Part 2 of 2
Audio and video podcasts are revolutionary tools for educators. If you missed the who, what, and why of podcasting in education check out Part 1 of Podcasts in Education Made Easy. As discussed in part 1, many educators are intimidated by the daunting task of creating and broadcasting their own podcast because on the surface it seems to require a fair amount of ITC knowledge. Fortunately many companies offer tools for educators to use to make this process simple on no to a low budget.
Select Your Equipment
Most of you already have the equipment necessary to create audio or video podcasts. If you have ever watched Youtube you can see that most everyday technology can be used to record audio and video files and the quality isn’t too bad.
Most phones have some sort of audio or video recording device. If you have an iPhone, download iPadio for free to record and share high quality audio up to 60 minutes in length. Other iDevices also enable you to record audio and video. Special iDevices such as the iPod Nano even allow you to record video.
Digital cameras usually contain some way to record video, even if it is for only ten minutes at a time. Almost every laptop or computer now has audio and video recording capabilities. You can use free software on your computer to record, such as garage band. If you don’t have any software, simply download Audacity for free to get started.
To shoot eLearning Today TV, we did a lot of research on the best type of HD camera for recording video podcasts. Even Steve Garfield, Author of Get Seen: Online Video Secrets came to the same conclusion as us. The best, most affordable camera out there right now is the Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera which sells new for about $160. It has an external mic input, which allows us to hook up our lapel mics. We chose the Audio-technica Lavalier Microphones for about $30 each.
Once you have your equipment, it is time to record. Using one of the tools in your pocket listed above and free recording software, don’t be afraid to get started. If possible keep the camera about 5 – 6 feet away. Make sure your room is well lit, with no windows in view, and always test your sound before you begin. Don’t worry about reshooting – just be yourself and remember, if you make a mistake on air, it’s ok. You are only human. Even Ryan Seacrest makes mistakes!
If you are using an idevice to create an audio podcast and want to upgrade your sound quality consider purchasing the Belkin Tunetalk Stereo for $70. It allows you to record in full stereo with two high-quality omnidirectional microphones. If you are making a video podcast, you can purchase a tripod to steady your camera for recording for under $20.
Upload and Edit
To upload, simply plug in your recording device to your computer and import your files.
You don’t have to edit, but if you choose to do so, your computer should have free sound and video editing software. For sound, use Garage band or download Audacity as described above. When editing video podcasts, use Windows Movie Maker if you are a PC or iMovie if you are a Mac. Save a copy of your files and play around to get familiar with some of the basic editing features of your program.
If you are looking for something to use on your iDevice for recording and editing sound, check out Poddio, an app that allows you to do both which sells for about $10.
For editing eLearning Today TV, we use Camtasia which costs about $300. This program also allows us to record the computer screen and insert it into our video podcasts.
Broadcast and Share
This seems to be the most overwhelming road block for educators getting started with podcasting, especially those interested in getting their podcast in iTunes. The simple tools listed below will do the work for you, however some of them will not post to iTunes.
If you are hosting your wordpress blog on your own domain, you can use a plugin called Podpress which allows you to do submit your podcasts to your blog while generating the code necessary for iTunes. If you are looking for a free blog site for your students, try kidblog.org.
There are a number of educational podcasting sites and video directories to broadcast and share the podcasts you or your students create. Consider TeacherTube, SchoolTube, Podomatic, or Meet Me At the Corner. YouTube is another easy way to broadcast your video podcasts. Just make sure they are under ten minutes before you attempt to upload your files.
If you want to broadcast your podcast on multiple platforms, Blip.TV will broadcast your uploaded files on the world’s top video sites such as iTunes, YouTube, Yahoo Video, AOL Video, Blip.TV and more. Unfortunately, the free version requires you to convert your file into a m4v file manually if you want to push it to iTunes for use on iPods. The service also includes statistics to see how many people are viewing and subscribing to your podcasts.
Blip.TV Pro, the service we use for eLearning Today TV, allows you to use the amazing features of Blip.TV with no size limitations or manual conversions for only $8 per month.
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