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Podcasting in the Classroom: How To

Currently, in my Electronic Publishing class we’ve been talking about podcasting. I realized this was a great tool for online education, and will be blogging about it for the next two weeks. This week, I’ll offer a quick how-to on making podcasts. Next week, I’ll elaborate on podcasting and it’s benefits in the classroom through a podcast of my own.

An quick, easy, and independent way for students to communicate ideas about their curriculum.

Podcasts: A quick, easy, and independent way for students to communicate ideas about their curriculum.

How to Make a Podcast in the Classroom

1) Have students write a script for their podcasts based around a topic in the curriculum.

Tip: The best kind of script is usually an outline of topics to be discussed. This makes the podcast more conversational, and interesting to listen too.

2) After approving their script, teach students how to record their podcast.

  • GarageBand=Create a “New Podcast Episode” in GarageBand. Choose the track you would like to record on (either Female voice or Male Voice), and then click on the record/pause button.

Remember: If you are using an external microphone, go to the GarageBand menu and choose “Preferences.” Then click the “Audio/MIDI” icon to chose what microphone to use for recording.

  • iMovie=Click on the Audio tab and use the record/pause button.

Remember: Make sure your settings reflect an external microphone as your input if you are using one.

  • Audacity=Click on the microphone icon in Audacity’s Meter toolbar to turn on monitoring. Push the Record button and start talking. When you finish recording, press the yellow square Stop button.

Remember: Connect your microphone to the microphone-in connection on the PC. Open the Audacity Preferences window from the File menu. On the Audio I/O tab, verify that your sound card is selected as the device for both playback and recording. In the Channels drop-down box under Recording, choose 1 (Mono), unless you are using two microphones.

3) Once they have a recording they are happy with, save the file.

Tip: Now is the time to make any edits to the podcast using the audio editing software you recorded the episode on. You can find podcast editing tutorials at the end of this entry.

4) Export (under the Share menu) your podcast and play it for the class, burn a CD, or post it online.

Podcasting Tutorials

Free Digital Sound Editing Software

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Get Out of the Classroom with Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trip (VTF) = an online trip to a particular place

An exciting way to leave the classroom

Virtual Field Trips: An exciting way to leave the classroom

Using Virtual Field Trips in the Classroom
The next time you study a particular place, you can take your students there on the Internet rather than having them read about it from a textbook.

While an online experience will never replace an actual one, a virtual field trip can take your students to places that might otherwise be impossible for them to visit–like the human body, or even the solar system.

Create Your Own Virtual Field Trip
Decide on an idea for a virtual field trip to a place that would enhance your curriculum.

Tell students answer questions about the particular topic or place only using the Internet. Tell them to gather pictures, facts, and other evidence to document their journey

Tip: If each student focus on a specific topic (ex: culture, history, geography), the teacher can combine all the information into a website as a class project. This would be especially useful for other teachers or students interested in taking the same virtual tour.

Questions to Ask Yourself As a Teacher

  • In what ways does this trip enhance your curriculum
  • Why did you choose this trip?
  • What destination will students visit and what type of cultural information will be included?
  • What questions would you expect your students to be able to answer after visiting this place?

Links to Check Out

Basically, virtual field trips are flexible and fun–they can adapt to any curriculum, and offer a unique opportunity to visit places students would otherwise be unable to visit.

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