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Creating audio podcasts

  1. 1. Creating Audio Podcasts for Education                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  2. 2. Podcasting: What is it? <ul><li>Podcasting is a way to post and distribute multimedia files online </li></ul><ul><li>Can be audio only, enhanced podcasts, video, or other file types </li></ul><ul><li>Generally a regular series of shows that can be “subscribed” to </li></ul><ul><li>Does not require an iPod </li></ul>
  3. 3. How is it relevant to education? <ul><li>Can be listened to on many platforms: desktop, laptop, handhelds, MP3 players, cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Delivers content “just in time” </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia is highly engaging and addresses a variety of learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>99% free </li></ul><ul><li>Low cost to broadcast = cheap publishing platform and more content </li></ul>
  4. 4. Differentiating Instruction <ul><li>We can use podcasts to… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Differentiate! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extend! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remediate! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivate! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Differentiating Instruction <ul><li>Podcasts can be used </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To provide students with choices in differentiated content (using podcasts that others have created) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To give students a choice in how they demonstrate mastery (creating your own podcasts) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What does the research say? <ul><li>Using multimedia to address different learning styles is a part of DI [Benjamin, Tomlinson] </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting develops 21 st Century literacies [Shamburg; Partnership for 21 st Century Skills] </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting can be “a catalyst for reflection” [Speak Up; Pew Research Center] </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 80% of teens own an MP3 player [Speak Up; Pew Research Center] </li></ul><ul><li>There are over 150,000 podcasts in iTunes [Apple] </li></ul>
  7. 7. Educational Uses Podcasting <ul><li>For administrators and teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio newsletters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building learning communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home/school information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community connections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remediation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enrichment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual field trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading fluency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book talks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student projects </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The Fastest 5 Minutes in Podcasting <ul><li>Albemarle Co. Public Schools www.k12albemarle.org </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles Co. Office of Ed. ctap.lacoe.edu </li></ul><ul><li>PD to Go www.pdtogo.com </li></ul><ul><li>Engadget www.engadget.com </li></ul><ul><li>T4 Podcast – Jordan School Dist. t4.jordan.k12.ut.us </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar Girl grammar.qdnow.com </li></ul><ul><li>Books Talks www.nancykeane.com </li></ul><ul><li>Colonial Williamsburg www.history.org </li></ul><ul><li>Quirks and Quarks www.cbc.ca/quirks </li></ul><ul><li>LD Podcast www.ldpodcast.com </li></ul><ul><li>ColeyCast – Tovashal Elem. www.mrcoley.com </li></ul><ul><li>Jamestown – Jamestown Elem. slapcast.com/users/Jamestown </li></ul><ul><li>WKSN – Kate Sullivan Elem. www.sullivan.leon.k12.fl.us </li></ul><ul><li>CarverCast – GW Carver Elem. salem.k12.va.us/gwc/podcasts/ CarverCast.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Our City – St. Andrew's Priory School www.learninginhand.com/ OurCity </li></ul><ul><li>Radio WillowWeb – Willowdale Elem. www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio </li></ul><ul><li>Room 208 – Wells Elem. bobsprankle.com/blog </li></ul>
  9. 9. Going Deeper: Student Project Ideas <ul><li>Book talks </li></ul><ul><li>Character interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Historic interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Language practice </li></ul>
  10. 10. Getting Started <ul><li>Podcatching vs. podcasting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcatching – “tuning in” to podcasts that others have created </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting – making your own podcasts </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What You Need to Tune In <ul><li>A device to listen or view </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop or laptop computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handheld computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 player (iPod or other) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3-enabled cell phone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Software to listen or view </li></ul>
  12. 12. What You Need to Tune In (cont.) <ul><li>Good tools to get started - Hardware: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 player </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good tools to get started - Software: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes (Windows or Mac) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Audio Formats <ul><li>There are a variety of file formats for digital audio: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 – most common; works on all devices, compressed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AAC – format used by Apple, compressed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WMA – Microsoft format, compressed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OGG – Open Source, compressed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WAV – used on PCs; no compression </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Listening in iTunes FORDHAM UNIVERSITY REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER
  15. 15. Podcast Web Pages <ul><li>When you go to web pages with podcasts on them, you may see two types of links: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to actual files (MP3) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Downloading Files <ul><li>MP3 files </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the desktop, just click to play </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To transfer to a mobile device, save as and copy to device </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need podcatching software to “subscribe” </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Podcatching Software <ul><li>Podcatching software lets you “subscribe” to podcasts and automatically download them to your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Uses RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Good tool to get started </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. RSS <ul><li>RSS – Real Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Lets you “subscribe” to feeds; automatically downloads new shows </li></ul><ul><li>Text, audio, and video </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregates content so you don’t have to visit all the web pages individually </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Colonial Williamsburg </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>If you see this, you are looking at XML </li></ul><ul><li>This is the “feed” </li></ul>
  20. 20. Creating Your Own Podcast <ul><li>What you need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording hardware and software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editing software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosting server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feed (optional) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good tools to get started Audacity – audacity.sourceforge.net GarageBand – www.apple.com/ilife/garageband Blogger – www.blogger.com WordPress – www.wordpress.org FeedBurner – www.feedburner.com </li></ul>
  21. 21. Audio Podcasts: Audacity
  22. 22. GabCast <ul><li>Record a podcast right from your cell phone – what could be easier? </li></ul><ul><li>Free! </li></ul><ul><li>Can be automatically posted to your blog as well </li></ul><ul><li>Audio blog </li></ul>
  23. 23. Conclusion <ul><li>Podcasting is quick and easy and has enormous benefits for a variety of audiences: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers and administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents and the community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go try it out! </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Karen Fasimpaur </li></ul><ul><li>email: karen@k12handhelds.com </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>Image credits: Slides 1, 2, and 3 – Credit: Jupiter Images

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