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Audacity tutorial for podcasting

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  1. 1. Enhancing Communication and Fluency Skills Through Podcasting
  2. 2. Podcasts <ul><li>iPod + Broadcast = Podcast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amateur radio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files over the Internet using RSS syndication formats for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why use podcasts? <ul><li>Podcasts enable students to share their knowledge and expertise with others through a creative outlet. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts tap into a mode of media input that is commonplace for digital natives. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts empower students to form relationships with the content and each other in relevant ways. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Integration Ideas <ul><li>sequencing skills </li></ul><ul><li>planning sheets </li></ul><ul><li>sharing student work with the community </li></ul><ul><li>authentic audience </li></ul><ul><li>create characters out of literature </li></ul><ul><li>peer tutoring </li></ul>
  5. 5. Integration Ideas <ul><li>improve fluency in reading </li></ul><ul><li>expression and speed </li></ul><ul><li>increases awareness of how they sound thus more practice </li></ul><ul><li>student input into community/world/historical issues </li></ul><ul><li>historical recounts </li></ul><ul><li>create a podcast to download for schools to use on field trips </li></ul><ul><li>audio tour of plants and how they were used by Native Americans &quot;ethnobotany movements&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 6. Integration Ideas <ul><li>notes for absent students (substitutes) </li></ul><ul><li>bring experts and knowledge to students </li></ul><ul><li>daily information </li></ul><ul><li>immediate access to information </li></ul><ul><li>second language learning enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>immediate feedback and communication </li></ul>
  7. 7. Integration Ideas <ul><li>auditory modality of learning </li></ul><ul><li>forces students to focus on content </li></ul><ul><li>audio book reports </li></ul><ul><li>study guides </li></ul><ul><li>diminishes fear of public speaking </li></ul><ul><li>school information </li></ul><ul><li>school tours </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ways I Have Used Podcasts <ul><li>Narratives </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Oral histories </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary and/or concept practice </li></ul><ul><li>Pod-tours </li></ul><ul><li>Unit or topic podcasts as overview of unit </li></ul><ul><li>Oral reports </li></ul><ul><li>Supplement instructional materials with existing podcasts created by others </li></ul><ul><li>Information for parents </li></ul><ul><li>Previews/reviews of course material </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiate research products for LS students </li></ul>
  9. 9. Class Unit Podcast Segments Political Policy Overview one governmental/political trend Vocab Vibes Explain and use two vocabulary words Innovation Station Define and explain the impact of one invention or innovation Cultural Commentary Explain the motivation for and effects of one new cultural trend Business Report Discuss the economic impacts of one event, trend, law, etc. Rewind the Mind Select one event or decision and hypothesize about what would have happened if the result had been different
  10. 10. Class Unit Podcast Segments Living History Interview one character Kids' Korner Explain what it was like to grow up in this era Web Wowzers Review one Internet site – giving specific details about the contents of the site Editorial Edition Select one event, law, trend, individual, etc. and provide your personal opinion Legal Learning Explain the motivation for and effects of one law or court case Intro/Outro Responsible for sewing together all the podcasts segments – creating intro and outro segments, adding transitions and music, and crediting contributors
  11. 11. Jumping in with both feet . . . <ul><li>Listen to a few podcasts online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes > Source List > Podcasts > Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get a feel for the genre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts are not “polished” – production value is secondary to the content </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Creating a Podcast with Audacity <ul><li>Write your script. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Record your audio file. ( Audacity ) </li></ul><ul><li>Edit your audio (Effect > Normalize) </li></ul><ul><li>Add and credit legally useable music ( optional ) </li></ul><ul><li>File > Save Project. </li></ul><ul><li>File > Export as MP3 > Edit ID3 Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Upload the MP3 file to a web server. ( GCast ) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Creating a Podcast with GarageBand <ul><li>Create a new podcast project </li></ul><ul><li>Record your voice in a Real instrument track (or, use the Male Voice or Female Voice track) </li></ul><ul><li>Add music, jingles, stingers, and sound effects </li></ul><ul><li>Show the podcast track </li></ul><ul><li>Add chapter markers and titles </li></ul><ul><li>Add artwork, URLs, and URL titles </li></ul><ul><li>Share the podcast by sending it to iTunes or iWeb or exporting it to disk </li></ul>
  14. 14. Podcasting with  GarageBand
  15. 17. Download Audacity
  16. 18. Download the LAME MP3 Encoder
  17. 19. Setting Preferences
  18. 20. Setting Preferences Channels > 2 (Stereo)
  19. 21. Setting Preferences Sample Rate > 44100 Hz
  20. 22. Setting Preferences Find Library > Select the LAME MP 3 Encoder you downloaded separately
  21. 23. Controls
  22. 24. Windows Controls Selection Envelope Tool Draw Zoom Time Shift Multi Tool
  23. 25. Apple Controls Selection Envelope Tool Draw Zoom Time Shift Multi Tool
  24. 26. Player Controls Play : If a subset of the time range is selected in the main window, only the selection will be played. If there is no selection, playback will begin wherever the editing cursor is. Loop : Hold down Shift while pressing Play to loop the current selection, playing it over and over again until you click Stop.
  25. 27. Player Controls Record : Recording begins at the current cursor location or at the beginning of the current selection but always creates a new track. Stop : Stops playing or recording immediately. Pause : Temporarily pauses playing or recording without losing your place.
  26. 28. Player Controls Skip to Start : Move the cursor to the beginning of the audio. This is often useful if you want to play everything, or record a new track starting from the beginning. Skip to End : Move the cursor to the end of the audio.
  27. 29. Editing Controls 1 2 3 4 5 <ul><li>Cut </li></ul><ul><li>Copy </li></ul><ul><li>Paste </li></ul><ul><li>Trim Outside Selection </li></ul><ul><li>Silence Selection </li></ul>
  28. 30. Editing Controls Undo Redo
  29. 31. Viewing Controls 1 2 3 4 <ul><li>Zoom In </li></ul><ul><li>Zoom Out </li></ul><ul><li>Fit Selection in Window </li></ul><ul><li>Fit Project in Window </li></ul>
  30. 32. Importing Audio into Audacity
  31. 33. Finding Audio in DE streaming Filter your search for Audio, Song, or Sound Effect
  32. 34. Finding Audio in DE streaming Filter your search for Audio, Songs, or Sound Effect Click on the Download File link to save the audio file as an MP3.
  33. 35. Recording Audio Hit Record to start your narration. Hit Pause to take a break and resume from the same stop or Stop to begin recording on a new audio layer.
  34. 36. Editing Audio Edit out any gaps or mistakes in the audio by using the “Selection Tool”. Highlight the text that you do not want and hit the delete button on your keyboard.
  35. 37. Editing Audio Control > A or Command  > A to Select All Effect > Normalize
  36. 38. Saving the Project File > Save Project As
  37. 39. ID3 Tags Project > Edit ID3 Tags Input the Title, Artist, and other data for the audio project.
  38. 40. Export as MP3 File > Export as MP3
  39. 41. Publishing Your Podcast > Educator Resources = MediaShare
  40. 44. Publishing Your Podcast
  41. 45. Publishing Your Podcast * Currently under construction
  42. 46. Visit for more resources