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Topic Relevance through Current Events and Podcasting

Presenter: Ken Baldauf

Program in Interdisciplinary Computing - FSU

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?

  • 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

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

Using News Feeds

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)


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 from all your favorite sources from one location.

  • Drill down into stories that are of interest.

  • Bookmark best stories for further research.

Sharing Discoveries

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 Bookmarking

  • Use unique tags to share bookmarks in a class.

  • Tag pages can also serve as RSS feeds.

Broadcasting Your Views



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

  • Examples: iTunes Store

Necessary Equipment

  • Software

    • Windows: Audacity

    • Mac: GarageBand

  • Hardware

    • USB Mic/Headphones

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!

  • 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





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