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Podcasting Basic Information

  1. 1. Time to Podcast ...! Burkett/Herndon 1-07
  2. 2. What is a podcast? <ul><li>Similar to a Radio Broadcast - posted on the Internet – World Wide access </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to a podcast on a computer or download to .mp3 player (mobile) </li></ul><ul><li>Audio (.mp3) or with photos (.mp4) </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting shares information </li></ul>A podcast is a media file that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds (RSS) for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. ( http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast )
  3. 3. Why podcast? <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Share ideas and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Motivational </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating Learning Process </li></ul><ul><li>Develops Writing, Editing, Presentation, and Public Speaking Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Develops Thinking Skills </li></ul><ul><li>It’s Fun! </li></ul><ul><li>It can inspire students to take extra effort in learning – “real audience” </li></ul><ul><li>It’s Web 2.0 ! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Educational uses of a Podcast <ul><li>Teachers - Provide supplementary instruction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills practice - Foreign Language/Speech/Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facts for upcoming tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to units of study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary of material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration/Distance Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grade levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcast relating to a major unit of study (All About SC, Revolutionary War in SC, The Solar System, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feature work they have written for “real audience” (Poems, Short Stories, etc....) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide narrated audio tours – School, Staff, Wetlands/ABC Garden, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary of Classroom News – Field Trips </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews with community folks </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Why Podcast in Education? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(from Camilla Gagliolo presentation, FETC 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Oral presentation skills; public speaking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Students write for a &quot;real&quot; audience </li></ul><ul><li>Media literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Global connections </li></ul><ul><li>Home/School communication </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia authoring, revise writing & recording </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses multiple intelligences - differentiated instruction </li></ul><ul><li>All learners can be successful </li></ul>Educational uses of a Podcast
  6. 6. Podcast vs. Media File A podcast … <ul><li>Has an RSS Feed (Aggregators read this feed to track newly added information and send to folks that have subscribed.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe to a feed - never have to go back to the web site to retrieve new content. It comes to you! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>File Type - .mp3/.mp4 </li></ul>
  7. 7. What do I need to podcast? <ul><li>Information - Subject – Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Computer/Laptop </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Access </li></ul><ul><li>Microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Recording Software (Audacity) </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing Availability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Space on a server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Planning a Podcast <ul><li>Subject Area – Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Objective/Goal </li></ul><ul><li>Audience – Who will listen? </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Write </li></ul><ul><li>Who will speak? </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Re-Write - Edit </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, Practice again </li></ul>
  9. 9. Recording a Podcast <ul><li>Equipment – laptop, projector, recording software, microphone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity + Lame.dll </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// audacity.sourceforge.net /download/windows </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Test everything before recording </li></ul><ul><li>Class discussion of recording process </li></ul><ul><li>Record your Podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Edit – add music if desired </li></ul><ul><li>Save and Export as .mp3 file </li></ul>
  10. 10. Publishing a Podcast <ul><li>1. Web Page and RSS Feed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DreamWeaver (or other) software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create web page (.htm/.html) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create RSS feed (.xml) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Edit both to link podcast </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Upload to server (CuteFTP or DreamWeaver) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Post to Blog – (ex. Edublogs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create or already have Blog space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write Post and link .mp3 podcast file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feed created automatically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher “friendly” </li></ul></ul>http://www.lexington1.net/technology/instruct/podcasts/podcasts.htm School Ex. http:// lmes.edublogs.org / Two of the many ways…… Classroom Project Ex. http:// lmesbutterfly.edublogs.org /
  11. 11. Advertise your Podcast <ul><li>Emails </li></ul><ul><li>Link on School Web Page </li></ul><ul><li>Link on Class Web Page </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Word of mouth – Students! </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage to Subscribe </li></ul>
  12. 12. Subscribe to a Podcast <ul><li>Choose an Aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>An aggregator or feed reader is software that uses a web feed to retrieve syndicated web content such as weblogs, podcasts, vlogs, and mainstream mass media websites. ( http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aggregator ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes - http:// www.apple.com/itunes/download / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines - http:// www.bloglines.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader - http:// www.google.com /reader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to the RSS Feed of the Podcast using Aggregator </li></ul>How to Subscribe Info: http:// learninginhand.com/podcasting/subscribe.html
  13. 13. Podcast ...! Burkett/Herndon 1-07