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Podcasting In Your Classroom

  1. 1. Let Your Voice Be Heard!<br />Jennifer Gatz<br />Spring MACE 2010<br />www.letyourvoicebeheard.wikispaces.com<br />jgatz@doniphanwest.org<br />Follow me: jenngatz on plurk<br />
  2. 2. What is a Podcast?<br />iPod + Broadcast = Podcast AKA = Personal On Demand BroadCAST<br />Podcast is simply an audio and sometimes a video recording that is made available online.<br />Although some podcasts are one time productions most podcasts are a series of audio presentations that you can subscribe to via an RSS feed (to learn more about RSS click here) <br />Spinoffs<br />Enhanced Podcast or Slide Cast (Sample) <br />Vodcast (Sample) <br />Screencast<br />Podcasting in Plain English<br />
  3. 3. Podcasting is… <br />Quick<br />Easy<br />Engaging<br />Standards based<br />21st Century Learning<br />
  4. 4. Why Podcast?<br />Provides students with a voice<br />Allows students to demonstrate what they know about a topic<br />Incorporates a wide variety of skills writing, editing, public speaking<br />Can hit a variety of learning styles<br />Authentic activity that can extend beyond the walls of the classroom<br />
  5. 5. Student Podcasts Ideas<br />Individual Content:<br />Oral reports<br />Reading an original poem, story or any piece of writing (sample poem, sample poem 2)<br />Book Talks<br />Group Assignments:<br />Recreating a historical event through audio<br />Interviewing adults, other students etc…<br />Classroom News – Weekly, monthly or daily content<br />Create a Radio Show<br />
  6. 6. Examples of Student Podcasts<br />Radio WillowWebPodcast by students in grades kindergarten through five in Omaha, Nebraska all about things they learn in school.<br />Coley CastColeyCast is the radio broadcast created by the students of Room 34 in Murrieta, California.<br />Coulee Kids 7th Grade Language Arts students from Wisconsin<br />Mathcasts– Variety of Podcasts, Vodcasts, Screencasts<br />
  7. 7. Teacher Podcast Ideas<br />Recording of class lessons/lectures<br />Audio/Video study guides<br />Tutorials <br />Parent communication- <br />Class News <br />Daily/weekly Announcements<br />Sharing knowledge with other professionals<br />
  8. 8. Sample Teacher Podcasts<br />Mr. Coley’s Study Cast – Podcast for studying for Social Studies and Science Tests<br />Mr. Langhorst – Middle School Social Studies teacher that posts Studycasts and Podcasts on his website and blog<br />Bud the Teacher- Reflections and ideas on teaching<br />
  9. 9. Tools for Podcasting<br />Computer w/production software-<br /> Mac= Garage Band or AudacityPC = Audacity ( Free Download)<br />Microphone Or even just a telephone depending on the service you use<br />Audio Recording Software – <br />Garage Band – Mac - iLife<br />Audacity – PC or Mac – Free<br />Free Podcasting Booklet by Tony Vincent<br />
  10. 10. Podcast Stages <br />Preproduction – Scripting<br />Production-Recording the podcast into Audacity or Garage Band<br />Post Production – Edit the Audio, possibly adding sound effects and music. Save as an MP3<br />Publishing - Post to a server or Podcast hosting sight <br />
  11. 11. Preproduction<br />Script writing and planning- This usually takes the most time<br />Mustang Minute<br />Mr. Coley’s Podcasting Resources<br />Radio Willow Preproduction Script Example<br />Radio Show Production<br />
  12. 12. Getting Started with <br />1. Connect your microphone.<br />2. Launch Audacity.<br />3. Click the Edit menu and choose Preferences. In the<br />Recording section, select your microphone. <br />Tip: It should automatically recognize it. If you plug your microphone in first it can cause problems with recognizing the microphone. <br />
  13. 13. Production – Recording<br />Click the Record button.<br />Speak into the microphone. Notice the waveforms appears as you speak.<br /> Click the Stop button.<br /> Click the Play button to listen to the recording.<br />Audacity Tool Bar<br />Record Button <br />Stop <br />Pause Button<br />Play <br />
  14. 14. Audacity Tracks<br />Your speaking was too soft or too far from the headset.<br />Sound waves are flat which means that speaking is either too soft, loud or flatsounding. <br />Sounds waves have peaks and valleys<br />meaning that you’re a proper distance <br />from the microphone.<br />
  15. 15. Post Production<br />After recording it’s time for editing!<br />Trim, rearrange, etc. <br />Add music and/or sound effects <br />Audacity Editing Tools<br />
  16. 16. Editing Tools <br />3. Envelope Tool– allows you to adjust the (volume) of different sections of a track<br /> <br />1. Selection Tool – click and drag over a section of sound on the timeline to select that section. <br /> <br />Envelope Tool<br />Draw Tool<br />Selection Tool<br />Multi Tool<br />Zoom Tool<br />2. Time Shift Tool– allows you to move the selected sound along the sound track. <br />Basic Editing: <br />1. Using the <br />Time Shift Tool-<br />
  17. 17. Using the Editing Tools<br />The selection tool allows you to select any part of your<br />sound wave. It will let you listen to only selected parts of your<br />Recording and will allow you to select parts to edit/delete.<br />To delete a portion of your recording:<br />Use the selection tool to select what you want to delete. <br /> Go to Edit Cut or just hit the delete key on your keyboard. <br />Before<br />After<br />
  18. 18. Working with the Tracks<br />Naming Tracks:<br />When you have more than one track it is sometimes helpful to name each track. <br />On the left hand side click on the down arrow by Audio Track <br />Click on name and then add a name to your track. <br />Adjusting Volume:<br />1. To make the volume of any track louder or softer drag the selector to the + or -.<br />
  19. 19. Royalty Free Music & Effects<br />Free Play Music<br />Be sure you preview Sound Effect Sites: <br />Absolute Sound Effects<br />Partner in Rhyme Sound Effects<br />Ikeepbookmarks Sound Effects<br />
  20. 20. Importing Audio<br />1.Download your favorite music (Remember copyright issues)<br />2. Go to File – Then Import – Then Audio <br />Select your audio file. <br />Once your audio is imported use the <br /> Time Shift tool to adjust the all your tracks<br />
  21. 21. Adding Audio Effects<br />1. Select the audio that you would like to fade in or out. <br />2. I selected the beginning of my music audio<br />Then go to Effect – Fade In<br />You will notice how the audio now is softer and then gets louder. You can do the same thing with the Fade Out Effect<br />
  22. 22. Resources for<br />FREE Download audacity.sourceforge.net/download<br />LAUSD Podcast Wiki<br />Audacity Wikispaces- (Official)<br />Learning in Hand Podcast Ideas<br />How to Podcast Video Tutorials<br />Audacity Ning Group<br />Mr. Coley’s Podcasting Resources – Basic Audacity Tutorials<br />
  23. 23. Perfecting the Sound<br />Sometimes you have several students recording. To <br />1. Download and install Levelator from conversationsnetwork.org/levelator<br />2. Launch Levelator.<br />3. Drag and drop your exported WAV file onto the Levelator window.<br />4. Wait while Levelator processes the file.<br />5. Locate the WAV file with “output” in the file name and delete the original WAV<br />http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/levelator<br />
  24. 24. Publishing<br /><ul><li>Save (Export) your file as an MP3
  25. 25. In Audacity go to File – Export – Then you can enter information or click ok. Then save your file as a MP3.
  26. 26. Podcasting Hosting</li></ul>Podomatic<br />Gcast<br />Podbean<br /><ul><li>Spread the Word – Show parents and students how to subscribe via a Podcatcher such as Apple's iTunes</li></ul>Tutorial to subscribe to a podcast in iTunes <br />http://www.infopeople.org/resources/itunespodcasting.html<br /><ul><li>Embed in your website, blog, wiki, Glogster, etc.</li></li></ul><li>I hope you’re ready to….Let Your Voice be Heard!If you have any questions email: jgatz@doniphanwest.org<br />