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iPods & Podcasts: Revolutionizing the Classroom Carol Siwinski Germantown Academy Curricular Technology Specialist PETE & C February 11 - 13, 2007 iPod More than just a music player Portable learning tool Can develop core literacy skills Crosses generational lines

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iPods & Podcasts: Revolutionizing the Classroom

Carol Siwinski

Germantown Academy

Curricular Technology Specialist


February 11 - 13, 2007

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  • More than just a music player

  • Portable learning tool

  • Can develop core literacy skills

  • Crosses generational lines

  • Can be integrated into almost all disciplines

    • Course content dissemination

    • Classroom recording

    • Field recording

    • Study support

    • File storage and transfer

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iPod Tools/Tip and Tricks

  • Using iPod as portable recording device

  • iTalk Griffith/XtremeMac Micro Memo voice recorder

    • Inserting recorder

    • Speak clearly, projecting voice, use inflection

    • Hold recorder a few inches from mouth

  • Set iPod to be updated manually

  • Organization a must

  • Download recordings either to desktop or iTunes and rename immediately

  • Compress recording in iTunes

  • Set iTunes to convert to MP3

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Early Grades

  • Learn the letter sounds

    • Students practice making sounds of letters

    • Teacher recorders lesson to make words

    • Students listen to lesson and make words using Lively Letter Cards

    • Students can then record the words made

  • Record speech and language for assessment

    • More accurate indicator

    • Can be saved iTunes, on computer, or CD

    • Keep sample as record of progress

    • Analyze to ascertain new speech and language goals

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Learning Modern Languages

  • Immigration activity

    • Learning past tense

    • Narrate story extemporaneously for 2 mins. using iPod during class

    • Graded on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

  • Vacation activity

    • To perfect pronunciation

    • Take iPod home to record paragraph

    • Graded on pronunciation

  • Odes

    • Write ode

    • Create digital poster

    • Take iPod home to Record ode

    • Convert to MP3 and link from web page

    • http://www.germantownacademy.org/academics/us/ModLang/Spanish/odeelementales/index.html

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Learning Modern Language

  • Digital storytelling

    • Engages a palette of technical tools

    • Weave personal tale using images, graphics, music and author’s own voice

    • Write script

    • Recorded script using inflection, correct pronunciation, rerecord until perfect

  • Racontez une histoire

    • http://www.germantownacademy.org/academics/us/ModLang/french/recontre/index.html

  • Cuentos Digitales

    • http://www.germantownacademy.org/academics/ms/8th/centosdigital/index.html

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Learning Modern Language

  • Oral Exam

    • Use iPod to administer more efficiently

    • Record questions

    • Download to iTunes and put on student’s iPod

    • Using iPod students listen to questions and record answers

    • Grade on listening and use of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation

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  • Oral history project

    • Family member - Friend

      • Collect artifacts, images, video (see digitizing slide)

      • Write interview questions

      • Storyboard production

      • Interview using iPod

        • Techniques - know questions, ad lib, keep eye contact, be interested, allow interviewee to complete thoughts, request specifics and details

      • Download voice recording to iTunes

      • Create product - use iMovie/GarageBand Podcast

      • Import photos, voice -over, music for ambiance, apply transitions and Ken Burn’s for effect

  • Ken Burns Documentary

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  • Digital Science Experiment

    • Take digital photos step by step

    • Use iPod to record observations

    • Import memos into iTunes( playlist) and photos into iPhoto (album)

    • Create an iMovie project

  • View experiments for comparison

  • Absence students can use movie to review missed work

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Digital Field Trip

  • Any discipline/age

    • Create guided tour of zoo, Washington, Jamestown, museum, Chinatown, etc

    • Divide class into groups - photographer, recorder, director

    • Write questions to stimulate reflective process

    • Reflect on visit as person who lived during another era

    • Present the basics of recording with an iPod

    • Present basics of taking photos with digital camera

    • Create product - use iMovie/Gargageband 3.0 Podcast

      • Import photos, voice -over, music for ambiance, apply transitions and Ken Burn’s for effect

      • Most of all - incorporate technology in artful ways

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Digitizing Artifacts

  • Scan images

    • Make jpg, landscape 640 X 480

  • Take photos as close as possible

  • Download digital images from camera

    • Be careful not to crop become pixilated

  • Download images from web

    • Only USE 640 X 480 or larger

  • Use digital video camera with firewire

  • Record voice over

    • Use iMovie, GarageBand, Audacity or iPod with recorder

  • Capture Music

    • iTunes, GarageBand loops, CD

    • Use mp3 format

    • Free music resources

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  • Allows for the distribution of audio files through RSS feed

  • RSS - real simple syndication

  • Audio file in MP3, Enhanced M4a format or Video files

  • You can listen to podcast on Internet using Quick Time

  • Using an aggregator iTunes you can subscribe to the podcast and listen later

  • New episode automatically added through feed to aggregator

  • Transfer podcast to iPod for portable listening

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Podcast in the Classroom

  • Music students

    • Listen to, memorize and critique classical music

    • Share original musical works

  • Foreign language

    • Listen to native music

    • Exposure to native speakers

    • Listen to native newspapers to receive another view point of world events

    • Learn a Foreign language

    • E-mail key pals can become pod pals

    • Create their own content

  • History and English

    • Listen to historical speeches

    • Listen to interviews with experts

    • Share period music

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Finding Podcast

  • Educational Podcast for Teaching and Learning from UK

    • http://recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/

  • The educational Podcast Network

    • http://epnweb.org/

  • Podcast Alley - site features monthly ranking with a top ten list

    • http://www.podcastalley.com/

  • iTunes

    • New version iTunes 7.0 or later has a built in Podcast directory.

    • Launch iTunes

    • Click the Podcasts icon in the Source panel.

    • Categories are listed on the bottom-left of the screen.

    • Perform a search.

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Creating a Podcast

  • Make an MP3 or Enhanced MP4 file

    • Preproduction - write script, find music, assign roles, etc

    • Production using audio editing app to record Audacity, Garageband, mic, etc

    • Upload the MP3 or M4a to web server

  • Create web page or use free weblog -Word press, Blogger

  • Link to URL of MP3 or MP4 on web page to listen

  • Create XML file RSS2.0 feed with enclosures- (Feedburner online or Feeder $29.99)

  • Link to URL of XML file on web page

  • Submit podcast to directories

  • Visitors subscribe through iTunes,

  • Create enhanced Podcast using GarageBand 3.0

  • http://www.germantownacademy.org/curtech/radioga/

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Podcasting Resources

  • Learning in Hand

    • http://www.learninginhand.com/podcasting/index.html

  • Enhanced Podcast Creation with GarageBand

    • http://creativemac.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=37839-0

  • Creating Podcast with .Mac and Feeder

    • http://boinx.com/articles/podcasting/

  • Podcasting Basics

    • http://recap.ltd.uk/moodle/course/view.php?id=2

  • Using Garageband and iChat for Podcasting

    • http://webcast.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=37930

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Sound Resources

  • History Channel Great Speeches

    • http://www.historychannel.com/broadband/home/index.jsp

  • The Classical Music Archives

    • http://www.classicalarchives.com/

  • Dance Music MPeg and Video Clips from Library of Congress

    • http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/divideos.html

  • Royalty Free Music.com

    • http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/free-music-clips.html

  • Free Music Play sample clips royalty free

    • http://www.freemusicplay.com/

  • Clipart.com - Sound effects and short music clips, (subscription required)

    • http://www.Clipart.com

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Image Resources

  • Library of Congress

    • http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/

  • ClipArt.ComThe Clipart.com a collection of more than 6 million royalty-free clipart images, photos, illustrations, and fonts. (Subscription Based)

    • http://www.clipart.com/

  • Classroom Clipart

    • http://classroomclipart.com/

  • Pics4Learning

    • http://www.pics4learning.com/

  • Stock Photography

    • http://www.stockphotography.com/index.html

  • Barry’s ClipArt

    • http://www.barrysclipart.com/