Podcasting… Again???

    Unless you’ve been hiding under an unabridged dictionary,
you’ve no doubt heard about the podcasting revolution of the last few
years. Podcasting has been making its
way into education more and more every day. As with all new technology, people are often reserved and unsure about its
usage, capabilities and most of all, creation process.

Simply put, a
podcast is a method of publishing files, usually audio, to the Internet,
allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new files automatically by
subscription, usually at no cost, (Wikipedia). Rather than show you how to create a podcast or discuss educational applications of podcasts
(just Google it), I’m going to show you a neat new way to create podcasts
without even the use of a microphone or a computer!

First, sign up
for a Gabcast or Gcast account. These two sites not only allow you to host your podcasts, as tons of
sites out there can, but they will allow you to create your podcast using only
a telephone! I often use my cell phone
and have my students sit outside my door and record where it’s always
quiet. This method requires no
additional hardware and the podcast is automatically saved and published by the
time you hang up! Of course, the
drawback with this method is that you cannot edit it or add music, although you
can delete and rerecord easily. The
tradeoff is unbelievable simplicity.

The website
will then create a podcast “channel” for you, where all of your episodes will
be hosted. You can then link to that
page from your classroom website. Now
here’s where it gets really cool.
Go to Blogger/Blogspot and create a classroom blog
if you don’t already have one. Using
Gabcast, you can set it up to automatically post to your blog using the “edit
channel” page. Once you have confirmed
this, you can then record a podcast and have it integrated smoothly into your
personal/class blog! It appears as a
regular post with a small flash player in less than a minute!

With the
integrated podcast option, you can use a traditional blog for all of its
features (text/image posts, customization, comments, templates…) and add audio
when you want! Just remember that all
educational podcasts should begin on paper with the “precasting”/ “prewriting” phase.Blogger_4
Post some links to your own
creations in the comments section of this blog.

Dave Kootman


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One Comment;

  1. Howard said:

    Dave, thanks for this information. I forgot all about Gcast. We are using podomatic.com for most of our hosting and have been pretty successful. Drawbacks include the usual social networking negatives such as strangers linking to your page. But they do accept many more formats. Here’s an example: http://mrmartinsclass.podomatic.com/


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