| May 19, 2006
E-Coaching Tip 14: Podcasting -- Taking a First Step with Audio
This tip is the first of a few tips about "getting into" audio in your courses. Before creating audio content, a good first step is to experience some audio content.
By the way, if you are under 35 or so, you can skip this tip. You already have an Ipod or an MP3 player firmly attached to your head somewhere with over 2000 "tunes" available at a moment's notice! On the other hand, you may want to do this assignment anyway, as this is a first step in thinking about the kind of text content that really works in this audio format.
For all of you who are "newbies" to podcasting, this note has an assignment attached to it. Go to one of the following urls and download a podcast of your choice to your computer. (What is a Podcast? It is a "digital audio file" equivalent to a radio show that can be played on your computer or other digital player such as an iPod.)
This assignment has four parts:
This can be done in as little as 15 minutes, but for those of you who are curious, it can easily stretch into an hour of browsing. Think of it as going to the library!
Another interesting feature of podcasts is that you can choose to subscribe to the podcasts, and each time you then launch your iTunes application and you are on the Internet the most recent "podcast" in the series will download into your iTunes library.
Enjoy your Podcast assignment, and be thinking about how you might like to use audio in your course. Is there a favorite author/expert that you would like to interview? Is there a discussion board summary or observation that you would like to do using audio? Maybe your students would like to add an audio supplement to their project.
Next week is Memorial Day Weekend. The next tip will come on June 2! Have a good weekend!
More Background and References
2. Wikipedia is a good source for this type of recent digital phenomenon. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting.
Interesting note from the entry of 5/19/06: "The editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary declared "podcasting" the 2005 word of the year, defining the term as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player".
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