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  1. 1. Podcasting in Education
  2. 2. Podcasting It is the Word of the Year according to the New Oxford American Dictionary .
  3. 3. 7 Things We Hope To Teach You About Podcasting <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is doing it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it significant? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the downsides of podcasting? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is it going? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the implications for education? </li></ul><ul><li>How does it work? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is it? <ul><li>Podcasting is the distribution of audio files. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting's essence is about creating audio content for an audience that wants to listen when they want, where they want, and how they want. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of a central audio stream from a web site, podcasting sends audio content directly to an iPod or MP3 player. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who is doing it?
  6. 6. Why is it significant? <ul><li>Provides educators one more way to meet today’s students where they “live” – on the Internet and connected to an audio player. </li></ul><ul><li>The tools to implement podcasts are simple and affordable. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting allows education to be more portable than ever before. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What are the downsides of podcasting? <ul><li>Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean everyone should do it. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasters are essentially “sound amateurs”. </li></ul><ul><li>Users must have sufficient bandwidth to download the podcast. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting is not designed for two-way interaction or audience participation. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Where is it going? <ul><li>Podcasting is evolving at a rapid rate. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of podcast aggregators (sites that collect, categorize, and then make available podcasts for subscribers) is growing. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Google search for “ipod education” returns over 40,000 pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A search in Google for “podcasting” returns 89 million pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demand by users is moving designers to add new features such as indexing, categorizing, and navigating. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What are the implications for education? <ul><li>Administrators (School) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome, New Teacher Orientation, Directions, Announcements, Programs , PTSA Meetings, A Record of Year’s Activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Press Announcements, Awards, Group and Individual Recognitions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliver Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Development for Teachers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assemblies for Students </li></ul></ul></ul>Mabry Middle School Podcast Central
  10. 10. What are the implications for education? <ul><li>Teachers (Classroom, Club, or Team) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletter Content, Project Explanation, Announcements, Replace Homework Hotline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Class and Student Achievement and Improvement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliver Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop reading, writing, and speaking skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research, write the script, speak fluently </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures, Poems, Vocabulary, Excerpts from Books, Music </li></ul></ul></ul>Mabry Middle School Podcast Central
  11. 11. What are the implications for education? <ul><li>Students (Extension of themselves) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In Control of When and Where </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In Control of Listening (Forwarding, Rewind, Pause) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Context Creators for Global Distribution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Record of Activities and Progress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliver Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access to material missed in class </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access to experts through interviews </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Publishers for Peer Review </li></ul></ul></ul>Mabry Middle School Podcast Central
  12. 12. What are the implications for education? <ul><ul><ul><li>“ Podcasting is a tremendous learning tool. To quote developmental psychologist Jean Piaget: “Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves.” Podcasting provides students with new ways of knowing and problem solving and enables them to demonstrate their newfound understanding in compelling and significant ways.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dr Tim Tyson, Principal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mabry Middle School </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cobb County Georgia </li></ul></ul></ul>Mabry Middle School Podcast Central
  13. 13. How does it work? <ul><li>Explanation </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul><ul><li>Translation </li></ul>
  14. 14. Necessary for Podcasting <ul><li>Computer and microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Recording, editing, and conversion software </li></ul><ul><li>Web site to host file </li></ul><ul><li>Software to create RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Web site to access podcasts </li></ul>
  15. 15. Step One <ul><li>Record your content on your computer </li></ul>
  16. 16. Audacity is open source software for recording and editing sounds
  17. 17. Step Two <ul><li>Convert your recording to an MP3 file </li></ul>
  18. 18. LAME MP3 encoder - Allows Audacity to export MP3 files.
  19. 19. Step Three <ul><li>Save your MP3 file to your web site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you create a link on your web site to your file, you are streaming audio, but not yet podcasting. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Streaming vs. Podcasting <ul><li>&quot; Streaming &quot; files from the Internet can remove the specified-time restriction, but still offers only one source at a time, and requires the user to be connected to the Internet while playing the files. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// webtech.kennesaw.edu/chaughwout </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting allows the end-user to transfer the files to an iPod or other MP3 player. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Step Four <ul><li>Publish your file using </li></ul><ul><li>R eally </li></ul><ul><li>S imple </li></ul><ul><li>S yndication </li></ul>
  22. 22. FeedForAll allows users to easily create, edit and publish RSS feeds.
  23. 23. Step Five <ul><li>Access Podcasts and download </li></ul>
  24. 24. iTunes – Instantly access millions of MP3s
  25. 25. Resources for Podcasting <ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Educause Learning Initiative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Podcasting ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Podcasting in Education ” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CNN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iDreamers at Georgia College and State University - </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Journal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“In iPod We Trust” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Picking a Portable Music Player ” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Christian Science Monitor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Podcast Your World ” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Additional Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity Video Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Free Music for Podcasts </li></ul>
  26. 26. Resources for Podcasting <ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Mabry Middle School – Cobb County, GA </li></ul><ul><li>Education Podcast Network </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast Alley </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast for Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Juice </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><ul><li>Thank you, Hoke, for your </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>preparation, persistence, and patience! </li></ul></ul>Hoke Wilcox Special Thanks to
  28. 28. Just for Fun <ul><li>What’s Next on the Market? </li></ul>