What is a Podcast?

A digital recording that can be created using your computer or downloaded from the internet. These recordings can be listened to on a computer and/or downloaded to an MP3 player such as an iPod for listening.

What do you need to create a podcast?

external microphone that connects to computer (optional)
podcasting software such as Garageband, Audacity (Free), & Jing(Free).
Selecting Podcasting Software Article
You can also create free podcasts using Web 2.0 tools:

Sites for downloading educational podcasts

TN Electronic Learning Center Scroll to the bottom of the page and click link for "TDE on iTunesU" (TN Department of Education on iTunes University) Includes archived podcasts of training resources for TN teachers
10 Podcasts for Teachers and Kids
The Education Podcast Network
Podcast for Teachers
Introduction to English Learning Podcasts
In addition search the iTunes store for podcasts of interest to you.

Directions for Creating a Podcast of a Children's Book with Garage Band

The Greedy Triangle - Podcast Example
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Podcast Example

Using a Flip Cam and Uploading Video to iTunes

A simple way to create a podcast and share quickly is to use a Flipcam or other digital video camera. Transfer your video to your computer. iTunes has complete instructions for uploading videos at Making a Podcast - iTunes

Samples of videos created with this technique can be viewed at the following website
Minerva Smith's Kindergarten Podcasts

Additional Resources Online and in Print

Guides & Tutorials - Podcasting in Education
Free Podcasting Booklet
Podcasting in Education Resources

ESL Classroom Podcasting

Create podcast with GarageBand

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