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Powercasting using powerpoint as a podcasting tool

PowerCasting: Using PowerPoint as a Podcasting Tool

Dr. Steve Broskoske

Misericordia University

What is a podcast
What Is a Podcast?






What is a podcast1
What Is a Podcast?

  • podcast:

    • An audio (and possibly video) recording that can be listened to (and viewed) via an iPod, other MP3 player, a computer, or a mobile computing device.

    • Many podcasters will offer an RSS feed to alert users of new podcasts available at the site.

Faculty use of podcasts
Faculty Use of Podcasts

  • Repetition of lecture material covered in class:

    • A second look at the material.

    • A different approach to the material.

  • Supplement to class activities:

    • Remediation for slower learners.

    • Enrichment for advanced or highly motivated learners.

    • Assistance for students with certain disabilities.

    • Support for English language learners.

Faculty use of podcasts1
Faculty Use of Podcasts

  • Added benefits:

    • Facilitates self-paced learning.

    • Frees up class time for other group and interactive activities.

Popularity of podcasts
Popularity of Podcasts

  • Study by the Pew Trusts (Rainie & Madden, 2005):

    • 29% of all iPod users have downloaded a podcast.

    • Nearly half of all college-age iPod owners have downloaded a podcast.

  • iTunes University currently distributes thousands of free college-level podcasts from over eight hundred universities.

Podcasts improve student learning
Podcasts Improve Student Learning

  • Researchers are beginning to find that podcasting can improve student learning outcomes.

    • McGarr (2009) suggests that podcasting can improve student learning by increasing student motivation and engagement.

    • McKinney, Dyck, and Luber (2009) found that students watching a lecture podcast significantly outperformed a group of students who only viewed the lecture in person.

Two ways to implement podcasting in a traditional classroom
Two Ways to ImplementPodcasting in a Traditional Classroom

  • Choose a medium for delivery that is appropriate to your technology skill level.

    • Podcasting: Use free or inexpensive audio recording software on a computer to record your voice.

    • PowerCasting: Easily record a lecture within an existing PowerPoint presentation.

PowerCasting is a term coined by Dr. Steve to describe an easy & creative alternative to traditional podcasting.

Powerpoint and podcasting
PowerPoint and Podcasting

  • “True” podcasting:

    • Audio (possible video).

    • Syndication capabilities (RSS feed subscription).

  • PowerCasting (PowerPoint podcasting):

    • Easy way to add “podcasting” to your teaching.

    • Focus on content, not on the tool.

    • Utilize presentations you already have.

Narrate an entire slideshow
Narrate an Entire Slideshow

  • PowerPoint will allow you to record continuous narration (lecture) as you run the slideshow as you usually would in class.

  • As you narrate, the time you spend on each slide can also be recorded.

Edit the narration
Edit the Narration

  • In reality, PowerPoint records a separate narration for each slide. This allows you to:

    • Preview each slide narration individually.

    • Edit the sound for each slide individually.

    • Begin re-recording from a particular slide, stopping at any point.

Adjusting recording settings
Adjusting Recording Settings

Right-click the volume icon in the system tray. Select “sound.”

Set recording quality.

Set recording level.

Steps in recording narration
Steps in Recording Narration

  • Set microphone level (in Office 2007).

Set up and adjust microphone if needed.

Steps in recording narration1
Steps in Recording Narration

  • Select this tool to beginrecording the narration.

Steps in recording narration2
Steps in Recording Narration

  • After you hit “OK,” the presentation will run as usual.

    • Recording begins immediately. Begin speaking.

    • Advance slides by clicking as usual.

    • If you are using custom animation, click during narration as usual.

  • Hit ESC to end early, OR record until you hit the end of the presentation.

Steps in recording narration3
Steps in Recording Narration

  • PowerPoint will ask if you want to save the slide timings.

Before recording in PP 2010.



After recording in PP 2007.

Hint when recording narration
Hint When Recording Narration

HINT: On each slide, pause for1 second before and after speaking to ensure all ofyour words are recorded.

When a student listens
When a Student Listens

  • When the slideshow is played back:

    • The presentation automatically advances using your saved slide timings (if you saved them).

    • If a student begins playing the slideshow from a particular slide, the narration begins from that point.

    • A student can click to advance the slide early, clipping your sound file.

Learner Control

Editing narration
Editing Narration

  • Navigate to the slide you want to re-record.

  • Select slideshow—record narration.

    • Continue recording on subsequent slides.

    • Press the ESC key to end recording.

Powerpoint extras
PowerPoint Extras

  • You can also add any of these PowerPoint interactive “extras”:

    • Use animation to build slides and maintain learner attention.

    • Navigate to a Website using an action button.

    • Link to files (documents, spreadsheets).

    • Embed or link to a video.

    • Use animation to provide embedded questions about the lesson, and triggered animation to feedback.

Let s try it

  • Let’s try recording continuous narration using a PowerPoint presentation to create a PowerCast.

  • Remember:

    • Recording begins immediately.

    • Advance the slides as usual – your timings are saved as well.