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A presentation for the MACE Conference 2010.

A presentation for the MACE Conference 2010.

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  • 1. Let Your Voice Be Heard!
    Jennifer Gatz
    Spring MACE 2010
    Follow me: jenngatz on plurk
  • 2. What is a Podcast?
    iPod + Broadcast = Podcast AKA = Personal On Demand BroadCAST
    Podcast is simply an audio and sometimes a video recording that is made available online.
    Although some podcasts are one time productions most podcasts are a series of audio presentations that you can subscribe to via an RSS feed (to learn more about RSS click here)
    Enhanced Podcast or Slide Cast (Sample)
    Vodcast (Sample)
    Podcasting in Plain English
  • 3. Podcasting is…
    Standards based
    21st Century Learning
  • 4. Why Podcast?
    Provides students with a voice
    Allows students to demonstrate what they know about a topic
    Incorporates a wide variety of skills writing, editing, public speaking
    Can hit a variety of learning styles
    Authentic activity that can extend beyond the walls of the classroom
  • 5. Student Podcasts Ideas
    Individual Content:
    Oral reports
    Reading an original poem, story or any piece of writing (sample poem, sample poem 2)
    Book Talks
    Group Assignments:
    Recreating a historical event through audio
    Interviewing adults, other students etc…
    Classroom News – Weekly, monthly or daily content
    Create a Radio Show
  • 6. Examples of Student Podcasts
    Radio WillowWebPodcast by students in grades kindergarten through five in Omaha, Nebraska all about things they learn in school.
    Coley CastColeyCast is the radio broadcast created by the students of Room 34 in Murrieta, California.
    Coulee Kids 7th Grade Language Arts students from Wisconsin
    Mathcasts– Variety of Podcasts, Vodcasts, Screencasts
  • 7. Teacher Podcast Ideas
    Recording of class lessons/lectures
    Audio/Video study guides
    Parent communication-
    Class News
    Daily/weekly Announcements
    Sharing knowledge with other professionals
  • 8. Sample Teacher Podcasts
    Mr. Coley’s Study Cast – Podcast for studying for Social Studies and Science Tests
    Mr. Langhorst – Middle School Social Studies teacher that posts Studycasts and Podcasts on his website and blog
    Bud the Teacher- Reflections and ideas on teaching
  • 9. Tools for Podcasting
    Computer w/production software-
    Mac= Garage Band or AudacityPC = Audacity ( Free Download)
    Microphone Or even just a telephone depending on the service you use
    Audio Recording Software –
    Garage Band – Mac - iLife
    Audacity – PC or Mac – Free
    Free Podcasting Booklet by Tony Vincent
  • 10. Podcast Stages
    Preproduction – Scripting
    Production-Recording the podcast into Audacity or Garage Band
    Post Production – Edit the Audio, possibly adding sound effects and music. Save as an MP3
    Publishing - Post to a server or Podcast hosting sight
  • 11. Preproduction
    Script writing and planning- This usually takes the most time
    Mustang Minute
    Mr. Coley’s Podcasting Resources
    Radio Willow Preproduction Script Example
    Radio Show Production
  • 12. Getting Started with
    1. Connect your microphone.
    2. Launch Audacity.
    3. Click the Edit menu and choose Preferences. In the
    Recording section, select your microphone.
    Tip: It should automatically recognize it. If you plug your microphone in first it can cause problems with recognizing the microphone.
  • 13. Production – Recording
    Click the Record button.
    Speak into the microphone. Notice the waveforms appears as you speak.
    Click the Stop button.
    Click the Play button to listen to the recording.
    Audacity Tool Bar
    Record Button
    Pause Button
  • 14. Audacity Tracks
    Your speaking was too soft or too far from the headset.
    Sound waves are flat which means that speaking is either too soft, loud or flatsounding.
    Sounds waves have peaks and valleys
    meaning that you’re a proper distance
    from the microphone.
  • 15. Post Production
    After recording it’s time for editing!
    Trim, rearrange, etc.
    Add music and/or sound effects
    Audacity Editing Tools
  • 16. Editing Tools
    3. Envelope Tool– allows you to adjust the (volume) of different sections of a track
    1. Selection Tool – click and drag over a section of sound on the timeline to select that section.
    Envelope Tool
    Draw Tool
    Selection Tool
    Multi Tool
    Zoom Tool
    2. Time Shift Tool– allows you to move the selected sound along the sound track.
    Basic Editing:
    1. Using the
    Time Shift Tool-
  • 17. Using the Editing Tools
    The selection tool allows you to select any part of your
    sound wave. It will let you listen to only selected parts of your
    Recording and will allow you to select parts to edit/delete.
    To delete a portion of your recording:
    Use the selection tool to select what you want to delete.
    Go to Edit Cut or just hit the delete key on your keyboard.
  • 18. Working with the Tracks
    Naming Tracks:
    When you have more than one track it is sometimes helpful to name each track.
    On the left hand side click on the down arrow by Audio Track
    Click on name and then add a name to your track.
    Adjusting Volume:
    1. To make the volume of any track louder or softer drag the selector to the + or -.
  • 19. Royalty Free Music & Effects
    Free Play Music
    Be sure you preview Sound Effect Sites:
    Absolute Sound Effects
    Partner in Rhyme Sound Effects
    Ikeepbookmarks Sound Effects
  • 20. Importing Audio
    1.Download your favorite music (Remember copyright issues)
    2. Go to File – Then Import – Then Audio
    Select your audio file.
    Once your audio is imported use the
    Time Shift tool to adjust the all your tracks
  • 21. Adding Audio Effects
    1. Select the audio that you would like to fade in or out.
    2. I selected the beginning of my music audio
    Then go to Effect – Fade In
    You will notice how the audio now is softer and then gets louder. You can do the same thing with the Fade Out Effect
  • 22. Resources for
    FREE Download
    LAUSD Podcast Wiki
    Audacity Wikispaces- (Official)
    Learning in Hand Podcast Ideas
    How to Podcast Video Tutorials
    Audacity Ning Group
    Mr. Coley’s Podcasting Resources – Basic Audacity Tutorials
  • 23. Perfecting the Sound
    Sometimes you have several students recording. To
    1. Download and install Levelator from
    2. Launch Levelator.
    3. Drag and drop your exported WAV file onto the Levelator window.
    4. Wait while Levelator processes the file.
    5. Locate the WAV file with “output” in the file name and delete the original WAV
  • 24. Publishing
    • Save (Export) your file as an MP3
    • 25. In Audacity go to File – Export – Then you can enter information or click ok. Then save your file as a MP3.
    • 26. Podcasting Hosting
    • Spread the Word – Show parents and students how to subscribe via a Podcatcher such as Apple's iTunes
    Tutorial to subscribe to a podcast in iTunes
    • Embed in your website, blog, wiki, Glogster, etc.
  • I hope you’re ready to….Let Your Voice be Heard!If you have any questions email: