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Podcasts and Vodcasts and YouTube, oh my!


									                    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
      Podcasting can be listened to with any computer connected to the Internet and
       able to play standard MP3 audio files. (Educational Podcasting Network,, 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

   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

   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
      Flash Kit - Sound FX
      Podsafe Audio
      ACIDplanet
      CC Mixter

   7. Publish – an easy place to “publish” your podcast is Power Media Plus Click on the Podcast tab and follow directions 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
and, of course, iTunes!
Audacity Tutorials

Step by step podcasting
1. Download Audacity at
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

   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
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.
(, January 2008)
Step by Step Vodcasting
This is very similar to the directions for Podcasting.

           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 (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) used to convert word docs and publisher newsletter to a pdf that can
be linked to. Basic servic is free 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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