podcasting.jpg Creating your Podcast

Depending upon the type of system you're using, you'll want to be sure to download the software you'll need to create your podcast. Here are just a few:

Free Software to Create Your Podcast


LAME MP3 Encoder


Websites and Tutorials about Podcasting

Podcasting in the Classroom

What is Podcasting?

Podcasting Bibliography

To learn more about podcasting in the library, here are some great print resources to read:

Podcasting at School by Kristin Fontichiaro. Libraries Unlimited: Westport, CT. 2008.

Listen Up! Podcasting for Schools and Libraries by Linda Braun, Information Today, 2007.

Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson, Corwin Press, 2006.

RSS for Educators by John G. Hendron, International Society for Technology in Education, 2008.

LibrarySparks Podcasts


Podcast sites for research assignments:

CNN News Updates http://www.cnn.com/services/podcasting
History According to Bob http://www.summahistorica.com/
The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/ref/multimedia/podcasts.html
National Public Radio http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php
PBS American Experience http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/podcasts.html
Presidential Radio Addresses http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/radio

Podcast Directories:

The Education Podcast Network: http://epnweb.org/index.php
iTunes: http://www.apple.com/itunes (these are free-- just go to Music Store and search for Podcasts.)
OurMedia.org: http://www.ourmedia.org/
Podcast Alley: http://www.podcastalley.com/
Podcast.net: http://www.podcast.net/
PodcastPickle: http://www.podcastpickle.com/
Podcasting News (Education): http://www.podcastingnews.com/forum/link_6.htm

Podcasting software for Recording:

CastBlaster: http://www.castblaster.com/ (offers free trial)
Apple's GarageBand: http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband
Audacity : http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Sony's Acid Music Studio: http://www.sonymediasoftware.com/
Podifier (free): http://www.podifier.com/
Podcast Factory: http://www.m-audio.com/

Grants for Podcasting:

Tool Factory / Olympus: http://www.toolfactory.com/olympus_contest/olympus_podcasting.htm

Podcasting Sites for Lessons

Princeton Review Vocabulary Minute www.princetonreview.com/vocabminute/default.asp
Options for both junior and senior levels are included at this site. Individual segments can be easily downloaded, and the page includes a list of options for subscribing to the Podcasts. Check out the "Take the T Away From Trains" song from the junior section. Here, upper elementary and middle school students learn about the prefix trans-. High school students should listen to the "I Agree" selection under the senior section. The vast number of words included in this short song will energize their vocabulary and writing. Consider using this Podcast as an engagement or bell-ringer activity to start class.

Storynory at http://storynory.com/. Here are high-quality audio stories that can be easily downloaded. This site is easy to navigate, and the archive includes quick access to over 180 Podcasts. The narrator has an excellent voice and diction, bringing the classics to life. Installments range from The Princess and the Pea to Helen of Troy to Cinderella to Alice in Wonderland. Youngsters will be delighted by the tales of the iPod-loving frog, Prince Bertie. This site is truly a treasure trove of storytelling options for teacher-librarians, after-school caregivers, and parents.

Geo Quiz Podcast, http://www.theworld.org/?q=taxonomy/term/24 a regular feature of the BBC World Service's "PRI's The World" newscasts, can easily spice up social studies classrooms or help to incorporate news and geography into a number of curriculum areas. The audio quizzes work well with high school students, in advance-placement classes as engagement activities, and in honors courses at the middle school level. Users will discover that much more than geography is learned during each broadcast.

National Geographic www.nationalgeographic.com/podcasts/. Here educators can find a weekly news broadcast, a 1-minute news report on science and nature, and a "Best of National Geographic Magazine" alternative--all updated every Friday. In addition, the site contains four video Podcast choices: "World Music Spotlight," "Wild Chronicles," "Atmosphere," and "Video Shorts." Users will want to start with the "Video Shorts," which are 5-minute clips on a range of topics useful for social studies, foreign languages, and science classes.

NASAcast Video www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/. This is the gateway to numerous high-standard audio and video Podcasts. Another useful educational feature of the NASA site is the availability of transcripts for many of the options. Access to the transcripts enables students to practice reading and listening skills while gaining content knowledge. Scroll down to the "NASAcast" links and check the "Preview Podcast" link on both the audio and the video option to get a sense of the materials available. This will also lead you to an archive link that allows exploration of the content riches.

NASA's Ask an Astronomer! [[http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic%5f |http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic%5f ]]
Here, educators will find answers to many questions about astronomy. The answers are designed to work well with upper-elementary, middle school, and basic high school science classes. In addition to being able to subscribe to the videos as Podcasts or simply download the movie files, you can access links to complete transcripts and an online glossary. These support materials make the information accessible for struggling learners and work well for assigning out-of-class work.

Williamsburg www.history.org/Media/Podcasts.cfm. The choices provide well-crafted interviews with people behind the scenes at this living history exhibition. Topics range from gardening, crafting cabinets, and cooking to the research necessary for the various actors. An "Independence Day" section includes four Podcasts on the Declaration of Independence from Thomas Jefferson's point of view, both Jefferson's and Patrick Henry's views on religion, and a debate between Jefferson and Henry on the role of religion and the government. Be sure to check out the archives for more information.

Monticello www.monticello.org/podcasts/index.html. As with the colonial Williamsburg options, students can learn about work behind the scenes, such as keeping a garden true to colonial times. In addition, information about Jefferson's eyeglasses, his work on helping shape the Declaration of Independence, and environmental issues in the 18th century are included. These Podcasts can be easily downloaded by individual title. A "Related Links" feature makes the materials useful as references for students.

History Podcast [[http://www.historyonair.com/,|www.historyonair.com/,]] is one example of Web 2.0, or the interactive web. Its history-lover author has developed a number of interesting Podcasts, and this site is a good tool for teaching students how to critically analyze a Podcast. The resources listed at the end of each episode provide the information that students need to verify the facts. The archives, which stretch back to June 2005, provide a wide-ranging look at historical events and people--from the famous to the infamous.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/evalpodcast.html, provides educators with critical evaluation tools for Podcasts, weblogs and blogs, virtual tours, and many other resources on the Web.

Possible ideas for integrating a podcast into lesson plans:

* Create an audio tour of the school.
* Create news, weather, and sports broadcasts for school.
* Create a Public Service Announcement.
* Record book reviews.
* Provide “on-demand” book talks.
* Discover which sounds are created by which animals.
* Teach letters and sounds.
* Introduce a new unit, lesson, or book through a “reader’s theater.”
* Create book trailers of new books.
* Create online directions for auditory learners.
* Practice a foreign language through reading and listening.
* Model various speech and debate techniques.
* Create a family history through interviewing family members.
* Create a “virtual field trip” by sharing an actual field trip experience.
* Provide “home-bound” students with information, directions and resources.
* Send “virtual greetings” to individuals, groups, or community members.
* Provide online story-time.
* Create an online library orientation for students and parents 24/7.
* Introduce school-wide reading program to parents and teachers.
* Provide listening practice for students.
* Create audio-versions of hand-outs and information found online in text format.
* Provide tutorials for students and teachers on the use of equipment or resources.
* Provide professional development.
* Teach broadcast journalism.
* Explain how to use the online databases.
* Promote new books and new resources.
* Record students reading for self-evaluation or for parents to listen.
* Provide audio resources for special needs students.
* Create a musical program, share instrumental or vocal exercises.
* To communicate with parents / administrators.
* Provide audio annual reports and statistics of yearly library activities.
* To showcase student work.
* Create “radio broadcasts” of sporting events, news events, activities.
* To teach interviewing skills with professionals, authors, visitors, etc.
* To teach organizational skills through storyboard development.