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Podcasting Made Easy


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Podcasting Made Easy

  1. 2. What is a Podcast? <ul><li>A Podcast is a series of digital-media files which are distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on computers or portable media players. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Portable on Demand
  3. 4. <ul><li>Podcast can refer to either the series of content itself or to the method by which it is syndicated – also referred to as RSS. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS – Really simple syndication allows people to subscribe to your show. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Do you have to do the RSS part? No
  5. 6. Vodcast <ul><li>Video on Demand – a podcast with video </li></ul><ul><li>Vodcast are often called podcast </li></ul>
  6. 7. Why Podcast? <ul><li>Gives a voice to your students </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an authentic audience </li></ul><ul><li>Self guided walking tours </li></ul><ul><li>Develops writing, reading, research and speaking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to teach students </li></ul>
  7. 8. Ideas for Podcasting <ul><li>Digital book reports </li></ul><ul><li>Primary source analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Research and writing for curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Fluency </li></ul><ul><li>Old-Time Radio Theater </li></ul><ul><li>Story telling </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul>
  8. 9. Creating Podcasts <ul><li>Plug a microphone into your computer (you can even use the built in microphone) </li></ul><ul><li>Install an audio recorder such as Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Create an audio file by making a recording (narration, singing, music) and saving it to your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upload the audio file to one of the podcasting sites (FeedForAll has a tutorial) </li></ul>
  9. 10. Research & Planning <ul><li>Research and Planning are essential steps for podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Students should research and script their podcast before recording </li></ul>
  10. 11. Scripting Tips <ul><li>Determine the audience and purpose of your podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Determine how scripted your podcast will be </li></ul><ul><li>Grab the listeners attention in your introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the podcast and episode right away </li></ul><ul><li>Follow copyright laws (music, copyrighted text) </li></ul><ul><li>Include a clever conclusion </li></ul>
  11. 12. Speaking Do’s <ul><li>Practice, Practice, Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Enunciate clearly </li></ul><ul><li>Speak at a normal volume </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce background noise </li></ul><ul><li>Take short breaks while recording </li></ul>
  12. 13. Speaking Don’ts <ul><li>Talk too loudly </li></ul><ul><li>Get to close to the microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Drop off the ends of words </li></ul><ul><li>Touch the microphone while recording </li></ul><ul><li>Pop p’s in the microphone </li></ul>
  13. 14. Creating Your First Podcast <ul><li>Directions: </li></ul><ul><li>Find a partner </li></ul><ul><li>Decide who will do the interviewing and who will be the interviewee </li></ul><ul><li>Use the script provided on the handout </li></ul><ul><li>Call GCast from your phone, follow the prompts, and when you hear the tone ask the following questions (Don’t forget to sit close together so that you can put the phone by your partner’s mouth when they talk!) </li></ul>
  14. 15. Let’s Try Audacity <ul><li>Use the same script to record a sound file or you can make up your own. </li></ul><ul><li>Add a music file </li></ul><ul><li>Export as an mp3 file </li></ul>
  15. 16. Examples <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>German - </li></ul><ul><li>Radio WillowWeb - </li></ul><ul><li>Math - </li></ul>
  16. 17. Where Can You Find Podcasts? <ul><li>Yahoo! Podcasts – can playback from web </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes Podcast Directory – requires iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>GarageBand Radio Network </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast Alley </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Educational Podcast Network </li></ul>
  17. 18. Sites for Sharing <ul><li>Evoca </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Create audio recordings (w/ computer, phone) and share them with others. You can also embed them on websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Podomatic </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Create, find and share podcasts with this free service. </li></ul><ul><li>MyPodcast </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Offers unlimited storage, bandwidth, and free templates for your podcasts. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Where can I place the Podcasts? <ul><li>Teacher Web Pages, digital portfolios, and blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Other Sites that have yielded success: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PodcastAlley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podomatic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gcast </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. The Fastest Podcast EVER!
  20. 21. Cool Stuff <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (Primary Source Database) </li></ul><ul><li> (library of Congress) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (California Learning Resource Network) </li></ul><ul><li> (California Technology Assistance Project) </li></ul><ul><li> (Orange County Dept. of Ed Digital kits for MM projects) </li></ul>
  21. 22. Free Tools <ul><li>To download Movie Maker for Windows To Download Photo Story 3 for Windows To download Audacity for Windows To download the LAME encoder for Audacity </li></ul>