podcast_logo.jpgWhat's a podcast?

A podcast is audio or video on the web that can be cataloged and automatically downloaded.
-Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand

Podcasting is delivering audio content to iPods and other portable media players on demand, so that it can be listened to at the user's convenience. The main benefit of podcasting is that listeners can sync content to their media player and take it with them to listen whenever they want to. Because podcasts are typically saved in MP3 format, they can also be listened to on nearly any computer.
~From Podcasting News

A descendant of web logs, or blogs, podcasts are pre-recorded audio files that can be posted to text-based blogs in the form of MP3 music files. The recordings, similar to amateur radio broadcasts--except not live--can be accessed from a traditional desktop or laptop computer or downloaded to a handheld device, such as Apple's popular iPod, for busy users who prefer to listen on the go. -from Murray, Corey. "'Podcasting' set to take off." eschoolnews 10/2/06


Podcast Examples

Task 1

Listen to 1 - 2 episodes of podcasts from the model pages. on the notesheet below, list some of the things you notice about the style? How do the podcasts meet the instructional goals of the classes? How is it different from a traditional assignment?



Radio Willow Web: http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio/listen.html
Bob Sprankle's Bit by Bit: http://bobsprankle.com/bobsprankle/page8/page8.html

Middle School

French grammar: http://nodehillfrench.podomatic.com/
Coulee Kids: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=79169064&s=143441
*note: the coulee kids will open in iTunes application

High School

French fluency: http://lecanards.podomatic.com/
9th Grade Social Studies: http://www.gcast.com/u/Dorman/main (note...stop the player it is currently playing an interview, vs an actual student created podcast- listen to some of the podcasts below)

PART 2: Creating Podcasts

4 Steps to Create a Podcast

  1. Plan: Storyboard and write a script
  2. Produce: Record the pieces of your podcast
  3. Edit: Put the pieces together, add music
  4. Publish: Share your creation

Plan: Storyboard and Write

You can storyboard and write your podcast out. Some suggestions:


Segment Planning Booklet! Download the planning sheets used for Radio WillowWeb.
SAISD Audiocaster’s Workshop Materials

Time for YOU to Get Started

Audacity Tutorial

Save your Audacity file as a wav file.
Audacity Lame dll file (needed to create the mp3 file)
To use it with Audacity, you can put the LAME file anywhere you want, but the first time you want to export an MP3 file, Audacity will ask you for the location of this file, so you'll want to remember where you put it. Download the file to your computer here :

Task 2 - Create your own podcast

Get some practice with the tool...
Find a friend and create a 1 - 2 minute introduction. Who are they? What do they teach? How are they currently using technology in their class? What to they plan to change in the future? Why do they think that technology is important for student learning?

Follow These Steps to Creating Your First Podcast:

  1. Write your script

  2. Rehearse

  3. Record your audio with Audacity

  4. Normalize your audio (Effect > Normalize)

  5. Save - File > Save Project

  6. Export as a Wav File > Export as Wav

  7. Save on the Shares on the Studentcluster> Elementary> 2008Podcasts

PART 3: Ideas for Using Podcasting in Your Classroom

Sample ideas and uses for a podcast:
  • Weekly classroom news broadcast
  • Document a field trip
  • Record a class discussion
  • Share book reviews
  • Conduct interviews
  • Review curricular content

Task 3 - How could you use Podcasting?

Visit a few of these sites to gain some ideas about using podcasting with your students. How can podcasts meet the instructional goals of your class? How you use podcasts to extend your classroom beyond the walls of the school and the school day? Make a list with at least 10 ideas.

PART 4: Adding Multiple Tracks and Music

Produce: Record the Pieces

Once you have written—or sketched/outlined what you will be speaking to—go ahead and record the segments.
Realize that you can record each segment separately then stich them together using your audio editing tool. Some tutorials for Audacity are shown below:

Add Audio

  • Soundsnap is the best platform to find and share free sound effects and loops- legally. It is a collection of original sounds made or recorded by its users, and not songs or sound FX found on commercial libraries or sample CD's.
  • PodSafe Audio promotes music that is licensed under Creative Commons. Musicians can upload their music to the Podsafe Audio website. Podcasters can use the music files in their podcasts, they just need to credit the musician in the podcast, for the musical clip.
  • Flash Kit Loop is a huge archive of royalty free music loops for you to download and use in your projects!
  • Jamendo, artists allow everyone to legally download and share their music for free. If you like some artists you can freely decide to pay them directly or just spread the word about them. Users can choose among different categories and genres and there’s no limit to the number of songs they can download.
  • Opsound is a community of musicians who decided to make their music available for free. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and redistribute it.
  • ccMixter, launched by Creative Commons, is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons, where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want. If you're into music, browse this site to hear some of the remixes people have built from sampling music..
  • DigiTales Music and Sound Resources
  • JamStudio (create your own music tracks - like a free version of Garage Band)
  • FreePlay Music (NOTE: Read their terms of service!)
  • Free Music Project
  • Podsafe Music Network
  • Bravenet
  • AKA Riptide Furse posts audio files on his blog - free for you to use
  • Soundzit Access to over 300 millions songs. Listen instantly to music. Embed the customizable player on your site/blog

Chop: Edit the Pieces

If using Audacity, you can start with the music track, importing recordings. Audacity allows you to have several tracks where you can place your music. For example…notice how you can have music serving as “bookends” to spoken audio in a recording.
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Task 4

Put it all together
Create an enhanced podcast that puts together everything you learned today. This podcast can be about your plans for next year, what you learned, what you still question or it can add on to something you did today.

PART 5: Publish Your Podcast

To publish your podcast, you have several options. If you were publishing your podcast on your own—


Post your Podcast

  • On the Student Shares for students to access

  • On your Moodle - As a File or in a Forum you create

Independent of the school district—you could take advantage of several free tools. Those are listed below; none is perfect. My favorite is Podomatic.com.

  • Gcast - Allows you to record audio over the phone. You can also upload MP3 files, then add “podsafe” songs to enhance the quality.
  • Odeo Studio - Allows you to create MP3 audio via a Web interface. You can also upload sound files, as well as record via phone. Includes syndication, etc.
  • OurMedia - If you insist on using Audacity and/or other tools, then you should consider OurMedia and Internet Archive. I use both for publishing my audio.
  • PodChains - Podchains makes it easy to store and organise online media such as podcasts and video. Simply sign up for your account and enjoy using Podchains to manage your own Podcast. By adding details about specific files, or using our own “Bookmarklet”, you can quickly save as many files as you like from around the web to your Podchain which you and your friends can then download through iTunes or any other Podcatcher.

PART 6: Evaluating Podcasts

So where will you go from here?

How will YOU use podcasts this year...?

There is always more to learn...
Explore this Watch this short VIDEO from PodGrunt that explains podcasts in simple terms