Robert Karulas’s presentation for K-12 Online today (a series of three short screencasts) gives an overview of an excellent free resource for teachers interested in podcasting. Taking It Global For Educators lets teachers register for a free account and upload podcasts less than 2 MB in size. If you compress your podcasts by using a 32 KBits/sec bit rate, this is very doable.

Creating podcasts can be relatively simpler than the process of uploading them to a server via FTP. TIG’s interface makes uploading a podcast and getting a customized RSS feed technically equivalent to attaching a document to an email file using webmail. Great resource. Robert’s screencasts are very clear and helpful.

I shared a 3 hour workshop with teachers in Tulsa Public Schools yesterday evening on podcasting, and realized that I need to add screencasts to the online curriculum and resource materials I’m sharing on podcasting.

If anyone knows of good tutorials on using Audacity to create basic podcasts as well as screencasts of this, please let me know by commenting here. I may end up creating these myself, but if someone else has already done it there’s no need for me to duplicate their work! 🙂

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10 Responses to Taking It Global: Free podcast hosting and feed creation for teachers

  1. Laura Gibbs says:

    I enjoy your blog very much! I’m just down the road here in Norman at OU. although it is not a complete tutorial, please feel free to make use of these materials if they might be helpful – they are instructions to my students in how to download and install Audacity. the students in my online Biblical Greek used these instructions to be able to create their mp3 audio files of their weekly recitations:

    http://www.mythfolklore.net/bibgreek/weeks/01/dbaudio.htm

    best wishes!

    Laura Gibbs

  2. Joe Dale says:

    Hi Wes,

    Here are all the tutorials I’ve found for Audacity so far. http://del.icio.us/joedale/audacity

    My favourite is ASSIGNMENT: Podcast which has been made by British Telecom in England http://www.bteducation.org/img/lib/dialogics/schoolradio/index.htm

    Best wishes

    Joe

    Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom – http://www.joedale.typepad.com

  3. J.D. says:

    http://www.edhsonline.org/other/audacity/

    It has screen shots, but you have to open them in a new window.

  4. Cheryl says:

    I am including a link to my class’ podcasts. We began podcasting last spring and the kids are really enjoying it. I see that they are taking more time and putting more thought into their writing. When they are writing for the podcast they want it to be ‘podcast perfect’. They realize that their audience is no longer myself or their peers, it is possibly the entire world. We use Audacity as it has been the most user-friendly that I’ve seen.

  5. Jeff Whipple says:

    Wesley:
    I am looking for teacher and student friendly podcasting solutions that I can introduce into my school. My challenge is to move the focus off the technology and onto engaging our students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences. These ideas help.
    Jeff
    ps…Thanks for being the first to comment on my new blog…:)

  6. Curtis Borg says:

    Wes,
    That link to TakingITGlobal looked great. But I thought it was free.
    I went through the rather lengthy registration only to arrive at a payment page.
    You sure it’s free?
    You’ve put up some great links!
    Thanks,
    -Curtis

  7. Wesley Fryer says:

    I listened to the preso and you don’t have to go through anything but the first two steps to host free podcasts with them. Yes, the service is commercial– but you don’t have to pay to podcast. Give a listen to Robert’s preso / screencast, he explains this. Sorry I didn’t make that clearer in my original post.

  8. Anne Davis says:

    Wes,
    Came across this today and thought you might like to see it. It looks good.
    http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2006/10/26/quickstart-digital-audio-editing.html

    Anne

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