Podcasts and Vodcasts and YouTube, oh my! What is a podcast anyway???? Podcasting is essentially radio programming that can be produced with a standard computer, microphone, free software, and a web site for posting your programming. Podcasting can be listened to with any computer connected to the Internet and able to play standard MP3 audio files. (Educational Podcasting Network, www.epnweb.org, Jan. 2008) 1. Think of a topic – science, history, current events, school news???? Any subject can be made into a podcast. 2. Write a script (or have the kids write it!) There are some good templates at http://learninginhand.com/podcasting/RadioWillowWeb.pdf 3. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse 4. Record – You can either use an iPod and Belkin Tune Talk Stereo, record and then upload to Audacity, or a headset/microphone and record directly onto Audacity. 5. Edit – it will not be perfect. You need to edit, make sure there are no long silences, wrong words, giggling, etc. 6. Add music – make sure it is “pod safe” – not copywrite protected SoundSnap www.soundsnap.com Flash Kit - Sound FX www.flashkit.com Podsafe Audio www.podsafeaudio.com ACIDplanet www.acidplanet.com CC Mixter www.ccmixter.org 7. Publish – an easy place to “publish” your podcast is Power Media Plus http://www.powermediaplus.com Click on the Podcast tab and follow directions http://www.podbean.com/ Site where you can publish podcasts. Basic service is free. 8. Publicize – let everyone know about your wonderful podcast! Brag a bit! You deserve it! Places to find education podcasts http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio/ www.powermediaplus.com http://epnweb.org/index.php http://www.podcastalley.com/index.php and, of course, iTunes! Audacity Tutorials http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/17-audacity-tutorial.htm Step by step podcasting 1. Download Audacity at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Audacity is a recording and editing program. It’s lots of fun! (Because of patent considerations, Audacity cannot distribute a ready-compiled encoder for exporting audio files in the popular MP3 format. Therefore you need to download the LAME MP3 encoder specially and point Audacity to where it is.) 2. To Download LAME MP3 http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Lame_Installation#Windows_Instructions 1. Download an unzipped copy of the required lame_enc.dll here (you need to go to the URL above and right click on the word “here” in the directions and save the file in the manner listed in step 2) 2. Do not open this file, but save it to your computer. As you will be using this .dll file directly for encoding it is recommended to save it into your Audacity installation folder. This is normally at C:\Program Files\Audacity. Once lame_enc.dll is saved to your computer: 3. Launch Audacity, click Edit > Preferences and go to the File Formats tab. If you are using Audacity 1.2.x and this tab is not visible, click on the left-pointing arrow top right of the window. Note: in Audacity 1.3.4 this tab is called Audio Files. 4. In the bottom of the window there is a section called MP3 Export Setup. 5. Click on the "Find Library" button 6. In Audacity 1.2.6 this will ask you if you want to locate the LAME encoder. Click "Yes". In Audacity 1.3.3 or later, click the "Browse" button 7. In the dialogue box, go to the folder where you put lame_enc.dll earlier, and select it. 8. Click Open, then OK. In the same "MP3 Export Setup" section, you can then in Audacity 1.2.6 set the bit rate of the exported MP3 by clicking on the downward pointing arrow in the "Bit Rate" dropdown. In Audacity 1.3.3 or later (Beta), the MP3 bit rate is chosen when you click File > Export and choose MP3 Files" in the "'Save as type" dropdown; you can then click the "Options" button to choose the MP3 bit rate in the "Quality" dropdown. The default bit rate is 128 kbps in both versions of Audacity. A higher bit rate gives you higher quality at the expense of a larger file size, and vice-versa. A 128 kbps bit rate takes up about 1 MB of space per minute Vodcast What is a Vodcast????? A Vodcast is the delivery of on-demand video content. Vodcasting is similar to Podcasting except instead of audio on demand its video content on demand. Vodcasts can be viewed on your computer using standard software such as Windows MediaPlayer and Apple Quicktime. You can also save the video to your portable video player device such as the Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) or the Apple iPod. (vodcast.bmw.com, January 2008) Step by Step Vodcasting This is very similar to the directions for Podcasting. http://www.macworld.com/article/46066/2005/07/howtovodcast.html 1. Pick a topic 2. Write a script 3. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! 4. Record – either with a camcorder or Flip Video 5. Edit – iMovie for Macs, Quicktime Pro for PC’s. 6. Publish/Upload – Youtube, iTunes 7. Publicize! RSS RSS (formally "RDF Site Summary", known colloquially as "Really Simple Syndication") is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel", contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually. RSS content can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader" or an "aggregator". The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds. (Wikipedia, January 2008) http://www.pdfonline.com/ used to convert word docs and publisher newsletter to a pdf that can be linked to. Basic servic is free http://www.voicethread.com/ a voice blog holds pictures like a photo album or video that you can share. There is one special feature where you can use the pen to highlight what you are talking about. It can be used as a tutorial for students. Free.
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