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Plank Jr. High – DIWD Class Audacity/Podcasting Warm-up Assignment (Total Possible Points – 50) Teacher’s Name: Mr. Brown Student Name: _____________________________ Period # _____ The purpose of this assignment is to give the student an opportunity to get oriented on how to use the sound editing program Audacity to create Podcasts. You will watch several video tutorials on this program found under Mr. Brown’s Helpful Web Sites and you will create a simple mp3 Podcast episode that mixes music and your recorded voice. DIRECTIONS: PART 1 – WHAT IS A Podcast? (Worth 5 pts.) Go to the web site www.wikipedia.org and search for “Podcast” (Note: You don’t have to include the quotes). In the space below, write down how the term “Podcasting” originated: PART 2 – PODCASTING VS. RADIO BROADCASTING COMPARE AND CONTRAST? Podcasting vs Radio Broadcasting – How do they compare (worth 5 pts.) We’ve all listened to a radio broadcast in our parent’s car, in the space provide below, type between 5 and 10 complete sentences describing in your own words how Podcasting and Radio Broadcasting are similar: Podcasting vs Radio Broadcasting – How do they contrast (worth 5 pts.) In the space provide below, type between 5 and 10 complete sentences describing in your own words how the Podcasting and Radio Broadcasting are different: Turn over to the other side for Part 3 = PART 3 – CREATE SIMPLE PODCAST EPISODE (Worth 15 points) Before starting part 3, go to Mr. Brown’s Helpful Web Sites and watch the training videos found in the link titled “Audacity Tutorial for Podcasters”. Watch the following videos on this link: Recording Setup The Editing Tools Basic Editing and Trimming Your Adjusting Levels Importing Audio and Adding Audio Music to Your Podcast Saving Your Project and Exporting the MP3 Directions - Complete the following steps: 1. Start Audacity => . 2. Make a new folder on your Student ID called => Podcasting – Your Name 3. Copy either one or both of the Ludacris or Eric Clapton mp3 songs from your class period folder on Student Files to this new Podcasting folder. 4. Save a New Project by selecting the File => Save Project As menu option. Make the name Audacity Warmup – Your Name. 5. Now create a simple Podcast episode with the following 5 segments: Intro Theme Song - You will need to import either the Ludacris or Eric Clapton song and must trim it down to 10 or 15 seconds in length. You should fade it out as your Welcome Message segment begins. Welcome Message - For example, “Hi this is ….. from Plank Jr. High with my podcasting warmup episode. I hope you enjoy it.” This will have to be your voice recorded using a microphone. Closing Theme Song – You can either import another song and trim it or copy your Intro Theme Song segment to the end. You should fade it in after your Welcome Message. 6. Now, save your Audacity Warm-up project and Export it as an MP3 by selecting the File => Export As MP3 Important: Complete the ID3 Tags as follows: Make the Title => Audacity Warmup Episode – Today’s Date Make the Artist => Your Name – Plank Jr High Make the Album => Warmup PodCast Make the Track => W Make the Year => 2010 Make the Genre => Rap or Rock depending on which Theme Song you picked 7. Using your Home Folder, copy your finished mp3 file and to your class period folder on Student Files. Put this assignment sheet in my Inbox. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU JUST MADE YOUR 1ST PODCAST! Grading Scale: The project will be graded as follows: 45 – 50 A (Student met 90% or more of requirements) 40 - 44 B (Student met 80 to 89% of requirements) 35 - 39 C (Student met 70 to 79% of requirements) 30 - 34 D (Student met 60 to 69% of requirements) 29 or less F (Student met less than 60% of requirements) GOOD LUCK! Any questions, please come see me.
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