A podcast is a recording – sometimes referred to as amateur radio. broadcast over the web and is broken up into parts or episodes. Most podcasts are similar to news radio programs and deliver information on a regular basis, while some podcasts are comedy shows or even special music broadcasts .It is easier than ever to create them and even have students do their own. You may have heard the terms vodcast, webcast, vlogger – these all contain video or screencasts. Today we will take a look at just audio podcasts.
You probably already use video clips from youtube and teacher tube, but there are many educational audio podcasts available.
Podcasts from language learning to ones from NASA. The web address will give you information on how to find podcasts and download them.
To find podcasts in Itunes - use search
Use Advanced Search to find Education Podcasts.
Fun to do, but remember it isn't about the technology – be sure to look at the content.
Headsets: $20 up No background noise - Microphones about the same... Benefits – doesn't pick up background noise as much as just using the built in microphone. Play 2 clips Tony Matt Zeb
The more you plan ahead of time the better the podcast will be. You will still have to do some editing, but not so much.
Play Spencer click here.
Now I am going to click on the record button.
This is what the sound waves look like. Selection Tool
Next is Zoom Tool
Next add a sound track - Music
This takes you to browses your computer for your music files.
I will shorten the music track – way to long – just need a clip.
Time Shift Tool
Go to file > save as
Why do this? 21 st Century Skills Motivated, enthusiastic students Project Based Hands On Learning Students can work in pairs or groups Project Checklist Podcast Rubric to help get you started
Podcasting for Enthusastic Beginners
Podcasting For Enthusiastic Beginners Presented by Anna Bolognani, M.Ed., Library Media Specialist
Creating your own and working with students. http://www.flickr.com/photos/56155476@N08/5313516469/
Equipment Computer – desk or laptop Helpful- not necessary Headset Or External microphone
The Plan Prepare a storyboard or outline. Write a script. Write out questions for an interview. Have the text ready to read. Practice reading the text for fluency before you start recording.
Getting Started http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/
Be sure to do a sound check. Recording without a microphone - Speak louder and face the computer. Recording with a microphone - Adjust as needed – too close popping Sounds on t, p, b and s sound is sharp.
Find a quiet spot for recording. Especially if doing an interview. Sometimes you want the background noises to create the sense of place. Be sure to get permission if recording a meeting.
<ul><li>Ideas for creating podcasts: </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>do interviews – any subject area </li></ul><ul><li>presentations for any subject area or </li></ul><ul><li>assignment </li></ul><ul><li>read original works </li></ul><ul><li>weekly school news </li></ul><ul><li>record and playback for fluency practice </li></ul><ul><li>sports reporting </li></ul><ul><li>music classes - band – chorus </li></ul><ul><li>book reviews </li></ul>
Ideas for using podcasts: Teachers lectures assignment instructions book talks exams assignments for absent students foreign language practice
Resources: How to do podcasts... http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/07-podcast-recording-location.htm http://podcasting.about.com/od/basics101/a/planningpodcast.htm http://www.podcasting-tools.com/ Apple how to GarageBand http://www.apple.com/findouthow/music/#podcast Audacity Tutorial http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html
Print Resources: Boss, Suzie and Jane Krauss. Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age . OR: ISTE, 2007. Ohler, Jason. Digital Storytelling in the Classroom . Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2008. Richardson, Will. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms . Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2010.
Other Handy Links ISTE Nets and Performance Indicators for Students http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students /nets-student-standards-2007.aspx VT Technology Grade Expectations http://vermonttges2010.pbworks.com/w/page/26068224 /FrontPage