Podcasts In Classrooms


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  • Imagine if you have hundreds if not thousands of topic specific radio stations that had talk shows addressing your area of interest.It shouldn’t be necessary to navigate to hundreds of web pages to check for new content. Imagine a personal Internet agent who would check for and retrieve the most recent content from all the sources on a daily basis and bring it all together in one easy-to-use window. This agent should keep up with what you have already listened to and automatically transfer new content to your portable listening device when it is connected, making it possible to listen to the content no matter where you were: driving, mowing the yard, or even while exercising.Whenever you visit this personal library, you could trust that is was full of the latest content meeting your selection criteria. Podcasting is about a new source to support life long learning with WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE under your control!Apple reported there were over 125,000 podcasts in iTunes in January of last year and a survey last summer indicated over 9 million people downloaded podcasts during the one-month survey period
  • How many channels did you have growing up?What is a podcast?What tools are required?Where do I find content?What are the educational applications?How do I begin?
  • How many channels did you have growing up?What is a podcast?What tools are required?Where do I find content?What are the educational applications?How do I begin?
  • Podcasts are the new phenomenon of professional and homemade media broadcasts available on the Internet. Podcasting is a form of one-to-many media distribution. As such, it could be called a broadcast. Initially, podcasts were mostly MP3 format audio shows listened to on a computer, but when the iPod began to support mobile access to the content, it also became common practice to transfer the media to the iPod for portable anywhere, anytime access. The content is always downloaded to an application such as iTunes and then optionally transferred to an iPod or other MP3 player.Podcasting is a means of one-to-many audio distribution via the Internet.Term was coined from “iPod” and “Broadcast
  • Term was coined from “iPod” and “Broadcast
  • Almost all podcast are free, with just a few having inline ads.The low technical barrier and low cost to publish in this medium is the reason that over 125,000 podcast series have been published in iTunes alone. Content can be accessed from the PC or a portable MP3 player.The concept of an aggregator such as iTunes is central to understanding the medium of podcasting. Find, subscribe, manage, and access content in one interface. Your library of podcast episodes is automatically updated with new content. Audio content is the most popular format for podcast content. The reason is that in combination with the iPod, one can take advantage of what might otherwise be “down time.” Driving, mowing the lawn, or washing dishes can all be opportunities to learn and be enlightened by the latest podcast show. Obviously, media based learning can also help for those who benefit from alternatives to reading visually.And again, it is important to understand the contribution of making all this new content efficiently available in one personal library.Podcasting is another example of how the Internet is democratizing the process of mass communication. Note that “subscribing” to a podcast simply means you have added it to your list of automatically updated podcast series in your personal library. Subscribing is anonymous and you can delete a subscription at anytime.
  • All you need to find, access, and manage your podcast library is iTunes, a free application for Windows and Macintosh. iTunes for Windows or Macintosh, a free installation: www.apple.com/itunes/overview/High speed access recommendedOptional iPod for portable listening. It is important to note that you can begin without an iPod, listening to the content from your computer.
  • How many channels did you have growing up?What is a podcast?What tools are required?Where do I find content?What are the educational applications?How do I begin?
  • This is a large download and will require a school Ethernet connection, cable, or DSL at home. You will need to have admin access to your computer. Because the library will have your personal podcast selections, it does not work well to have your iTunes library shared by multiple people. Install on a CPU assigned to just you. It is possible to have different user accounts on the same CPU and this will keep the libraries separate. Mac users can just select Software Update under their Apple menu and opt to install the latest iTunes and QuickTime.Windows users can install from the URL listed.
  • How many channels did you have growing up?What is a podcast?What tools are required?Where do I find content?What are the educational applications?How do I begin?
  • Today we will introduce you to a new communication medium, Podcasts; talk about the tools required to be a consumer of podcast content, Where to find content of interest to educators,Discuss how educators are using the content,And demonstrate how you can begin.
  • Podcasts In Classrooms

    1. 1. Podcasting in Classrooms<br />An exploration of the medium and its educational applications.<br />Toyota USA Foundation sponsors our<br />Podcasting in Education Initiative.<br />
    2. 2. How many channels did you have growing up?<br />0 – 3<br />4 – 10<br />10 – 30<br />30 – 50<br />51+<br />
    3. 3. How many “channels” do students have?<br />
    4. 4. 3<br />Channels<br />WHAT<br />WHERE<br />HOW<br />
    5. 5. Tuning In:<br />
    6. 6. Tuning In:<br />Do own a portable digital media player?<br />(iPod, Zune, Lyra, Rio, etc.)<br />YES<br />NO<br />
    7. 7. Tuning In:<br />How often do you use iTunes? <br />WHAT’S iTUNES?<br />1-2 Times a year.<br />1-2 Times a month.<br />1-2 Times a week.<br />1-2 Times a day.<br />
    8. 8. Tuning In:<br />Which best describes why you are here:<br /> My students have them (“if you can’t beat em join em”.)<br /> I want to learn to use pre-existing podcasts.<br />I want to learn to make my own podcasts.<br />I think I might get / give an iPod for the holidays and wanted to know more.<br />I needed the hours and this looked painless.<br />
    9. 9. 1<br />Channel<br />WHAT<br />
    10. 10. “The practice of making audio files available online in a way that allows software to automatically detect new files and download them.”Wikipedia<br />
    11. 11. +<br />
    12. 12. Evolution<br />+<br />+<br /><br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog<br />
    13. 13. Nature<br />²<br />$<br />1<br />—<br />Cost<br />Tech<br />Convenience<br />Voice<br />
    14. 14. Return of Radio?<br />The re-birth of radio?<br />
    15. 15. Not Only Audio<br />Audio & Slides<br />Photos<br />Video<br />
    16. 16. Episodes…<br />
    17. 17. You Need:<br />iTunes<br />Fast internet<br />Portable Player<br />
    18. 18. Process<br />Add podcasts to iTunes<br />Sync episodes to player<br />Listen at your convenience<br />
    19. 19. vs.<br />
    20. 20. 2<br />Channel<br />WHERE<br />
    21. 21. Traditional Media<br />Informal Education<br />Content<br />Universities<br />“Content Experts”<br />
    22. 22.
    23. 23. In Education<br />Professional Development<br />Supplemental Textbook Materials<br />School-to-Home Communications<br />Faculty Lectures<br />Daily announcements<br />
    24. 24. Foreign Languages<br />Audiobooks<br />Speeches<br />Music programs <br />Test Preparation<br />Synchronized Slideshows<br />
    25. 25. Student Products<br />Sound-seeing tours<br />Audio plays<br />Interviews with content experts<br />Ongoing student produced talk shows about content learned<br />
    26. 26. Access<br />http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/<br />
    27. 27.
    28. 28. 3<br />Channel<br />HOW<br />
    29. 29.
    30. 30.
    31. 31. Exploration<br />Find and Subscribe to the following:<br />
    32. 32. <ul><li>Kidcast
    33. 33. iTunesU course of your choosing.
    34. 34. In your area of interest:
    35. 35. An audio only podcast.
    36. 36. A video podcast
    37. 37. A “.pdf” podcast
    38. 38. STMpT</li></li></ul><li>?<br />
    39. 39.
    40. 40. Signal Check:<br />
    41. 41. Tuning In:<br />Do you feel more comfortable using iTunes?<br />YES<br />NO<br />Maybe<br />
    42. 42. Tuning In:<br />Could you see some ways podcasts could be used (even without an iPod)?<br />YES<br />NO<br />Maybe<br />
    43. 43. Tuning In:<br />Thinking about asking santa for an iPod?<br />YES<br />NO<br />Maybe<br />
    44. 44.
    45. 45. Online handout<br />http://thetrc.org/Podcast_Ed/<br />El Paso Corporation sponsored the<br />2006-07 Pilot for the TRC<br />Podcasting in Education Initiative.<br />Toyota USA Foundation sponsors our<br />Podcasting in Education Initiative.<br />