Podcasting

This page provides many useful resources and ideas on how podcasts can be used in the classroom.

Podcasting is the ability to create or listen to audio or video content either live or downloaded for later use. A podcast is similar to a radio show in that each show consists of a series of individual episodes you can listen to on your computer or on a digital audio player like an iPod. What distinguishes a podcast from a traditional radio show is that you can listen to a podcast whenever and wherever you want to, and you can subscribe to a podcast series so when a new episode is available, it automatically downloads to your computer.




Ideas for Using Podcasting
· Publish student work
· Student project for assessment
· Distribute school assignments
· Peer teaching
· Language classes
· Create archive of class lectures
· Interview guest experts
· Create oral histories
· Communicate with parents
· Community outreach
· Audio tours
· Exam Revision
· School happenings/performances
· Professional development and personal learning



Listening to Podcasts
  • Online "jukeboxes"
  • Download to computer
  • Subscribe and download to aggregator or podcatcher
iTunes - Click here to download to your computer

Downloading and Installing iTunes
Locating and Listening to Podcasts Using iTunes


Creating Podcasts

Podcasting for Teachers and Students - This booklet explores the possibilities of podcasting with students -
Simple Steps to Podcasting - Nine basics steps to creating a podcast.
How to Podcast - "The definitive step-by-step guide on how to podcast without breaking the bank."
Podcasting in Community Colleges - great tutorial that explains podcasting, shows how to use Audacity to record and edit, and describes how to post your podcast using Edublogs or Blogger.
Podcasting: A Beginners Guide
PoducateMe - Practical Solutions for Podcasting in Education
- for a more in-depth look at podcast creation
Podcast RSS Feed Options - Tony Vincent blog post on options for hosting and setting up an RSS feed for your podcast
Creating an RSS Feed



Audio Software for Recording and Editing


Audacity - free software for Mac,

Audacity Tutorials/Instructions

Audacity Tutorial - Start with this tutorial from Audacity experts.
Audacity Tutorial - Audacity activity tutorial created by Patricia Janann Nicholson
Editing Audio with Audacity - from the University of Wisconsin
Audacity Tutorial - from GuidesandTutorials.com

Using Audacity - basic screencast tutorial by Tony Vincent - 16 min.
Podcasting with Audacity Video Tutorials
Audacity Tutorial for Podcasters


Garageband
- audio recording, editing, and podcast creation for Mac


Online Podcast Hosting

These sites take the hard part out of getting a podcast online. Both provide server space and establish an RSS feed.
Edublogs - This free blog site for educators allows you to post podcasts within your blog entries. Quick Guide - Podcasts on Edublogs.doc
Blogger
- free blog site
Podomatic

First, register for an account. You'll need to give a username, password and email address.
  • Next, check the confirmation email and click on the link. This will take you to your new podcasting homepage.
  • From here, you only need to click on one or two buttons to record straight from your browser or upload your previously created MP3 file.
  • Afterwards, your audio is automatically published as a podcast.
Podbean - Easy free podcast hosting.
Gcast - Record your podcast from any phone. Free podcast hosting.
Internet Archive - free podcast hosting.



Podcasting Websites

Audio Boo Easy free all in one podcasting (max of 5min recording)
Video - //http://learnitin5.com/Classroom-Podcasting//

Listen!


Voki – Very easy and fun all in one podcasting site
Video //http://learnitin5.com/How-to-Create-Classroom-Podcasts-with-Voki//

Get a Voki now!