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What is Podcasting Podcasting is a digital recording of a radio broadcast or program that is made available on the Internet. This recording is downloaded to a digital audio file that is created, shared, and heard. Podcasts can contain a mixture of voices, music, sounds, videos and photos. Podcasts are portable or can reside on MP3 players and can go any where. Podcasts can range in length from a few minutes to a few hours.
Two types of Podcasts One is the enhanced podcast. This podcast is an audio that includes images and URLs. They are displayed on a computer screen or a media player. 2. The other is videocast which are audio and video.
Why use Podcasting Class Radio Show Presenting a Speech Making a Movie Community Podcast Classroom Showcase Learning Lesson Study
Advantages in Podcasts Files can be viewed or listened to any time. You do not have to be on a computer to assess files. Podcasting is a valuable tool for students who want to review or understand lessons to improve. Audio files and videos are helpful for studying and working. Files are inexpensive. They may be uploaded to any website. With a podcast students can be contacted anytime. Podcasts do not have expiration dates
Disadvantages in Podcasts Materials must have audio or video files to be fully accessible. Uploading files can be time-consuming. Large files require broadband connection and will be difficult for those who have slow dial-up connections. The file format might not be compatible to all MP3players and iPods. Students might produce less work because of distractions such as watching movies or listening to music.
To make a podcast Microphone / audio recorder Editing software such as Audacity Somewhere to host the podcast Imagination / Inspiration
There are three steps in the podcasting process. 1.An audio file is uploaded to the web. 2.An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is uploaded to the web. 3. The pod catcher, which is an application that reads the RSS feeds, downloads the audio file.
Create a Podcast 1.Gather hardware and software •microphone •computer(recording and editing software) •speakers •RSS feed (free online services that can create podcast feeds) 2.Decide on content such as a template, theme music, images, and text (such as an introduction, breaks, and a conclusion). Make sure you are copyright- compliant. 3. Practice until the session flows smoothly.
5. Test the podcast by listening to it and share it with others. 6. Publish the podcast by linking the file to a website with an RSS feed or download manually. Share the podcast and submit on a Podcast directory service such as Podcast.net or iTunes Music Store. Podcast Alley, or Podcast Pickle. Test it so it actually works. 7. Promote the podcast by advertising within the school and encourage others to subscribe. 8. Evaluate and adjust your template. Make changes if needed.