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ipod upod wepod anyone can podcast

iPod, uPod, wePod…ANYONE CAN PODCAST!!!

Glennysha Jurado-Moran

Spanish/Special Ed. Teacher

Edison Public Schools



A little about me…

Dual certified in Spanish and Special Ed.

Began teaching career as a GED math/science teacher at East Jersey State Prison

Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Edison NJ

Special education - language arts, math, social studies & science

Spanish - 6th, 7th and 8th grades

Business owner

The Language Edge

View this presentation at TheLanguageEdge.com

Mommy – 4 month old and 23 month old

technology in our classrooms
Technology in our classrooms

Why is it important?


21 st century skills
21st Century Skills
  • Dept. of Education
    • 2009 Core Curriculum Standards
    • 21st Century Life and Careers Standard
  • YouTube - A vision of K12 learners
    • What is the message?
how it began
How it began…
  • Sunday Star Ledger – Summer 2006
  • Didn't even own an iPod & wasn't sure what a podcast was
  • Aware of the love affair between today’s youth and iPods
  • World Language classroom offered a natural fit for this technology
  • Winter 2007 - Applied for FLENJ mini-grant
  • Spring 2007 - fortunate enough to receive it
  • Thus began the journey
session goals
Session Goals
  • What is a podcast
  • How to use podcasting for instruction and assessment
  • How to create & publish a podcast
it s a loooong way to monday
It’s a loooong way to Monday!!!!
  • I’m hoping everyone walks away with several ideas to experiment with
  • You are the one that determines what is useful
  • Jot down those a-hah moments
  • Especially those that make a connection to what you are already doing
  • Please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions
differentiated instruction audience
Differentiated instruction-audience

Experienced podcasters

I hope to give you more ideas to add to your teacher tool box.

Novice podcasters

I hope to inspire you to play with this technology & add it to your teacher tool box


FIRST PART – Classroom applications

  • What is podcasting
  • How to use podcasting in all three modes of communication

SECOND PART - Technology

  • Using the technology
  • Where to find podcasts
  • How to make them


  • Look for podcasts
  • Make a podcast
what is a podcast
What is a podcast?
  • A web-based form of broadcasting that allows anyone with a computer and/or digital media device to download and listen to content

(Secrets of Podcasting, Bart G. Farkas)

  • A digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.

(New Oxford American Dictionary)

  • Combination of the words iPod and broadcast
  • It can be a radio show, new music release, monologue or anything else in an MP3 format.
  • A way to selectively subscribe to audio and/or video content over the internet.
  • Can be automatically added to your iPod
  • It’s like having DVR/TiVo for your iPod
in simple terms a podcast is
In simple terms, a podcast is…

an audio recording (mp3 file) posted on the internet that anyone can download.

interesting fact
Interesting fact….

The editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary declared "podcasting" the 2005 word of the year.

from wikipedia
From Wikipedia
  • Podcasting is becoming increasingly popular in education.
  • Podcasts enable students and teachers to share information with anyone at any time. An absent student can download the podcast of the recorded lesson.
  • It can be a tool for teachers or administrators to communicate curriculum, assignments and other information with parents and the community.
more from wikipedia
More from Wikipedia
  • Teachers can record book discussions, vocabulary or foreign language lessons, international pen pal letters, music performance, interviews, and debates.
  • Podcasting can be a publishing tool for student oral presentations.
  • Video podcasts can be used in all these ways as well.
10 reasons to use podcasting
10 Reasons to use podcasting!!!

10. Highly engaging

9. Easy to use

8. Fun way to inspire students

7. Delivers authentic language

6. Enhances instruction

5. Can individualize instruction

4. Accommodate multiple learning styles

3. Easily incorporated to what you are already doing

2. Add another tech. tool to your bag of tricks

1. Your students will think it’s cool to have an iPod in class

my personal reason for using podcasting learning is not a spectator sport
My personal reason for using podcasting…Learning is not a spectator sport!

Engages and motivates the students!

Tell me and I’ll forget;show me and I may remember;involve me and I will understand.

podcasting instruction assessment
Podcasting Instruction & Assessment
  • Podcasting can be used in all three modes of communication.
  • It can be used for instruction and assessment.
  • Easiest way to incorporate podcasting in to your classroom is by using familiar strategies.
interpretive deliver authentic language
Interpretive – Deliver authentic language


  • Hear proper pronunciation
  • Improves listening and comprehension skills
  • Engages student in active listening/reading
  • Increases vocabulary comprehension
  • Listen and learn at their own pace
    • Slow down
    • Fast forward
    • Go back and listen as many times as you want
interpretive tpr approach
Interpretive - TPR Approach
  • Thematic unit on food and the restaurant
  • Free podcast on iTunes
  • Had a lot of translating
  • Just use what you need
interpretive tpr approach cont
Interpretive - TPR Approach (cont.)
  • Taught vocabulary ahead of time (using clip art)
  • Listened to podcast using speakers
  • Stopped podcast occasionally and asked oral comprehension questions
  • Gave them ditto with clip art of vocabulary had students circle the pictures of the vocabulary they heard
  • Gave them written comprehension questions to answer.
  • Use audio podcast the same way you would use authentic interpretive reading materials
  • Instead of pre-teaching vocabulary, use podcast as an opportunity to
    • listen for context clues
    • Identify cognates
    • identify words they know
    • perhaps make lists of words they would like to know
interpretive sample
Interpretive - sample

Thematic Unit – Por La Ciudad

  • iTunes U
  • DePaul University – SPOD 2A, Claudia Fernandez
  • Una plaza típica del mundo hispano
  • Thematic unit-Around the city
  • Create podcast where students follow directions on a map of a city

Create your own lessons for students to listen to…

  • Thematic Unit – School Life
  • Create podcast about what school supplies they need for the school year
  • Students make a list of the supplies that were mentioned
  • As a springboard for conversations
  • Similar to information gap - Give students different podcasts on the same topic and have them interview each other
  • Jigsaw puzzle – students listen to different podcasts and then need to speak to a variety of people to get all the information they need to complete a task

Thematic unit – Las Vacaciones

  • Show Time Spanish – Marc & Alba talk about the seasons.
  • Students were assigned to listen to a specific speaker and then had to interview each other to find out information about the speaker they didn’t listen to
presentational benefits of recording language
Presentational:Benefits of Recording Language
  • Improves fluency and pronunciation
  • Increases comprehension of words ad phrases
  • Students can analyze their progress
  • Once recorded, audio can be used multiple purposes (insert in podcast, iMovie, Power Point or instruction)
presentational instruction
Presentational - instruction

Evaluate assessments

  • Play a presentation and analyze it as a class using a rubric
    • Why is it good?
    • Why does it need improvement?
    • How can we make it better?
  • Students can record their presentation and use their rubrics to self assess
presentational performance assessment
PresentationalPerformance Assessment

Probably the easiest way

to incorporate podcasting

  • Create a presentation and record
  • GIMMICK- Tell students it’s to post on a website or enter a contest
school life
School Life

Students create a podcast to post on their school website


  • For ESL students
  • Next year’s incoming class (6th grade /9th grade class)
presentational podcasts
Presentational podcasts

Create their own podcast (video podcasts)

  • news report
  • weather report
  • fashion show
  • celebrity homes
  • commercials/infomercials
  • real estate ad
  • restaurant review
  • Enter any kind of contest
weather report
Weather Report

Presentational mode

  • Students created podcast

Interpretive mode

  • Students listened to podcast and identified what weather was said


  • Listen to weather reports of various cities and share information to plan a vacation activities
other ideas for podcasting
Other ideas for podcasting

World Language Clubs

  • Have members become reporters.
  • Find out what is going on around the school and post a weekly, biweekly or monthly podcast in your target language on your school’s website.


  • Post listening assignments on a website

( I like wikispaces)

the technical stuff
The technical stuff!

Where do we get podcasts?

How do we make them?

you do not need an ipod in order to podcast
You do NOT need an iPod in order to podcast!!!
  • An MP3 player can also be used
  • Just using a computer works too
  • Digital Voice Recorders - Easy way to start
  • Podcast is just easier to say than MP3cast
where to find podcasts
Where to find podcasts…

Podcast directories are growing every day.

  • iTunes - requires iTunes software
  • Podbean.com – similar to iTunes
  • Odeo.com – similar to iTunes
  • GarageBand.com –great for finding music
  • Podcastalley.com – Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Hindi, Greek, language courses
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Langmedia.fivecolleges.edu-authentic video with transcripts by topic
  • Regular web search
narrowing down the search
Narrowing down the search

Look for or enter in to search

  • Education
  • Language courses
  • Your target language
be prepared to search for the content you want
  • It can be time consuming…but worthwhile
  • Great summer project
  • Don’t overwhelm yourself. My original goal was to add one a year and eventually have one in each unit
american culture vs target language culture
American culture vs. target language culture

What other cultures see as acceptable may not be in sync with American culture

Screen content carefully


Began with a search “podcasts en español”

Other languages

  • Yahoo!France
  • Yahoo!Italia
  • Yahoo!German


universities colleges
  • World language/Foreign Language Dept.
  • Some sites have podcasts you can use

Also can be found on iTunes U (iTunes store)

  • Apple music store on the internet
  • Software is a free download
  • apple.com
  • ipod + itunes
  • You do not need an iPod to use iTunes
itunes store
iTunes Store
  • Look at toolbar across top - Podcasts
  • Click on arrow to open drop down window
  • Click on Education
itunes podcasts
iTunes - Podcasts
  • On left side:
  • Scroll down to More Education
  • Click Language Courses
podcast information
Podcast information
  • Podcast description
  • Listeners also subscribed to… (right side)
  • Look at name/description to look for content
  • Length of podcast
itunes store itunes u
iTunes Store…iTunes U
  • On left side:
  • iTunes store
  • Click on iTunes U
itunes store itunes u1
iTunes Store…iTunes U

On right side: iTunes Power Search

itunes store itunes u2
iTunes Store…iTunes U

Type in your

target language

  • Title
  • Description

Each one gives you slightly

different results

subscribing to podcast
Subscribing to podcast
  • It’s Free
  • It’s simple – just click on subscribe. This is under the album cover or where you see the cost on music
  • Makes things easier – you’re not spending a lot of time just downloading

Currently subscribe to about 17 podcasts and have over 300 in my library

video podcasts
Video podcasts


  • Video podcasts arranged by themes/topic
  • Available in MANY languages

Let’s check it out!

saving videos
Saving videos
  • Zamzar.com
  • Keepvid.com
using technology cont
Using technology (cont.)
  • Listening
  • Creating podcasts
    • Audio
    • Video
  • Publishing
listening to podcasts
Listening to podcasts
  • You can attach speakers to an iPod or MP3 player. Speakers vary in size and price ($5.99-$399)
  • If you have access to the internet you don’t even need an iPod. You can play a podcast right from your computer. Be sure computer has iTunes already downloaded
  • Class set of iPods
tips for class set of ipods
Tips for class set of iPods
  • Number your iPods
  • Assign students to numbers and have them sign out
  • Pair two students to iPod
  • Use baby wipes to keep earphones sanitary
  • Make downloading podcast a HW assignment
viewing video podcasts
Viewing video podcasts
  • View using laptop and LCD projector
  • Connect iPod to TV using cables sold at apple store
create a podcast ipod mic
Create a podcast… iPod + mic

Microphone for iPod

  • Belkin
    • TuneTalk…$69.99
    • Universal mic…$49.95
  • Griffin
    • iTalk Pro…$34.97
    • iKaraoke …not for recording
  • Blue
    • Mikey…$44.00

Prices according to Amazon.com

create a podcast ipod mic1
Create a podcast… iPod + mic
  • Attach a microphone to iPod
  • Voice Memos appears on the menu
  • Press enter (center circle)
  • Select quality (High or Low)
  • To begin recording, select Record or Start Recording (Hold mic a few inches away from mouth)
  • Pause = resume, stop & save, delete
  • Saved as voice memo…Title is date and time
  • Download to your iTunes library by syncing (MAC or PC). Then you can change the name
create publish a podcast mac
Create & publish a podcast…MAC

Using GarageBand

  • use GarageBand to create
  • send your podcast directly to your iTunes library
  • On podcast page of iTunes,
    • click on submit podcast
    • click on frequently asked questions.
    • On left look for tutorial on making podcasts with GarageBand

When you buy a MAC you can also buy lessons

and they are worth it

create a podcast pc
Create a podcast…PC
  • Use digital voice recording software to create podcasts (audacity – free download)
  • Use a digital voice recorder
audacity sourceforge net
  • Free download
  • Be sure to also download LAME MP3 encoder
  • When saving a file, always save as MP3
  • Save files on to your PC/flashdrive

Need microphone



  • Icons - like buttons on radios/recorders
  • Place arrow over icon it will tell you function


  • RECORD - you will see a blue line when recording
  • PAUSE – non-intrusive, avoid long silences
  • STOP – can’t re-open file once you hit stop
  • EDIT – use to cut sections


  • File
  • Export as MP3
  • Give file name
  • Save on to desktop or flashdrive
dvr digital voice recorder
DVR – Digital Voice Recorder
  • Use a DVR that allows you to save files on to a computer ($19.99-$99.00)
    • Olympus
    • Sony
  • Number your DVR’s and assign a number to each student (will be helpful if student forgets to say name during presentation)
digital voice recorder cont
Digital Voice Recorder – cont.
  • Record
    • Make sure volume is high and mic is held close to mouths
  • Plug USB cable in to PC to download
  • Give file a name
  • Save on to flashdrive
recording tips
Recording Tips
  • Do a practice session so students become familiar with software/equipment. (Save you headaches)
  • Keep identity anonymous and only have students identify themselves with their first name (use target language names)
  • Seat students far enough away to the right & left
  • Use shoe box to block out noise interference
  • Tell students they can listen when EVERYONE is done
  • Expect some degree of silliness or giggling when they listen to themselves
more recording tips
More Recording Tips
  • Don’t be afraid of your voice
  • Use a script or key words
  • Smile! It will be reflected in your voice energy
  • Close your eyes if you need to
creating video podcast
Creating Video Podcast
  • Digital camera
    • Regular digital camera
    • Camcorder
    • Flip camera
  • Editing software
    • iMovie
recording video podcast
Recording Video Podcast
  • Digital camera
  • Camcorder
  • Flip camera
editing video podcasts
Editing video podcasts




Windows movie maker

  • Click on start
  • Then all programs
publishing a podcast
Publishing a podcast

How students can listen without an iPod…

  • Load podcast on to website that supports audio/video files.
    • Wikispaces.com
    • Blogger.com
  • Advantage - privacy
publishing a podcast1
Publishing a podcast

How students can listen with an iPod…

  • You will need an RSS feed – YouTube has tutorials
  • Podbean.com
    • Basic membership is free
    • $4.95 monthly-more storage, faster uploads
need money
Need money?


  • FLENJ Mini Grant
  • NJAET Mini Grant
    • The New Jersey Association for Educational Technology is an organization of educators working to promote the use of technology in education
  • NJEA
    • HIPP Grant $500 - $10, 000
useful youtube tutorials
Useful YouTube tutorials
  • How to create a podcast (gigafide)
  • Audacity Tutorial:Part I (CCTV Cambridge)
  • Audacity Tutorial:Part II (CCTV Cambridge)
useful resources books
Useful resources - BOOKS

Secrets of Podcasting, Bart G. Farkas

KidCast-Podcasting in the classroom, Dan Schmit

KidCast-Creative Podcasting, Dan Schmit

Educator’s Podcast guide, Bard Williams

more resources
More Resources…
  • NJEA Review
    • Tool Box, Portable Learning: iPods in the classroom, October 2009
  • YouTube
    • Enter podcasting and/or tutorial
  • Find podcasts that align with your curriculum
  • Incorporate them to something you are already doing (i.e. make a presentation in to a podcast)
  • Use them for all three modes of communication
  • Use them for instruction as well as assessment
  • Let podcasts spice up your classroom

Have fun with the technology

  • You don’t need a class set of iPods
  • Use speakers
  • Recording options
    • iPod + attachable mic
    • GarageBand (MAC)
    • Audacity
    • Digital voice recorders
play time

This is only useful if you can apply it to your classroom

1) Use iTunes to find a podcast

  • Look for topics that fit what you are already teaching
  • Listen to podcast and brainstorm ways it can be integrated in to a unit
  • What do you want them to listen for?
  • What questions can you ask?
  • Which mode would it be best for? Interpretive? Interpersonal?

2) Use audacity to draft a podcast

  • Get a feel for the software