podcast n. a digital audio file or recording made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.
Podcasts can be created from original material by students and teachers or existing audio files can be downloaded for classroom use. Creating a podcast allows students to produce and share compelling digital media. It can also provide them with a world-wide audience that makes learning meaningful and assessment authentic. Teachers can use the technology to provide additional and revision material to students to download and review at a time that suits them.
You will need a recording device (microphone and computer or a hand-held MP3 recorder.) You can also record directly into Audacity with a microphone. If you record with a hand held MP3 recorder, you will insert that file into Audacity.
Here are a few things you need to decide for your podcast:
What is the topic of your podcast?
What is the format of your podcast?
How long will each episode be?
Will you have background music and if so, where will you get copyright free music to use?
How often will you going to release new shows or is this be a one-time show?
Where will your podcast be uploaded? Do you have a class blog, website or wiki with enough space to host your podcasts?
Tools for Podcasting
Audacity - Free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
Sites to Host Podcasts
The iTunes Store has thousands of free podcasts. The podcasts directory in the iTunes Store is where students can find and subscribe to new podcasts.
Search Podcasts by Popularity Before students subscribe, they will want to find podcasts that appeal to their inquiry. There are several ways of fining relevant podcasts. Students can either use the iTunes search box in the upper right-hand corner of the jukebox window, or for a more detailed search students can click on Power Search under Quick Links in the upper right-hand corner of the iTunes Store homepage. Power Search provides pull-down filters for category or language, as well as search boxes specific to podcast title, author or description. Once a search is performed, students can order results by popularity by clicking on the column header titled “Popularity.”
Manage Podcast Subscriptions Get smart playlists – Podcast episodes can be added to a playlist, or smart playlist, like any other track. When a podcast finishes playing, iTunes does not play the next podcast episode in your Source List by default. To keep a steady stream of episodes playing, consider creating a podcast playlist. By creating a smart playlist, students can even customize playback based on artists, genre, topic, etc.To build an all-podcast smart playlist, Choose “New Smart Playlist” from the file menu. To include only podcast episodes not yet listened to, choose “Plays” from the first drop-down menu, “is” from the second, and enter 0. Add additional filters to further refine the smart playlist.
Podcasts cannot be created with iTunes. However, the iTunes Store houses a searchable directory of podcasts, to which students’ podcast feed can be submitted. An account for the iTunes Store is not needed to get podcasts. However, an account is needed to submit a podcast to the iTunes Store.
Kid-Cast -Kid Cast is a site for students to publish their own podcasts in an environment safe for young minds to hear. Contribution by students allows learners to listen to their peers on topics of interest.
Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. Understanding data can be challenging, especially when dealing with volumes of information. Data visualizations allows the viewer to see the concepts they are learning about in a more interesting, consise, and often more useful manner. To learn how to create infographics with students, download the flyer (.pdf) or watch the video.
What message do you want to communicate in an engaging way?
How will you present large amounts of data meaningfully?
Storyboard – Layout the placement of the data and images to ensure the infographic will be concise, visual, and attractive.
DataManage - Create visual representations which best suits your data (charts, tables, graphs, scatter plots, etc.).
Image Manage – Collect copyright-free icons and images which will enhance your data.
Citation - List sources for icons, images and data which will be used in the infographic.
InfographicConstruction – Build the infographic.
Assess Against Co-Constructed Criteria - Revise if necessary.
Manage Data – Where to Get Visual Statistics
Chart Chooser – Download exisiting visualizations into Excel and modify to suit your data.
Chartle - Create, embed and share your charts, plots, diagrams and maps online.
Chartsbin – Download or embed existing visualizations, including maps, pie charts and bar charts, all of which are available under creative commons. Sign up for a free account to create visualizations using your own data. Copy and paste your data from a .csv file, and then create a map-based visualization of that data.
Easel.ly Create visually rich infographics from pre-designed themes. It is very easy to use and only drag and drop.
GapMinder is a free Adobe Air (cross-platform by nature) application that has current data on major world issues.
Google’s Public Data Explorer has visual, and extremely varied statistics. The data can be presented as a line chart, bar chart, or graph. The visualizations cannot be saved, so a screenshot of the data must be taken.
Hohli -Create Venn diagrams and other charts, including scatter plots and other line charts.
Info.gram - Create, share, discover infographics and online charts.
Inkspace - A free infographic creation tool which allows visualizations to be imported and combined with other visuals. It requires download.>
Many Eyes - Build simple interactive graphics with this free online tool from IBM.