One of the tools I didn’t get up to in the Online Pedagogy workshop at ETA conference was podcasting.
For those after some information:
- A podcast is an audio (sometimes also video) recording that can be downloaded, ‘streamed’ and subscribed to by users.
- The word originally was a blend of the words ‘iPod’ and ‘Broadcast’, but they can actually be used anywhere (not just iPods!), so now the word stands for ‘Personal On Demand broadCAST’
- I use Audacity to record my podcasts. It is free, and very easy to use – you just need a microphone plugged into your computer.
- And I use PodBean (www.podbean.com) to put my podcasts up on the web. It is like a blog, but for your podcasts.
I also heard that podOmatic is a good site for podcasting. It looks like you can record straight on to the podOmatic website, cutting out the need to use Audacity. Persoanlly, I like to use Audacity first, so that I have the sounds file saved on my own computer. This means it is backed up, I can use it without being online, and if you wanted to you could even get the files put up on your school website or intranet (one day I plan to actually do this!)