Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Podcasting TODAY

Today is a good day, because I became aware of a few solutions that simplify the process for podcaster wannabes. If you haven’t ever heard my presentation on educational podcasting then you will enjoy this.

There are four basic steps to creating a Podcast.

  • Write it
  • Record it
  • Publish it
  • Promote it

Write it:
It is a good idea to compose your podcast and use that as the manuscript for your presentation. I strongly suggest that you write in a conversational manner and not as you might a scholarly paper. The idea is that once recorded you can then post your transcript along with the link to your recording online for your audience to enjoy. If you don’t have a website to publish to, then create a free account at
blogger.com.

Record it:
You have heard about
Audacity? This free program is more than adequate for recording your podcast. Remember that you want to save the file in MP3 format. To do this you will need the Lame-3.96.1 drivers to export your recording as an MP3. These free tools are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Corey Deitz, of About.com, has written a great step-by-step tutorial explaining the process for recording and saving a podcast. I suggest that you download the tutorial Audacity 1.2 Tutorial which covers in detail how to use the program.

Publish it:
Up until today, when I found this awesome and kool utility, was I unsure how to encourage podcasters to publish their programs. Typically, you needed to find a site on the internet where you could store files and then link to those files in your podcast or RSS feed. When I discovered
CCpublisher all of that changed.

CreativeCommons is THE open source online copyright resource. CCpublisher is a utility that serves two purposes. First, it allows you to easily upload to Internet Archive, where your podcasts or vidcasts can be stored and indexed for free. Second, it creates a metadata file which includes the important information about your copyright based upon your specified permissions. Publishing your podcast now means it is hosted on the internet where anyone can access it and it has a copyright attached to the file.

Record it:
Long gone are the days of “post it and they will come.” There are just too many places for people to get lost on the Internet. The chances of finding your podcast are SLIM to NONE unless you promote it. By promoting, I mean, linking to your podcast (that is hosted with Internet Archive) and listing it on your blog. If you follow my advice and publish your transcript in a blog, then you will ONLY need to promote the URL to your blog.

In an earlier posting, I mentioned the format for citing a blog entry using the APA writing style. It would be a good idea to provide that citation at the end of your transcript, so that interested students or scholars will know how to correctly cite your podcast as a source.

Don’t forget that there are an increasing number of sites that will list your podcast in their directory. This is important since many of them publish additions/changes through RSS feeds to interested subscribers. This is FREE advertisement, so remember to thank them for listing you.

So, what are YOU waiting for?

David

cite this blog entry:
Penrose, David M. (2005, June 7). Podcasting TodayMessage posted to http://idxchange.blogspot.com

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