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Get your computer and microphones ready for easy Podcasting!


Listen to this Podcast Introduction

Although the term "Pod" cast may lead you to believe you need and iPod to create or listen to a podcast - you dont! Many educators shy away from learning about podcasting because they have not yet embraced the ipod craze.

There is hope and good news for all you digital immigrants: podcasting is easy, affordable and fun!

What is a podcast?
The 2005 Word of the Year (as selected by editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary) means an audio blog or rsswithheadphones.jpgpersonal audio show that plays over the internet.
Steve Dembo, from Discovery Education,says " A true podcast is an audio recording that provides a means to subscribe to it; like RSS."
Jannita Demian, from Discovery Education, would argue " a podcast can just be recording your voice".

Take a look at Jannita's Spring 2007 Webinar:

Four Steps to an Easy Podcastworkshoppodcasting.jpg

1. Plan
2. Record
3. Edit
4. Publish

  • What will the subject of your podcast be and who will be the audience? Check out the list of ideas below. Be sure to look at the "A Pod - Chat" document for ideas and resources.
  • Where will you post the files?
  • What hardware and software do you need?

  • Use Audacity - a free software that is easy to use.
  • Use a script as a guide. Don't read word for word. Make it sound conversational.
  • Record short segments
  • Listen to be sure the audio is clear
  • Find sound affects or music if wanted

  • Edit the Audio to get rid of mistakes and empty spaces
  • Add music or sound effects
  • Listen to your audio and be sure it is what you want.
  • When it is save it as an MP3

  • Place the file on a web page. G-gast is a free site with a built in RSS.
  • Test it to be sure it works
  • Tell people it is there so they can listen to it

Resources for Podcasting

Podcasting 101: The Basics , The Questions, The Future

Integration Ideas
· Sequencing skills planning sheets
· sharing student work with the community
· create characters out of literature
· peer tutoring
· improve fluency in reading
· expression and speed
· increases awareness of how they sound thus more practice
· Kid input into community/world/historical issues
· historical recounts
· create a podcast to download for schools to use on field trips- audio tour of plants and how they were used by Native Americans "ethnobotany movements"
· bring experts and knowledge to students
· daily information
· immediate access to information
· second language learning enforcement
· auditory modality of learning
· forces students to focus on content
· audio book reports
· study guides
· diminishes fear of public speaking
· school information
· school tours
· engages students in sharing of ideas, info, etc

A Pod-Chat -

Links to learn about Podcastingexternal image iPodsCover.jpg

Education Podcasting Network
How to Podcast
Learning in Hand - Podcasting in Education Example of Radio Willow Web Segment Planning Booklet Tony's Podcasting Booklet
Podcasting Resources for Educators and Students
How to Podcast
Podcasting in Education
Podcasting at School
Apple Podcasting in Education
My Tech Guide - Podcasting in Education
Education World: What is a Podcast
iPod - The Mega VCR - Media and More in a Pocket - Hall Davidson
Free Video Podcasting Resources for Students and Teachers with Teacher Toolkit
Apple's Get Free Podcasts

iPod Classic Features Guide
Belkin Tune Talk Recorder User Guide

Educational Podcasts:

Digg /Education Podcasts - Find many of the iTunes educational podcasts here ready to subscribe to on the internet

Discovery Channel Podcasts
Radio WillowWeb
Room 208 Podcast
Smithsonian Podcasts
Colonial Williamsburg
Speaking of History
Teach42 Podcasts
PRI Program Podcasts
Educational Podcast Network - The Landmark Project
History On Air
Matt's Today in History
Speaking of History
Lewis and Clark Trail Podcasts
BBC Radio Podcasts
ABC News Podcasts and Vodcasts
Mr. Mayo's Audio Page
Coulee Kids Podcast
Mrs. D's Producers