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Podcasting: You can do it, We can Help!. Denise Davis, 6 th grade ddavis@columbus.k12.nc.us Michelle Powell, High school mpowell@columbus.k12.nc.us Eleanor Pusey, Math facilitator epusey@columbus.k12.nc.us. NCTM Annual Meeting, San Diego CA April 23, 2010. Outline of Presentation.

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podcasting you can do it we can help

Podcasting: You can do it, We can Help!

Denise Davis, 6th grade ddavis@columbus.k12.nc.us

Michelle Powell, High school mpowell@columbus.k12.nc.us

Eleanor Pusey, Math facilitator epusey@columbus.k12.nc.us

NCTM Annual Meeting, San Diego CA

April 23, 2010

outline of presentation
Outline of Presentation
  • What is podcasting?
  • Our podcasting journey
    • Podcasts for teachers
    • Podcasts for students
    • Podcasts by students
  • Benefits & Challenges
  • Create your own
what is podcasting
What is podcasting?
  • Podcast = “iPod” + “broadcast”
  • 2 formats (audio and video)

Patterson, Laurie. (2006). The technology underlying podcasts. Computer (39),10 103-105.


podcasting vs videotaping
Podcasting vs. Videotaping
  • Allows mix of images, text/annotation, video, and audio
podcasting data set
Podcasting data set

Source: Patterson (2006)

how we got started
How we got started
  • MSP grant (PIMUST) included podcasting component for the purpose of archiving content professional development led by STEM faculty and master teachers
  • Computer scientist videotaped summer institutes and produced podcasts, set up RSS feed, lead teachers download/view podcasts
accessing our msp podcasts
Accessing Our MSP Podcasts

Show sample podcast from summer PD

Subscribe to PIMUST podcast:

Open iTunes

Click on Advanced Menu at top

Select Subscribe to Podcast…

Enter the following URL


how you can get started
How you can get started
  • Search for some podcasts to download and listen to. Get comfortable with the process of listening to and learning from podcasts.
  • Recommendation: Teaching with SmartBoard
  • http://teachingwithsmartboard.com/
    • To subscribe to this podcast, click on link on left under Bookmarks, “Subscribe to iTunes”
search for math ed podcasts
Search for Math Ed podcasts
  • What podcasts have you found to be useful for you in teaching mathematics?
    • Math Dudes Quick & Dirty Tips
    • Tennessee State Dept (grade level podcasts)
    • iTunes U is good place to search
  • What podcasts have you found to be useful for your students in teaching mathematics?
my first attempts
My first attempts
  • Introduction to Sketchpad podcasts
  • Used screen-capture software & microphone

Camtasia Studio

  • http://www.columbus.k12.nc.us/pimust
podcasts by teachers
Podcasts by Teachers


  • Use screen-capture software & microphone

CamStudio (free)

  • http://www.columbus.k12.nc.us/wchs/powellmichelle/
    • Click on Video Lesson for Rotations (AVI file, will play with Windows Media Player)
podcasts by students
Podcasts by Students


  • Student-led demonstrations
    • Kiley solving one-step equation
    • Anna prime factorization of 120
  • Lesson Closure
    • Classifying Quadrilaterals by Sides/Angles
  • Used document camera & microphone
    • Samsung Digital Presenter (avi capture program)
  • On-demand professional development 24/7
  • Ease of sharing and connecting with others
  • Portable!
  • Using technology engages students
  • Student Reflection & Review
  • Striving for “perfection” – time consuming.
  • Finding quiet place to record audio
  • Server space (video files can get large).
  • Having to convert files from AVI to MP4
    • Free AVI software converter:


**I created a podcast of how to convert an AVI to MP4 and then add the MP4 file to iTunes. Click here:


how to audio podcast
How-to AUDIO podcast

1) Record Audio

Software: Audacity, Sound Recorder (Windows)

Garage Band (Mac)

2) Save/Convert/Export as MP3 file

3) Distribute (post to web site, do RSS feed)

how to video podcast
How-to VIDEO podcast

1) Record video

  • Flip camera
  • Screen Capture software (Jing, Snagit, Camtasia Studio)

2) Distribute

  • Teacher Web site
  • Screencast.com
  • RSS feed (see podcasting article for how-to)

**For iPod use file format must be MP4

sharing ideas
Sharing Ideas
  • What ideas has this session generated for you in using podcasts?
  • How are you already using/utilizing podcasts in your context?

We will post the PowerPoint on our district’s web site.


Article includes Dr. Patterson’s email and contact information

Email Eleanor: epusey@columbus.k12.nc.us