Podcasting In The Classroom

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A presentation by Paul Fuller about podcasting at the classroom. First presented at the 2007 ECAWA conference.

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Podcasting In The Classroom

  1. 1. Podcasting in the Classroom Paul Fuller, Orange Grove Primary School
  2. 2. About Me • Fairly new to teaching • Year 4 / 5 class • Small, semi-rural school • Limited infrastructure
  3. 3. digitalgeneration.wikispaces.com
  4. 4. Today’s Presentation What is a podcast? Why podcasting in education? How to make a podcast
  5. 5. What is a podcast? • Internet radio show • Can be downloaded automatically (‘subscribing’) • Play on MP3 player (eg iPod)
  6. 6. Who is podcasting? • All major media outlets • A growing number of schools • President George W. Bush • At least 100,000 others
  7. 7. Demonstration
  8. 8. Why is this different? WHAT you want WHEN you want WHERE you want ..... for free!!
  9. 9. Why podcasting in education? • Authentic audience • Highly engaging • Global awareness • Integrates all learning areas
  10. 10. Different models Teacher Student Publisher Audience
  11. 11. Different models Student Teacher Publisher Audience
  12. 12. Different models Parents Student Teacher Publisher World Audience
  13. 13. Podkids Australia • Monthly show • 8 - 10 short segments • Interviews, recounts, mailbag • Student written, teacher-produced
  14. 14. What do the kids think?
  15. 15. Effect of Audience • Motivation • Two-way Conversation • Critical awareness • Quality of Writing
  16. 16. This is not a technology project! Sharing Editing Writing Planning and Research
  17. 17. Podcasts as Reflection • Repeated exposure to concepts • Students become teachers • Embeds learning
  18. 18. St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Caboolture
  19. 19. Window on the Classroom • For parents and carers • For wider community • Media interest • Global connections
  20. 20. This sounds like an awful lot of work...
  21. 21. How much time does this take? Audio only (not edited) Not Much Audio only (with music etc) Enhanced podcast Video podcast Heaps
  22. 22. How do you make a podcast?
  23. 23. Super-simple podcast Record an MP3 file 1. • direct to computer • Portable recorders from $99 Post to a podcast hosting service 2.
  24. 24. RSS feeds • RSS = Really Simple Syndication • Common format (blogs, podcasts, news) • Audience is informed of your updates.... .....without visiting your site
  25. 25. Podcast Hosting • .Mac • one click to create a feed • Podcast hosting services • Liberated Syndication (libsyn) • Use a blog
  26. 26. Demonstration
  27. 27. Super-simple podcast Record an MP3 file 1. Post to a podcasting 2. host site
  28. 28. Editing your podcast • Add music, sound effects • Correct mistakes • Improve sound quality
  29. 29. Sound editing software • Mac OS • Garageband (free with new Macs) • Windows • Audacity (free, open-source)
  30. 30. Garageband Demo
  31. 31. A word about music • Royalty-free music in Garageband • Podsafe Music Network • Remember: Content is king!
  32. 32. Enhanced Podcasts • Pictures • Chapter Markers • Remember: Content is king!
  33. 33. Summary • Students become global citizens • Window on the classroom • Teaches vital lessons • Massively engaging!

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