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Podcasting made easy

  1. 1. Podcasting Made Easy<br />Bronwyn Desjardins<br />~Grayston Preparatory~<br />
  2. 2. What is a Podcast?<br />What is RSS?<br />Tech Terms to Know<br />Podcast Overview<br />
  3. 3. Fusion of two words about 5 years ago: iPod+broadcast<br />Also in video now as Vodcast.<br />Downloadable audio file for computer or portable audio device (iPod or MP3 player) – doesn’t have to be downloaded.<br />Has subscribers – receive automatic audio feed updates<br />Perfect for Instant Information World<br />Anytime Anywhere and most are free<br />What is a Podcast?<br />
  4. 4. What is RSS?<br /><ul><li>RSS = Really Simple Syndication
  5. 5. It turns an audio recording into a podcast
  6. 6. Saved in .xml format
  7. 7. Provides: creator; show title; content description; link to audio file.
  8. 8. It is created by using .xml coding or a program that creates the feed automatically.
  9. 9. NB: Audio file has to be stored on a server first.</li></li></ul><li>Blog: weblog – chronological publication<br />Exit: music or sounds to end show<br />Host Site: server that stores podcast and RSS feed<br />Intro: music or sounds that “lead into” the podcast<br />MP3: audio file in compressed digital format<br />Podcatcher: program used to subscribe to and download podcasts e.g. iTunes<br />Tech Terms To Know<br />
  10. 10. have a clear understanding of what podcasting is.<br />be able to oversee student podcasting projects.<br />have the knowledge and understanding to implement podcasting in their classroom. <br />ObjectivesParticipants will...<br />
  11. 11. Better understanding of curriculum content<br />Develops language skills<br />Develops critical thinking skills<br />Opportunity to share knowledge and opinions with a greater audience<br />Why have students Podcast?<br />
  12. 12. Computer with Internet connection<br />Microphone and webcam<br />iPod touch can record video<br />Hardware<br />
  13. 13. Audio podcasts: <br />GarageBand (Mac only)<br />Audacity (fee – can be used on Mac OS or Windows)<br />Podomatichttp://www.podomatic.com/ - record online<br />Video (Vodcasts)<br />iMovie (Mac only)<br />MovieMaker (Windows only)<br />YouTube<br />Software<br />
  14. 14. Know what you want for the end product<br />Focus on content<br />Treat it like an essay: introduction; body and conclusion<br />Time constraint – get unnecessary content as they will ramble<br />Technical aspects (sound, lighting, etc.) – focus on one or two aspects<br />Show examples and critique them<br />Rubric<br />
  15. 15. Plan<br />Storyboard (important for Vodcasts). There are samples online.<br />Write script<br />Peer response to script<br />Revise/ rewrite<br />Repeat steps 4 and 5 as needed<br />Pre-production<br />
  16. 16. Rehearse before record<br />Don’t read lines – memorise line by line if necessary and pause recording between as it looks more professional<br />Record in a quiet place<br />Keep sound at the same level – keep mike at same distance, practice speaking at same level. Audio adjustments can be time consuming.<br />Have good lighting (video)<br />Production Tips<br />
  17. 17. School news<br />Curricular reports: foreign languages; book reviews; history projects; biology reports etc.<br />Topics of interest: practise creative writing and speaking<br />Communication tool: school announcements; student or parent announcements<br />Ideas for Podcasts<br />
  18. 18. Podomatic*<br />YouTube*<br />School web site<br />Your own web site: more control<br />Wiki*<br />Blog*<br />NB: iTunes does not host podcasts – you have to link it to the store<br />*Free<br />Podcast Hosting<br />
  19. 19. Would this enhance your curriculum?<br />Hardware assessment: camera; computer; cables etc.<br />Software assessment: try using itself first – have basic understanding of it; make sure necessary programs are installed<br />Create the rubric<br />Find examples<br />Present the project to the students<br />Ask yourself...<br />
  20. 20. Nicknames – make up on-air names<br />Don’t give out private information – school name/ address etc.<br />Check privacy restrictions with school<br />Safety <br />
  21. 21. http://www.youtube.com/cdspodsquad<br />Learner Examples<br />
  22. 22. Tech Chicks http://techchicktips.net/<br />*Kidcasthttp://www.intelligenic.com/blog<br />Teach With Video http://teachwithvideo.com/podcast.html<br />*Step by step 45 minute lessons on how to podcast<br />Educational Podcasts – How to..<br />
  23. 23. www.IHeartEdTech.com (Blog)<br />Twitter: @SimpleK12 @EdTechUNcon<br />Useful Tech Tips <br />
  24. 24. What is it and how to use it<br />Introduction to Audacity Interface<br />Audacity<br />
  25. 25. Free audio editing software<br />Record multiple tracks in a single audio file – up to 16 and more<br />Can import file types as tracks MP3, wav. etc.<br />Cross platform – can work on any OS (Windows, Linux, Mac)<br />Audacity<br />
  26. 26. Four separate tool bars<br />Control toolbar (like a CD player)<br />Meter toolbars (input/ output) - red = too loud<br />Mixer toolbar (output – speaker icon/ input – mike icon) – can adjust input level<br />Edit toolbar – cut, copy, paste, trim and add silence. Zoom in or out of tracks to get a closer look.<br />Menu bar<br />
  27. 27. Each track has its own display area<br />Any track will appear with its own control panel<br />It appears in wav form – mute will mute sounds and other volume controls (Gain) adjust volume of each track. Solo – will isolate a track.<br />Close button, track name, and track menu down arrow with varied menus – you can name a track.<br />Get to know the basic tools first.<br />Project Window<br />
  28. 28. Creating the podcast<br />See Audacity notes<br />Podsafe audio: http://podsafeaudio.com/<br />http://www.flashkit.com/loops<br />Visit Dropbox folder for software download, copy of Audacity notes, and Podcasting ideas<br />Visit Diigo Podcasting Made Easy group for links mentioned in this workshop<br />blip.tv.com – create an account<br />Upload file<br />blip.tv.com/username/rss – copy this URL link to iTunes to create RSS feed in iTunes store (more difficult)<br />Or upload file as audio file in a website or wiki<br />In wiki embed as widget RSS feed (easy)<br />