Podcasting Basics

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A basic overview of podcasting for education purposes

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  • Introduction to the session – overview of podcasts, recording podcasts and distributing podcastsFour areas of presentation as outlined in slide
  • So, what are podcasts? Anyone know? Not just audio and video on the web.
  • All to do with RSS. This was invented by a Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Winer circa 2000 and he went on to work with other developers to enable podcasting - term invented 2004 - as we know it now by adding enclosures to rss feeds to include media and not just text. You can follow @davewiner on Twitter!
  • Podcasting Basics

    1. 1. Podcasts<br />How does it work?<br />What is a podcast?<br />How do I make and use them?<br />What type of podcast?<br />
    2. 2. What is a podcast?<br />
    3. 3. Podcasting embodies what I have described as the Martini™ style of <br />mobile computing<br />“Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere ” <br />A podcast is essentially a free, on-demand media file that can be listened to or viewed on a desktop computer, laptop, netbook, mp3 player or mobile phone at a time and place of your own choosing. <br />Depending on your device, this can be on a bus, train, plane, in a car, at work, at home, in the park and so on.<br />
    4. 4. How does it work?<br />Really<br />Simple<br />Syndication<br />Podcasts are distributed via a web based subscription service (RSS feeds) and each new episode is automatically downloaded to your computer’s “podcatcher” or feed reader. <br />You can then transfer the files to your mobile device or listen/view on your computer. <br />
    5. 5. What type of podcast?<br />Audio<br />The modern equivalent of a radio programme or audio book<br />Video<br />Short video clips - as seen on YouTube<br />Screencast<br />A method of recording your actions on a computer screen – ideal for short, visual how-to guides<br />
    6. 6. How do I make a podcast?<br />This does not have to be complicated or expensive. <br />Some free (or cheap) options - using your own computer - include:<br />Audio <br />Use free audio editing software such as Audacity and a microphone to record your audio podcast<br />Video <br />Use a mini digital recorder such as the Flip or your mobile phone to record your video. Edit in Windows Live Movie Maker<br />Screencast<br />Use free screen capture software such as CamStudio to record and edit your how-to guide<br />
    7. 7. How do I use podcasts?<br />
    8. 8. Create added value by producing podcasts of additional materials such as quizzes, imagery, audio / video extracts to encourage reflection, peer review and discussion amongst your students.<br /> This can build on the lecture content and enrich the learning experience <br />
    9. 9. Explore the possibilities of using iTunesU in your University.<br />
    10. 10. Upload your podcasts to the University VLE (typically Moodle or Blackboard) to enable students to subscribe to your podcast feed in iTunes /Juice or other ‘podcatcher’ and download to their iPod/iPhone or other mp3 player/mobile phone. <br />iTunes is free and easy to use on Windows and Mac and you don&apos;t have to have an iPod or iPhone to subscribe and download podcasts.<br />
    11. 11. Students say…<br />“I listen on the train because I sit there and think right - I’m going to do something productive”<br />“If I had a spare five minutes I’d log onto iTunes to get the latest podcast and then if I had to rush off somewhere else, I’d listen to it later on”<br />“I waited until I was ready to start my assignment and then I watched the video podcast and it helped”<br />
    12. 12. Podcasting Resources<br />EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative<br />http://www.educause.edu/eli<br />Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes (PPP) http://ppp.chester.ac.uk<br />
    13. 13. Software Links<br /><ul><li>Audacity http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity
    14. 14. Flip Video Camcorder http://www.theflip.com/en-gb/
    15. 15. CamStudio http://camstudio.org/index.php
    16. 16. Windows Live Movie Maker http://download.live.com/moviemaker
    17. 17. iTunes http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/</li>

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