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Course "offspring" (the ones I know about, anyway):
Raptor Web 2.0
TCS at Play
23 Griffin Things
Course adapted with permission from
PLCMC Learning 2.0
as developed by Helene Blowers.
Thing 17 (Week 8): Explore Podcasting
For the sake of simplicity, this "Thing," will focus on
, but the concepts apply to
photo by thornj
is sort of like an
online radio show
, except the listeners get to decide
when and where
they want to listen.
The term "podcast"
stands for Portable On-Demand Broadcast.
DON'T NEED an iPod
to listen to or create a podcast! Having an iPod (or similar portable device) simply makes listening to podcasts (and other media, such as music, audiobooks and videos) really convenient. (Of course, there are tons of ways to use
iPods in education
An audio file published to the web does
qualify as a
A podcast consists of an audio file (typically MP3 format) published to the web
(XML file). The RSS feed
allows listeners to subscribe
to the podcast and to
new episodes in a special type of RSS reader called a
. In addition to managing your podcast subscriptions and playing the media files, podcatchers can also help you
transfer your podcasts
to your media player. The most popular podcatcher is
, a free program designed to work with iPods (and iPads and iPhones), but which also serves as a
general media player
, and a huge, searchable
Good to know:
You can subscribe to and play podcasts in your
, but Feedly can't help you transfer your media files onto your portable player. If you just want to
listen to podcasts on your computer
, Google Reader is actually a great option, because it just "points to" the podcast files so that you can play them in the reader, whereas a "true podcatcher" such as iTunes actually DOWNLOADS the media files to your hard drive (so that you can transfer them).
Here is an excellent video introduction to Podcasting, from PodGrunt (4:01 - you can stop watching at 3:32).
If you're feeling sad that you didn't get a "Podcasting in Plain English" video, here it is:
The best way to learn about podcasts is to listen to a few of them.
PART 1: Subscribe to the
Grammar Girl podcast
in your Feedly
(I just want you to experience how to do this.
You must first click an episode title to find the RSS feed for this particular podcast).
General instructions for adding a podcast feed to your Feedly
Locate the Podcast
icon (or link) and right-click it, then select
Copy Link (Address or Location)
(Log in with your Gmail account if you need to).
Paste the copied link into Feedly's
Enter or Return
on your keyboard to search for the site in Feedly.
Once Feedly has found the site, click the
to add it to your subscriptions. Create or select a category for the feed. Then click
Feedly will include a player with each episode, so you can listen from inside Feedly (this worked perfectly for me in Chrome and Safari, but Firefox only gave me a download link).
Grammar Girl Website:
(You must first click an episode title to find the RSS feed).
Find and preview several podcasts using
As you explore podcasts in iTunes, begin thinking about
ways you could
use existing podcasts
supplement your own learning (personal and professional) and classroom teaching/learning
. (~30-45 min)
Download and install iTunes
on your computer
iTunes Store in the upper right
. Within the store, click the
tab at the top.
Select a category and explore the available podcasts (right side). If you are not familiar with iTunes,
please review "
What is iTunes
" on the Apple site.
While you are exploring:
Try browsing different categories, such as
Kids & Family
. Each category also offers a list of "
New & Noteworthy
." Click "See All" to expand the selection.
Try searching for podcasts in the
iTunes Store Search bar
(type your search term(s) and press enter on your keyboard). On the results page, click
Filter by Media Type
! This amazing resource offers a collection of "more than 500,000 free lectures, videos, films, and other resources — from all over the world." (Way more than just podcasts, but you MUST check it out!)
Learn more about iTunes U
Preview several podcasts.
You can listen to any
by clicking the
arrow to the left of the episode title.
at least one podcast of personal interest
one podcast of professional interest
using iTunes. Listen to a bit of your subscription(s).
Access your subscriptions by clicking
on the upper right, then selecting
on the upper left (click where it says
‡ HELP Video
Find, preview and subscribe to a podcast in iTunes
Learning in Hand -
Podcasting in the classroom
(This is Tony Vincent's FANTASTIC site!)
Get started podcasting with
Audacity and other free tools
100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better
Write a brief blog post sharing your thoughts about podcasting in education.
Points to consider:
Which podcasts did you preview and subscribe to? What did you think? Do you have any ideas about incorporating existing podcasts into your personal, classroom or professional learning? If you already use iTunes or other podcatcher and/or have an iPod or other MP3 player that you use for podcast listening, please share a bit about your experiences. If you are a podcaster, or have used podcasting with students, please share a bit about that as well. Please include "Thing 17" in your post title.
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