Expanding the Classroom: To Infinity and Beyond

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					“Integrating Podcasting into
the Classroom Experience“

         Rick Shelton M.Ed.
  Assistant Coordinator for Academic
   Center for Teaching and Learning
    Northeastern State University
      Top 5 Reasons to Podcast
5. Your Wollensak cassette recorder finally gave
4. Your pet has its own podcast and you don’t
3. You are not really sure why but ever since that
   nice neighbor left that pod in your laundry room
   you just feel the need to make one yourself
2. On vacation, you read a computer manual
   faster than those mortals who are reading John
   Grisham novels
1. You already bought a Captain Kirk chair with a
   built-in keyboard, microphone and mouse

•   How do we make sense of it all?
•   Netcasting in a nutshell
•   What’s good about it?
•   What’s the downside?
•   Three Methods
    – iPod
    – Digital recorder
    – Windows Movie Maker
• The Future
Netcasting in a Nutshell
           What is Netcasting?

• Netcasting, information is automatically
  delivered to users' desktops. 1
  – The more generic term for netcasting is
  – Podcasts fall into two categories
     • Podcasts
        – Audio based presentations
     • Vodcasts
        – Video based presentations
              Content Types

• Educators can use podcasting to provide
  students with course materials useable
  – Podcasts deliver course content in audio,
    video, or graphic formats
• Instructor created
• Student created
• Outside resource
      Instructor Created Podcasts

•   Lectures
•   Notices
•   Examples
•   Tutorials
•   Shows
    – Interviews
    – News
    – Etc.
      Student Created Podcasts

• Class projects
  – Philosophies
  – News shows
  – Capstone projects
  – Portfolios
  – Interviews
  – Reflections
  – Discussions/debates
            Outside Resources

•   Expert guest lecturers
•   Commercial broadcasts
•   Amateur broadcasts
•   News
•   Interviews
•   Shows
•   Etc.

• Focus on established websites
  – Beware of dubious websites
  – Try to use sites with
    • .edu
    • .gov
    • .org
  – .com sites are commercial
  – Others are personal in nature

• Education Podcast Network
  – http://epnweb.org/
• Podcasting news
  – http://www.podcastingnews.com/
• National Public Radio
  – www.npr.org
• iTunes U
  – http://www.apple.com/education/solutions/itun

• Podcast.net
  – http://www.podcast.net/
• PodcastAlly
  – http://www.podcastalley.com/
• iPodder.org
  – http://www.ipodder.org/
  – http://feeds.feedburner.com/brainbites/nasa
• Podcast 411
  – http://www.podcast411.com/
         Audio Book Podcasts

• LibriVox -- Volunteer Voices, Classic
• PodioBooks -- New, Original Science
  Fiction and Fantasy
• Urban Art Adventures -- Classic 'Erotic'
  Audio Books
• Maria Lectrix -- Public Domain Books with
  Catholic Themes
• Dead White Males -- Public
How do we make sense of it all?
  How do we make sense of it all?

• Technology today can quickly overtake a
  classroom with its complexity and the
  endless options available to the instructor
    How do we make sense of it all?

•   Develop a plan
•   Stick to your basic plan
•   Build in flexibility
•   Technology cannot instruct
•   Technology is a tool, not a solution
  How do we make sense of it all?

• Use reliable sites for video and audio
• Use content that fits the lesson
• Be sure you have the software and
  hardware you need
• Ask questions of your support staff
What’s Good About It?
        What’s Good About It?

• “Today’s digital kids think of information
  and communications technology (ICT) as
  something akin to oxygen: they expect it,
  it’s what they breathe, and it’s how they
  live.”1 John Seely Brown
        What’s Good About It?

• Emphasis is on content, not the instructor
• Increases instructor’s resources
• Students are familiar with medium
• Learning is expanded beyond the
  classroom in real time
• Most schools now have the needed
        What’s Good About It?

• Interactivity is increased
• Instruction on the Internet accentuates the
  "student as worker" and the "teacher as
  coach" paradigms2
• Cost-to-benefit ratio is excellent
           What’s Good About It?
• Basic equipment is all that is needed
  –   Computer
  –   Speakers
  –   Internet access
  –   Media players installed
       • Quicktime
       • Windows media player
       • Flash
  –   A projector depending on classroom or lab
  –   Digital recorders
  –   Digital camera
  –   Microphone
What’s the Downside?
        What’s the Downside?

• Many instructors fear technology
  – Feeling that students are more capable than
• You must be able to recognize good
• Some work is required to sort the good
  from the bad
• There are a lot of bad sites out there
       What’s the Downside?

• Some sites may be down
• Your network may be down
• Virus threats from files
• Tendency to treat technology as the
• Technology choices seem overwhelming
• Information could be dated
Create Your Content
            Create Your Content

• Content can be anything you like
  –   Audio books
  –   Music
  –   Radio/TV type shows
  –   Interviews
• There's no formula for creating the content
• The beauty of podcasting is that your shows can
  be anything that you want them to be
     Create Your Audio Content

• It doesn't matter what platform or
  application you use to record the audio
  – Audacity - open source, cross-platform, free
    and let's you mix together multiple files
  – Windows Movie Maker – installed on XP
    operating systems with SP2 or greater
  – GarageBand - popular choice for Macintosh
    based computers
     Create Your Audio Content

• Save the finished audio show at maximum
  quality in the native format
• Convert the file to MP3 format
  – Increases portability
• Save your MP3 files to your web server
• Test them with any MP3 player
  – Files can go anywhere on your site
  – However you may want to put all of them into
    one directory
     Create Your Video Content

• Tools needed
  – Digital video camera
  – Webcam
  – Computer
  – Editing software
  – Speakers
  – Microphone
      Create Your Video Content

• Plan it out
  – Use a storyboard
  – Generalized script
  – Develop a theme or focus
• Record your video
• Edit the video
  – Produce and compress
Three Methods
           Three Methods

• iPod
• Digital Recorder
• Windows Movie Maker
         Audio Podcasts: iPod

• With adapters you can record directly on
  your iPod
• Stereo and mono
• Variable quality
                Digital Recorder

• Records anywhere
• Uses software to transfer to computer
• iTunes used for compression
  – Note: WMA files not recognized by iTunes currently
          Windows Movie Maker

•   Audio and video are imported
•   Placed into storyboard
•   Transitions and effects added
•   Additional Audio added
•   Produce the movie in desired format
Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker
         Lets Make a Podcast

• Break up into groups of 4-5
• Discuss how an audio podcast can help
  inform your fellow faculty about this
• As a group come up with a quick
  discussion to record what you would want
  to tell them
• Record the audio
                 The Future

• Interactive podcasts
  – Vaestro
  – CrowdAbout
  – Waxxi
           Other Resources

• Podcasting@the University of Wisconsin –
  Madison Retrieved May 20, 2006 from
• Make Your First Podcast. Podcasting News.
  Retrieved April 16, 2006 from
                   Reference Sources

1.   Tom Sheldons Linktionary http://www.linktionary.com/n/netcasting.html
2.   Growing Up Digital: How the Web Changes Work, Education, and the Ways
     People Learn, by John Seely Brown
3.   “The Effects of Internet-based Instruction on Student Learning” - Dr. Scott B.
     Wegner, Associate Professor
4.   Impact of the Internet on Learning and Teaching - Hossein Arsham
Integrating Netcasting into the
   Classroom Experience
   Track: Track 1 – Authoring
   Learning Objects
   Presenters: Richard Shelton

This workshop will address key issues relevant to using technology intelligently
   in the classroom. We’ll take a brief look at the popular media of netcasting,
   podcasts, and vodcasts then explore their use as instructional tools and
   discuss ways to integrate them into the classroom to avoid problems and
   enhance the curriculum. The workshop concludes by creating a short group-
   produced podcast.

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