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Podcasts for Learning


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It's a hot buzzword and represents a popular media format, but just what is a podcast? There are a lot of misunderstandings and misperceptions. Here's an overview. For more information, please check out

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Podcasts for Learning

  1. 1. Podcasts for Learning Getting Started By: William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks
  2. 2. 2005 Word of Year <ul><li>pod-cast (n.) a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player . </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Podcast <ul><li>Web-based </li></ul><ul><li>Collection of digital media </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription via feed </li></ul><ul><li>Like radio/TV on demand </li></ul>
  4. 4. Webcast vrs Podcast <ul><li>Webcasts stream posted media </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts provide subscription for download </li></ul>
  5. 5. Podcasting is NOT <ul><li>About iPods or other portable media players </li></ul><ul><li>Macs or PCs </li></ul>
  6. 6. Podcasting IS: <ul><li>Web publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Series of episodes </li></ul><ul><li>Common theme </li></ul><ul><li>Users subscribe for updates </li></ul>
  7. 7. 3 Common Podcasts <ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced audio (audio & pictures) </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Can podcast print media too </li></ul>
  8. 8. Education Tool <ul><li>Important opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Share information </li></ul><ul><li>Help students </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse students, diverse needs </li></ul>
  9. 9. Podcasting Refers to: <ul><li>Web-based audio, multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Uploaded to Web with subscription service </li></ul><ul><li>Users download as needed </li></ul>
  10. 10. Receiving Podcasts <ul><li>Subscription </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>“ Podcatcher” or aggregator software </li></ul><ul><li>Most are FREE! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Finding Podcasts <ul><li>Aggregator software (“podcatchers” </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast directories </li></ul>
  12. 12. Aggregator Software <ul><li>Download via subscription (RSS feed) </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic </li></ul><ul><li>Free software </li></ul><ul><li>Try JUICE </li></ul>juice
  13. 13. PodCast Directories <ul><li>Search & sample </li></ul><ul><li>Decide to subscribe </li></ul><ul><li>Saves bandwidth </li></ul>
  14. 14. Creating Podcasts <ul><li>Create media </li></ul><ul><li>Post to blog or Website </li></ul><ul><li>Create feed (RSS) </li></ul>
  15. 15. All You Need <ul><li>Computer </li></ul><ul><li>Microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Audio software </li></ul>
  16. 16. Sound Interesting? <ul><li>Please check out our Web </li></ul><ul><li>More information </li></ul><ul><li>Details </li></ul><ul><li>Tips & tricks </li></ul><ul><li>Resources & links </li></ul>
  17. 17. Podcasts for Learning Getting Started By: William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks