. Podcasts can be successful at any size, generally wise podcasters balance the file size and the quality of their show.
Answer: ID3 tags consist of meta data that describe the contents of the audio file (typically ID3 tags relate to MP3 files). ID3 tags generally contain information related to the audio file, including things like title of the audio file, the artist, album, or other relevant information. There is speculation that podcasting search engines and directories will use the information contained in the ID3 tags to categorize, search, and group podcasts in the future.
Answer: No, while RSS 2.0 was the first version to support enclosures, RSS version 1 also now includes an enclosure tag for podcasting. While the current RSS 1.0 supports podcasting, RSS 2.0 is by far the more popular format for those podcasting. This is not only because RSS 2.0 was the first standard to support enclosures, but also due to the fact that Apple iTunes uses RSS 2.0 for it's podcasts.
Answer: Yes, while there are no provisions in the RSS 2.0 specification for passwords or protecting files, as with any web documents, podcasts can be password protected by placing it in a subdirectory. You can use any security mechanism available on the http server to protect the entire feed or the actual audio file.
Answer: Yes, while the model has not yet been widely adopted, some publishers have experimented with providing fee based "commercial-free" podcasts. Rather than charging advertisers to advertise in the podcasts, the publishers have monetized the podcasts by charging listeners for the contents of the podcast. Typically the audio file is password protected and only subscribers are able to download or listen to the file. The model is similar to that which the cable shows HBO/Showtime use, where they charge a fee for premium content. It is likely that educational podcasts, or language lessons will adopt this model.
Answer: It really depends on what your definition of a podcast is. Initially the term podcast referred to any RSS feed that contained an audio file as an enclosure. The usage of the term podcast has expanded and now many people consider any RSS feed that includes a file in the enclosure field to be a podcast. In other words, many people use the term podcast to refer to an RSS feed that has a video file, or power point presentation or other enclosure.
Technically you can put just about any type of file in the enclosure field. If you are referring to a traditional audio podcast, for the sake of compatibility, most podcasters use either MP3 or M4a. The added benefit of using an MP3 or M4a file is that both formats are also supported by iTunes, which allow people to expand their podcast with iTunes tags and include it in the iTunes Music Store.