Society as a whole cannot ignore the massive changes taking place on the internet;
If parents, educators and current worforce, do not keep pace with the technology that young people use on a daily basis, they risk becoming irrelevant and will have little or no impact on the future of society as a whole.
Once a desired podcast is located, in order to receive it, podcatcher software needs to be loaded on the computer. Podcatchers download podcast files by reading information contained in a RSS file, extracting different information from the same RSS file, and then displaying it on the software interface in human-readable format.
Many podcasters have set up podcast-specific RSS feeds identifiable with white-on-orange icons. When a desired podcast is found, locate the links to the RSS feed necessary to add to your podcatcher application . To add the Web site’s RSS feed, all one has to do is copy that URL and paste that information into postcast-supported client’s Add Feed window.
Not only do students listen to educational podcasts as consumers, but they also can produce their own. In the development of their own podcasts, students learn to research, plan, and write their scripts in advance, plus complete multiple audio takes before they’re satisfied that the quality is good enough broadcasting.
For several years, K12 Handhelds, Inc. ( http://www.K12handhelds.com/podcasting ) has led the way in providing schools with integrated solutions for mobile technology use in K-12 education.
Learning Out Loud( http://www.learnoutloud.com ) is a Podcast Directory containing freee educational content that are selected to instruct, inspire, and enlighten the listener.
Two recent books specific to podcasting in the classroom are Kidcast: Podcasting in the Classroom by Dan Schmit and Educator’s Podcast Guide by Bard Williams. Handheld Computers in Schools and Media Centers by Ann Bell.
The laws covering copyright, offensive material, and libel are complex. Schools, like individuals, must take steps to ensure that their published podcasts do not infringe any existing copyright and that the content cannot be considered offensive or libelous.
The use and exchange of music over the Internet has been one of the most complex issues users face. To use music in a podcast, creators have three options:
Arrange for music licenses that cover performance rights and royalties;
Use royalty free music (carefully check the conditions of use);
Create your own original music (you are then the copyright owner).
The creator of podcast is the copyright owner of that podcast. The words that a person speaks belong to them even if they are a minor. When they are published as a work, they are protected under copyright laws. By placing a copyright symbol and date on their work (or copyright element information within the RSS feed or MP3files’ ID3 tags, work can be properly attributed to the owner of the intellectual property. Just as students and adults are expected to respect the copyright laws of the music producers, so also the students’ work should be respected for its copyright ownership.(Handheld Computer 73-74)
First create an MP3 audio file an audio editing software to edit the files and include or sound effects. Podcasts are generally recorded in either mp3 or AAC formar for the Apple.
Audacity ( http://audacity.sourceforge.net ) - a free, cross plataform, audio recorder and editor - enables users to record live audio using their computer`s sound input and then do simple editing to the recording and export its as an mp3 file.
Quick time 7 Pro on Mac OS X is a program to record a podcast.
Teacher should divide the class in five groups (a, b, c ,d, e). Each group will listen, at home, different podcasts (determined by the teacher). And the members of a group will listen to the same podcast.
At home: First students will access the sites http://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html
http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/ and listen to their podcast:
In the class: The teacher should form new groups, putting member of a different group togher (Example: Group 1 with one integrant of groups a, b, c, d and e) and each student will tell to the new group about the podcast listened:
What is the main topic? What does the poscast say about it? What did you understand?
Podcasts are an excellent way to promote school activities. It also enables families to stay connected with their child`s school activities through teachers daily and weekly podcasts summarizes lessons for students and parents.
The use of podcasts should be monitored by teachers since inappropriate podcasts may appear in their list and educators should also request permission and inform parents when students will be publishing.
Schools, like individuals, must pay atention to ensure that their published podcasts do not infringe any existing copyright and that the content cannot be condired offensive or libelous.