Podcasts


Your students are now dazzeling the world with Wiki pages and blogs. They actually find out they have something to say to the world. So now, they can create a podcast. What's a podcast your say?

Our friends at Wikipedia (oh! a Wiki page anyone can edit!) say:

"Podcasting"Podcasting is the method of distributing multimediamultimediamultimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the InternetInternetInternet using either the RSSRSSRSS or AtomAtomAtom syndicationsyndicationsyndication formats, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The term podcastpodcast, like 'radioradioradio', can mean both the content and the method of delivery. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcasterpodcaster. Though podcasters' web sites may also offer direct downloaddownloaddownload or streamingstreamingstreaming of their files; a podcast however is distinguished by its ability to be downloaded automatically using software capable of reading RSS or Atom feeds.

Usually a podcast features one type of 'show', with new episodes released either sporadically or at planned intervals such as daily or weekly. In addition, there are podcast networks that feature multiple shows on the same feed."

Want to see a sample podcast? Here is a rudimentary one. Here are some good ones and kids made them all.

Boy, that sounds complicated, doesn't it? In plain English, the kid records his/her voice, saves it as an MP3 file, and puts it on a web page. Could they put it on a Wiki page? You bet they could. So, instead of haveing to READ a long article, your could listen to an exciting rendition of the same thing, orally. Cool, eh?

You might thing that sounds very complicated. Heck anyone can do it. Even me. Go the Internet and download AudacityAudacityAudacity. Read the directions carefully. O.K., that part is tough. Record your voice. Add some cool music. Save it. Then export it as a MP3 to your desktop. Then go to your very own homepage and upload the audio file. Eureka! We can hear you say "I'm the world's greatest teacher . . ." . Sound to tough for you? Get a kid to figure it out for you.

How could you use a podcast? Put your ideas on this very page! Use the Edit button on the top right hand side of this page. Don't forget to save it!


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