I would like to know if there are any Iowans out there who are currently podcasting with their students or for their students. It seems to be that putting audio or video out on the internet with easy access and viewing has created an easy way for students to get excited but at the same time it seems like many teachers hit a lot of dead ends with technology available or just their own lack of knowledge.
The biggest problems I have heard are converting video files to the iPod format, putting the files out on the web, and allowing people to subscribe to a podcast.
I found a piece of software that converts any video type to the iPod format by a quick drag and drop. It is called iSquint and it works like a charm. It is only available for the Mac but there are a couple other pieces of software that will do the trick.
Creating audio is as simple as recording content as an .mp3. However getting it onto the web is harder than it may seem. If you are a STAR Educator you are fully aware of the free blog you receive but if your not then let me be the first to say, “You get a free blog site by becoming a STAR Educator.” With this blog you can attach pictures, audio, and video files and not only that you can submit it to the iTunes store.
This is a huge resource for STAR Educators because it’s free and easy to use!
Send me your thoughts on how you are or would like to use podcasting or blogs in your educational endeavors.