October 14, 2013

Audio as an Instructional Tool

Podcasts as part of your PLN
One of the best ways to learn about trends and ideas in education is through podcasts. Podcasts allow you to subscribe through iTunes or another tool and receive notification when new content is available. Below are some examples of educational podcasts.

These were gathered from the following blog post:

TED Talks on Education: http://www.ted.com/topics/education

ISTE Podcasts: http://www.iste.org/store/podcasts

Classroom 2.0 LIVE: http://live.classroom20.com/

Infinite Thinking Machine: http://www.infinitethinking.org/
Podcasts in the Classroom
We will watch a brief video on making a podcast with students:

Group 1: Look for example of learning content

Group 2: Look for examples of learning technology

Group 3: Look for examples of cooperative learning
Recording a Podcast
For this next activity, you will work in groups of 2 to write, record and publish a podcast. You will need an iPad and the SpreakerDJ app.

Here is how you do this:
  1. Choose a topic children might be interested in (e.g., dinosaurs, volcanoes, horses, dogs, tornadoes, castles, airplanes, etc.) Stay clear of pop culture topics, like video games or cartoons.
  2. Create a script for your podcast. You will need to have:
    1. Introduction
    2. At least 3 main points
    3. Transitions between each section (either spoken or using sound effects)
    4. Conclusion, with a review of the main points
  3. Sign in to Speaker using the following credentials (as if I have to tell you)
  4. Record your podcast with SpreakerDJ (your podcast should about 3-4 minutes)
  5. When you are done, publish it
  6. Sign in on at http://www.spreaker.com/home using the same credentials and see the podcasts we created.
  7. Download your podcast to the computer desktop.

You can also record to Spreaker using your phone or on the Web.
Editing Audio
The next step in this process is to edit the audio file. You will listen to your podcast and edit out mistakes and other distractions. We will use:


This tool is pretty easy to use, and it is completely online (no installations or upgrades)

Once you have edited your podcast, Export the file as .wav and upload it to your Google Drive.
The final step in creating a podcast is to post the audio files so people can subscribe to them. There are several ways to do this, but PodOMatic is a pretty easy tool to use.

  1. Go to http://www.podomatic.com/
  2. Log in with the same ol' same ol'
  3. Go to Publish-->Podcast-->Quick Post
  4. Upload your .mp3 file, and add some descriptive text
  5. Click Publish