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Podcasting and Videocasting

PowerPoint presentation about podcasting

Audio recordings, called podcasts, are a new teaching/learning strategy that provide audio files to students that can be automatically downloaded to an iPod or other mp3 player.

Pod/Vodcasting Process

1. Create content - audio/video file. Save file as mp3 or mp4 files.

2. Publish content to website or blog.

3. Make the content available for subsciption (create a feed). Put the feed in an RSS or enclosure by hand coding them or using software like "Feedburner".

4. Get subscribers. Others can subscribe to the content by using an RSS News Reader. Examples are: iPodder, NetNewsWire, Bloglines, etc.

5. Download content.

6. Play content on computers or portable media players.


•  Coursecasting – recording of lectures

•  Review – student can access content that they may have missed or not understood during the class.

•  Preview – students can listen to main lecture points before class.

•  Allows class time to be used for discussion-style seminar.

•  Class time can be used to delve more deeply into a subject area or address problem areas.

•  Ubiquitous technology

•  Portability – podcasts are an anytime, anywhere technology that take advantage of popular, cheap hardware (iPods, mp3 players) that many students already own and use consistently.

•  Simplicity – anyone with a microphone and an Internet connection can create a podcast and anyone with Internet access can listen to them either online or as a download to their mp3 player.

•  Integration podcasts can take advantage of commercial services, such as iTunes, allowing students to download the latest lecture at the same time they're updating their music files.

•  Creative Teaching

•  Accessibility – audio broadcasts address different learning style needs of students.

•  Engaging Presentation Podcasts can mimic radio talk shows, interspersing music, audio content and text. They can be segmented into chapters, allowing students to search and listen only to areas of interest.

•  Student Contributions – students can create podcasts as class projects.

Early Adopters:

•  Purdue University – project BoilerCast – Web site stores recordings made in ~ 70 different courses.

•  Duke University – last year handed out iPods to every incoming freshman.

•  Drexel University – distributed iPods to students in the School of Education

•  American University 's Washington College of Law – podcasts guest speakers and interviews conducted by professors with legal luminaries.

•  University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 's School of Dentistry – podcasts most lectures.

•  Stanford University – Stanford on iTunes gives alumni and general public free access to wide variety of digital audio content including faculty lectures, interviews, music and sports.


Audio Editing Tools:





Powerpoint about videocasting

Example - Videocasting website: www.leadingwedge.com

Making these Vodcasts

1. Joined up with a bunch of goofy people and shot some video.

2. Edited the video using Adobe Premier Pro

3. Saved the video file as an .avi (raw file) and also in compressed forms of wmv (windows media) and mov (quicktime/MAC)

4. Opened the video file with Quick Time Pro v.7.0.3.

5. Exported the file, choosing the "Movie to iPod" option.

6. Created a website, added movies and RSS feeds, submitted videos to iTune's vodcasts, Google video, etc.