Microphone-Rectangle.jpgAudacity and Podcasting

What is a Podcast and RSS

A podcast is a collection of digital media files which are distributed over the Internet, often using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media players and personal computers. The term podcast, like "broadcast", can refer either to the series of content itself or to the method by which it is syndicated; the latter is also termed podcasting. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster.
From Wikipedia

RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts.RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner.

Podcasts found on iTunes

You can use iTunes on your PC to find, subscribe, and manage your podcasts.

Other Podcasts

Many other podcasts can be found on websites and blogs.
Education Podcast Network
[[http://www.epnweb.org/player.php?podshow=http://www.bobbybucket.com/podcast/bobbybucket07.mp3&podcast=Bobby Bucket Podcasts&program=The Bobby Bucket Show 07|Bobby Bucket]]
Colonial Williamsburg
Voices on Antisemitism

Making Your Own Podcast

There are many ways to record a podcast. Basically what you need is a microphone, a program to record with on your computer, and something to say. A good program to use on a PC is a free download called Audacity. To make podcasts you also need the plugin for Audacity, the LAME MP3 encoder. This will enable you to change your audacity recording into an MP3 file which is the standard for podcasts. You also need a place to store your podcast online. A blog or webpage is a good place to do this. Then to truely be a podcast you need a way for others to find and subscribe to your podcast using RSS. BlipTV (won't work within the district) and Feedburner are two sites you can use.


Install Audacity
Install Lame
  1. Record and save each segment.
  2. Export each segment as a wav file.
  3. Import each wav file by holding down control key.
  4. Align files
  5. Edit files
  6. Zoom tool
  7. Effects
    1. Amplify
    2. Nomalize
  8. Quick Mix
  9. Export as an MP3

Next Steps

You will need to find a place to store your podcast such as a blog or a classweb page. The district is coming out with blogging software to use soon. Putting your podcast online will depend on where you are storing your podcast. BlipTV makes syncing your podcast to a blog or several blogs easy. Using Feedburner you can make your podcast subscribable and searchable on iTunes.

Do I need to use BlipTV or Feedburner?

No. If your podcasts are strictly for you class or families you can just put it on your class blog or website for them to access.

Now that I know how, what do I podcast?

  • Weekly classroom news broadcast
  • Document a field trip
  • Record a class discussion
  • Share book reviews
  • Conduct interviews
  • Review curricular content