Podcasting Producing Content that Matters Mary Ellen Bornak Bucks County Community College
Today’s Mission . . . • How you would like to use podcasts • How podcasts work • Share instructional strategies for using the media effectively • Identify hardware, software used in podcasting • Explore BCCC iTunesU site • Create a podcast • Share resources and support
What Is a Podcast? • A digital recording in MP3 format • A vodcast is video and audio in mp4 or Quicktime format • Uploaded to Bucks iTunes U • Automatic download to iTunes on computer or audio player • Users need iTunes account (free) to get/subscribe podcasts
Gain Student Attention • Portable, mobile technology • Familiar environment • Pervasive, mainstream technology • Download is automatic • Engaging • Listening vs. reading • They’re already there!
Meaningful Content • Record lecture highlights • Explain difficult points • Guest lectures • Tours/field work • Audio glossary • Capture class discussion • Storytelling, recitations • Review, class rep
Beyond Class Skills • Address learning styles • Integrate 21st century skills • Encourage responsibility • Use today’s technology • They’ll think you’re cool!!!
Keep Them Moving • StudyMate lets you turn a self-test activity into a handheld game. • Games can be uploaded to iTunes U site
Let Them Create Their Own • Presentations • Audio glossary • Class tours • Interviews, recordings • Language practice • Storytelling
Creating a Podcast • Tools: Hardware & Software • Capture • Edit • Export • Upload • Engage!!!
Hardware/Software Script Headset/mic Recording program Free iTunes subscription lets you upload and download BCCC on iTunesU ...Upload mp3 to CE6
Headphone Connection • 1. Plug in headset/mic before start up • 2. Make sure mic is turned on • 3. Make sure computer recognizes the headset: • Control Panel • Sounds & Devices • Hardware tab • Your Headset
Sound Check Check that volume is not muted. Use media player to check that sound is playing with your computer default settings
Record (PC or Mac) 1 2 Make sure you download the Download Audacity LAME mp3 Encorder http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download Save and unzip in Audacity folder
Soundtrack • Red button to record • Yellow button to stop • Blue double bars to pause • This is a voice on a soundtrack • Editing tools can improve recording
MP3 Export Setup • Edit- Preferences • File Formats tab • Find Library Button File Export as MPs Browse for LAME encoder: File saves as WAV. Encoder allows export as MP3
GarageBand Recording program on Macs
BCCC iTunesU • Subscribe to iTunes - free • Upload your podcast to Bucks iTunesU site • Students subscribe to BCCC iTunesU site • Podcast “pushed” to computer/ iPod player • MP3 files can also be uploaded directly into BB Vista
We are Bucks on iTunes U • Authenticated Access vs. Public Access: • ACCESS: To upload files to BCCC’s ITunes U site, get authenticated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. • PUBLIC: To view/download files (e.g. students) only public access is needed. • URLs For authenticated access to iTunes U: • from on campus - https://itunesu.adminbucks.edu/cgi-bin/login.pl • from off campus - https://itunesu.bucks.edu/cgi-bin/login.pl • Public URL to the Bucks ITunes U site is: • http://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/bucks-public
Loading a File Student/public unauthenticated access to the Bucks ITunes U site is: http://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/bucks-public
Tips for a Podcaster • Target instructional goals • Script your program • Introduce self, program • Instruct on how students should use your podcast (listen, memorize, activity) • Keep it simple • Keep it short • Be yourself • Make content integral to your course.
Beyond Podcast Think... • Bandwidth limitation • Offer Text version • Promote/grade interaction • Vary uses, experiment • Motivate students to use
Podcast Directories • http://www.apple.com/itunesu/ • http://www.podcast.net • http://www.everyzing.com • http://www.podscope.com • http:/www.ted.com/talks • http://www.epnweb.org • http://podcastforeducators.blogspot.com • http://www.podcastdirectory.com/podcasts/index.php?iid=15390 • http://recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/colleges/collegepodcasts.php
BCCC Resources • Instructional Design Lab • BCCC Library will check out headset/mics • Faculty Web Resources site • Podcast, iTunesU pages • Atomic Learning Tutorials • Educause ELI tutorials Public access to the Bucks ITunes U site is: http://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/bucks-public
Contacts • Mary Ellen Bornakbornakm@bucks.edu • Georglyn Davidsondavidson@bucks.edu • Digital Recording Labsheridaj@bucks.edu BCCC Learning Resources