Creating audio podcasts

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  • 1. Creating Audio Podcasts for Education
  • 2. Podcasting: What is it?
    • Podcasting is a way to post and distribute multimedia files online
    • Can be audio only, enhanced podcasts, video, or other file types
    • Generally a regular series of shows that can be subscribed to
    • Does not require an iPod
  • 3. How is it relevant to education?
    • Can be listened to on many platforms: desktop, laptop, handhelds, MP3 players, cell phones
    • Mobile
    • Delivers content just in time
    • Multimedia is highly engaging and addresses a variety of learning styles
    • 99% free
    • Low cost to broadcast = cheap publishing platform and more content
  • 4. Differentiating Instruction
    • We can use podcasts to
      • Differentiate!
      • Extend!
      • Remediate!
      • Communicate!
      • Engage!
      • Motivate!
      • Publish!
  • 5. Differentiating Instruction
    • Podcasts can be used
      • To provide students with choices in differentiated content (using podcasts that others have created)
      • To give students a choice in how they demonstrate mastery (creating your own podcasts)
  • 6. What does the research say?
    • Using multimedia to address different learning styles is a part of DI [Benjamin, Tomlinson]
    • Podcasting develops 21 st Century literacies [Shamburg; Partnership for 21 st Century Skills]
    • Podcasting can be a catalyst for reflection [Speak Up; Pew Research Center]
    • Approximately 80% of teens own an MP3 player [Speak Up; Pew Research Center]
    • There are over 150,000 podcasts in iTunes [Apple]
  • 7. Educational Uses Podcasting
    • For administrators and teachers
      • Professional development
      • Audio newsletters
      • Building learning communities
      • Home/school information
      • Community connections
    • For students
      • Tutorials
      • Remediation
      • Enrichment
      • Virtual field trips
      • Reading fluency
      • Vocabulary building
      • ESL
      • Foreign languages
      • Book talks
      • Student projects
  • 8. The Fastest 5 Minutes in Podcasting
    • Albemarle Co. Public Schools www.k12albemarle.org
    • Los Angeles Co. Office of Ed. ctap.lacoe.edu
    • PD to Go www.pdtogo.com
    • Engadget www.engadget.com
    • T4 Podcast Jordan School Dist. t4.jordan.k12.ut.us
    • Grammar Girl grammar.qdnow.com
    • Books Talks www.nancykeane.com
    • Colonial Williamsburg www.history.org
    • Quirks and Quarks www.cbc.ca/quirks
    • LD Podcast www.ldpodcast.com
    • ColeyCast Tovashal Elem. www.mrcoley.com
    • Jamestown Jamestown Elem. slapcast.com/users/Jamestown
    • WKSN Kate Sullivan Elem. www.sullivan.leon.k12.fl.us
    • CarverCast GW Carver Elem. salem.k12.va.us/gwc/podcasts/ CarverCast.htm
    • Our City St. Andrew's Priory School www.learninginhand.com/ OurCity
    • Radio WillowWeb Willowdale Elem. www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio
    • Room 208 Wells Elem. bobsprankle.com/blog
  • 9. Going Deeper: Student Project Ideas
    • Book talks
    • Character interviews
    • Historic interviews
    • Language practice
  • 10. Getting Started
    • Podcatching vs. podcasting
      • Podcatching tuning in to podcasts that others have created
      • Podcasting making your own podcasts
  • 11. What You Need to Tune In
    • A device to listen or view
      • Desktop or laptop computer
      • Handheld computer
      • MP3 player (iPod or other)
      • MP3-enabled cell phone
    • Internet access
    • Software to listen or view
  • 12. What You Need to Tune In (cont.)
    • Good tools to get started - Hardware:
      • Desktop computer
      • MP3 player
    • Good tools to get started - Software:
      • iTunes (Windows or Mac)
  • 13. Audio Formats
    • There are a variety of file formats for digital audio:
      • MP3 most common; works on all devices, compressed
      • AAC format used by Apple, compressed
      • WMA Microsoft format, compressed
      • OGG Open Source, compressed
      • WAV used on PCs; no compression
  • 14. Listening in iTunes FORDHAM UNIVERSITY REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER
  • 15. Podcast Web Pages
    • When you go to web pages with podcasts on them, you may see two types of links:
      • RSS feed
      • Links to actual files (MP3)
  • 16. Downloading Files
    • MP3 files
      • On the desktop, just click to play
      • To transfer to a mobile device, save as and copy to device
    • RSS feeds
      • Need podcatching software to subscribe
  • 17. Podcatching Software
    • Podcatching software lets you subscribe to podcasts and automatically download them to your computer
    • Uses RSS feeds
    • Good tool to get started
      • iTunes
  • 18. RSS
    • RSS Real Simple Syndication
    • Lets you subscribe to feeds; automatically downloads new shows
    • Text, audio, and video
    • Aggregates content so you dont have to visit all the web pages individually
    • Example: Colonial Williamsburg
  • 19.
    • If you see this, you are looking at XML
    • This is the feed
  • 20. Creating Your Own Podcast
    • What you need:
      • Content
      • Recording hardware and software
      • Editing software
      • Hosting server
      • RSS feed (optional)
    • Good tools to get started Audacity audacity.sourceforge.net GarageBand www.apple.com/ilife/garageband Blogger www.blogger.com WordPress www.wordpress.org FeedBurner www.fe