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2 2 Podcasting 101 Demonstration Intec Team Spring 2007 Don Versteeg – Intec Director Wendy Stubbs – Project Director Initial idea for project Created slideshow Presented demonstration Team assisted in research & minimal presentation Project team: Beth Simmons, Jane Lu, Arnold Schaeffer and Cathy Zortman

3 3 Table of Contents What is Podcasting?5 Podcasting in 4 Steps7 Equipment 12 How to start13 Downloads 14 How Are Podcasts Created?18 Software to Record Podcasts19 Software to Receive Podcasts21 Educational Uses of Podcasts22 How to Buy a Digital Media Player25 Purchasing Digital Files27 Downloading to an MP3 Player28 References29

4 4 Early audio files Scratchy 45’s, 33’s or 78’s Cassettes, 8- tracks, reel to reel Digital world today

5 5 What is Podcasting? “Podcasts are video or audio files that are downloaded to your personal computer, and then transferred to an iPod or other digital media player using a podcasting application.” Modern Solution for Online Learning – sharing audio or video files (vodcasting) instead of sharing records!

6 6 Audio File vs. Podcast Audio File - just a link to an audio file on a web site or within Web CT Podcast – downloadable through a RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication).

7 7 Podcasting in 4 easy steps Step 1 - RPDL (Record, Publish, Download, Listen) RECORD your lecture on your media player or in a software program.

8 8 Step 2 PUBLISH your file to a web server, WebCT or your web site. Audio file link OR, If you want to access your file, you need to also publish your file to an RSS file (newsfeed).

9 9 Step 3 DOWNLOAD file: End-users regularly check for new versions of the newsfeed, using an application like iPodder. (RSS is used.) When a new version is found, iPodder reads through it, identifies the audio file URLs, and downloads them. You then sync them to your media player.

10 10 Podcasting in 4 Easy Steps Users LISTEN to the "podcasted" audio file when it is convenient, either on their computer or digital media player.

11 11 Diagram

12 12 What Equipment Do I Need? The basic requirements for podcasting are a computer (PC or Mac), microphone, (if you want to create one) podcasting software (see list of options) and an Internet connection. For portability, an iPod or other digital media player is needed. Many cell or smart phones have a media player within them now as well.

13 13 How Do I Get Started? Download and install podcasting software onto your computer. Although applications vary, each should provide instructions on how to add podcast feeds to your list. Then, just check for the new podcasts and files of your selected programs that will be on your computer and, if you are set up, on your portable media player.

14 14 Downloads and Resources iTunes: Free podcasting software (PC and Mac) - iTunes: iPodder: Free podcasting software (PC) – iPodder: jPodder: Free podcasting software (PC) - jPodder:

15 15 IPOD – probably most popular

16 16 Ipodder

17 17 Jpodder

18 18 How Podcasts Are Created After planning your content or lecture, you need to record it in a program that compresses your audio to an MP3 format. ITunes and Audacity work as well as others. Podcasts are not all planned or edited as some are amateurish and not planned at all. The beginning Podcasts have probably been less planned but as more people create and listen to Podcasts one might suspect the quality would improve. Podcasts are really a type of Internet Broadcasting such as Internet Radio.

19 19 What Software is Needed for this? Software to Record Podcasts You need software to create an audio file. One popular free program is Audacity which is a free download that can be used to record and edit audio files. ( It is a cross platform software which is nice Audacity can also change format to MP3 with the free LAME encoder.

20 20 Audacity

21 21 Receive Podcasts Software to Receive Podcasts ITunes – found at IPodder Lemon (now called Juice) is a podcatcher that uses RSS feeds. http://juicereceiver.sourceforge. net/index.php

22 22 Educational uses for Podcasting Classroom lectures can be recorded on a portable MP3 player and uploaded to WebCT or one’s website. Computer software tutorials can be done in an audio file for audio learners. You can assign the class to listen to a famous speech. Bring your subject to life with audio files such as speech or history.

23 23 Positive uses Useful for audio learners Beneficial for students who need to listen to lessons or lectures more than once Can assist in making a lecture or classroom presentation come alive! Students can listen at their convenience!

24 24 Challenges Server space Will students listen to them or just not come to class and listen to the make up lecture on their IPod? Time to plan and develop Podcasts Training curve Cost of using the technology

25 25 How to Buy a Digital Media Player There are several options when buying an MP3 or Digital Media player. IPod is the popular brand, but look into other companies that make them as well. Considerations when purchasing a player might be the following: hard drive space, FM radio or not, does the player store pictures and videos, the play screen if it uses videos, its accessories, and compatibility. One way to purchase one is by their product types or according the manufacturers. sorts these players into the following - Flash player Digital player Radio / digital player CD / MP3 player Hard drive NOTE: Many cell phones are media players today as well!

26 26 Digital Media Player companies Apple – Ipod Creative Zen – Creative Labs, Inc. Zune – Microsoft Sony There are several online articles on how to purchase one:,125648- page,1/article.html,125648- page,1/article.html

27 27 Purchasing Digital Files You can purchase MP3 files (esp. music) from a wide variety of sources: ITunes, Wal- Mart, TuneTribe, Rhapsody, Napster and many more. Compare prices as well as the correct type of file that you are looking for

28 28 Downloading to an MP3 Player Your MP3 player will come with instructions on how to accomplish this. Generally when you buy or copy songs, the MP3’s will go to a certain folder on your computer such as My Music or within a service you might use such as Yahoo, Windows Media Player or your ITunes account. You then need to sync your player with your computer by hooking up a cable from your player to the computer with the USB port. This is often an automatic operation once connected or your player may ask what you want to sync. You can copy your CD’s into your player as well.

29 29 References: Deitz, C. (2007). How to Create Your Own Podcast - A Step-by-Step Tutorial. Podcasting News. Saving MP3 Files for Podcasts: Get Started with Podcasts in 3 Steps: What is Podcasting? Podcasting Tutorial: Step by Step... How to Podcast Using FeedForAll What is a Podcast (vs. Audioblogs & Webcasts)?

30 30 References: Internet Music and Audio Guide: Podcast Adoption – Podcasting versus Streaming What is Podcasting? How to Podcast: Converters Source: How MP3 Files Work: How to Podcast: IPod Tutorial:

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