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Topic relevance through current events and podcasting

Topic Relevance through Current Events and Podcasting

Presenter: Ken Baldauf

Program in Interdisciplinary Computing - FSU

Fsu s new program in interdisciplinary computing
FSU’s NewProgram in Interdisciplinary Computing

Working to raise the level of computer competence across all disciplines at FSU by:

  • Designing new computing and technology courses that address discipline-specific needs.

  • Enabling existing computing and technology courses to be opened up to non-majors.

  • Assisting teachers in injecting technology concepts and content into existing courses.

Why consider technology based exercises in non tech courses
Why consider technology-based exercises in non-tech courses?

  • Provides access to subject-related materials from numerous sources

  • Opens opportunities for information sharing

  • Brings relevance to subject matter

  • Engages students in subject matter through different media

  • Sharpens tech skills making students more marketable

  • Allows students to innovate!

Inspiration for presentation
Inspiration for Presentation

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Topic Relevance through Current Events and Podcasting




Researching Current Events

Sharing Discoveries



Broadcasting News and Views

Real Simple Syndication

  • Allows users to subscribe to Web content that is periodically updated including text (blogs, news feeds), audio (podcasts), and video.

  • Empowers users to become publishers.


Researching current events

Researching Current Events

Using News Feeds

Rss news feed
RSS News Feed

  • News stories supplied by an online news service streamed automatically to software designed to organize and display the stories – a feed reader or aggregator.

  • Many news feeds can be aggregated for convenient access to topics of interest.

Setting up an rss feed reader aggregator
Setting up an RSS Feed Reader (Aggregator)


Look for the icon
Look for the Icon

  • Subscribe to content by finding reference to RSS on the source Web site.

  • Click to subscribe

Scan news headlines
Scan News Headlines

  • Scan news headlines from all your favorite sources from one location.

  • Drill down into stories that are of interest.

  • Bookmark best stories for further research.

Sharing discoveries

Sharing Discoveries

Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking
Social Bookmarking

  • Social bookmarking sites like are designed for collecting and sharing Web content.

  • Web content is tagged and kept private or shared.

Social bookmarking1
Social Bookmarking

  • Use unique tags to share bookmarks in a class.

  • Tag pages can also serve as RSS feeds.


  • An audio (or video) broadcast distributed over the Internet using RSS.

  • Examples: iTunes Store

Necessary equipment
Necessary Equipment

  • Software

    • Windows: Audacity

    • Mac: GarageBand

  • Hardware

    • USB Mic/Headphones

Developing a script
Developing a Script

  • A script serves several purposes:

    • Allows for a smooth, unfaltering delivery of the dialogue

    • Provides a teacher with a way in which to grade content, provide feedback, check against

    • Provides a text alternative for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals


  • Dialogue can be recorded one phrase at a time with retakes as needed.

  • Multi-track recording allows you to layer music and sound effects under the dialogue.


  • Save as mp3 format

  • Publish through Blackboard Content Collection in a public “podcast” folder.

  • Access finished podcast as follows:

    • From iTunes or Google Reader subscribe to

    • or supply direct access to the URL of the Content Collection page

Thank you
Thank You!

  • Questions?

  • Useful Links

    • Google Reader:

    • Delicious:

    • FSU’s Joe Clark instructs on podcasting in Blackboard -

    • FSU’s Dr. Lisa Tripp’s podcasting assignment from LIS5313 - “PodSafe” Audio Resources

  • Podcasting

    • Software

      • Audacity Software (Windows/Mac/Linux):

      • Video tutorial:

      • GarageBand for Mac:

    • Headphones/Mic

      • Plantronics GAMECOM 1 PC HEADSET ( 67003-01 ) ($23)

    • Podcast Listings

      • Tunes -

      • Podcast Alley -

      • -

      • Podcast Directory -

    • Podcasting Services

      • Blogger can be used to enclose an MP3 in a feed but not as a host -

      • FeedForAll (RSS Creator) -

      • Open Source: Podcast Generator -

      • Liberated Syndication (all-in-one) -

      • Feed Burner (Podcast Promoter) -

    • Create XML file for RSS - MP3 is included in an RSS feed as an "enclosure”



    • Online Tutorials