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Podcasting in Education

An exploration of the medium and its educational applications.

Toyota USA Foundation sponsors our

Podcasting in Education Initiative.


Exploring podcasts in education

  • What is a podcast?

  • What tools are required?

  • Where do I find content?

  • What are the educational applications?

  • How do I begin?


What is a podcast?

  • “The practice of making audio files available online in a way that allows software to automatically detect new files and download them.”Wikipedia

  • Podcasting is a means of one-to-many audio distribution via the Internet.

  • Term was coined from “iPod” and “Broadcast”


Imagine if …

Podcasts are a new web resource to support life long learning. The WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE under your control.


The process

  • Find a podcast of interest, add it to your subscription list in iTunes on your CPU.

  • Each time you launch iTunes or plug in your iPod, the most recent episodes will download into your personal library.

  • Listen at your convenience from your CPU or portable MP3 player.


The re-birth of radio?


Actually, it is not just audio

  • Audio

  • Audio with images

  • Video

  • Photos

  • PDFs

Video

Audio & Slides

Photos


Isn’t it just downloadable media?

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The nature of the medium

  • A series of media based episodes, not one file.

  • Podcasts from hundreds of series can be managed and accessed from one application

  • Podcast are often informal journals with dated sequential entries.


The nature of the medium

  • Almost all podcasts are free.

  • Technical & cost barrier is low for publishers of podcast series.

  • Involves an application to find, subscribe, manage, and access content from hundreds of sources in one window.

iTunes


The nature of the medium

  • Your library of podcast episodes is automatically updated with new content.

  • Content can be accessed from the CPU or a portable MP3 player.

  • Subscribing to a podcast series, simply means you have added the series to your list of automatically updating content.


Web-logs or Blogs

Dated entries to a personal online journal

RSS

Subscribe to a Summary Feed of all your favorite

Web sites

iTunes support

For aggregation of

Audio RSS feeds

iPod for portable Podcast Listening

The evolution of podcasts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog


Podcasts Sources


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Podcasts Sources


Podcasts Sources


Strong points of podcasts?

  • Audio can be listened to while doing other things.

  • Adds a new dimension and learning style to the Internet.

  • Efficient access to hundreds of sources in one application.


Where does the content come from?

  • Traditional print, radio, and video publishers are re-publishing existing and original content as podcasts.

  • Universities are supporting standard and distance learning courses with supplemental podcasts.

  • Museums and other organizations with an educational purpose.

  • Individual self-proclaimed content experts.

  • Over 15,000 audio books available from Audible.com.


Tools required?

  • iTunes for Windows or Macintosh, a free installation: www.apple.com/itunes/overview/

  • High speed access recommended

  • Optional iPod for portable listening


Educational role

  • Professional Development

  • Supplemental Textbook Materials

  • School-to-Home Communications

  • Faculty Lectures or

  • Daily announcements


Educational role

  • Foreign Languages

  • Audiobooks

  • Speeches

  • Music programs

  • Test Preparation

  • Synchronized Slideshows


Opportunities for authentic student products

  • Sound-seeing tours

  • Broadcast student audio plays

  • Interviews with content experts

  • Ongoing student produced “radio” talk shows about content learned


How to explore the Podcast World


First exploration

  • Download and install iTunes 7www.apple.com/itunes/overview/


First exploration

  • Launch iTunes

  • Select Podcasts inStore.


First exploration

  • Browse featured items

  • Then select a category


First exploration

  • Browse by New & Notable, Provider, Featured, or Top Podcast groupings.


First exploration

  • Read the series description

  • Note associated websites

  • Click the Subscribe button


First exploration

  • Navigate to the podcast section of your iTunes library.


First exploration

  • Expand the series title (small triangle icon)

  • Select episode, click Play button to listen

  • If video or photos, choose View: Artwork

  • Get passed episodes


First exploration

  • Connect iPod and select Podcasts tab.

  • Check Sync all unplayed episodes.

  • Check those podcasts you wish on your iPod.

  • Click apply.


Online handout

  • http://thetrc.org/Podcast_Ed/

El Paso Corporation sponsored the

2006-07 Pilot for the TRC

Podcasting in Education Initiative.

Toyota USA Foundation sponsors our

Podcasting in Education Initiative.


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