Podcasting 101 For the Techno Challenged


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a brief presentation highlighting the basics of podcasting and its integration in schools

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Podcasting 101 For the Techno Challenged

  1. 1. Podcasting 101<br />For The Techno Challenged<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />“Another way to understand information,” <br />This statement for Dr L Nelms basically sums up why we consider podcasting a learning tool. Podcasting is a tool which allows the learner to understand concepts in an auditory situation. The oral communication of information is very powerful and effective for all learners. As educators, we need to understand what podcasting is , how to create them and how to integrate them effectively into our teaching.<br />
  3. 3. Definition of Podcasting<br />A podcast is a series of digital mediafiles (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication.“<br />"A podcast is a broadcast of an audio file delivered over the Internet. It is recorded, published with a syndication (RSS) feed and saved to a server. <br />
  4. 4. Simplified Definition of a Podcast<br />Audio recordings distributed on the internet<br />Automatic delivery of a file to subscribers<br />Many people use the term podcast for any audio file on the web but the file needs to have the RSS feed. "The feed defines the podcast" (Kretz, 2007, p. 36). <br />
  5. 5. How to Create a Podcast<br />There are basically three steps to creating a Podcast<br />Choose your recording and practice<br />Choose an audio editing software <br />Publish the podcast: link the audio file to a Web site with an RSS feed so people can subscribe.<br />
  6. 6. Step 1: Create and Practice<br />Choose message to record in podcast<br />Practice oral delivery of message to enhance engagement of listener<br />
  7. 7. Step 2: Audio Editing Software<br />Both Audacity and Garageband allow the user to broadcast and edit their podcast recordings<br />Both allow user to add music and sound effects to recordings<br />
  8. 8. Examples of Editing Software<br />Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/<br />This software is free and easy to use<br />Apple’s Garageband: http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/<br />
  9. 9. Step 3<br />Broadcasting:<br />RSS Feed<br />
  10. 10. How to Broadcast<br />Once recording has been created and edited it must be saved as an mp3 file<br />Upload it to the Internet<br />Establish an RSS feed <br />
  11. 11. RSS Feed???<br />Real Simple Syndication – RSS<br />Please see Wikipedia definiton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)<br />
  12. 12. Podcasts in the Library<br />Media Specialist can use Podcasts in various ways in the library, such as recording How To’s for the library<br />How to use the library<br />How to use online resources<br />How to cite sources <br />How to evaluate web sites <br />
  13. 13. Example Podcast for Library<br />Introduction to the Library http://www.dryden.k12.ny.us/schools/shared/Dreamweaver%20WWW/HS_MS_Library/Tour2/Fic.mp3<br />
  14. 14. Booktalks<br />Weekly uploaded booktalks for students to listen to<br />Will address various interests once collection is established<br />Example: http://www.hopkintonschools.org/hhs/library/podcast.html<br />
  15. 15. What’s New in the Library<br />A podcast to highlight new books or resources<br />Future arrivals or upcoming events<br />
  16. 16. What’s Happening in the Library<br />A podcast to highlight what is going on in the library<br />Contests<br />Clubs<br />Book Clubs<br />Author Visits<br />Promotion for the library, make it accessible to parents<br />
  17. 17. Student-led <br />Podcasts can be instrumental in encouraging student involvement and creativity<br />Poetry recital:<br />http://www.poetry4kids.com/podcast<br />Book summary: <br />http://www.bookwink.com/<br />http://www.kid-cast.com/wordpress/?p=63<br />
  18. 18. Summary<br />Available and easy to use<br />Captures student attention and stimulates creativity<br />Provides variation to inspire and encourage literacy<br />Provides instant enrichment by adding current, professional “voice” to lessons or discussions<br />Easily adaptable for all ages and abilities<br />
  19. 19. Discussion Question 1<br />What is your opinion of podcasting and how do you see it working for you in either your classroom or library?<br />
  20. 20. Discussion Question 2<br />The following are a few articles which highlight the pros and cons of podcasting. Some interesting points are made about this tool which warrant some consideration. What are your thoughts? Do you think that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?<br />
  21. 21. Pros and Cons of Podcasting<br />http://www.brighthub.com/internet/web-development/articles/34767.aspx<br />http://www.podcastconsultant.net/2006/10/24/podcasting-lectures-pros-and-cons/<br />http://mauricecastle.com/2006/06/podcasting-pros-and-cons-podcasting-tips/<br />
  22. 22. Resources<br />School Library Podcasts<br />Hopkinton High School & Middle School<br />Creekview High School<br />Dryden Middle & High School<br />Parkrose High School<br />San Mateo High School<br />Whitney Point High School<br />New Canaan High School<br />
  23. 23. Resources cont’d<br />Podcast Sites<br />Funny Poetry Podcast<br />Free Audio Books<br />Storynory: Free Audio Stories for Kids<br />Monticello<br />Podcast Tools<br />Audacity<br />Feedburner<br />Tools for Teachers <br />Podcasting in the Classroom<br />Kathy Schrock's Rubric #1<br />Kathy Schrock's Rubric #2<br />Kathy Schrock's Rubric #3<br />
  24. 24. References<br />Wiki page: Using Podcasts in Schoolshttp://lis5313.ci.fsu.edu/wiki/index.php/Using_Podcasts_in_Schools<br />Podcasting 101 for K–12 Librariansby Esther KreiderEash: http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/apr06/Eash.shtml<br /> School Computing Wiki Page http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/apr06/Eash.shtml : <br />