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					Podcasting Basics
             Mike Ho
  Program Advisor, Student Life
Paradise Valley Community College
         February 3, 2006
       Student Life At PVCC
 Student Life is the “hub” of campus
  involvement.
 Students actively “dis-engage”.

 The Challenge: How to reach out to
  students so they can participate in all
  aspects of campus life, including activities,
  clubs, and support services.
           What is Podcasting?
A method of publishing
  audio broadcasts via the
  Internet, allowing users
  to subscribe to a feed of
  new files (usually MP3s).
  It became popular in late
  2004, largely due to
  automatic downloading
  of audio onto portable
  players or personal
  computers.
             What is Podcasting?
   Podcasting enables independent producers to create
    self-published, syndicated "radio shows.“

   Listeners may subscribe to feeds using "podcatching"
    software, which periodically checks for and downloads
    new content automatically. Some podcatching software
    is also able to synchronize (copy) podcasts to portable
    music players.

   Any digital audio player or computer with audio-playing
    software can play podcasts.
     College Radio Vs. Podcasting
           Radio                     Podcasting
   Mostly Music                Mostly Talk
   Requires studio from        Requires webserver to
    which to broadcast           store audio files
   Live Broadcast              Pre-recorded Content
   Accessible by radio or      Accessible by computer
    desktop computer             but usable by PC, MAC,
                                 iPod, Mp3 Players, or
                                 PDA
5 Things Every Podcaster Needs to
           Get Started
     5 Things Every Podcaster Needs to
                Get Started
1.    A Concept
2.    Desktop Microphones
3.    Recording and Editing Software
4.    Content
5.    Hosting Space
            Item #1: A Concept
   Who is the target audience? Students? Faculty?
    Staff? The Community?
   What is the purpose?
   Who will be involved?
   How often will these be produced?
   What types of items will be featured?
Item #2: Desktop Microphone


                 Plugs directly into the
                  microphone port.

                 Surprisingly Effective

                 $10.00 at Office Max
Item #2: Desktop Microphone

                 Consider a Y Audio
                  Splitter

                 Connect two
                  microphones to the
                  same port

                 $3.00 at Radio Shack
                Item #3:
     Recording and Editing Software
   Freeware: Audacity
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/


   “How-To” Guide in mcli Forum
    Newsletter Volume 9, Spring 2005
    http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/forum/
           Item #3:
Recording and Editing Software
Creating   an Mp3 file
 Keep  bit rate small for faster
  downloads
 Typical Mp3 is 128kb/second

 Reduce to 80kb/s or less for voice
  recordings
          Item #4: Content
 Interviews with faculty, staff,
  student leaders
 Public service announcements

 Upcoming campus events

 Sound clips from visiting
  performers
            Item #4: Content Tips
   Interviews: Provide questions to interviewees in
    advance ESPECIALLY STUDENTS.

   Music: Use Royalty Free Music
       Royalty Free Music.com
        http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/free-music-loops.html


       Opuzz
        http://www.opuzz.com
 Item #5: Hosting Space




At PVCC, our podcasts can be found on our
          Student Life Weblog.
 Item #5: Hosting Space




Skagit Valley College posts to Blogger.com
    http://svcpodcasts.blogspot.com/
          Item #5: Hosting Space




   iTunes University:
    http://www.apple.com/education/solutions/itunes_u/
   FREE Hosting Service
        You’ve Created a Podcast.
               Now What?
   How will your audience know your podcast
    exists?
     Advertisingon the college website
     Welcome Week Information Cards

     Word of Mouth

     Thomson-Peterson’s College and University
      Feed Directory
      http://directory.edufeeds.com/
                            RSS
   Really Simple Syndication
       The technology of RSS allows Internet users to
        subscribe to websites that have provided RSS feeds;
        these are typically sites that change or add content
        regularly.
   Podcatchers: Programs to download RSS Feeds
     iTunes
     iPodder

     Mozilla or Netscape 8.0 Browsers
Opportunities: Student Recruitment
   Target Populations
     Online Students
     English Language Learners

     Athletes

     Performing Arts Students

   Orientation Sessions
     For Students Unable to Attend Traditional
      Orientation
     Senior Night
Opportunities: Student Engagement

 Inform   Students About Campus
  Events
 Help Students “Meet” Faculty and
  Staff Members as well as other
  students
 Supplemental Education for
  Classrooms
           Why Podcast?

 Easy and Fun
 Cost Effective

 Excitement of Experimentation
  Video Podcasting
  i Tunes University
For A Copy of This
   Presentation
 http://eport.maricopa.edu/

				
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