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(Version 1.0 - 2009) Guide to Simple Podcasting


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PLEASE SEE VERSION 2.0 (2012) FOR UPDATED INFORMATION. Version 1.0 (2009) of a presentation given on December 3rd 2009 for inservice professional development for the faculty of Mill Creek High School of the Gwinnett County Public Schools district. Information is a little outdate, although instructions for use of the Free Audio Editor still applies.

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(Version 1.0 - 2009) Guide to Simple Podcasting

  1. 1. PODCASTING For Vocabulary Reinforcement (… and MANY MANY other things! FOCUS Lesson 3 December 2009 Catherine Horton (Flippen)
  2. 2. So…. <ul><li>How many students do you see obsessively listening to their iPods/MP3 players/CD players? </li></ul><ul><li>What if we utilized that technological obsession to lure students into studying without the feel of actually studying? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is this exactly?! <ul><li>Podcasting is a term originating and popularized from the iTunes program </li></ul><ul><li>It is a means of recording yourself or a group of people with the intent to share the opinions recorded in a public venue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think “Talk Show” for your iPod/MP3 players </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generally, a “podcast” involves .xml files and RSS feeds. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But not necessary for our purposes as teachers, thankfully. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All we need to do is create an audio file and distribute it in a computer lab during class! </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. How can I use this in MY class? <ul><li>VOCABULARY REINFORCEMENT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary repitition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary definitions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>READING SUPPORT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: Recording yourself reading the text and students using your recording while they read the text at home </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PROJECTS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: “Newscast” of historical events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informational podcast on different topics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LECTURE RECORDING </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For absent students to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a review resource </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IN-CLASS RECORDING </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: Recording of dramatic readings of various text (i.e. Julius Caesar) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IEP COMPLIANCE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For students who need tests read aloud, record the test and allow student to sit at computer station with headphones and take test while listening </li></ul></ul><ul><li>INFO DISTRIBUTION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For technological parents, make a class podcast about what the class is doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have students produce the podcast </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CLASS/DEPT. NEWS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: Monthly P.E. department podcast on accomplishments, wins, spotlight students and interviews </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Where do I start? <ul><li>What you need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Headset with microphone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These can be as cheap at 8 bucks at Frys Electronics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buy a set of 35 for the department to share! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer with a microphone jack </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio editing/recording program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find FREEWARE software </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freeware = well, it’s free </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can use it all you like, just don’t sell it, claim it to be yours, or steal the design. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some material to record </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Willingness to try something new! </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Setup – Step 1 <ul><li>Go to S: Drive  Staff  MCAdmin  Professional Learning  December 3 Podcasting folder </li></ul><ul><li>Double click on FreeAudioEditor.exe : </li></ul>
  7. 7. Setup – Step 2 <ul><li>Click on the “Run” command button: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Setup – Step 3 <ul><li>Click “Next,” then “Next” and “Next” again. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Setup – Step 4 <ul><li>You DO NOT have to enter your email address unless you really want updates. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure to remove the checkmark from the tiny box by clicking on it. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, click on the “Next” button! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Setup – Step 5 <ul><li>Click (you guessed it) “Next.” </li></ul><ul><li>Now, the program will start installing. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t click on anything until it’s done! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Setup – Step 6 <ul><li>Click “Finish.” </li></ul><ul><li>And… you’re done! </li></ul><ul><li>Freeware programs are generally very easy to setup and use. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Start Screen <ul><li>Free online tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>are available!!! You </li></ul><ul><li>should read them! </li></ul><ul><li>Your most recent files are here for easy opening access </li></ul>Click here to type words and have a creepy computer voice speak them! Click here to load songs /music files from a CD! <ul><li>Click here to create a new file (rarely used). </li></ul>Click here to create a new recording. CLICK HERE FOR TODAY!
  13. 13. Recording – Step 1 <ul><li>Click “okay.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You do not need to change the sample rate. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The Recording Console <ul><li>Volume </li></ul><ul><li>bars, if mic </li></ul><ul><li>is working, </li></ul><ul><li>these will </li></ul><ul><li>go up and </li></ul><ul><li>down. </li></ul>Soundcard setting (all GCPS computers have SoundMax. Make sure you select that one! Timer (Hr:Min:Sec:Milisec) Too high volume = static! Volume adjustment Set Line In to Microphone!
  15. 15. Recording – Step 2 <ul><li>Length of recording </li></ul><ul><li>PRESS RECORD to start recording your voice! </li></ul><ul><li>PRESS PAUSE to stop your recording your voice! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Recording – Step 3 <ul><li>Keep if it was good, discard and redo otherwise. </li></ul><ul><li>The recording will appear!! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Recording – Step 4 <ul><li>Press “PLAY” to listen to your recording! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Recording – Step 5 <ul><li>If you want to add to your recording, click at the point you want to add material and press “Record New.” </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the usual Record instruction, press KEEP and the new recording will become part of the old recording. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Basic Editing – Part 1 <ul><li>Editing is VERY easy and similar to Microsoft programs. </li></ul><ul><li>To Delete: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click and drag the mouse over what you want to delete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then right click and select “Delete” from the menu </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Basic Editing – Part 2 <ul><li>Left click on the big red button on the upper left hand corner to access more commands! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Basic Editing – Part 2 <ul><li>Click on “Effect” on the Home Row </li></ul><ul><li>From the menu that pops up, you can enjoy exploring all the effects! </li></ul>
  22. 22. Saving – Part 1 <ul><li>To save as an audio file, click on “Save File as…” from the menu. Name is something recognizable for the students. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Saving – Part 2 <ul><li>You can select a smaller size to conserve space on the network! </li></ul><ul><li>Also, smaller file sizes are easier to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Saving will produce .WAV file , NOT .MP3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 converters are generally NOT free. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you NEED to convert to MP3, make an appointment with me! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IF YOU PLAN ON USING GOOGLE SITES, you MUST CONVERT TO MP3!!! </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. And then? <ul><li>Put the file onto your shared drive folder under STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can EASILY: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>plug in iPods to computers and download the file </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a thumbdrive to take the file home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Burn the file to their own CD (RW is probably best </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Create a FREE Google Sites webpage and upload there! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The MCHS website will NOT upload large audio files, but Google Sites is FREE and accessible from school! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Burn a few CDs with the file and lend them to students to use. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Free Online Guides <ul><li>Under the HELP menu, you can access free on-line tour to the program! </li></ul><ul><li>The guides are very clear and include descriptive pictures to assist you further. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Okay… now what?!?! <ul><li>The easy answer? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post the .WAV file onto the Shared drive under Your Last Name under your Department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From there, students can put the .WAV file on their iPods, MP3 players, thumb drives to take home, or burn them onto CDs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to DELETE THE FILES PERIODICALLY because they will take up A LOT of space! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The hard answer? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload the file onto a website or blogsite. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(This might cost money and will be time consuming to make a website) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The hardest answer? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Convert the file into .MP3 and then into .XML and upload onto iTunes! </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Saving – Part 1 <ul><li>To save as an audio file, click on “Save File as…” from the menu. Name is something recognizable for the students. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Saving – Part 1 <ul><li>To save as an audio file, click on “Save File as…” from the menu. Name is something recognizable for the students. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Saving – Part 1 <ul><li>To save as an audio file, click on “Save File as…” from the menu. Name is something recognizable for the students. </li></ul>
  30. 30. More Info…. (Book Recommendations) <ul><li>Free book available to read on the internet: Podcasting for Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Here (  click) free on Google books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also for purchase at here at Amazon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GREAT book about recent technology: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for the Classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Available for FREE here at Google books! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available at Amazon here . </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. More Info…. (Web sites / resources) <ul><li>Google Sites : Free 100MB of space, easy to use interface, clean and crisp website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: Ms. Horton’s website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other MCHS teachers recommend: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> : A free resource for recording, publishing and/or storing your recordings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> : Another source for uploading, storing, and sharing recordings. </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. More Info…. (Hardware recommendations) <ul><li>Class set of headsets with microphones: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>@ Fry’s Electronics (Peoplesoft registered vendor): Gear Head Mono Headset w/ microphone for PC & Mac ($7.99) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@Fry’s Electronics: Listening Concpets BP68 Boommic and Headset ($9.99) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher microphone (no headphones): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>@ Fry’s Electronics: Cyber Acoustics CVL 1064 Microphone ($9.99) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@ Fry’s Electronics: Logitech USB Desktop Microphone ($29.99… Ms. Horton used this one during the presentation on 12/3) </li></ul></ul>