Podcasting With iMovie Presented by Emily Heisler, Warwick Middle School
What is a Podcast?(generally speaking) Digital media files that can be downloaded/subscribed to by episode Formed from merging the words ‘broadcasting’ and ‘iPod’ Originally developed to broadcast various information across the Internet in the audio format, usually in MP3 Linked with iPod due to large numbers downloading the multimedia presentations to iPods May use other software such as Windows Media Player, Winamp, etc. News/information at your fingertips by subscribing
What is a Podcast?(educationally speaking) Creative technological format of presenting information to students, teachers, parents, colleagues, etc. Many formats:
Note: From this point on, podcasting will be referred to in reference to education/classroom usage.
Why Use a Podcast? Simple answer: Why not?
Who Uses Podcasts? Teachers (present information, preview/review concepts, etc.) Students (report to the class, preview/review concepts, etc.) Parents (gather information from school, keep up with student’s classes, homework help, etc.) Administrators (communicate information to staff, parents, students, etc.) Technology Advisors (communicate information to staff, parents, students, etc., demonstrate step-by-step use of technology, etc.)
Advantages to Using Podcasting in the Classroom Adds creative elements to teaching Keeps students engaged via technology Allows for distance learning/teaching Simple to make Easy to use Can be paused, reviewed multiple times Personal review sessions for students
Advantages (con’t) More engaging for students Speaks to students technological needs Absent? You can still teach...
When Should I Use a Podcast? Work in groups of 2-3 to think of creative ways to implement podcasts to the various subjects taught in middle school. Add your information to the Wiki by joining the discussion found at the following address: http://podcastingwithimovie.wikispaces.com/
What Has Worked Well? Scripts! I have always had my students write several versions of a script PRIOR to beginning the actual creation of a podcast. Use the script as an outline for order of images, movie clips, etc. Set timelines/deadlines. This prevents students from getting off-track. Use students as a resource. They always seem to know something the teacher doesn’t already know about technology. Practice, practice, practice! Rehearse scripts prior to recording.
What Has Worked Well? (con’t) Speak slowly, clearly, and precisely. Demonstrate this for my students. Give examples and non-examples. Check to ensure all technology is in working order prior to starting the project. Allow for extra time. iMovie auto saves the projects so students will need to have access to the same computer for the duration of the project. When recording voiceovers, be sure there is absolutely NO background noise (even the slightest bit may be heard).
What Has Worked Well? (con’t) Allow time for students to explore programs. If you don’t like lots of noise, provide headphones! Have a thumb drive or external hard drive handy to transfer files with ease. Double check to make sure pictures are not copyrighted. Provide links for students to download royalty-free pictures. Have a viewing party! After all the students have finished their podcasts, allow them to show off their work.
What Has Worked Well? (con’t) Provide students with a rubric/expectations at the onset of the project. Do not stunt creativity! Feel free to adapt/accommodate. Allow students to help one another…especially those that finish early. Develop a system for students to ask for help and/or enlist your technology guru to assist in your classroom.