These are my notes from Lance Ford’s ODLA 2007 presentation, “How Can I Create a Podcast? Let Me Count the Ways!” Part of this session is archived and recorded on the Howe Public Schools’ Tandberg Content Server. (Lance created this podcast DURING our workshop today, because he is using the latest version of the Tandberg Content Server. WOW.) MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS BELOW.

Lance is the technology director for Howe Public Schools.

Let’s talk about the ways we can get our message out to a global audience
– why would we want to do this?
– “the old way” is not the way 21st century students learn

Lance’s license plate says “MacJedi!”

I can podcast NOW using my cell phone (iPhone) using Gcast!
– (Lance just demonstrated this, using Gcast)
– I just recorded and published a podcast, using my cell phone

What I want you to think about is, “So What?”
– just because you CAN do it, why should you do it?
– let’s brainstorm the reasons

– can have teachers record learning points and takeaways after professional development
– interview a content expert
– do a conference call and record via gcast
– interview community members for a digital storytelling project (people we want to interview may not have a skype account, but they DO have a phone)
– don’t have to buy a microphone to do this
– can record a meeting for people who miss the meeting
– in the car, a lot of time we are discussing stuff in the car and we could gcast it
– when I record something on my voice recorder, one problem is

to have the power of the phone: it is with me all the time / 24/7

the four letter F word that educators like to hear: FREE

Whether you have a Mac or Windows computers, you have free tools at your disposal to record audio
– can embed hyperlinks into podcasts
– can post them out there for global consumption

why would I want to add pictures, video, or hyperlinks to a podcast
– because we have visual learners
– it helps your students become more engaged
– can bring out emotion
– is the difference between making an audio-only phone call, and a video call
– teaching statistics, you can show the equation
– the step process being illustrated is key
– filling out forms for nursing students is an example
– analysis of slow motion frames for sports competition
– reinforce what you’ve discussed in class
– helping students connect visually to a place, for
– create my own podcast to help me study, process the ideas
– the accountability that we can give ourselves because we know it’s own the web
– coursework
– being able to record concerts and critically reflect on it

Lance’s background is show choir

so you all are getting the vision…
– hopefully you’re getting ideas about how to USE it
– it is so critical to get beyond the WOW factor

the BIG two word question is: SO WHAT?

Today in Howe Oklahoma
– students are visiting with students at Vanderbilt University talking about careers in television: 2 way interactive field trip
– in the afternoon: field trip to Columbus, Ohio to talk about electricity
– next week: GT students connecting to the Great Barrier Reef

truly, this is NOT rocket science
– teachers are starting to get this idea now that “it is ok to be a learner”
– and that “it’s ok to let students teach”

if we are producing for a global audience, the level of what students are producing is going to go WAY UP
– example of this at Howe Public Schools: CLE-TV Live!
– a live and video-on-demand production by the students
– local audience is limited if we are just working on the local cable channel

High School Podcast for Howe Public Schools
– the kids do it all: the stills, the chroma key, the stills


the other day when our OneNet connection to the Internet went down, it was like we had our arms cut off

Making the content REAL, making it part of who I am, what I do

Story of Lance training in Alaska, taking his 3rd grade daughter

What tools do I have at MY school that I can podcast with?
– Tandberg finally got it right with the content server
– when it came out, I told Chris Renfrow (with Tandberg) that this is about 60% half-baked
– “finally now we got the whole ding dong”

we have access to videoconferencing equipment, but WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH IT?!
– can we do classes via video, sure…
– do that, but WHAT ELSE?!

I told you about the virtual field trips
– we can have students collaborating with other students
– we can have teachers collaborating with other teachers
– why can’t we have students producing content for other students, based on state and national standards?
– we can

the most exciting thing we are doing now is creating a LOCAL virtual field trip, with our own students

it’s time to demystify this process [USING THE TECHNOLOGY]
– this is not for the guys in the closet
– this is not for the folks in the server closet
– it is time to come out of the closet and let the end users drive the technology

My Tandberg 1000 is communicating to the Tandberg Content Server
– so I have two synchronized video feeds leaving this room that are broadcasting live on the Internet
– this is not JUST the Tandberg Content Server
– This is going to my QuickTime Streaming Server and going back out over port 80, so I don’t

I can change my viewing experience on my PC, and individualize this for my context

Not only does it broadcast it live, it also records it
– as WMV, as MOV, as …. [MULTIPLE FORMATS]
– you can have the content server make multiple versions of the same video in post-production

what if we wanted to create an RSS stream off of content that is on our Tandberg Content Server
– we can do it easily
– Tandberg has opened up their programming interface, so people can bring applications into the mix
– this lets us create a RSS Feed with a point-and-click browser interface

We have a laptop initiative for all students in 4th – 8th grade

kids and teachers can create content and publish on the web, we’ve got to get out of the way and let them do it

story about our laptop initiative
– class that has had laptops for 2 years
– teacher, 1st year in a laptop initiative
– all kids are typing and working
– student who volunteered to help the teacher get her laptop

story 2: digital natives
– my son is 6
– we have a Nintendo Wii, we’re golfing, playing tennis, etc
– we go to Blockbuster and my son wants to rent “Carnival Games” and when we play it, my son clicks through all the instructions
– he says “daddy, relax, just press the buttons.”
– that is the difference between my son and I: I am going to read the entire manual first
– the way my son learns is 100% by doing it
– we’ve got to be willing to get out of the way and let the kids create, podcast

it’s ok to have a cell phone in class

that’s my digital natives speech

Howe wants to take bandwidth with us, turn the iPhone into a mobile publishing and broadcasting device


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3 Responses to How Can I Create a Podcast? Let Me Count the Ways! (notes from Lance Ford’s preso)

  1. Andrew the great says:

    the schools doing a podcast is pretty cool.

  2. Nathan says:

    We did a podcast in my computer class at school. We had to go through the process of making a video and sending it to iTunes.

  3. […] and safely collaborate with other learners around the planet via videoconferencing, can you?! My text notes from Lance’s great session at ODLA last week are online, and I’ll be publishing an audio recording of his session as a podcast later this […]

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