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Podcasting: A New Genre Exciting Students Carol Siwinski Germantown Academy Curricular Technology Specialist PETE & C February 10 -12, 2008 Podcasting Allows for the distribution of audio or video files through RSS feed RSS - real simple syndication

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podcasting a new genre exciting students

Podcasting: A New Genre Exciting Students

Carol Siwinski

Germantown Academy

Curricular Technology Specialist


February 10 -12, 2008

  • Allows for the distribution of audio or video files through RSS feed
  • RSS - real simple syndication
  • Audio, enhanced audio or video files in MP3 or M4a format
  • You can listen to podcast on Internet
  • Using an aggregator iTunes or iPodder you can subscribe to the podcast and listen later
  • Subcribe to podcast with aggregtor
  • New episode automatically added through feed to aggregator
  • Transfer podcast to iPod or mP3 player for portable listening
  • 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
podcasts in the classroom
Podcasts 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 original work
sample podcasts
Sample Podcasts
  • Digging Up Dinosaurs
    • http://www.germantownacademy.org/curtech/radioga/RadioGAcast3.htm
  • China’s Treasure Crest
    • http://www.germantownacademy.org/curtech/radioga/RadioGAcast7.htm
  • Author’s Corner
    • http://www.germantownacademy.org/curtech/radioga/RadioGAcast15.htm
  • 1920s Podcast
    • Wxyy
      • http://www.germantownacademy.org/curtech/radioga/RadioGAcast16.htm
    • Uncorked New York
      • http://www.germantownacademy.org/curtech/radioga/RadioGAcast17.htm
sample podcasts6
Sample Podcasts
  • Grammar Girls Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
    • http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/default.aspx
  • English Idioms and Slang
    • http://www.englishcaster.com/idioms/
  • Storynory: Free Audio Stories for Kids
    • http://storynory.com/
  • MathGrad: Everyday Mathematics Explained
    • http://www.mathgrad.com/
  • First Amendment Minute
    • http://www.firstamendmentminute.com/Podcasts/feed.xml
  • LearnOutLoud Great History Speeches
    • http://www.learnoutloud.com/Catalog/History/Speeches/Great-Speeches-in-History-Podcast/21306
  • Coffee Break Spanish
    • http://www.radiolinguamedia.com/cbs/www/index.html
finding a podcast
Finding a Podcast
  • Educational Podcast for Teaching and Learning
    • http://recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/index.php
  • The educational Podcast Network
    • http://epnweb.org/
  • Podcast Alley - site features monthly ranking with a top ten list
    • http://www.podcastalley.com/
  • iTunes
    • Download iTunes http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
    • New version iTunes 6.0 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.
subscribing to podcast
Subscribing to Podcast
  • iTunes easiest way, find it and
  • Find badge on web page
  • If no iTunes badge select and drag and drop it into iTunes
  • Using iTunes, copy the RSS URL address and paste
listening to podcast
Listening to Podcast
  • On iTunes on a computer
    • Subscribe through iTunes
    • New episodes automatically updated
  • On MP3 player such as iPod
    • Portable
    • Plug in iPod episodes automatically synchronized
    • Podcast can be automatically deleted
  • On web page, don’t subscribe just listen
creating a podcast
Creating a Podcast
  • Make an MP3 or M4a file
    • Preproduction - write script, find music, assign roles, etc
    • Production using audio editing app to record Audacity, Garageband, mic, etc
    • Upload the MP3 to web server
  • Create web page or use free weblog -Word press, LiveJournal, Blogger
  • Link to URL of MP3or M4a 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, directors or web page links
  • Preproduction takes at least 3/4 of production time
  • Develop format - host, topics and segments?
  • Need a creative, catchy title
  • Research, write and rehearse scripts
  • Students develop a podcasting voice
  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!
  • Have students listen to sample podcast
  • Who is audience - students, parents, etc.
  • Length should not be long 8 to 10 minutes
  • External mic better than built -in
  • Recommend Logitec noise filtering headset
  • Set sound preferences of system to recognize external mic
  • Best app is GarageBand on MAC or Audacity on PC
  • Can also use browser based app or iPod with mic
  • GarageBand is nonlinear but easiest to record in order of script
  • Record short pieces less chance for mistakes
  • Leave space for intro, outro and bumpers
speaking mistakes
Speaking Mistakes
  • Talking too fast
  • Honor periods
  • Drop off end of words
  • Popping p’s
  • Puking – using a fake voice
  • Ware mic practically next to eyes
  • Eating the mic too close
  • Touching the mic
  • Enunciate clearly
  • Speaking a normal volume – speak to friend
  • Prepare and practice
  • Record in short portions and then put together
  • Reduce the background noise
  • Smile while reading
  • Edit clips
  • Eliminate pauses and interruptions
  • Add intro, outro and bumpers
  • Use loops from GarageBand
  • Audacity needs to download podcast safe music
  • Adjust music tracks for ducking
  • When perfect send to iTunes and convert it to MP3
  • Place MP3 on web server
publishing podcasts
Publishing Podcasts

Once you created your audio program and uploaded it to a web server, make links to it on a web page or blog . Your final step is to create an RSS feed which converts your audio files into a bone fide podcast.

  • Feeder - creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds on Mac OS X cost $29.95. All reside on your server
    • http://reinventedsoftware.com/feeder/
  • Feedburner -creating an RSS feed
    • http://www.google.com/support/feedburner/bin/answer.py?answer=79416&ctx=sibling
  • Blogger and Feedburner - tutorial
    • http://www.podcastingnews.com/articles/Make_Podcast_Blogger.html
  • Feed Validator
    • http://www.feedvalidator.org
  • Submit RSS feed address to podcast directories including iTunes
  • Link to your Podcast in iTunes using this tutorial
creating podcast with web 2 0
Creating Podcast with Web 2.0
  • PodOmatic - Create, Find, Share Podcasts
    • http://www.podomatic.com/podcast
  • MyPodcast.Com free web2.0 podcasting application
    • http://www.mypodcast.com/?gclid=CL-uwaC735ACFSBMGgodh2uHXg
  • JamGlue - Create your podcast and download the MP3
    • http://www.jamglue.com/
  • Podpoint - $19/month Podcast feed, podcast manager, iTunes submission, sermon notes
    • http://podpoint.net/start
podcasting resources
Podcasting Resources
  • Learning in Hand
    • http://www.learninginhand.com/podcasting/index.html
  • Complete Guide to iTunes Podcast from iLounge
    • http://ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/the-complete-guide-to-itunes-49-with-podcasts/
  • Guide to Podcast creation
    • http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/beginners-guide-to-podcast-creation/
  • Enhanced Podcasting Creation
    • http://creativemac.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=37839-0
  • Recording a Podcasting Tutorial - Audacity
    • http://www.jakeludington.com/podcasting/20050222_recording_a_podcast.html
  • Podcasting Tool Box
    • http://mashable.com/2007/07/04/podcasting-toolbox/
sound resources
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
  • Free Music Play sample clips royalty free
    • http://www.freemusicplay.com/
  • The Free Sound Project
    • http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/index.php
  • Flash Kit -Sound FX
    • http://flashkit.com/soundfx/
  • Podcast Bumper Music
    • http://bumpermusic.blogspot.com/
  • Four bEEs - free media
    • http://www.fourbees.com/fourbees/audelm.asp
ipod tools tip and tricks
iPod Tools/Tip and Tricks
  • Using iPod as portable recording device
  • iTalk Griffith voice recorder
    • Inserting recorder
    • Speak clearly, projecting voice, use inflection
    • Hold recorder a few inches from mouth
  • Between recording preserver battery
  • Set iPod to be updated manually
  • Organization a must
  • Download recordings either to desktop or iTunes and rename immediately
  • Compress recording in iTunes
  • Convert recordings to MP3 in iTunes
digitizing artifacts
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
image resources
Image Resources
  • Library of Congress
    • http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/
  • Library of Congress on Flickr
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/
  • Kodak’s Powerful Days in Black and White
    • http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/features/moore/mooreIndex.shtml
  • National Archives of UK from Doomsday to present
    • http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
  • National Archives
    • http://www.archives.gov/
  • Classroom Clipart
    • http://classroomclipart.com/
  • Pics4Learning
    • http://www.pics4learning.com/