posting your podcast online

To post your podcast online:

1) Click on your file and then go to Advanced –> “Convert selection to AAC”

2) This creates a second file with the same name. I’m not sure why or how to tell them apart… One of the files was a .aif file and the other was a .m4a file. I figured that I should use the .m4a file because based on the “Last Updated” time it was the later one. (I am SURE that I will come back to edit this and sound more knowledgable…)

3) Then I went into my blog and added media. I found the .mp4 file and uploaded it to the blog.

And this should be my  practicepodcast.

recording your podcast

I just read a blog by Carrie, a classmate of mine, and she shared a wealth of information on podcasting. One tip I got from her blog is that students need to have a complete script with them when recording. That seems obvious to us as adults, but I am sure that I will need to require the script as a graded assignments to help my 8th graders record efficiently. We don’t have time for every student to do 5 attempts at recording. I’m going to list recording steps from the Apple support site, with some extra information mixed in from me.

Directions for recording a podcast on a MAC (click here for PC instructions)

1) Make sure you have Garage Band software on your computer and a microphone connected (if your computer does not have a built-in mike)

2) Click on the + sign for a new track, and then choose “Real Instrument

3) Select the vocal setting that you want to use

4) Turn the gate on by clicking on “details” (the gate helps to eliminate noise when you are not speaking… which is good for the noisy classroom setting)

5) Connect headphones to the computer to reduce noice from the speakers in your recording.

6) This part was confusing for me, because there was a grand piano track above my vocal track that I couldn’t figure out how to remove. But I made sure to click on my vocal track so the red button was lit, and then a clicked on the red record button and started talking.

7) Save your file into iTunes (I made a folder called “My Podcasts” in iTunes so it would be easier to find later). Go to File –> then “Export to iTunes”. Once your file is in iTunes you can organize it into a folder if you want.

planning your podcast

I started with the Apple website and found a section on podcasting in Garage Band. They suggest planing your podcast in advance, which is always a good tip when producing high-quality work. I feel that students will almost naturally reach for pen and paper to plan (or perhaps a word doc), as we constantly prompt them to use graphic organizers before they write, and index cards to plan a speech. Apple gives a podcast “recipe”:

  • shoot for a show length of 20-30 minutes
  • keep topics moving, and limit topic coverage to 5-8 minutes
  • try to use guests as a way to break up the conversation
  • Use musical backgrounds (jingles) or other non-musical interludes between topics. These small breaks are sometimes called bumpers or sweepers, and give listeners time to digest what’s been said.
  • For my students, part of the virtual science fair project I’ve been planning includes a podcast. I had a show length of a much shorter time frame planned, but perhaps I should re-evaluate. Ultimately, our only obstacle with a long show length is having the space to upload 90 podcasts onto each of the student’s webpages on our server. I can’t imagine that we’d run out of space, but I’ll need to check with my media specialist to confirm before I make a final rubric.

    podcasting… is not fly fishing with peas

    I am new to podcasting. I’ve never created one, and I’m not sure that I know how to make one interesting. My goal is to figure out:

    1) how to make a podcast in garage band
    2) how to save it correctly so it can be imported
    3) to import it directly into this blog

    Check back soon to see how I’ve done! I’ll share what I’ve learned in my podcast.

    Look what I found!