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This course is adapted with permission from
K12 Learning 2.0
as developed by Shelley Paul
For the sake of simplicity, this "Thing," will focus on
, but the concepts apply to
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is sort of like an
online radio show
, except the listeners get to decide
when and where
they want to listen.
The term "podcast"
stands for Portable On-Demand Broadcast.
__**DON'T NEED an iPod**__
to listen to or create a podcast! Having an iPod (or similar portable device) simply makes listening to podcasts (and other media, such as music, audiobooks and videos) really convenient. (Of course, there are tons of ways to use
__iPods in education__
An audio file published to the web does
qualify as a
. A podcast consists of an audio file (typically MP3 format) published to the web
(XML file). The RSS feed
allows listeners to subscribe
to the podcast and to
new episodes in a special type of RSS reader called a
. In addition to managing your podcast subscriptions and playing the media files, podcatchers can also help you
transfer your podcasts
to your media player. The most popular podcatcher is
, a free program designed to work with iPods, but which also serves as a
general media player
, and a huge, searchable
Good to know:
You can subscribe to and play podcasts in your
, but it can't help you transfer your media files onto your portable player. If you just want to
listen to podcasts on your computer
, Google Reader is actually a great option, because it just "points to" the podcast files so that you can play them in the reader, whereas a "true podcatcher" such as iTunes actually DOWNLOADS the media files to your hard drive (so that you can transfer them).
Lucky for us
, our friends at CommonCraft have created a "Podcasting in Plain English" video...
Due to CommonCraft's Copyright stance, you must view this video directly from their website:
Here is another excellent introduction to Podcasting video, from PodGrunt. Click the image to view the video on its originating page.
The best way to learn about podcasts is to listen to a few of them.
PART 1: Subscribe to the
__**Grammar Girl podcast**__
in your Google Reader.
(I just want you to experience how to do this).
General instructions for adding a podcast feed to your Google Reader
Locate the Podcast
icon (or link) and right-click it, then select
Copy Link Location
in IE). Log in to your Google Reader, click
Add a Subscription, paste the feed URL
‡ HELP Page
__Step-by-Step (Two-minute) Instructions for subscribing to Grammar Girl in your Google Reader__
Grammar Girl Website:
Find and preview several podcasts using
As you explore podcasts in iTunes, begin thinking about
ways you could use existing podcasts
supplement your own learning (personal and professional) and classroom teaching/learning
__Download and install iTunes__
on your computer.
iTunes Store in the left navigation area.
. Within the store, click the drop arrow on the
Select a category and explore the available podcasts. If you are not familiar with iTunes, please watch
__this short video__
While you are exploring:
Try browsing different categories, such as
Kids & Family
. In each category, you will also find a list of
Try searching for podcasts in the
iTunes Store Search bar
(type your search term and press enter on your keyboard). On the results page, click
Filter by Media Type
. Try the
to improve your results.
Be sure to visit
category! This amazing resource offers a collection of "more than 250,000 free lectures, videos, films, and other resources — from all over the world." (Way more than just podcasts, but you MUST check it out!)
__Learn more about iTunes U__
Preview several podcasts.
You can listen to any
by clicking the blue
arrow to the left of the episode title.
at least one podcast of personal interest
one podcast of professional interest
using iTunes. Listen to a bit of your subscription(s). You can access your subscriptions
‡ HELP Video
__Find, preview and subscribe to a podcast in iTunes__
‡ HELP Page
__Find, preview and subscribe to a podcast in iTunes__
**Where else do I find podcasts?**
(Nearly all of these can also be found in the iTunes podcast directory, but know that you can add
**any podcast feed**
to iTunes by copying the podcast feed URL from the podcast website, then opening iTunes and selecting
**Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast**
and pasting the URL). )
__Education Podcast Network__
- A directory of about 2,000 education-themed podcasts, organized by subject area.
__Learn Out Loud__
- A directory of about 1500 free "podcasts you can learn from."
__NPR Podcast Directory__
- A directory of 619 high-quality podcasts from National Public Radio and affiliates.
__Skip the Tuition: 100 Free Podcasts from the Best Colleges in the World__
Learning in Hand -
__Podcasting in the classroom__
(This is Tony Vincent's FANTASTIC site!)
__Podcasting in Education__
Get started podcasting with
__Audacity and other free tools__
__100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better__
Write a brief blog post sharing your initial thoughts about podcasting in education.
Points to consider:
Which podcasts did you preview and subscribe to? What did you think? Do you have any ideas about incorporating existing podcasts into your personal, classroom or professional learning? (If you already use iTunes (or other podcatcher) and/or have an iPod or other MP3 player that you use for podcast listening, please share a bit about your experiences. If you are a podcaster, or have used podcasting with students, please share a bit about that as well). Please include "Thing 17" in your post title.
Thing 18 (Week 8): Publish a "Bare Bones" Podcast using Windows Sound Recorder, iTunes and Podbean
photo by David Clow
As you learned in "
," a podcast consists of an
(in mp3 format)
published to the web
(an XML file) that allows listeners to
to your podcast using an RSS reader or podcatcher.
Technologically, producing a podcast is actually
. There are lots of free podcast hosting sites on the web, and many services available to help you host your own podcast and create the appropriate RSS feed. There are "pod-safe" music sites, offering Creative Commons-licensed music to enhance your podcasts. There are scores of recording devices, software options, and production tools to help you create polished, professional-sounding audio. (After you have survived this "Thing," and want to begin making "real" podcasts, with sound effects, multiple segments and background music, visit the
page to learn about Audacity and other tools for your podcast).
podcast is not so easy. When you are ready to
__begin podcasting with your students__
, you will find the real work lies in
planning, writing, editing, developing quality content, rehearsing and creating meaningful assessments
. Just as blogging begins with reading,
podcasting should begin with listening
That being said, who can expect teachers to invest in all that planning and effort if they don't feel confident that they can actually produce the podcast?
So, let's make a podcast...
Create a brief
Windows Sound Recorder
iTunes (MP3 Conversion) and Podbean
You DO NOT have to join or register for anything to complete this activity
(Feel free to create your podcast using Audacity or GarageBand
if you know how
-- you can still upload to
This "Thing" asks you to just "dip your toe" into podcasting by using a
free audio recorder
that comes on every PC, a conversion feature in iTunes and a
free podcast host
(Podbean). The goal here is for you to produce a "legitimate" podcast with as few "moving parts" as possible.
If you want to
__record and produce "real" podcasts__
, you will use audio recording/editing software such as Audacity or GarageBand (for Macs), plus a podcast hosting solution of your choice.
This is just meant to be a practice experience
‡ HELP Tip:
Be sure to plug in your microphone or headset before you get started.
What should my podcast be about?
You can make your podcast about
anything you want
(as long as it is school appropriate). You can tell a joke, share a story or recipe, provide a summary of a current event, present a book review, explain a concept, ask some questions, sing a song...
Here are the steps, with instructions and help resources:
Record a basic audio file (WAV format) using Windows Sound Recorder
On any Windows machine, go to:
Start > (All) Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder
. Using Sound Recorder, you can easily record and save a WAV file to your desktop. (If you are working on a Mac, record your audio using GarageBand, export it as an MP3, and go to Step 3).
‡ HELP Video:
__Recording in Windows Sound Recorder__
Convert your audio file to MP3 format using iTunes.
Open iTunes. Select
File > Add file to library
. Browse for your saved audio file and double-click it to add it to iTunes. In iTunes,
click once to select
the file (it will turn blue). Go to
Advanced > Create MP3 Version
. When the converted file appears, right-click it and select
. Close iTunes. Right click an empty area of your desktop and select
. The file should appear on your desktop.
‡ HELP Video:
__iTunes MP3 conversion__
You may first need to configure your iTunes to
__convert to MP3__
- it's easy).
- Upload your MP3 file to
to create a podcast. (
I have sent the username and password to your Gmail account
‡ HELP Page:
__Publish a Podcast Episode using Podbean__
You DO NOT need to create your own Podbean account. We will use a shared course account to host all of our podcast episodes.
I have sent the log-in info to your Gmail account
Our shared Podbean account:
Write a brief blog post sharing a bit about your podcast-making experience, including
**at least one idea**
you have for
**producing a podcast**
to support classroom learning (or your professional role). Be sure to include "Thing 18" in the post title.
Listen to the podcast episodes of 2-3 fellow participants on our Podbean site. Leave a comment on one. You may need to come back in a few days to do this part.
the Podbean player for your podcast episode into your wiki page or in a blog post. In Edublogs, you will need to do this in HTML view (it's a tab at the top of the editing window when you write a post). To get the code, click the
link under your episode on the Podbean site.
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"