In this workshop, participants will be introduced to podcasting and will brainstorm ways the application can be used in and out of the classroom. Participants will script and record a podcast.

What is a podcast?

Wikipedia defines a podcast as a series of digital audio or video files distributed over the Internet and downloaded to portable media players. The distinguishing mark of a podcast is that it may be subscribed to, and the user can receive automatic downloads of new content.
For a quick overview, you might like to read 7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting.

Lee LeFever and Common Craft provide an overview of podcasting with the video: Podcasting in Plain English.

Check out how Brent Coley, a teacher in Murrieta, California, uses podcasts in his 5th grade classroom:Listening to Themselves: Podcasting Takes Lessons Beyond the Classroom. You can find his students' podcasts posted on his website and listed in iTunes as ColeyCasts.

How Can Podcasts Be Used in the Educational Environment?

Teaching With Podcast-ReadWriteThinkA strategy guide for incorporating podcasts into your classroom
Science Podcasts Extend Learning Beyond Class Examples of how a Michigan and Colorado district are using podcasts to promote learning
engage-transforming teaching and learning through technology-information on podcasting: what it is, how to use it in teaching and learning, samples and how to create and deliver podcasts
PodcastingCurric a listing of ways to use podcasting in the classroom (Carr, "Try Podcasting to Broaden Your Reach," eSchool News Online)
Watch a slidecast, Podcasting Theory & Practice, by Dr. Alisa Cooper, South Mountain Community College.
Learning in Hand: Podcasting
Podcasting and Education
Edutopia-search for articles on podcasting
Dan Schmit, author of KidCast:Podcasting in the Classroom, hosts a blog that has ideas and links related to podcasting in education.
One Hundred Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Bettercheck this out for podcasts, audio books and other downloadable learning devices

How Can I Locate Podcasts?

iTunes U
Free lectures, audiobooks, lesson plans, and more; ideal resource for educators who want to gain insight into curriculum being taught worldwide, get access to primary resources, and find inspiration for enhancing teaching and learning with technology
Education Podcast Network
Podcast Alley

Podcast Pickle
Learn Out Loud
Discovery Channel Radio

Cogito-Sites & Tools-Podcasts
General Education
Alan November Podcasts
K12 Online Conference
Connect Learning with David Warlick
John Lien's Tech Integration

Dan's Mathcast

The Wild Classroom
Science Update Podcasts
Scientific American: 60-Second Science

English/Language Arts
Storynory Archives

Discovery Atlas
Podcasts: National Geographic
History According to Bob
Government Podcasts: Free Government Information
South Valley Jr. High American History StudyCasts

Fine Arts
Philadelphia Museum of Art
ARTSEDGE: Look, Listen, Learn
Freedom Middle School: Band

Physical Education & Health
Healthcare 411
Office of National Drug Control Policy

English as a Second Language Podcast

Foreign Language
See iTunes for many listings

Career Tech
Career Podcast: Career Tech Talk
Georgia Institute of Technology: Career Services
USC Career Planning & Placement Center
Texas Tech University: College of Mass Communications

Podcasts for Students By Students Bytes
The Coulee Kids' Podcast
Podcast Central: Mabry Online
Our City Podcast

Applications for Creating Podcasts

Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Microsoft Windows, as well as Mac and Linux.
Audacity help can be located at Audacity:Documentation and the Audacity Wiki.

Dan Eliot offers a tutorial on Audacity at Audacity 1.2 Tutorial. The screen shots and short videos offer additional support.

Audacity Tutorials for Podcasters
Jason Van Orden, author of Promoting Your Podcast," provides free video tutorials on Audacity.
Tech-Ease has video tutorials on recording with Audacity. You will need QuickTime Player to see the videos.

HearWho is an online web application that will work with your internet browser. There is no software to download. you simply type or paste your text into the text area, then click "MAKE MP3 FILE."CinchcastCinch is a free and easy way to create and share audio, text and photo updates using your phone or computer. Using a simple interface, you can make and broadcast your content creations through Facebook, Twitter, and more.
EasypodcastPodcast creation wizard. Tag your mp3 file, create RSS feed and upload all together in a simple click!
Yodio record from your phone or your computer; free

Podcast Hosting Sites

Locating Sounds and Music

Use the Search feature at Creative Commons to locate music that is podsafe.
Create your own music or modify a creation at Aviary
The Free Sound Project focuses on sounds, not songs
incompetech offers royalty-free music. Be sure to read the FAQ.
See Podcast Alley Sofware & Links for podsafe music and loops.
Check the Internet Archive: Audio Archive that has "free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download."
For a list of sites to locate sounds, check out uatim:sound sites collected by Robert Mayben.

Internet Safety

Playing It Safe-a WebQuest on Internet Safety developed for grade 6
iSafe-"non-profit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible"
Adventures of Cyberbee-offers links to Internet safety resources

Copyright & Fair Use

Copyright ConfusionTopics include teaching fair use, codes of best practice, videos related to copyright, and more
A Visit to Copyright Bay
Copyright & Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web

At the conclusion of the workshop, please contribute your thoughts on the educational use of podcasting at Teacher Talk.