If you would like to know how to make a podcast with Windows MovieMaker, this step by step tutorial should help you no end. Learn how to create a multimedia presentation with text, sound, video and images from scratch and then find out how to convert it into an iPod friendly format so it can be viewed in iTunes.
If you wanted then to publish your clip so others could download it using RSS, you could use Blip.tv or Podomatic. Happy vodcasting.
Excited by the project, the pupils used GarageBand to record the voiceovers and Keynote to combine them with the images and written text which had been checked for spelling and grammar. The multimedia creations were certainly a hit and helped the pupils to learn the given expressions in an engaging and personalised way.
Later on in the podcast, Vicki Reed, another teacher from the Hempfield School District describes how she uses enhanced podcasts to help her EAL students reflect on their time at the school by encouraging them to write about their experiences and compare them with their previous schools. By doing so, she has found that this has helped her pupils improve their speaking skills and pronunciation.
Building on this success, she is now getting her students to prepare tour guides of the school and information about a typical day at Hempfield as a video podcast with voiceovers in their native languages. The idea is that next year, new pupils will be able to watch the vodcasts on iPods bought by the school to help them in their induction process. She also plans to ask the pupils to create resources to help the parents learn about the school.
This is exciting stuff and further evidence of how podcasts and vodcasts can enhance the language learning experience of young people today. Gnome what I mean.
It is clear listening back to the various views expressed on podcasting in education that some are very enthusiastic about the possibilities whereas others are less so, unsurprisingly. Some of the top tips suggested are:
keep podcasts short and concise concentrating on the key points
change your intonation to keep listeners' interest and to provide more colour
include a range of voices so that recordings sound more like conversations than monologues
use scripts for preparation and accessibility
Hopefully this post will help to (pod)cast the net wider and provide plenty of LEEDS for us to explore in the future. Thanks to the SDDU for all your hard work and in particular to Simon for helping to share these findings with the rest of us.
These six tutorials by Shizohal should give experienced users of Audacity some ideas on how to improve the sound of music files they are editing by taking advantage of certain effects such as the High Pass Filter. Not for the faint hearted.