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Podcasting Made Easy

It's rare to go anywhere these days without seeing at least one person connected at the ear or eye to a mobile device. At the same time, people have pockets of time they don't use productively...waiting in line, waiting for the bus, breaks between tasks. So why not combine these common occurrences with podcasts. The Learning in Hand site has all kinds of useful information about podcasting and other kinds of mobile learning. Here's an audio podcast from the 3rd graders at St. Andrew's Priory.

Creating a podcast is relatively easy, distribution is free, and its compact, mobile format fits into the lifestyles of youth and modern educators alike. Several earlier blog articles focused on the interplay of graphics and words in learning and memory. Here's an opportunity to be creative with that!

Students can download podcasts as they're doing in our courses already, and take them with them. They can also CREATE podcasts, including photos, screen shots, video clips and web links to present what they have learned. Submission then becomes a link to their podcast or an attached podcast file.

Garageband, free on a Mac computer, does it easily. Basically you create a recording, drag and drop pictures and video clips, and type in links and simultaneously create chapter markers. The podcast is then distributed it as an email attachment, an iTunes podcast or an embedded web page.

But there are issues that need to be dealt with. Garageband creates AAC . m4a files which are smaller than mp4 files but aren't read by all devices. You can convert it to an MP3 format which is fairly universally read, but you will lose the chapters and the images. Podcasts can be uploaded to the iTunes store, but you need to acquire an RSS-Feed for it first. None of it's hard, it just has to be done.

Here's a short sample uploaded to an iWeb page with a click of a button if you have a MobileMe account. But you don't have to, you can also save it to your Desktop and upload it to your website via FTP. As you will see, it should have taken me no more than 10 minutes to create it. Next time it will (^.^). Login: ksdl2011 Password: ksdl2011

Check out these YouTube videos to see how a Garageband podcast is created.
Begin here for an overview:
Watch this one for more detail:
Here's a good article
Tip: to preview the podcast and images click the image icon in the Podcast track at the top of the window.

If you're on a PC go to the Learning In Hand site for some tips and links! Everyone can do it!


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