Patrick Kelly Do You Have the Audacity to Podcast?
According to a recent study from the Pew Internet & American Life project (Lenhardt & Madden, 2005), more than one-half of all teens have created media content, and roughly one-third of teens who use the Internet have shared content they produced.
Relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement
Strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others
Some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices
Members believe that their contributions matter
Members feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created)
A growing body of scholarship suggests potential benefits of these forms of participatory culture, including:
opportunities for peer-to-peer learning,
a changed attitude toward intellectual property,
the diversification of cultural expression,
the development of skills valued in the modern workplace, and a more empowered conception of citizenship.
Participatory culture shifts the focus of literacy from one of individual expression to community involvement.
The new literacies almost all involve social skills developed through collaboration and networking.
These skills build on the foundation of traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis skills taught in the classroom.
iPod + Broadcast = Podcast
Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files over the Internet using RSS syndication formats for playback on mobile devices and personal computers.
Why use podcasts?
Podcasts enable students to share their knowledge and expertise with others through a creative outlet.
Podcasts tap into a mode of media input that is commonplace for digital natives.
Podcasts empower students to form relationships with the content and each other in relevant ways.
Why use podcasts?
Podcasting is yet another way for them [students] to be creating and contributing ideas to a larger conversation, and it’s a way of archiving that contribution for future audiences to use.
Will Richardson, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
How can podcasts be used?
In the classroom, educators and students can use podcasts to inform others about class news, current events, and areas of interest.
Students can use a podcast forum to persuade their peers to help others, make a difference, or try something new.
Podcasts can also be used to edutain others through creative narratives .
How can podcasts be used?
Podcasts engage students in thinking critically about their speaking fluency and communication skills.
The opportunity to create a podcast about what students would like to discuss and share with others is extremely motivating.
sharing student work with the community
create characters out of literature
improve fluency in reading
expression and speed
increases awareness of how they sound thus more practice
student input into community/world/historical issues
create a podcast to download for schools to use on field trips
audio tour of plants and how they were used by Native Americans "ethnobotany movements"
notes for absent students (substitutes)
bring experts and knowledge to students
immediate access to information
second language learning enforcement
immediate feedback and communication
forces students to focus on content
audio book reports
diminishes fear of public speaking
Ways I Have Used Podcasts
Vocabulary and/or concept practice
Unit or topic podcasts as overview of unit
Supplement instructional materials with existing podcasts created by others
Information for parents
Previews/reviews of course material
Differentiate research products for LS students
Class Unit Podcast Segments Focus on the laws or legislators in the unit. This can include bills, amendments, or the people in Congress who make up the legislature Legislative Historian Focus on one person in the unit who has changes history. Talk about their achievements and impact on society Biographer Focus on the economy in the unit. This can include panics and depression, the economic impact of historical events or legislation or someone who changes the economy Economic Historian Focus on how the government interacted with other nations during the time period we are studying. This can include treaties, agreements, ambassadors, or conflicts Diplomatic Historian Focus on the changes going on in society based on the current unit. This can include the changing roles of individuals, specific groups or classes, or the role of government Social Historian Pick a president from the unit and focus on how he affected history. Presidential Historian
Class Unit Podcast Segments Responsible for sewing together all the podcasts segments – creating intro and outro segments, adding transitions and music, and crediting contributors Producer Focus on one important primary document from the period, give the author, explain the purpose of the document, summarize the document, and inform the audience on the document’s importance Primary Document Historian Focus on one invention of the time period, explain what it is, how it works, and what impact it had on society Technological Historian Look for the root words of a particular vocabulary word, give the definition of the word, discuss its significance for the time period, and provide 1 synonym and antonym Etymologist Focus on a piece of literary work and its impact. This can include authors, letters, newspapers, and books Literary Historian Pick a legal case or Supreme Court justice and discuss the importance of the decision or person Supreme Court Historian
Jumping in with both feet . . .
Listen to a few podcasts online
iTunes > Source List > Podcasts > Education
Get a feel for the genre
Podcasts are not “polished” – production value is secondary to the content
Step 1 Record your voice by clicking the red record button and speaking into the microphone Step 2 When you are finished recording press the yellow stop button Step 3 Rewind and listen to your recording by pressing the purple rewind key and green play key
Give it a try
Open audacity and try to record something yourself
Warning: This is a good time for some of you to put in your headphones
When you finish, minimize your recording
Click on the following link and click on the tutorial entitled “Basic Editing and Trimming Your Audio ”
Go back to Audacity and try to edit your recording.
When you are finished, minimize your recording again
Project > Import Audio
Podsafe Music – copyright laws
Look for Creative Commons licenses
Credit all non-original audio
“ Some of the music provided was from the PodShow Podsafe Music Network. Check it out at music.podshow.com."
Step 5 Time to add additional audio if desired. After you have downloaded your audio file, simply drag and drop your audio file in or click “Project” “Import Audio” and search for your file. Note, some files are in stereo and will show up as 2 different audio lines
Step 6 You can shift your audio and sound effects to the desired location, by using the Time Shift Tool Button
Effect > Normalize
This should always be done
Other effects are optional
‘ Cross Fade In’ and ‘Cross Fade Out’ are good options for multi-voice audio projects
Click on the following link and click on the tutorial entitled “Importing Audio and Adding Music to Your Podcast ”