LCC Podcasting 101

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Podcasting (or any of those below) is about enabling our voices and our students' voices to be heard by a larger audience.

Reasons for Using Audio:

  • Gives our students - and ourselves - a sense of participating in a global conversation
  • Many students' learning styles lean toward the aural - for those that don't - it gives them a chance to streeettttchhh
  • Students can listen again and again - helps learning process
  • Students learn to become thoughtful producers of their own content - there is power in the spoken word!
  • Students are engaged!
  • Gives listeners power to choose anytime/anywhere learning

Skype has been one of the most important tools in my toolbelt in the last six months. Audio has been a new discovery - it can be incredibly powerful.

Examples of how audio has been used in the last few months:

  • dramatic readings - later loaded online to be appreciated at another time (i.e. Beowulf)
  • fictionalized interviews (Glass Castle Audio Interview)
  • interviews between students
  • interviews of students and experts
  • messages to students
  • single person airing their thoughts


What are these things? And how can I use them in my classroom teaching?

Podcast -

I SAY it is any audio file that is available on the Internet; others are adamant that it is for audio that is subscribable only. Persons download the file and listen to the audio file whenever they wish - on a computer or on an mp3 player.

Some examples -

Virtual Staffroom - Flat Classrooms - Chris Betcher
My blog - A Real Student Talks about Using Myspace and Online Social Spaces
Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Wes Fryer blog - Be (Constructively) Digitally Disruptive in 2007 podcast

Webcast -

A Live Interactive Webcast is basically like a global radio show that is produced and accessed via the internet. A discussion between two or more more parties using a telephony program is streamed live so that many listeners can tune in and, when desired, call in to the show host and participate in the discussion.
These shows usually include the use of a text chat room so that listeners and discussion pariticapants can communicate with each other during the show. Telephony + Two-way audio capturing + live streaming = Live Interactive Webcasting.

(From the Book of Webcasting)

Screencast -

A movie or flash program that has captured the screen and all the movements of the author. The author then creates an audio file to accompany the movie so that the movie can become an online tutorial.

Example: -tutorial.htm

Skypecast -

A conference using skype so that many participants may interact at once. One moderator controls who is muted and permitted to speak. These casts are often recorded and later edited and put online as podcasts.

Podcasting for Teachers

"i-Pod -iSpeak -iSing -iListen -iLearn" - K12 Online Conference - Silvia Tolisano

UK site for podcasting in education

Podcasting in Bangladesh - NECC 2006 presentation by Julie Lindsay, teacher at Dhaka International School, Bangladesh

Podcasting in the Classroom

Podcast Central - Mabry Middle School in Marietta GA

Where in the World - Geography Quiz Show Podcast


headset and/or computer microphone OR digital audio recorder
Audacity (free opensource software) cross-platform audio editor and recorder - highly recommended!
iTunes (if desired)
mp3 player (if desired)
computer with audio capabilities
Podomatic - for uploading,storing and sharing with tags
Odeo - for uploading, storing and sharing with tags
Pod Producer (Open Source for PC) - tool for production of podcast
Podcast Maker (Mac) - tool for production of podcast

Music Intros and Extros

Garageband (Mac)
Acid Express - free download from Sony for loop-based music software


http://audacity.sourceforge .net/help/tutorials

Joe Evans Podcasting Wiki -tutorial.htm /audacity

Special thanks to Joe Evans, Paul Harrington, Darren Kuropatwa, Jen Wagner, and Graham Wegner for sharing these resources