Some impressive samples…

Websites on Podcasts:

LearnOutLoud.com’s Podcasts

http://www.learnoutloud.com/contents/All-LearnOutLoud.com’s-Podcasts/9/21

Podcasts in the Classroom

http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/cmis/eval/curriculum/ict/podcasts/

Podcasts from International Reading Association

http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/Podcasts.aspx
(Type the word ‘podcast’ in the search box.)

National Geographic Podcasts

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/podcasts/

Apple Distinguished Educators’ Podcasts

http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/story.php?itemID=11850&version=2747&pageID=6987

Grammar Central: Grammar Podcasts

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~jbush/grammar/podcast.html

Podcasts for Science

http://www.nature.com/podcast/index.html

The Freesound Project

http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/index.php

Here is the freesound project. Freesound focuses only on sound, not songs. It too is blocked by our district filter, but available to you at home.

In order to download these audio files, you will need to register. It’s free.

Once you’ve signed up, click the ‘Search’ button in the left column, then enter your keyword.
You can sample the files on the spot. I generally look for mp3 files, but at this site, there seem to be more wav files. (Not a problem. You can always shrink their file size by using Audacity convert them to mp3’s.)

NOTE: All audio content you download from the freesound project is licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 license. This means that if you use the files you need to attribute the creator of the file (i.e. say who made it). The creator is listed in the file name.

Some blogging and podcasting tips

Veteran Edublogger Sue Waters and Scott Bourne, publisher of OnlineMediaTips.com, offer these tips on effective writing for blogs and podcasts.
I’ll provide a link to their full versions at the end of this post.

First, from Sue:

  1. Use short paragraphs.
  2. Use headings.
  3. Remember to hyperlink.
  4. Always comment back to readers on your own posts.

And now from Scott:

  1. Make it fun. Don’t let the script take the fun out of your show.
  2. Keep it focused on the listener. What’s in it for the listener?
  3. Write for the ear. Read your script aloud – at least twice, to make sure it SOUNDS right. It doesn’t matter if it LOOKS right.

Here are the links to the full articles:
http://tinyurl.com/6qzblu

http://tinyurl.com/4onusv

Welcome to our podcasting blog

I hope to use this web log as a teaching and collaboration tool on the subject of podcasting and blogging.

I will use a podcast-accompanied-by-this-blog format.

The blog will provide some embellishment to the audio file I will incorporate.

Your input will be greatly appreciated.

Tim Haag
Curriculum and Technology Support Teacher