Podcasting from a to Z



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Podcasting from A to Z

  • Carol Mayer, Wayne RESA
  • mayerc@resa.net 734.334.1423

Objectives

    • Clearly describe podcasting
    • List numerous ways to use podcasting
    • Listen to podcasts
    • Locate and subscribe to podcasts
    • Understand steps to creating a podcast
    • Become familiar with basic recording and editing functions of Audacity
    • Create and post an original podcast episode

What is a podcast?

  • Like a radio broadcast, but transmitted over the Internet
  • Podcast < iPod + broadcast
  • Podcast series can be subscribed to
  • Audio content on your computer
  • Can transfer to portable media device (iPod, MP3 player, digital audio player (DAP))
  • Ability to subscribe distinguishes podcast from a simple MP3 file download

History of Podcasting

  • First podcasts in 2004
  • 2005 word of the year -New Oxford American Dictionary
  • Nearly 200 million iPods have been sold
  • > 6 million adults subscribe to podcasts and download onto portable media device
  • More then 100,000 podcasts are available
  • Short

Benefits of Podcasting

  • Convenient - listen anytime, anywhere
  • Portable - download to portable media device
  • New episodes automatically downloaded
  • Free (mostly)
  • Wide variety of topics

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Remember… You Don’t Need an iPod

  • http://youtube.com/watch?v=vpciLIA0Kn4 by jmoonah

Podcasting in Education

  • Publish student work
  • Assess student learning
  • Distribute school assignments
  • Create archive of class lectures
  • Interview guest experts
  • Archive oral histories
  • Communicate with parents
  • Provide community outreach
  • Create audio tours
  • Provide public safety messages
  • Access personal and professional development

Podcasts for Students

  • Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • Mr. Langhorst's Web Classroom
  • - Speaking of History
  • The FrenchPodClass Podcast

Podcasts by Students

  • Jamestown Elementary Podcasts
  • Radio WillowWeb
  • Our City Podcast

More Podcasts

  • The Principal Podcast
  • Science Friday Podcasts
  • K12 Science Podcasts
  • The TechPod Zone

Types of Podcasts

  • Audio only
  • Enhanced podcast - includes chapters and images of the places/things mentioned in the podcasts
  • Ex. - Frederick Meijer Gardens Sculpture Park
  • Ex. - Southfield Christian School Enhanced Podcasts
  • Video podcast -vodcast - video on demand podcast
  • Ex. - National Geographic Wild Chronicles

Finding Podcasts

Creating Podcasts

  • Preproduction - audience, research, script, music and sounds, practice
  • Recording - microphone, audio software
  • Postproduction - editing
  • Publishing

Preproduction

  • Purpose of the show
  • Identify your audience
  • Live or mixed?
  • Format
    • Journal - more conversational
    • Audio essay or commentary
    • Discussion
    • Sound seeing tours
    • Other - music, plays, interviews, reviews
  • KidCast: Podcasting in the Classroom, ©2007 Dan Schmit

Preproduction

  • KidCast: Podcasting in the Classroom, ©2007 Dan Schmit
  • 0 Min
  • 10 Min
  • Segments
  • Transition Music
  • Theme Music
  • Theme Music

Preproduction

  • Research topic
  • Gather audio resources - music, stingers, sound effects, etc
  • Finalize script
  • Rehearse
  • Locate quiet area for recording

Recording

  • “Quiet on the set!”
  • Record voice audio from script
  • Options for recording
    • Internal or external microphone
    • Headset with microphone
    • Portable recording devices
    • Cell phone - Gcast
    • Skypecasting
  • KidCast: Podcasting in the Classroom, ©2007 Dan Schmit

Postproduction

  • Editing
  • Import music and sound effects
  • Add effects and normalize
  • Fine tune audio files
  • Export as MP3
  • KidCast: Podcasting in the Classroom, ©2007 Dan Schmit

Publishing

  • KidCast: Podcasting in the Classroom, ©2007 Dan Schmit
  • Upload file to server
  • Create RSS feed file
  • Or
  • Use Edublogs or Podbean to host your podcast


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